Last night I went to a going away party for one of my husband's coworkers. It was really nice. We took the kids and the kids were great. Everyone had their kids there and mine were just more to the mix. One of my husband's friends has two teenaged daughters who she just got home to the US after a terrible custody battle with her ex husband who lives in an Eastern country. They are the same age as Peaches and they immediately hit it off.
My 12 year old daughter made a Rick Rockwell inspired dish to take over-- Brie in Crust with crackers and fresh fruit on the side. It was Heavenly.
In the old days before my family got big-- before my husband and I married, I'd go to parties like this with my eldest daughters. We'd go to a professor's house and sit around with the MA students and other undergrads and eat delicious food that people had brought and everyone had a story about these favorites that they were sharing, and we'd drink delicious wines and good beer and tell funny stories. I have been so looking forward to getting back to this. I hope we will do this more.
My husband works in public health. They are state workers but they voluntarily get up in the middle of the night for emergencies to test things, he runs in to fix problems-- they are really dedicated. (I have no jokes about the so-called lazy state workers!) They talked a bit about work but they are fun people on the side-- one married couple has matching Hogs, another lady travels around the planet every chance she gets and dabbles in languages, there were a few couples with young children who were just sweet-- it was great.