Boys’ 1st Birthday Party
September 16 - 19, 2011
- Updated November 2, 2011
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By LEWIS NOLAN
September 16, 2011 – Friday – Travel from Memphis to Nolan home at Arlington, VA
(From top left) Father: Casey Nolan, Mother: Caroline Nolan, Grandfather: Lewis Nolan
Grandmother: Betty Nolan (seated) holds twin boys Aiden and Carden Nolan in their home.
I had gone to bed about 9 p.m. Thursday after watching on TV
nationally ranked No. 3 LSU’s football team walk over my alma mater
I awakened per our plan at 3 a.m. and arose about 4 a.m. to
take an early shower and dress and finish packing for our drive to the airport
and a 7 a.m. flight on AirTran to
I should add that the equipment used by the discount airline
AirTran seems to be newer than either the old airplanes used by Northwest and
its ultimate owner, Delta Airlines, for the roughly two-hour flights from
Things went smoothly and Casey picked us up on time for the
relatively short drive across the Potomac River to his and Caroline’s nice,
two-story home in an older section of
Betty and I were staying for the weekend at a Marriott
recommended by Casey at nearby Tysons Corners, VA. Several of Caroline’s family
Before going to our hotel we made a quick stop at the Nolan home to see the napping boys and say hello to their babysitter, a young woman with aspirations to seek entrance into a medical school and become a physician by name of Haley. She sits for the boys when they are not in the four-days-a-week care of a new “nanny” recently hired whom we did not meet. Caroline works as a CPA for the Freddie Mac housing finance agency.
Casey is a development executive for Clark Realty Capital who is currently overseeing the staff and vendors charged with building more than 1,500, privately owned housing units at nearby Fort Belvoir ranging from mansions for general officers to town homes for enlisted service members and their families. The upscale housing project (reminiscent of the gated communities springing up across the finer housing areas of the country) is costing the government more than $600 million and is aimed at strengthening the Army’s retention efforts.
I took a short nap in one of the guest bedrooms at the Nolan
Also expected for the birthday celebration are a few neighbors, friends and work associates of Caroline and Casey.
The renovated basement of the Nolan home serves as a
gigantic playroom stocked with bunches of carefully shelved, educational toys.
It also contains a well-organized office area and computer equipment used by
Casey plus a big TV for family entertainment. A frequent occupant of the
R&R area is
That evening, Betty and Casey grilled several filet mignon steaks, which Betty and I hugely enjoyed with him in their elegant dining room after the boys were put to bed for the night. Caroline and her sister went out for a private “reunion” dinner.
Later, we borrowed
Casey’s new car – his old Ford Explorer was held for use by brother-in-law
Aaron. We drove 15 or so minutes to the Marriott that was a bit tough to get to
due to construction on adjacent I-495.
We went down