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Hello Dahlings!

For those of you new to the blog, each year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day I gather with the women of our family for a lunch at a winery. I have lovingly named my mother and her sister’s “The Gabor’s” based on their talk of husband’s, beauty tips, and advice.  There’s a saying in our family “When wine goes in… secrets come out” and each year The Gabor’s prove this adage correct. Don’t get me wrong, they never get drunk (it’s not seemly to look less than your best in public), but I find that a glass or two of wine sure does lower their inhibitions.

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This year, due to some scheduling issues, we had to move our luncheon up a week. So last Saturday we loaded up the cars and headed to the winery. As a special treat, my sister-in-law who usually works on Saturday’s, was able to join us for the first time. I have grown so accustomed to our luncheons that I did not think to prepare her. She’s been in the family for over 13 years and it honestly didn’t cross my mind. If I had, I would have saved the poor girl from the coughing fit she had as she nearly choked on her salad.

It started with a simple question about my aunt’s dating life. My mom’s youngest sister has been computer dating and we wanted to hear if she had found anyone interesting. She proceeded to share some of her dating experiences involving, guys with pony tails, eyebrow piercings, and the date that calculated their bill by the candlelight at the table. This conversation happened well into the lunch so some wine had been consumed. So when my aunt started talking about one gentleman with a foot fetish who was interested in sucking her toes, my poor sister-in-law nearly choked on her Vineyard Chicken Salad. I should have warned her to take small bites. Lucky for us, she was able to breathe on her own and didn’t require any medical intervention.

All joking aside, it is always a lovely day and I am truly thankful for these women in my life. We’re a crazy bunch, but I love them like crazy.

So keep your chins up (you never want to let them see your neck sag) and smile through it all.

Happy Early Mother’s Day,

Suzanne Santillan

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IMG_0300In what has become a Mother’s Day tradition(see previous posts here and here), I joined the women in my family for lunch at a winery the Saturday before Mother’s Day. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with family news and encourage one another with good food and some liquid refreshment.

My mother and her sister’s never fail to entertain and once again they earned their nickname “The Gabors.” Now I don’t know about you, but when I think of the Gabor sister’s I think of jewels, rich living and feather boas. It is for that reason that I made each one a wine glass with it’s own pink feather boa (see picture above). They were a huge hit.

One of the things that Gabor’s are good at is encouragement. This year we celebrated with my cousin and Junior Gabor, Vicki. After two years, she has just met her weight loss goal of 97lbs. I think that deserves a huge standing ovation and I am very proud of her accomplishment. Way to go Vicki.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and got to celebrate it in a special way.

Cheers Daaahling,

Suzanne Santillan

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On Saturday we celebrated our 2nd annual Gabor Mother’s Day Celebration. Now I must admit right here, I am not actually related to the Gabor family. This is just a nickname that I have lovingly given to my mom and aunts based on their behavior when they get together.

To make my point here were some of the topics of conversation at the table on Saturday:

  •  Shopping
  • Plastic surgery
  • Ex Husbands
  • What to expect from a man
  • Make up
  • Entertaining and Food

Here is a picture of the real Gabor sisters playing piano. I’m not sure what they are playing, but I’m sure it’s fabulous. (Note the way they lift their chins to avoid the saggy neck look.)
The Following were NOT topics of conversation:
  • Current events
  • Cooking (Gabors don’t cook, they order in daahling)
  • Cleaning (Not that I blame them, it was just never mentioned)
It was a wonderful day with family and the weather was perfect. It’s was nice to take a moment out of our busy schedules to touch base and reconnect with who we are. We even made plans to have more Gabor gatherings throughout the year. I can hardly wait.
Til next time daahling,
Suzanne Santillan
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On Saturday I had the chance to celebrate Mother’s Day a little early. My cousins and I arranged a lunch for “The Gabors” at a winery. For those of you new to our blog, I have nicknamed my mom and her sisters The Gabors due to their tendency to share love and beauty tips once they’ve had more than a glass or two of wine.

In honor of Mother’s Day here is a lovely picture of the Gabor sisters with their Mother Jolie.

The day was wonderful and I am sorry to say that they only had one glass of wine so I have no love or beauty tips to share with you today, but the ladies were lovely as usual. It was great to get a chance to catch up with each other, and visit while someone else did the cooking. The winery had a Medieval theme so Aunt Lori Gabor, by far the most colorful and fun loving of the three, wore a flowered wreath to tie into the theme of the restaurant.

So I would like to thank the lovely Gabor’s for a great day and my cousins for helping me plan the day. Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there, it’s a tough job but where would be be without mothers? Probably walking around with dirt behind our ears, wearing dirty underwear and getting perilously close to a bridge as we watch our friends jump off.

Suzanne Santillan

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This is a little belated Mother’s Day salute to my Mom and her sisters. I have had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time with them in the past few months and I have found the experience to be touching and highly entertaining. I know now why my Mom has the saying “When wine goes in, secrets come out” painted on the wall of her kitchen, it was done in honor of her and her sisters.

It only took one glass of wine for them to begin sharing old stories of relatives from the past. The second glass led to beauty tips and advice. The third glass was a free for all, the laughing and giggling, beauty tips and family secrets (which will remain so) arguments on how the middle sister suddenly claimed to be younger than the youngest sister, caused me to nick-name them the “Gabor Sisters.”

These ladies have seen their share of joys and sorrows but they stick together and work things out, and when times get tough it is nice to see that your family sticks together.

So Happy Belated Mother’s Day ladies, I love you dearly.

This is a picture of the real Gabor Sisters, note the question mark made of candles on the cake.

Suzanne Santillan

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