Monday, November 26, 2007
Look what my talented mother made for me. We saw these last year at Colonial Williamsburg. My mother knew she could make these herself. Well, I finally received one of these beautiful gourds. Thanks for sending me one.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Darren and Noah made our traditional apple pie. Darren was teaching Noah this year the how tos of pie baking. In our house the apple pie is a job for the men.
Bea likes to help, mostly to get samples before it goes in the oven.
Noah helped peel and mash the potatoes, but he refuse to even taste them.
The Gregorys hosted Thanksgiving this year. It was Joanna's first turkey and first success. She and I used Pioneer Woman recipes and we had a wonderful spread of yummy food.
I asked her to make lots of rolls, because I knew that would be all that Noah would eat. She also made a great cornbread dressing and a chocolate chip cheese cake and peanut butter brownie cookies.
Rosemary is part of our extended Rochester/Gregory family.
Annabel and her mini-me, Amanda.
Darren tried to get in a nap after dinner, but wasn't very successful.
We have many blessings and great friends are at the top of our list. It is good to sit and think over our day and digest and be thankful.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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Saturday, November 17, 2007
Bea is becoming quite the little pianist. Darren has all his hopes and dreams for a great musician in the family riding on our youngest. She enjoys playing and doesn't complain about practicing, but great? We'll just have to wait and see.
Friday, November 16, 2007
I accompanied Annabel and her class to the planetarium, today, for a field trip. They are finishing their study of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). We saw a presentation of Native American skies and legends. These are her two good friends Julie and Maddie.
Zion continues to amaze all and sundry with her culinary arts. Last night, she hosted dessert night and this was one of her contributions. It is a 6 layer chocolate cake with chocolate truffle filling and apricot glaze. How sweet it is.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Our amazingly talented friend, Zion, made an early Christmas delivery today. This is what I found when I arrived home from running errands.
The box in and of itself is beautiful, but the real piece de resistance is what is actually inside the box.
No, these did not come from Godiva or a fancy French patisserie. Zion made these herself. Why she has not gone into business for herself, I do not know. I, also, don't know why she thinks we are worthy of these fabulous little works of art, but I am grateful that she thinks we are!
Laura and Lily and Spencer came to stay with Noah, Annabel and Beatrice while Darren and I were in Spain. My kids had a great time with the Kreys. They did more in the week that Laura was here than I have done with them in the last two months! These are pictures from their last day here with us. Somehow, I missed getting Lily in the pictures.
My kids loved having their cousins here. Paul, just imagine how much fun we would have if you guys lived here!
It is a little freakish to me how much even I can see that Spencer looks like me. He's a beautiful boy.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Scott and Cary finished up a run on the beach and then went for a swim in the Mediterranean. How cool is that?
This view of the sailboat motoring down the coast looked like a postcard.
Until next year, Adios, amigos.
Friday, November 9, 2007
This area of Spain is know for its hams.
Darren enjoyed the fried eggs, but the chorizo was too strong.
We now know that Spain is not a place to visit for the food.
Mijas is a little village above Marbella, looking down onto the coastline. It is a white village known for its great shopping--souvenirs, of course.
We spent two days in Mijas. We went Thursday afternoon, and again on Friday when we realized there was more shoppping to be done.