Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday Smiles!

JoAnn is all smiles as she dries the dishes....

Esme is not *quite* so happy about washing, but she's still smiling!

Lia joyfully helps with feeding the cat...

Da Momma is still smiling after a long busy day...

Ant... well... he was smiling underneath that comforter, despite his protestations...

And me... Still gleefully smiling! ^-^

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Times Three!

As we often do, we went to not one, not two, but three Thanksgiving dinners! We do not find this stressful. No one changes their schedule to accomodate us. It just happens that the three dinners that we are usually invited to fall at different times, and we enjoy stopping by at all three which each have their unique flavor and flair.

My dad works overnights and has a weird sleep schedule so my mom serves Thanksgiving dinner at noon. My mom is great at cooking the basics and gets everything just the way you would expect it to be without anything unusual or different. She also goes way overboard on the pies so there are plenty for everyone! This year there were pumpkin, apple, and pecan (several of each!) Yum! Yum! Yum!

Diana's mom serves dinner in the afternoon (this year at 3), giving us just enough time to enjoy some after dinner conversation with my family before heading across town to her place. She is not use to cooking for an extra 5 or 6 hungry people so it is a good thing that we can eat before getting there to not overburden her. Diana's mom's house will be filled with lots of friends that have become family. It is an all adult crowd so my posse of kids sure livens things up. Once again, there is time for socializing and conversation before heading out to Diana's nanny's house. The conversation at Diana's moms is definitely different from the conversation at my family so we get to experience different family cultures.

Then at Diana's nanny's there is a more formal dinner; this year it was at five. Diana's dad will be there, and his sister and her husband and their kids (who are teens just a bit older on average than mine). Once again, a totally different culture than the other two dinners.

This year, we were so involved in conversation at our first two stops that no pictures were taken! The only pictures we have are of the dinner at Diana's nanny's.
The best part of having so many feasts? As Esme said while eating a piece of cherry pie at the last meal of the day: you are sure to get what you want the most! (She had been craving cherry pie, but there was none at the first two dinners. )

Lining up for food!

The boys enjoy some dessert.

Nanny and Aunt Kathi

MeKalea hams it up for the camera!

Esme relaxes with Diana's Dad and Uncle Mel in the background.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wacky Wednesday

Let the cycling begin...

Shall we dance on the frosted deck?

Let the shoveling begin...(for the third day in a row!)

Let the cocooning begin...

Homemade copper chain!

Did the house fall on him?

Let the festivities begin!

Visit to the big store!

Look what Diana made!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Bunny In the Laundry

Bunny knows that fresh laundry still warm from the dryer is the best place to sleep!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Winter Has Arrived Early

The Winter Wonderland that Is Our Backyard

Help! We Iz Snowed In!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It Has Begun


Bunny says, "Time to come inside for a few months."

But sushi, made by Diana, eases the burden, and

Stir-fry for Jacqueline who just can't help not liking sushi no matter how much she tries!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Too Tired to Draw...

Lia took this cute picture of our cat Bunny!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Late Autumn at Rice Creek

November Asters

Josie in the Woods

Boardwalk through the Swamp

Lovers in the Water

Field of Leaves

Tulip Poplar and Bunny

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Crafting Tuesday

Sugar skulls for Day of the Dead!

Earrings and pendants!

The pirate cat necklace is finally done! All has been posted in Faerie Garden Fancies.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Samhain Feast and Ritual

Tourtière for our ancestor dinner cut with a Jack-o-lantern face! In celebration of Diana's Canadian heritage.

The table is set for the feast!

In addition to the tourtière, we had hummer salad in celebration of my Swedish heritage and jerk chicken in celebration of the kids' Jamaican heritage.

Here is the celebration bonfire!

And here we all are minus Diana who was taking the photo.