Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

Yet again, no travel plans for us this Thanksgiving.  Yet again, we have amazing friends to spend the holiday with locally.  We had offered to host, but Andra & Greg insisted, so we insisted on bringing desserts and sides.

Joseph showed off his mad piping skills when he helped make our traditional caramel pecan tart.  I also made a pumpkin swirl cheesecake that turned out heavenly.  (All I can say is #godblessmarthastewart)






It's getting to be that no matter where we spend Thanksgiving or who we are with, I'm always asked to carve the bird - and what a beautiful bird!  One of the best holiday meals we've had, and SO much dessert.  Luckily we were invited back 2 days later for leftovers.




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

World Adoption Day

Did you know that Tuesday, November 15, 2016, was World Adoption Day?  It's a day to celebrate the power and beauty of family brought together through adoption.  I have the perfect reason to celebrate: my handsome boy.



Thursday, November 17, 2016

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Or in the case of the Gators this season, you lose them all.  But at least they had fun trying.




I don't know how long Joseph's interest in flag football will last, but I'll always be there cheering him on from the sidelines.....as long as he's not totally embarrassed by his dad in Crocs and socks.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Howdy, Pilgrim

Just before Halloween I was able to chaperone the 4th grade field trip to Historic St. Mary's City.  Instead of trekking all the way out to Jamestown, which made for a brutally long day, the kids could still learn about 17th century life in this former colonial town which was Maryland's first capital.

Our tour guide first showed us all around a tobacco plantation.













Then we visited an Native American village.  We learned how they built these houses called "witchotts," how they hunted and fished, how they made clothes, and how they made a canoe.











Then we went down to the waterfront to see a tall ship and learned a lot about sailing.  Joseph even got to help hoist the anchor.












I couldn't fit all the kids in a regular photo so I took this panoramic.  Poor Nolan, in the back next to Joseph, must have moved, since he lost half his face and a hand.  Oops!  Nevertheless, such a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Gotta Catch 'em All!

Joseph wasn't the only one with a homemade Halloween costume this year.  Even though I've never played it myself, I decided to be on trend with the whole Pokemon GO! obsession that has swept the nation this year and managed to pull together an Ash Ketchum costume for myself at the last minute.




And it wouldn't be Halloween without pumpkin carving!