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November 21, 2008

dinner party fun

Last Saturday my sister held a fall themed dinner party at the West Salem Branch. We entered through the front door (which Lisa saves for formal use only) and signed in the guestbook. It wasn't long before we each had a glass of wine in our hands and were treated to a delicious brie and apple appetizer. As we chatted with the other guests a perfectly planned selection of tunes played on in the background.

We sat down to a bowl of pumpkin bean soup, cornbread muffins, and little pats of butter cut into maple leaves and drizzled with maple syrup. Our bowls were cleared and our hostess mentions that on the back of the leaf on which our bowls had been set is a word we should try to work into the conversation during dinner. The game was to use our word without being caught. Chuck and I succeeded.

The main course was an herb-rubbed pork loin served with mushroom wild rice and dilled green beans. It was very tasty and I admit to eating too much. While we let our food settle a bit, we filled our wine glasses and used the conversation cards at the table to expand our already delightful discussion. When Lisa thought we'd sat long enough, she served us coffee and pumpkin trifle for dessert.

The evening carried on in the living room with more wine, music, a game, and some witty exchange. I had such a wonderful time with my sister, husband, and our friends. I don't get many nights like that anymore and I really appreciate everything that went into making such an amazing night amazing. I love you, Lisa.

a fall table
a fall themed table

the hostess
our hostess

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November 13, 2008

Two weeks until Thanksgiving...

and I'm thankful for:
my girl
being able to stay home with her
naptime = downtime
Decaf Tall Non-fat Latte
coffee adventure Sundays
living close to my family
my husband's never ending patience and support
my new wool socks
Friday nights with my dad's fam
watching Home for the Holidays every year and (knowing my sister and brother are too)
family traditions - old and new

gobble gobble

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November 9, 2008

baby it's cold outside

So the snow has begun to fall in our corner of the world. We've had several days of snowflakes and (after record high temperatures last week) the cold is here to stay for the season. It was bound to happen.

I'm getting excited about Thanksgiving with my family, baking Christmas cookies with Lisa, and getting my Christmas shopping done. Only two and a half weeks until I can break out the Chirstmas music. I must confess; I started organizing my playlists. *grin*

I love this time of year. Starting with Rachel's birthday and my anniversary and ending with New Year's day and my family's Christmas celebration. All is well...


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November 3, 2008


My girl makes me so proud. Here's some cool stuff she can do now:
say the ABCs
count to 12
say the days of the week in English and French
remember things from as long as a year ago (I can hardly do that)

To keep it in perspective, she also...
picks her nose
puts everything in her mouth (even bugs)
takes her diaper off by herself

happy fall, y'all
Miss Sassy-Pants Magoo

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