Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving in San Francisco

We got a chance to go back to my sister's house in San Francisco for Thanksgiving. It was a great time to reconnect with family. My mom and little sister joined us from SoCal and Eric's mom and step-dad were able to come also to visit Susan, Eric's step-sister, and her boyfriend Tom. We spent a day exploring the best of San Fran's attractions using some of the city's options for modes of transportation- we used BART, the cable car, a public bus, and our own two feet (those hills are rough to walk up pushing a stroller with Audrey getting the best end of that deal ).
The girls on a cable car
Eric got to hang off the side. I had to sit with Audrey inside
because evidently the city does not want to be liable if babies fall off.
Eric and his mom, Cedulie at Fisherman's Wharf.

At Ghirardelli Square. Thanks for wearing reflective gear Tom!

Susan, Audrey, Tom and me waiting for a bus.

We went wine tasting with the family in Healdsburg
Beautiful autumn vineyard
At Foppiano's

Sue and Tom entertaining Audrey

Driving home from wine tasting my sisters, Audrey and I got reared ended by a fire department's ambulance (which is quiet big compared to our little Subaru). We all suffered some pretty bad whiplash, but were happy to all be safe.

My sisters and I cooked all day Wednesday and Thursday preparing for the Thanksgiving feast for 16 adults and 4 kids. The menu consisted of cornished game hens, spooned corn bread, garlic sour cream mashed potatoes, pineapple yam casserole with marshmallows on top, pumpkin souffle, merlot cranberry sauce, fried rice (for the Chinese contingence), green bean casserole, with the typical but tasty apple pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie topped with fresh whipped cream using my sister's new cool gaget.

The table set for 20
Enjoying some good food.
We made it home safely after having our flight was delayed and rerouted to another airline. Our new flight was direct which we appreciated. Our luggage didn't make the transfer with us but were thankful it to happened at the end of or trip rather than the beginning. We were a little worried because our car seat and coats were in the checked luagge. Luckily they have car seats available at the airport for these situtations and it was not too cold (only 35 degrees). The airline was kind enough to deliver the bags to us the next night.

Overall, we had a wonderful trip. It was wonderful to be with all that family for Thanksgiving. Though it was a little difficult to leave, and we don't totally feel at home in Maryland yet, we are enjoying all the experiences that God is allowing us to experience during this unique time in our lives.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Weekend Getaway

Eric's mom and step-dad (whom we are living with) treated us to a weekend away and more importantly, a weekend sans Audrey Grace.
Yes, we did sit in those Adirondack chairs and watched the sunset over the Chesapeake Bay.

This was the coolest tree because it had ever color of leaves (green, yellow, orange, red, and brown) all at the same time. I was so impressed that I brought a bag of leaves home with me.

We did some hard-core sight seeing, actually we just went to the only interesting thing around, Turkey Point Lighthouse (and there were no turkeys to speak of, just a point and a lighthouse). I think I want lighthouse stairs in my next house.

Is this for real?

I never thought I would live to see the day that Regular gas was under $2.00 again. Sorry, Californians you may never see that day again. I was actually disappointed to see that we had a full tank when we drove by this gas station.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

This year we went to George and Stefanie's house (Eric's sister and brother-in-law) for a Halloween party. We enjoyed some good friends, pumpkin chili, corn bead, apple cake and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (thanks Abbie- they have been my favorite since nursing school).
The cousins and their Grand-Maman (yes... dressed as a cow.)
Our Little Chick
Sofia as the Cutest Ladybug Ever
Yes Audrey got leaves for Halloween instead of candy,
but she didn't seem to mind.