The holidays are approaching…


which means I need to start planning and cooking. I will not spend my Christmas day making pasta but eating it! Since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, there really isn’t a traditional Italian dish to make. I don’t even remember if my family had anything other than turkey on Thanksgiving while growing up. I know that since I married my husband we have had turkey almost every year. Last year I protested and made Italian food because that is what I like. I have to say I did miss the turkey, stuffing/dressing, and other assorted traditional Thanksgiving foods but that is easy to fix. One can eat those foods anytime they want. 

This year we are going with the traditional menu for Thanksgiving but Christmas will be Italian food again. I plan to learn some new recipes and try some new foods. Since I am not great at baking my daughter is in charge of that department. I will try some new breads though. I need to master this art form in the kitchen. 

Speaking of the kitchen, I still need to make the curtains. I still haven’t hung anything on the walls. We are terrible procrastinators! I guess it will get done soon. The holiday season is enough of a kick in the pants to finish up now. I have found some fabric for the curtains but I haven’t bought it yet. Maybe this week I will.  And I think I am going to make some eggplant lasagna today! 

Now for your viewing pleasure, here are a few pictures from my visit with my grandchildren. We had a full 5 days of adventures. I took Asher for his first haircut. Here he is pouting a bit because this was all new. He is also wearing the “batman” cape.

He was happy when it was done. Elizabeth did NOT want her hair cut, and I wasn’t going to get it cut, but she kept saying “It’s not my turn next. My hair is too long, I don’t need it cut”. Funny girl. Here they both are in Wal-Mart while we waited for my son to try on some jeans.

What a ham Izzy is being there!  On Saturday we went to the zoo. They did good. It wasn’t crowded which meant we had lots of viewing space. The best part of the day was probably when we saw the sea lions and Asher said “Look at the mermaids!”. That is because of the tail shape. How funny! Here is the best picture I got of my boys and the little ones.

They loved the wolf statue. Sunday was church then a pumpkin farm with hayride. We had fun. My other daughter and Isaiah (Za) came along and we had a great time. Here is a group shot of us.

Monday morning the kids were coughing too much for me to go to work with them so I called off. We already had planned to return the kids to my daughter and son-in-law that day so we just relaxed until it was time to get ready and go. When I told the kids they were going home that day, Izzy kept saying “I want to stay at your house Grandma” over and over again. Then when they were loaded into their van, she was crying “I miss my grandma” over and over again. And I have reports of her crying the same thing every time she got in trouble at home for days afterwards. Asher even started “I want to go to Grandma’s house” whining when my daughter would not let him have his binky outside of bedtime. It feels good that they loved it here. I am glad they enjoyed their time here.

Oh yeah, we also had a tea party with pizzelles and tea. They loved it all!

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2 thoughts on “The holidays are approaching…

  1. I still hear “I miss Grandma” every once in awhile. And Izzy likes to remind me that it is grandma’s turn to come to our house. :)
    Jonathan and I are glad they got your full attention for 4 days. They have needed that since the twins came.

  2. Aww sounds like you had a fun filled week!! Your grandkids are precious!! Thanks for sharing the cute pictures. I want to thank you for your sweet words about the bad financial situation on my blog!

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