Thursday, December 19, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
This year I hosted Thanksgiving because momMA and WA Dad had been in Africa for two weeks so momMA didn't have time/energy to prepare anything and her two boys were each with the in-laws for the holiday. Normally, it is just JP and me. We eat what we feel like, which may or may not be turkey, stay in our PJs all day and go to a movie in the evening. This year, he was house/dog-sitting, so we decided to have Thanksgiving there and invited the rest of my WA family - Tim, Megan, MJ and Theo - to join us. It was fun. JP and I cooked all day, Megan brought the most delicious dip in the whole world, and I was able to enjoy all the people I love out here.
The Friday after Thanksgiving, it is tradition to go downtown to watch the Tree Lighting at Westlake Center. This year, I roped momMA into going with me. We rode the bus directly to the center, sang some Christmas carols, watched the tree lighting and Macy's star, saw the fireworks, visited the gingerbread houses, experienced the snow at Pacific Place and rode the monorail to Seattle Center where we split a Mod Pizza and took in the Christmas lights. It was a fun weekend.
Ichabod "helping" prepare the Thanksgiving meal
Auntie's beautiful girl, Tim and JP
momMA, WA Dad, Megan, Auntie's boy
My view Friday morning, after the big day. I sat on the couch, sipped hot cocoa and watched the sky lighten as the sun came up.
Video of the tree lighting, star, and fireworks
Westlake Center Tree and Macy's Star
Gingerbread House at the Sheraton
Seattle Center tree with the Space Needle and its tree on top!
Monday, November 25, 2013
JP has been out of town, so Ichabod has blessed me with his presence each night when I'm trying to sleep. He doesn't just curl up at your feet like a normal cat. No, he has to be right in your face, paws on your cheek or under your cheek and he prefers to actually have half his body on top of your nose and mouth so you can't breathe. I finally pushed him off enough to not suffocate and this is what he settled for. Notice, I still couldn't get the paws away from my face.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Playing dress-up in Tee's clothes
Notice their shirts...so cute
Working on puzzles with Sadie's help
Tee's sleepy boy
(and no I'm not Asian, and no, I don't know what happened to my nose...I must have gained weight there, too)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
My Health students each made a self-esteem poster last week which included five things at which they excelled. Every one of them included cooking as a hobby they enjoyed so I decided rather than give them a paper/pencil exam I would have them each cook a meal from his/her country. Yum. Everything was so delicious. They all took it quite seriously and were very proud of their contributions. We ate til we were full and for dessert I taught them a quick way to make donuts...a request they made last week.