November 30, 2016 – Thanksgiving weekend

John, Sarah, and I also went out to dinner with Phyllis & Gary plus Becca and our nephew, Mike, while we up in the Tampa area. Phyllis suggested a German place, Taste of Berlin, and it was great. Becca and Mike are fun to be with and we all enjoyed schnitzels and beer!

Becca and Mike (who looks just like my father!) at Taste of Berlin in Brandon, FL

Becca and Mike (who looks just like my father!) at Taste of Berlin in Brandon, FL

November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving

Yum, Thanksgiving! With all of us making a contribution, we are having a lavish feast! In addition to our dishes, creamed onions and Indian pudding, I have made myself and my sisters Thanksgiving aprons.  Peg and Phyllis seem happy with them. Dinner is definitely a case of too many cooks not spoiling the broth (dinner.) Our dinner consists of turkey, sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, creamed onions, green bean casserole, parsnips and carrots, rolls, and cranberry sauce. For dessert there is apple-cranberry pie and Indian pudding with ice cream. In addition Andy and Brittany have smoked a brisket.  No one is going hungry today.

I am sad, though, that this is the first Thanksgiving that I have not been with Jonathan since 1977, the year he was born. I know he will do a great job cooking dinner but I miss him as well as Ryan, Nathan, and Sam. But, yay!, this is the first time I have had Thanksgiving dinner with my sisters in a long, long time.

Peggy in her turkey apron holding a pre-dinner "turkey" snack

Peggy in her turkey apron holding a pre-dinner “turkey” snack

Phyllis wearing her apron hard at work

Phyllis wearing her apron hard at work

Gary carving the turkey

Gary carving the turkey

The kitchen is abuzz with activity

The kitchen is abuzz with activity

John hasn been banished from the kitchen but hovers around the edges

John hasn been banished from the kitchen but hovers around the edges

Phyllis and Gary's round high-top table has plenty of seating for everyone

Phyllis and Gary’s round high-top table has plenty of seating for everyone

Wow, what a feast!

Wow, what a feast!

Time to dig in!

Time to dig in! (l. To r.  John, Sarah, Brittany, Phyllis, and Andy)

At the table

At the table (Brittany, John, Ted)

At the table

At the table (John, Ted, Sarah)

November 23, 2016 – Victorian Tea

As long as we are already on the East Coast, we decide to make a trip down to Florida for Thanksgving at Phyllis and Gary’s near Tampa.  First order of business, though, is a little girl-time at a Victorian Tea Room. Peggy, Phyllis, Sarah, Brittany (nephew Andy’s wife), and I tuck into a spot of tea with some delicious sandwiches, soup, scones, and dessert.

Sarah and Brittany

Sarah and Brittany

Phyllis, Mary, and Peggy

Phyllis, Mary, and Peggy

 

November 19, 2016 – Melissa and Rob’s Wedding, Murrells Inlet, SC

Sarah, John and I travel to South Carolina to attend the wedding of Melissa Hansen Keefe to Rob Murren.  How can I miss this? It is a great chance to spend a little time with my dear friend Sophie.

The wedding and reception are full of happiness. Melissa has been through very hard times losing her first husband, Nick, at such a young age. We are thrilled that she has found this new love and that Tyler will have a new dad. The ceremony is very touching with Rob making vows also to Tyler promising to be a good dad to him.

Melissa and Rob at the altar

Melissa and Rob at the altar

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Murren

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Murren

With Sophie at the reception

With Sophie at the reception

John and Sarah at reception

John and Sarah at reception

Pilats!

Pilats!

Pixie Sarah

Pixie Sarah

Melissa and Rob first dance

Melissa and Rob first dance

Melissa and Al dance

Melissa and Al dance

Sarah and Melissa, first best friends

Sarah and Melissa, first best friends