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