We love and miss Great Grandma Mary Chandler, my mother’s mom. She passed away at 93 years young on Sunday, December 6. We’re glad we were able to visit her several times with her great-grandchildren.
This gorgeous rose bloomed in front of our house, despite the cold. It was in full bloom when Great Grandma died, and it lost its petals soon after. Now whenever I see the image of a rose, I think of Great Grandma. We love you, Manya.
Here are some shots from our first snow of the 2009-10 winter season.
First post-snow-play cocoa……
First real snowcone (eaten indoors because it’s warmer in here!!)…..
Erica and the kids headed up to the Steele’s house for the afternoon to visit with Vanessa and Kai during their Thanksgiving Weekend trip north. The cousins reconnected immediately, and everyone had a blast playing together. They even did an impromptu talent show!
We had a sumptuous meal at Gemma and Papa’s house with Aunt Elisa for Thanksgiving. We held the rest of our family in our hearts and look forward to breaking bread together with everyone together when we’re in the same place at the same time.
Love this shot – these three have been playing together since they were babies.
Kids’ first visit to NYC’s American Museum of Natural History
Making the best cider of our lives with Farmer Billiam at Liberty View Farm.
Shots from Halloween 2009
We live in the middle of apple country, and fall means lots of fun at area farms. Here are some shots from Hurds Farm, Country Charm Farm (right on our road!), and a cool fundraising festival we attended called “Carve For A Cause.”
We love heading up into the mountains to explore. Here are some shots up at Split Rock for an impromptu hike. Then we have some pictures from COTA, New Paltz’s “Celebration Of The Arts,” an annual festival started by a fellow homeschooler a few years ago!
We enjoyed a lovely meal and gathering at Gemma and Papa’s, along with Aunt Elisa. We celebrated with many of you from across the miles, including Great Grandma Chandler who had a restful day with Grandma and Grandpa down in Florida; Aunt Linda, Ian, and Kyle and Aunt Marsha, Uncle Steven, and Andy in Georgia; Uncle George in Texas; and Auntie Vanessa and Kai whom we visited later over the weekend in Massachusetts (pix of that coming later – SO CUTE!).
Here are some harvest pix of the kids at Gemma and Papa’s house getting pumpkins that grew ALL BY THEMSELVES after Sal and Olga tossed seeds from *last* year’s pumpkins out into the garden.