Sunday, January 16, 2011

Josie turns 9

Hard to believe that Josie turns 9 today. We celebrated last night with a birthday party at Bret and Rachelle's, pizza... cake... and presents.

Josie and Dale

Waiting for mom to serve cake and ice cream.

With Rachelle's mom, Marie.

Eating cake and ice cream.

Josie invited her friend Kim over for the party.

Luke reading "Treasure Island" before the party.

Rachelle and Jaden.

Our little ballerina. She just started taking lessons this week and this is the outfit she is required to wear.

She's also required to attend every class wearing this bun in her hair, which must be secured with the precise kind of hair pin that ballet Mistress Sharon Rogers requires.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Last but not least

We finally had a Christmas family gathering with Bret and Rachelle and the grandkids on New Year's Day.

Opening gifts. These kids are still getting presents one week after Christmas!

Josie, Dale and Jaden

Rascally Luke

Jaden is growing up too fast.

Bret and Rachelle with Luke (and Barney, resting his head on my new throw!)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Eve 2010

We had another great New Years Eve this year, inviting eight friends over for an amazing dinner, drinks, gifts and poker.

As always, I am intensely focused on my food! One of the highlights of the meal was foie gras and pate that Carrie and Joe brought, along with homemade bread and a balsamic reduction sauce for the foie gras, which they ordered special for the evening. I made individual beef Wellingtons and a red wine/shallot sauce, mashed potatoes, corn pudding as well as stuffed mushrooms. Carrie also brought one of the best salads I ever tasted, with roasted butternut squash, candied walnuts and caramelized onions in it. In honor of my birthday, Bonnie made one of my favorite desserts, German chocolate cake. I only wish I had taken more food photos!

My dining table is never big enough for all of the food dishes, so I served buffet style. Unfortunately, my kitchen isn't very big, either! Thanks for your patience, guys. (One of the most amusing sights of the night was watching Carrie assemble her salad on the washing machine in the laundry room.)

Mike never takes a bad photo.

Most of the group played poker after dinner.

Bonnie, Joe and I cleaned up most of the mess. These two are troupers.

I helped. I like this photo because it looks like I'm patting Joe's butt.

 My table before the assault. Wish I had taken more photos of a lovely night.