Friday, 30 November 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

This year we attended Thanksgiving at Nathan & Elisabetta's home.  We had the traditional turkey, sweet potato mash, and green bean casserole but the Italian twist came with the dessert - panna cotta. A couple of the little ones were crying for no real reason but once they had a panna cotta or two everyone was happy again!

Felicity had a thanksgiving play at preschool the day before where she dressed up as a grey squirrel but she didn't shake her bushy tail! Henry had fun visiting his old preschool.

And just for my records here is where we've enjoyed thanksgiving in years past.

Thanksgiving feasts:
2012 Cook family (Boiling Spring Lakes)
2011 Holmes family (Hampstead)
2010 Tilly family (Rocky Point)
2009 Marlene's (Carolina Beach)
2008 Martin family (next door neighbours)
2007 Westra family (Hampstead)
2006 Monetta family (Wilmington)

Thursday, 29 November 2012

County Fair

Every couple of years we think it would be good to go to the county fair at ILM airport.  Then we go and wonder why we bothered! However the kids did have a fun time on the rides.  

Henry loved the monster trucks, Lucy loved the jungle gym (she went on 6 continuous times) and Felicity loved the fun slide (she kept running from the end back to the entrance and screaming until she was let in again by the attendant!)

We visited the animal tent which was judged smelly by Lucy and then Henry declared he didn't like horses.  But he did like the mega sized tractors.

We ate some bad ice cream and then came home!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Lucy's half birthday

Lucy's cake was several days in the making.  She chose a White Gold Passion Genoise from Rose's Heavenly Cakes book.  It included the genoise cake, passionfruit syrup, passionfruit curd and deluxe white chocolate buttercream icing (which firstly required a custard to be made). 

It tasted as good as it sounds and that passionfruit curd was truly delightful.  [We cracked open one of the tins of passionfruit we bought in Australia as part of this celebration. Please Australian friends send more tins!]

Of course we decorated the house with pink and purple crepe paper streamers per Lucy's request.


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Andrew's half birthday

Andrew enjoyed a veal schnitzel dinner for his half birthday followed by half a chocolate cake served with mint chocolate chip ice cream. Apart from the cake I hadn't planned anything but it all came together nicely at the last minute and included an autumn themed table setting.  Usually we don't do half birthdays for adults but Lucy insisted that we had to do something for her Daddy!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Felicity's half birthday (18 months old)

We've been busy getting ready for Christmas making lots of crafts, decorating and working on our light display.  But over the past month we have celebrated some half birthdays and other events.  Let's catch up on them!

First up is Flissy's half birthday.

We still had the sign from her Little Miss Sunshine party so we modified it to say 1/2 instead of 1st birthday.  Felicity was excited to eat pancakes with maple syrup but more particularly was ecstatic with the orange balloon tied to her high chair.

After dinner we enjoyed strawberry ice cream, her favourite dessert.

Isn't she the cutest, happiest baby!  Though she is determined not to be a baby at all and is now refusing the high chair (she must sit on a proper chair) and doesn't like sippy cups (she wants a cup just like the other kids). Oh Felicity please stay a little baby for a bit longer!