Saturday, November 6, 2010

autumn Saturday

We've been hit with some sickness this week so my blogging has been sparse. Fortunately we're all healthy now, and just in mom arrived for an extended visit from the Philippines (my dad will be following shortly). We celebrated with a family dinner last night and some low-key activities today.

One act of celebration today was over the firepit. We roasted hotdogs, or we tried to in the windy, cold weather. We intended to do marshmallows as well, but we got fed up with the flickering flame and smoke chasing us away. Mom, Paulie and Philip had grass-fed beef hotdogs. (Paulie and Philip are only part-time vegetarians, as they like to say, only when they're at our house. ;) Paul, Finn and I had veggie dogs, Finn's first! (Fake meat is a rarity in our house so Finn has had little opportunity to try any.)

Paulie ran a 5k in 25 minutes flat this morning. His best time so far! All that running makes him hungry, and his hotdog hit the spot!

Finn approved of the veggie dog.

I think he was mostly in it for the ketchup; he kept asking me to add more!

Elizabeth doesn't like fake meat so she chose to just eat the apples we brought out to munch while we roasted.

After our picnic around the bonfire, we settled back into the cozy house for some quieter activities. Elizabeth worked on some Christmas presents.

My mom helped me with a project that will become part of our teachers' gifts. She's much better with tiny crochet hooks (and crochet patterns) than I am.

Philip crashed on the library couch with his latest must-read.

And we ended the afternoon with some homemade pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream.

Happy weekending!


  1. Joy, I am so glad everyone is feeling better! Wind aside, it looks like you had a fantatstic day...your photos scream "fall!!" I must also admit, that firepit is making me a bit jealous. I never thought of one before but now...I WANT ONE! Enjoy Sunday. :-)

  2. Philip looks like he's really into his book. Do you mind me asking what the title is? (I'm always on the look-out for books for Kayla)

  3. So happy everyone is feeling better! Your pie looks scrumptious!

  4. Love that photo of Philip on the couch! Have fun with your parents visiting. I hope the weather cooperates.

  5. Glad to hear everyone is on the mend. I've been reading along on Google Reader so hadn't seen your new banner. Love it!

  6. You have the cutest family Joy! I'm glad you're all feeling better. That pie looks delicious.

  7. Looks like you are all feeling better! So many great projects. I was thinking of you this week as there was interest from a co. in my North Carolina (chapel hill area). :)

  8. It looks like you all had such a cozy autumn weekend. Warms my soul!

  9. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. It's funny how you follow someone's blog for inspiration and then realize there are so many little connections... my family is from the Philippines and though it's a small connection... it's kinda cool. =) Glad you are all feeling better.

  10. What a lovely weekend!! We did a weekend like that (with apple tarts instead of pumpkin pie) this past week.

  11. What a beautiful way to celebrate feeling a bit better. Everything looks so lovely.


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