Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Dinner

For Christmas dinner we went over to the home of  friends along with some other friends.
We made the lamb for the dinner, it was delicious, it had an olive rosemary rub on it.
A beautifully decorated table.
Thanks for visiting and hope ya'll had a very Merry Christmas!
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Christmas morning

This year we didn't have any family come into town and we didn't leave town so we enjoyed Christmas morning at home.  
Dad with his "annual" issue of Leadership magazine.
It was about 70 degrees Christmas morning, but because it was Christmas and we really wanted a fire, we turned on the AC, opened the doors and put a fire log on!  
Emily and Charlotte opening their Christmas presents...dresses I made for them.
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The girls in their Christmas dresses (and kittie too :))
Watch out! Momma got a new set of knives!!
Daddy with my new cast iron skillet on his head.
Charlotte got a DVD called "Mr. Ed", personally I was a bit iffy on it because of the name. But after 10 seconds of watching it I loved it! It's hysterical.
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Old Salem

The week before Christmas the girls of the family took a day trip to Old Salem, a historic town near Winston-Salem, with some friends.
The first thing we did was go to an organ concert. This organ was built in the 1800s and then stored for 85 years and was recently restored.
I believe this is the Vogler's house.  Beautiful and distinctive architectural details adorn many of the buildings in the restored village.
Here's our little group.
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I'm not quite sure which building this is but a lot of the buildings have moravian stars like this one.
Along the street
Since it was Christmastime, we had the added pleasure of seeing the buildings with period decorations.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Birthday Boy

Two weeks ago Carter turned 15, and to celebrate we went to the Oceanic Restaurant on Wrightsville Beach. And this week he went to the DMV and got his driving permit!

The light outside was absolutely golden so I went out with the girls to take some pictures around a nearby old pier.

Friday, September 12, 2008

New York City

Sorry this is out of order but here are our great-grandparent's name.
Grandpa and my mom
Tuesday we drove to New York City (and got kinda lost) to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
None of us had seen Lady Liberty before and didn't realize how large she is.
Ellis Island was a fascinating place. Learning about all the millions of people who came through and how Ellis Island functioned was interesting. Many of the buildings have not yet been restored and you get a clear sense of what they looked like during the time the island was in use.

We found our great grandparent's names on the Wall of Remembrance. They arrived from Ukraine and came through Ellis Island around 1911. Having Grandpa along, he could fill us in on more information about it which was was great.

Dinner at Abotts

A beautiful New England Harbor+


+ lobster dipped in butter

+ steamed clams =a happy girl

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Last week we visited family and friends in New York. Over the weekend we had dinner with friends in Greenwich, CT, at a park overlooking Long Island Sound. The view was especially delightful as we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

My friends and I had great fun taking pictures of everything.

On Monday we visited Mystic Seaport, a restored 18th century whaling village.

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Emily in front of some old lobster pots.

Family picture time :)

They had some restored whaling ships that visitors could explore.

Dad and Charlotte tried their hand at whaling and had a little trouble...

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