Monday, November 29, 2010

Festival of Trees

This weekend we headed to the Festival of Trees.  It's put on by the historical society, and for those that remember, is the same event where we won the Christmas tree that goes in our kitchen last year.  The event was much, much bigger this year. taking over the warehouse across the street from the historical society house.  There were roughly 70 artificial trees being raffled off this year.  Near tree is a box with a slot and you can put as many tickets as you like into the box of each tree you like in the hopes of winning one.  Last year the tree that we won had a 1950s theme too it.  It looked fabulous in our kitchen!  The girls got such a kick out of the fact that we have not one but two Christmas trees in our house!
My favorite trees were in the historical society house, but with how many people were in there it was hard to take any pictures.  Our fingers are crossed that we win another one this year, but if not, there's always next year!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Our Autumn Nature Table

It happened totally by accident that we created our first nature table.  We have this beautiful half round table in our dinning room.  The table has always been one of my favorite pieces, and I have been looking for something to bring more attention to it than it often gets.  Above it hangs our wedding document and on it usually sits our Welcoming Spirit (a figurine from the Willow Tree line).  With having company the last few days the centerpiece from the dinning room table was often relocated to make space for whatever meal we were having at the time.  One night for dinner we moved the centerpiece over to the table and bam!  Our first nature table was born.
With how lovely this "accidental" one turned out, and with how often the girls bring in rocks, acorns, flowers, leaves and other bits of nature, we have decided to create a nature table for each season.  Our winter nature table has already been started with some holly branches (extras that did not fit around our advent wreath) evergreen boughs and pine cones.  As we prepare for the Winter Solstice and Christmas holidays we look forward to adding more to our nature table as the winter arrives and continues on.

Trot Trot To Boston...

Dave's parents stayed with us until mid-day Saturday.  We started our Friday off with a delicious breakfast at The Wayside Inn,

Followed by a trip to the Boston Children's Museum.
Grace got to see what it would be like to be on TV.
While Grace was practicing her hair dressing skills,
Em went shopping.
And of course, no trip to the BCM is complete without some bubble play!
We had such a blast at the museum!  Ice cream was requested so off to Cabot's we went.  We could not possibly pass up the chance to have a snack there what with it being on our way home and all.  It truly was the cherry on top of the sundae of a most fabulous day!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Scenes Of Thanksgiving

We always have cranberry bread for breakfast on Thanksgiving.
This year Em helped make it.
Removing the turkey from its brining bucket.
And that is as wide as we could open the oven door.
Grace and Emma headed out to gather leaves for the centerpiece.
Playing with tops while the turkey roasts and we wait for our family to arrive.
"They're back!"
"Hi, Papa!"
Like all good New Englanders we watched the Patriots game.
You know your stove is on its last legs when you have to duct tape it shut so the turkey cooks!
Don't you baste your turkey like this too?! 
Grace took the picture above,
As well as this one. 
Our turkey is ready!
And now for some fun with turkey hats...
From our family to yours,
We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!