Of course there is the New Year celebration. This is the first time we ever made a fresh ham.
I've never been a huge fan of the cured type of ham usually served in Maryland on New Year's Day but this recipe looked interesting. It didn't take much preparation but it did take a long time to cook. It was so much better than anything I have had in the past. The spiced fruit was a delicious accompaniment but my favorite parts of the meal were the black pepper popovers and the citrus salad with rosemary and cured olives.
A few years ago the kids bought a box of tinker toys in the thrift store for a dollar or two. Half the pieces were missing and several have broken since but these are still a favorite toy of every kid in our house. It is not uncommon to find a bunch of photos of their projects on my camera card.
Last Sunday was a very bad day for me. No matter what I did I couldn't get my sugar up. When it is like that there is literally nothing else to do but lie down and eat every 15 or 30 minutes. It was a long day. Without energy even to read I watched our church service with Emma who was left home to babysit me.
On the bright side, both the Ravens and the Redskins were in the playoffs that day. That doesn't happen often. As a matter of fact, I don't know if it has ever happened. We were thrilled to see the Ravens play so well (and for anyone who is keeping score even more excited by last Saturday's game). It would have been nice to see the Skins move on, too, but you can't have everything.
That also happened to be the premier of Season Three of Downtown Abbey. The girls were prepared with chocolate, coffee and Kleenex I was disappointed they did not actually show Mary and Matthew's wedding and even more disappointed by the rest of the season. But I won't spoil it for those who didn't watch all the episodes already.
These blocks, also a cheap thrift store find, are another favorite toy in our house. As with the tinker toys, I regularly find lots of photos of the kids creations on my camera card.
Carmella is a good sleeper but doesn't often sit still long enough to fall asleep on your shoulder anymore. Her molars are coming in and she was in a lot of pain for a few days and having trouble napping. She was so tired one particular morning she fell asleep rocking with Nathaniel. He was in heaven and spent the rest of the day boasting to everyone how he got to cuddle with sleeping Winnie.
Us bigger people enjoy coffee with our morning study but the younger set have hot cocoa during their Bible study. Samuel was being artistic with his marshmallows one morning.
Aedan made these Muppet characters out of recycling for Allen's and Nathaniel's birthday celebrations. As a totally not creative person in the least, I am always amazed at how they come up with these things.
Allen celebrated his 43rd birthday.
He wanted to celebrate with a 10K run. What a difference a year makes!
Emma had a wire break on her braces over the holidays. Our orthodontist had taken some time off so it was two weeks before it could be repaired. She was in a lot of pain having everything cinched back into place. Her diet consisted of soup and a lot of milk shakes for a few days. Doesn't that look beautiful?
One of Carmella's favorite activities while we do school is to take cans out of the pantry....
And there you have it... two Wachter weeks in review!