Thursday, December 2, 2021

Really Random Thursday, 12/2/21

 Hey, today's date is a palindrome. 

Our Thanksgiving was fabulous! Mark's brother, Pete, and his wife, Jane, arrived on Monday before Thanksgiving, and their daughter, Rose, flew in on Wednesday. 

Christa created this fabulous charcuterie table. It was gorgeous and there were so many yummy things to choose from. 

We then moved on to our traditional Thanksgiving feast. Aaron had smoked a turkey on the Traeger and it was so moist and flavorful. 
It was also my birthday, so after a break, and a hilarious time playing Telestrations, it was time for dessert. Charlotte had made my favorite birthday cake, pineapple upside cake.

Pete and Jane had made a pie with huckleberries (which are plentiful where they live--southeastern Idaho) and peaches (with a nice quilty piecrust design on top).
Charlotte and Christa made apple.

Pete and Jane gifted me this bottle of wine--handpainted handprints on the bottle--it is stunning!

My favorite birthday card--from Ella.

Aaron, Christa and the kids had not really spent time with Pete, Jane, and Rose (the last time was in 2014), so it was a wonderful time for them to get acquainted with close relatives. I'm sure it won't be long before Aaron and family plan a trip to the Yellowstone/Grand Teton area where Pete and Jane live. 

On Friday, the five of us went to Carmel. We had purchased deli sandwiches and had a lovely picnic lunch while watching the waves.

Then we spent a bit of time wandering through the town of Carmel.
Side note: I was finally able to snap a picture of these two trees on Highway 99, the palm and evergreen, which signify the divide between southern and northern California.
We had another family dinner on Saturday evening, where Rose cooked a tasty vegetarian meal. 

Rose is such an artist. She enjoyed the warm weather while painting outside.
She painted this beautiful pomegranate.

Because Gabe aspires to try his hand at watercolor, she then painted explicit instructions so he could try to paint the pomegranate himself.

I sent this quilt home with Pete and Jane.

Because Jane liked both the bright one and the more subtle arrows, I sent this one home with them as well.

The brothers...
Christa's side of the family celebrated Thanksgiving the next day. Gabe and Levi got to have a sleepover with their cousins, and had the treat of spending some time with puppies. I'll close with this picture--probably my favorite picture of Gabe. Ever. 
Photo by Aaron Bryan

I'm so thankful for my family. Spending time with them is the best gift I could ever receive.


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Needledmom said... #

It looks like it was a wonderful get together. I’ll bet they loved their new quilts. The sketched instructions is a piece of art itself. LOVE the picture of Gabe and the puppy.

FlourishingPalms said... #

Your Thanksgiving looks like a marvelous time, Cindy! I've been remiss about blog-reading/commenting because I was in Kansas City for ten days over Thanksgiving. It's wonderful to spend time with family, isn't it?! I am so impressed with Charlotte's ability to cook! That charcuterie table is a-m-a-z-ing! No one could possibly leave feeling hungry! Was all the food put out on butcher paper? As for the pies... yum! It's ironic that my 12 year-old grandson wanted to make pineapple upside down cake over Thanksgiving. We never got around to it, but since they're coming to stay with us for a week after Christmas, I'll be sure to rectify that! It's also great that you could give away two of your quilts. I fully appreciate what that feels like - when us makers have too many quilts. It's SO nice to have quilts that are WANTED! I love, love, love the arrow quilt that Jane picked. She has great taste. Happy belated birthday! It's just too perfect that you could celebrate with your grandies. Blessings.