Monday, November 29, 2010

There and Here

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and I am grateful for many things. Dan and I spent Thanksgiving day and the weekend in Kansas with Jill and her family. Dan made our delicious turkey, grilling it outdoors on a Weber charcoal grill. The smoky flavor was wonderful. After our family dinner, we went to my sister's house to share desserts - pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake pie, apple pie, and French silk pie - with her family and our dad. Entertainment was provided by 14 month-old Tay, three week-old Aesa, and several Wii games.
Celina, Tay and Aesa
Once again I'm staying in Kansas to help Jill with these three. You might be able to tell from the photo that Tay wasn't feeling well. After he had a couple restless nights, at 11:30 last night his parents took him to the emergency room screaming in pain. It turns out he has an ear infection. I never cease to marvel at how much a little person can disrupt one's life - and sleep! I prayed my thanks for doctors and antibiotics.

Jill continues to regain vigor since her c-section three weeks ago. The doc's still telling her she still can't lift more than ten pounds though, so between Dan and me, one of us is here to help - mostly lifting and carrying Tay - while her husband travels for work. By January, we're anticipating that Jill will be able to manage on her own.

Naturally, time for sewing and stitching is at a premium, but I'm working on a couple things. I'm embroidering the letter "D" of the Snowman A to Zzzz stitchery project, and I'm making a purse for myself.

More than a week ago, when my friend, Michelle, came over for a sewing day, she scrounged through my batik bin to choose 12 fabrics for my purse. I've managed a little time at Jill's sewing machine to work on it. It will be something fun and colorful to carry next spring.

Christmas gift-making? Gift-shopping? Heaven only knows when any of that will happen.


  1. It sounds like you had a busy but family oriented holiday weekend! I hope Tay if feeling much, much better. Poor little guy does look under the weather in the pic - I don't think I've ever seen a picture of him not smiling.

  2. I love seeing the photos of the kids and am glad you are able to help Jill. Sorry that Tay was so miserable. Aesa looks so alert and content! Thanks for posting.

  3. Oh,poor Tay! Hope he gets to feeling better soon.
    Thanksgiving desserts sure did sound yummy.
    A batik bag will be very pretty.

  4. What a beautiful family you have. I've enjoyed exploring your blog. It is so interesting. I'm still struggling with mine, haha.

  5. All the food sounded so yummy! Especially the desserts. As you know we don't have Thanksgiving down under in New Zealand or Australia, except perhaps ex-pats who have moved there. Pleased you all had such a nice time, and do hope your poor little man is feeling much better now.


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