Friday, November 23, 2012

A Happy Thanksgiving

All but the Ramsey contingent were able to be at Mom and Dad’s yesterday for Thanksgiving.  We were all especially thankful to have Mom and Dad safe and sound after their car accident of a few weeks ago, and to see Mom finally feeling better.  She had a hard time trying not to laugh – which is uncomfortable with broken ribs – and I admit we were probably not doing our best to be sober and serious. 

We prayed, we ate, the kids did their annual Mayflower play, there was piano playing, singing, dishwashing, a birthday cake and 3 birthday girls, presents to open, Trivial Pursuit (the old version), ping pong, a trip to the neighbor’s horse barn, running around outside, games in the basement, jumping in the ball pit, and lots and lots of laughing. 

Preparations the day before…




“like apples of gold in settings of silver..”



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my helper in the kitchen..


                             And then Thanksgiving Day at Grandma and Grandpa’s!





IMG_4478   Cousins!


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                                  still more cousins!



I hope yours was equally as wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving!


A few random Pilgrim shots…


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Over the River and Through the Woods…


The girls love to play a game called “Runaway”.  They dress up the way they think orphans would be dressed, take all the necessary accoutrements, like coffee mugs, leftover dinner rolls, dolls, tupperware bowls, a plastic bucket of water and my ladle, as well as plenty of blankets (and possibly a cat or two).  And off they traipse – through the backyard, the front yard… and I have even seen them in the corn field.




I looked out the kitchen window one day a week ago, or so, and saw them all dressed up, and decided I had to get a picture of them.  They play this game so often that I know they’re going to talk about these adventures with each other (and maybe their own children) some day in the not too distant future.  A picture is always handy when reminiscing.




And I know I will want to have something to look at to marvel at how little they were then…

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Coat Hallway


The first time we walked through Kenilworth, I saw this hallway as a place for our friends and family to hang their coats when they came to visit.  Here is what it looked like when we came that day…


After many months, and other projects taking precedence now and then over the hallway, progress has been made.

I’m happy to say that the hallway is finally finished!  All the coat hooks are in place, ready for you to hang your coat!



                        There is even a little seat to rest for a minute.  




I made the window shade from an antique sheet I bought a while back.  I loved the hemstitch detail on the edge and thought it would look just right in the hallway.  Its texture is so soft and interesting when paired with the molding, and the ruffled fabric of the pillow on the little seat.



We bought the coat hooks at Menards in their closet shelving section.  They also have alot of hooks near the drawer pulls and knobs, etc., but we noticed that the price for the same hooks there was almost double what we found them for in the closet area.

It took only a few minutes for Glenn to get them drilled into the wall.  There are 11 hooks –each capable of holding 2 coats – which adds up to a lovely 22!  So at least 22 of you can come at the same time and happily hang your coat on these nifty hooks!



We can’t wait to have you here…