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Family Update

I wanted to post a few more pictures from our recent time with family while they are still current.

We thought it was quite funny that Drew brought three Curious Georges with him on his recent visit to our house. We kept finding them all over the house. I even got to sleep with one of them one night. Here they are on the couch reading with Jim:

Nora and Topher have added a new puppy to their home. This is Amos who promises to become a very large boy in the future. Drew loves him and has even bought him a Christmas present.

Over Thanksgiving vacation while Ryan was visiting with his other grandparents he got his first two teeth. Since then he has also developed another skill--he can now clap and seems to delight doing so. This can be somewhat of a problem while his grandma is trying to feed him.

picture of Ryan Clapping

He is still not quite crawling. He pulls himself along on his stomach and spends quite a bit of time on all fours doing yoga poses. Here he's dusting our entry way.


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An old favorite

You may remember several years ago there was a commercial about making Rice Krispie Treats. In the commercial the woman making the treats was out in the kitchen reading a novel after making the treats while her family was in the dining room asking if they were ready yet. After she yells "These things take time," she finally puts down the novel, throws some flour on her face, and enters the dining room with a platter of the treats, much to the delight of the family.

Rice KrispieTreats are quick and easy to make in the microwave and they are very tasty. Here's a recipe for my favorite version:

picture of Krispie Ingredients

Marshmallow Treats

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
4 cups of mini marshmallows
5 cups chocolate krispies (I got these at Aldi -- most stores have their own brand)

In a large bowl or measuring cup (I use a 6 cup measure) melt the butter and peanut butter on high for 35-45 seconds. Add the marshmallows and microwave for 1 minute at 70% power. Stir in the krispies and coat throughly. Press into a buttered 9" x 13" pan. Cool and cut into squares. Enjoy your quick and easy treat!

Rice Krispie Treats

While Drew has been with us this week he has been helping with a variety of chores around the house. Here he is washing the bench from our front porch:

picture of Drew Bench

Here he is rolling out some dough for Gorditas with his mom. He said he was "doughing." We've been having fun. 🙂

picture of Drew Doughing


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Nora’s bridal shower

We received some pictures from Nora's bridal shower this week so I thought I'd post a few today.

Here is Nora and her former boss, Theresa, who graciously hosted the shower. Don't you love her red door?

picture of Theresa Nora Shower

Here is Nora and some of the shower guests:

picture of Nora Shower Many Friends

Here is Nora and a couple of her close friends:

picture of Nora Shower Friends

Here is a shot of the beatiful refreshment table. The girl who made the cake is also making the Groom's cake for the wedding.

picture of Nora Shower Food

Here is Nora with some of the lovely gifts she received:

picture of Nora Shower Gifts

Here are Nora and I:

picture of Becka Nora Shower

And, finally, here are Nora and Topher. He came to help convey all the gifts to their new home.

picture of Nora Topher Shower

Six weeks from now they will be wed and on their honeymoon! We have a few details to iron out between now and then.


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This and that

We have been enjoying our Christmas vacation very much and have a had a variety of experiences to savor. The week before Christmas the Michigan delegation was here and we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them as well as our local family members. It's always great fun to have our grandson come to visit and this trip was no exception.

Here are Megan and Jim at Topher's house one evening for dinner:

picture of MJChristmas

Here is a picture of Drew wearing one of his favorite Christmas gifts -- Buzz Light Year Wings (from the movie Toy Story):

picture of Wingman

The Tuesday before Christmas was especially exciting as DD Nora and her fiancé, Topher (short for Christopher) became officially engaged! Her diamond is beautiful and we have begun working on things for the wedding which is planned for the beginning of April.

Here's the happy couple:

picture of Engagement Picture

We attended a lovely Christmas Eve service at our church. It is always a blessing to sit and relax and think about the true reason for the season and to contemplate Christ's sacrifice in coming to earth and all He suffered here for our behalf.

We shared Christmas dinner with some good friends and then spent some time visiting with Mark and Katie and saw their newly painted and partially decorated nursery. (No pictures yet.) They were anxious to get things set up and ready since this will be their last vacation until the baby arrives in April. As we were driving out to Mark and Katie's it started to snow. We accumulated about 2 1/2" and it was very beautiful. The news said this was the first white Christmas here in Greenville since 1963 and only the fourth in the last century.

Mark and Katie at Topher's:

picture of MK Christmas

picture of Christmas Snow 2010

We have been working on a few projects around the house this week. Rob stripped the wallpaper from our bathroom and then painted it. I still need to make a window curtain (I'm looking for some white ball fringe for it) and add a few new accessories. The new color is so much brighter and more cheerful.

Old bathroom look -- don't blame me, it was this way when we moved in!

picture of Hall Bath

New bathroom look:

picture of New Hall Bath

We've also done a little shopping, cleaning, trying new recipes, etc. It's been a fun and restful change from our usual pace during the school year.

I hope you all had a wonderfully blessed Christmas and will get to have some relaxing days here at the end of the year.


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Family Update

Last week our daughter Megan, her husband Jim, and their son Drew drove down from Michigan to spend a few days with us. We had a wonderful time with the whole family. This visit was a brief one, so we tried to make the best of it. Here are a few pictures of the fam:

We celebrated three birthdays while we were all together. Here Jim and Megan are celebrating at a birthday party for Topher:

picture of Jim and Meg

Here is Drew:

picture of Drew October 2010

Nora and Topher are planning to be married in April, so some wedding planning was going on during the visit. Here they are while we were waiting for lunch at Hubba Hubba Barbecue in Flat Rock, NC:

picture of Nora and Topher

Mark and Katie were waiting for their lunch there too. They are also awaiting the birth of their first child in April. We are thrilled that we will have another little grandchild.

picture of Mark and Katie

And, finally, here's a picture of Rob and me during the birthday celebration:

picture of Rob and Becka

While everybody was here I baked a ham. We had a couple of meals from it with the family and now Rob and I are finishing up the leftovers. I made this casserole with a portion of it. It is sort of like a cheese souffle, but much less fussy. It will "fall" after you remove it from the oven and let it sit for any length of time, but it still tastes good and the leftovers can be reheated in the microwave. I cut the recipe in half for the two of us.

picture of Cheese Puff

Cheese Puff

6 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever you like and have on hand)
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup cubed or ground ham

Beat eggs. Add flour and baking powder, then milk. Beat until smooth and then fold in the cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, and ham. Pour into a greased two quart casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the mixture is set. If you insert a knife in the middle of the dish it should come out clean. Serve immediately.

We usually have this for supper, but it would work for a breakfast or brunch if your family is apt to arrive at the table promptly. 🙂


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