Looking back at a little party

So…my family is really into the Steelers.  You know…the professional football team…the team with SIX Super Bowl wins.  Those Steelers.

A few months ago, my sweet mother-in-law suggested that we put together a little baby shower for my sister-in-law who is nurturing a third son, expected to be born in early December.  My mom-in-law thought that if we disguised the shower as a Steeler party we might be able to surprised sis-in-law and the men-folk wouldn’t feel weird being at a baby shower.  (I know that in many circles co-ed baby showers are trendy and “normal,” but our guys didn’t get the memo.)

So last Sunday, we all gathered in our Steeler gear with gifts and decorations carefully hidden away.  As half-time approached, we scurried around hanging decorations, pulling out the cake (made by Cory’s aunt), sitting the presents in view, and giggling about the surprise to come.  Finally, everyone came to the kitchen for food, and the mom-to-be was truly surprised to find more than meatball sandwiches and taco dip!  We had the screened-in porch completely decked out for a Steeler baby shower.  I’m wondering if this was the first of it’s kind!

I can’t seem to get the cake picture to load.  Bummer!  I’ll keep working on that. 

I hate that I missed “Silent Sunday” yesterday…already.  It was a busy Sunday with church and our monthly Scrapbook Fellowship.  I didn’t get a chance to be online until bedtime.

A Big October Weekend

We were certainly on the go this weekend.  But I’m not complaining.  We got to spend time with some of our favorite people in the world.  (Missed you, Kristy!)  “We” is my parents combined with my husband’s family and a few extras!  On Saturday, we headed to a local family-centered amusement park.  During the weekends in October, kids can trick-or-treat in the park, and the whole place is “dressed up” for autumn and a mild, kid-friendly version of Halloween.  As a not-so-thrilled-about-Halloween gal, this was a good fit for my family.  The weather was gorgeous.  The costumes actually got finished in time, and they didn’t fall apart!

On Sunday we had a surprise baby shower for my sister-in-law.  I’ll share some of those fun details in another post.

Busy in the Kitchen

Now that the panicked pace of September has settled into a decidedly calmer rhythm in October, I finally stopped skittering like a stress-out mouse and made time for some of the things I love most with the two little fellows I love best.  Enjoy a visit to my kitchen.

Oh, look!  It’s me.  My five-year-old took this picture and the noodles above.

Supper was a warm, wonderful combination of this Veggie-Chicken Noodle Soup from Light Cooking and the Whole Grain Bread from The Joy of Cooking.

Silent Sunday: (#1)

…An Exercise in Gratitude…

In the spirit of Soulemama’s {this moment} and The Magic Onion’s “Silent Saturday,”  I am instituting a “Silent Sunday” practice.  Each Sunday, I will select a photograph that captures a moment, a place, a person, or an object for which I am grateful–no explaining, no poetics. 

As a kid (and still today), I loved the movie The Trouble with Angels with Hayley Mills.  I’ve always had an affectionate curiosity toward nuns, so this movie truly captivated me…and made me laugh.  The nuns observed “Silent Sunday,” and I loved the idea of prayerful quiet.

So for my first entry…

Blessings to you!