Sunday, November 26, 2006

Turkey Days & Snow Days

It snowed on Sunday and we got to play outside. Caley was a little freaked out by the white stuff all around and she spent most of the time in the playhouse while we made a snowman.

We had Thanksgiving a little early with Addie's parents, brother and Grandma Harriet and Grandpa Floyd. It was a fantastic spread with lots of leftovers!

We spent Thanksgiving Day at the Gerlach's in Lynden. The whole family was there, 25 people including the kids. Caley got to sit at the kids table with her cousins and tried stealing turkey off Autumn's plate while Ethan and Teija laughed at each other.

We brought cider and soda, yummy! Pass me some more yams!

We are thankful for our families and for the blessings God has given us this past year! Thank you Jesus!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ode to the Peugeot

We've been driving my parent's 1984 Peugeot 604 Turbo Diesel for the past few weeks because the Jeep is having problems. This car was my first and driving it around has been like traveling through time back to high school. Except I'm not driving my friends to soccer practice, I'm ferrying Caley around town. This car is pretty nice, considering it's age. However, there isn't a handle on the stick shift (just duct tape, which works well), the left passenger door doesn't open, it smokes up the entire block when it starts in the morning, and oh, the odometer says it has 511,000 miles on it. Bill and I were talking about getting a new car and he said he wants something with like 15K miles on it, because once a car gets past 150 or so, it starts to go downhill. I was a little confused and said, "But the Peugeot has 511K on it and it's running fine!" No, he said, that's just a glitch on the odometer. Shows you how much I know about cars...

It's been fun driving the Peugeot though! Let me know if you ever need a ride.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Caley's new favorite snack isn't a normal one for toddlers, she's recently become obsessed with capers, yes, those little vinegar-y pea-like garnishes in gourmet food. She calls them "peas" and always gets them out of the fridge and says, "Peas please". Actually it sounds more like "Peas peas" because her articulation is still developing. Capers are described as, "Capers are the unopened green flower buds of the Capparis spinosa (Capparidaceae - caper family - closely related to the cabbage family), a wild and cultivated bush that is grown mainly in Mediterranean countries (southern France, Italy, and Algeria) and also in California...The taste is slightly astringent and pungent, and they can lend piquancy to many sauces and condiments; they can also be used as a garnish for meat and vegetable dishes."

Funny how our daughter sometimes refuses "normal" snacks like peanut butter, but adores the gourmet dish. :)