Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, 2010

We had a very quiet Thanksgiving Day at the cottage, followed by a big gathering of relatives over the weekend. Suzanne's sister Char came in from Wisconsin with her husband and two children; Suzanne's brother Abe brought his new friend Jenny; and Suzanne's cousin Tricia came with her twin boys and daughter who's Frances's age. Suzanne's parents were there too. The men went outside and built a fire and deep fried turkeys in peanut oil, just like the Pilgrims did at the first Thanksgiving.

My brother-in-law Bill gets credit for the deep fried turkeys, which came out wonderfully--very crispy and not nearly as dry as a turkey roasted in the oven. He brought the equipment that we needed, and he did most of the work. We had a fire going in the fire pit, so we didn't all freeze while the turkeys fried. But, it takes about an hour to fry an average turkey, while it would have been in the oven all day.

Oh, thank heaven for little girls! Here I am with my niece Morgan, and Frances. Frances was not exactly thrilled to see her cousin Morgan climbing all over her daddy, but the two of them get along well enough otherwise.
Franny and Morgan watched videos with Grandpa Gary, but Ella thought Franny's toybox was more interesting.

Franny took a nap on Aunty Char's lap. (That sort of rhymes, doesn't it... nap-lap...)
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Her pretty new dress

I got this picture of Frances in her new dress (an early Christmas present from Nei-Nei) at our church group's pre-Christmas party.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Playing with her Ohio cousins

Frances's Ohio cousins came to Grand Rapids for a short visit on Sunday morning, and she had a wonderful time playing with them at the McDonalds playplace.
It must have been static electricity, look at how her hair stands on end.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween Fun

Frances was adamant that she wanted to dress as a bumblebee for Halloween. We will ignore the fact that the costume she selected was a pink and yellow butterfly... she was a bumblebee.
Here she and Mommy are, on the dock at the cottage, feeding stale hamburger buns to the blue gills.
We went trick-or-treating at the mall. I am not sure we will do that again, but as Nei-Nei came down with a touch of the flu, it seemed logical to go someplace climate controlled with comfortable places to sit down.

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