I realize it is now after Christmas, but this is what we did before Christmas.
I made Pumpkin Carrot soup the other night.
I found it on a blog and it tasted just like fall to me.
Josh didn't care for it, but I LOVED it.
Here is the recipe.
I used dried ginger instead of fresh, and fresh pumpkin instead of canned.
I didn't even cook the pumpkin beforehand, just tossed it in there since it is pureed in the end.
The girls' dad has been teaching them a few things.
This was evident the other morning in Leyla and my breakfast conversation.
(not the same morning this video was taken)
Leyla: Mommy, why you put raisins in you oatmeal?
Me: I just thought it would be good that way.
Leyla: No, you say how me roll.
Rounding out our vaca events,
we stopped at a historic, tree lined road to play and take some pictures
and had a delightful breakfast at a restaurant by a river.
It was really one of the best breakfasts I have had here.
Jo and Leyla were mildly cooperative with the picture taking,
but really enjoyed playing in the dirt.
We squeezed in a quick, 1 night family vaca the other week before the weather turned cold.
The pictures make it look gorgeous, which it was, but in the interest of full disclosure,
it was really windy, the beach was small and crowded,
and there were bees all over the sand.
I don't know why, maybe the water was washing them up?
Leyla got stung on her foot within 5 minutes of being there.
The lady next to us tried to reassure us saying that they were not dangerous, just honey bees,
that her daughter had been stung 6 times.
Despite all that, we really did have a good time.
It's just nice to hang out with the family.