Archive | October, 2009

Fall Festival

31 Oct

Tonight was the Fall Festival here at Nashotah House.  We had a blast!  Adeline did beautifully in her costume, surprisingly enough!  Enjoy some pictures.


Practicing with her hair after Mama altered it.


Helping Mama make treats for the party.


Our witch hat cookies


Treats for the kiddos


Princess Leia!


The party


The pumpkin Adeline colored


Forget-Me-Not Friday – October 30, 2009

30 Oct

It’s been way too long since I’ve done one of these.  I hope I haven’t forgotten too many moments, and I certainly hope I remember these:

-Adeline signed ‘more’ and when I ask her “More what?” she signed ‘please!’.  I really just wanted to know what she wanted more of!

– Adeline pulling almost every book off of her shelf and asking me to read all of them!


– After I opened the refrigerator door, Adeline ran over and tried to get sticks of butter out of the door.  When I said, “You don’t want that! It’s just butter!” she started signing ‘butterfly’!

Sadly, I don’t remember much more from this week…it’s been a long one!   I pray your week was full of many daily blessings.

A Fall Walk

28 Oct

Banana “Ice Cream”

27 Oct

Just a quick little idea I found while trying to find simple, healthy treats for the household.

Freeze a banana or two (or more if you so desire)

Peel and throw them into a blender or food processor.  Puree until the banana has the consistency of ice cream.


I was surprised at the texture of the treat and had no guilt over giving Adeline as much as she wanted.  I think I’ll throw some frozen strawberries in with the banana next time!


26 Oct

We arrived home this afternoon around 3:00PM.  Thank you for all of your prayers!

On the Road Again

25 Oct

Yesterday, after a rough night with Adeline, we took off from Boston and headed to Worcester, MA to see Frs. Christakos and Preble of the Facing East podcast.  Matthew has been corresponding with them for some time now, and they both played huge roles in our joining the Orthodox Church.  It was wonderful to see Fr. Christakos’ parish, St. Spyridon Cathedral, and to have lunch with them both.  Unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture of everyone until thirty minutes after saying goodbye! (Actually, this whole post will be without pictures because the camera is in the car and I’m not going out to get it!)

From there we headed to Parsippany, NJ to see our dear friends Kelly and Jerry.  We haven’t seen them since I was about five months along with Adeline, and it was a joy to see them meet her finally!  It was such a blessing to spend the evening with them and just allow Adeline to run around for a bit.  They were generous enough to make up their grandson’s crib for her – she fell asleep in no time!  Unfortunately, the pain of teething is persistent and she woke up often.

This morning was rough, as you might imagine, but we ate, said goodbye, and took off for home.  Adeline took two naps, played, sang, and practiced her sign language (sans DVD).  Our goal was to get out of Pennsylvania and just into Ohio, but she was so good that we got almost all the way through Ohio!  So, we ate dinner, went to Meijer (oh, how I miss having a Meijer close by!), and settled in to our inexpensive but perfectly clean (praise God!) hotel room.  Tomorrow, God willing, we will be home by a decent hour and will be able to get Adeline acclimated to her own home!

So, what a utilitarian post this is!  What a blessing, though, that our trip home has not been more eventful.  Please continue your prayers four our safe travels.  How we are ready to be home!

Fun and Friends

23 Oct

We’ve just finished our third and last day in Boston.  We rose, readied, and headed to Quincy Market – which we never quite made it to.  Our GPS is confused in Boston, we’re confused in Boston – goodness, Boston seems confused in Boston!  On our way to the market, we were stopped at a red light.  A rushed and rude cabby flung open the door of his parked cab and knocked our side view mirror completely out of it’s mechanism, and then he looked at us like we were rude.



So, frustrated and angry, we decided to forgo the market and head to the Boston Children’s Museum – good move on our part.  We had a blast!  A little room to run was exactly what Adeline needed, and she was wonderful and explored everything.













Afterwards, we were famished.  As we walked along the bay, we saw The Barking Crab which we had seen on Man vs. Food.  We decided that since we had a rough morning, we would treat ourselves to a nicer lunch than we had planned.  We each had the lobster roll and it was fantastic – though a little overpriced by midwestern standards!

Matthew on the bay

Matthew on the bay


Psyched to be there

Psyched to be there



After our late lunch we headed back to the hotel to regroup, repack a bit, and let Adeline rest.  When she woke, we went next door to a (disappointing) local chocolate making establishment and bought a couple of little thank-you gifts for the girls who are watching Dexter, and also a few little treats for ourselves.

Our night ended with dinner at our friends apartment for dinner and dessert.  It was wonderful to see Jason, Tiffany, and Joseph again, and in their new environment. They were in a very similar position last year as we are this year, and we appreciated their tips, suggestions and good company.  Adeline and Joseph (22 months) played wonderfully together.

And now, once again, Adeline is resting.  We’re looking forward to heading out tomorrow to see more friends on the way home.

Honestly, if I can confide in my five regular readers, I’m not a fan of Boston.  You know how when you go on vacation, you can see yourself revisiting the location or even moving there?  There is nothing that endears me to this area, not a thing.  So, if you’re the praying type, if you could offer a few for me – that the Lord would change my heart and mind and allow me to see a home here – that would be much appreciated. If, God willing, we are allowed to come to Holy Cross, it could be a rough few years if I hate this environment.  Your prayers are much appreciated.

Well, off to bed I go. We have a long few days ahead of us and an early riser in tow!