Sunday, November 27, 2016

Giving Thanks

 This was the first year Sora took her job as Kyle's sous chef seriously. Together they planned an elaborate menu, picked up the turkey from the farm, and did every step to make a delicious meal.

The theme this year was: no recipes. We did use a recipe for the desert, but the rest was all Kyle and Sora. Sora took care of the sweet potato biscuits:
while Kyle did a lot of various other things.
 Together, they made a delicious pavlova for desert
 complete with candied pecans!
 We shared the delicious meal with Kyle's family, but no cousins so Sora got a lot of extra adult attention (both good and bad).

Other than that, we watched a lot of TV this weekend, played with Kyle's brother's family at the trampoline park, and I reintroduced myself to my knitting needles. I meant to make a slouchy hat for myself with some fancy yarn I bought in Seattle. It turned into a non-slouchy hat for Sora (that she won't appreciate nearly enough because it is a bit scratchy - hand dyed and a silk/wool blend but she won't be able to understand those nuances). It's cute though!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Mother/Daughter Date

Kyle spends a lot of weekends up at camp without us, so Sora and I had a whole weekend planned when Kyle's plans at camp changed and shortened our mother/daughter weekend into a morning date instead. 

We started off at the bakery with a muffin.
 Downtown is often dead, so I always love when there is an event which draws people. Today, in addition to what we were downtown for, there was also a big beer drinking event with chalk signs all over the sidewalks. We even saw a political gathering at the town square.
 We headed to a puppet and singing show. Sora took a while to warm up to the act.

 She finally got interested and wiggled on the floor like an alligator with the other children.
And eventually, she even winded up on stage (yes, in her pajamas). She had fun and had a huge smile on her face the whole time!
We also went to the Dia de los Muertos exhibits. Different organizations and families make alters for various reasons. Here is the alter made by the library to honor authors and illustrators who died this past year. This is the third year Sora and I have seen the alters and Sora decided next year we should make one at home for my grandma.

The library also had a small alter in the downtown branch. I love that the whole community rallies around this holiday. I love it much more than Halloween. Last weekend, we all went to the Dia de los Muertos in a small town nearby. We ate tamales, made some crafts (Sora is making her Guatemalan kite from a kit that she bought there right now!), saw people we knew, and felt like a part of a community.