Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas ... Eve and Day

The Christmas Holiday started with us attending Christmas Eve service at Potwin Presbyterian Church. The small robed choir did not look impressive but WOW ... it included 2 professional opera singers! It was beautiful.

Christmas Eve dinner at Oma's house was traditional, tasty and peaceful. Christmas morning was at the G's where Cheryl performed omlette magic while the guys dressed as Santa pimps. A group photo and gift exchange followed: Christmas evening brought family and friends together on Greenwood for Christmas Dinner. Smiles were everywhere.

A group photo was taken ... and special gifts were given.Merry Christmas to you and yours. Wishing you peace and love.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

AFS Party ...

For the past 10 years (or so) we have been hosting the AFS Holiday Party where high school students from all over the world tell us about their favorite holiday from their homeland. They also make, and bring, their favorite homeland dessert for everybody to enjoy. Despite the scant turnout this year, it was fun.

While the students helped decorate our little "good-smelling" Christmas tree, HRC provided the finishing touch with her unique, yet effective, garland toss.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend

The Thanksgiving Weekend was 4 fun days of family and friends from 4 continents. The weekend before, SRC (from Washington, DC) joined JQ (from San Jose, California) in Tempe, Arizona, where she watched him compete in the Arizona Ironman. Here is a shot mid-race: Below you can watch JQ as he finishes the Ironman in his best time ever of 11 hours and 21 minutes:






After the Ironman, they visited Taliesin, The Grand Canyon, friends of JQ's in St. George, Utah, and The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada, before joining us here. In the meantime, SACII, Cheryl and Melissa came from Missouri. Andy came from Augusta, Georgia, and Donna joined us from Springfield, Missouri. George, who was visiting family in Boston, invited his 2 lawyer friends (Victoria and Silvia) from Paraguay and his 2 German buddies (Steffen and Joerg) to join us for the weekend and experience their first American Thanksgiving.
Oh yes, Heidi came from Kansas City, Joe from Nebraska and Emily from Colorado. Vittoria from Italy stopped by briefly as did Moritz from Germany. We also had Granny & Granddad, Oma, Nancy, Martina, Carolyn, Eddie, Joe, Gus, Alex, Amy, Paul, Mia, Sam and Finn from Topeka. Travis also brought by some buddies but I missed all of their names. One was from Japan, allowing JQ a brief conversational exchange. Here is a group photo of some:
Here are some random other shots:
After the manly hunters captured the food, we had a feast of Thanksgiving:
Games were played. The Pictionary Hall of Fame was established. The pirate golfer and the bathrobe were the first qualifiers.
We also joined John, Katie and Landon ... all from Chicago, Kim ... from Kansas City and approximately 139 Nutcrackers at Glenn and Mary's house.
We also attended the The Junior Potwin Players' performance of A Christmas Carol. I took pictures of parents taking pictures:The upcoming Christmas season inspired us to explore Crow Mountain Farm in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Once found, it was easily captured by the Mighty Lumberjacks ... ... and logged down the muddy road toward home.Once inside, it rebelled by smelling like cat urine.

It is now the perfect outside Christmas tree.

Happy Thanksgiving 2008