Saturday, October 30, 2010

.....kicking off the weekend with family.....

....My Mom and her husband made for visitors #3 in 8 days time.....we are so fortunate to have loved ones who want to take the time to make a pitstop in our cozy adobe......we are becoming spoiled with grand anticipation of the arrival of dear friends and family that we yearn for all the days of the year when we can not be with them.....


.....it's also been fun to share in the celebration of fall.....the crispness of the year, the colors of the season....a treat that we have loved about our northeast living.....




.....and just when we thought the one day we had at the park would be too cold for a picnic, the sun peeked it's magnificent head out from behind the clouds and made for a spectacular setting to enjoy the fall day......


......not only do I love my little Callie's hand diving in for some blueberries in this picture, but my Mom also loved the fact that our picnic sheet is the top sheet to the set of my old twin bed from when I was a little girl.....oh, the small things that make a day so nostalgic.....



......and when the sun would play peekaboo to tuck away behind the clouds, it made for a cold little sprite who wanted to get a little closer for some Momma warmth.......making for a splendid break to snuggle, which also allowed me to avoid over indulging on garlic and herb cheese spread and crackers.....


.....but sunny or cloudy, we enjoyed the beauty of Central Park and the time of togetherness......




....and the visit with our Bambi (Elsie has not been able to pronounce Grammy, so Bambi was born) and Coleypop began at Elsie's Halloween party at nursery school......the entire twos class went trick or treating among the three floors of her school that resides in a classic brownstone.....all of the littles were able to choose their color of choice and the class dressed up as a box of crayola crayons.....leave it to my girl to pick hot pink....and leave it to Bambi to be enthralled with extreme excitement when she spotted her oldest grandchild as the crayons marched in the room.....





.....the party could not have been any more spectacular for my girl.....new friends she adores, teachers she loves, her Bambi there for a visit, cookies and cupcakes galore, delicious pizza and a pink outfit she threw together herself.....life doesn't get much better when you are a month short of turning three......





.....and that's the most precious box of crayons I have ever seen.....


.....there was also plenty of time for indoor fun.....the 50 build a jack-o-lantern with stickers pumpkins Bambi brought made for a fabulous game of make believe, as Elsie created a pumpkin patch in our living room.....


....which quickly turned into a game of peekaboo for Callie, who isn't quite into the make believe phase yet.....


.....all doing so while wearing Elsie's Christmas headband......accessories happen to be a phase that she is into right now.....


.....but for Elsie, it was more fun to decorate Coleypop with stickers than it was the 50 orange pumpkins.....



......and they looked pretty good on him....

.....but overall, it was a quick 24 hour visit.......Mom and Coleman departed to make their way to Philly where Mom and her sisters can all relish in their sisterhood for a weekend and their husbands can gather and talk about golf, hunting, fishing and the stock market.....the three sisters hunkered in the kitchen with a full glass of red wine, while my Aunt Christy has something flavorful simmering on the stove.....hysterical laughter and stories building as the three of them multi-task in the kitchen.....oh, how I long for the family reunions, especially the time in the kitchen with the women.....


.....and I thought this picture summed up the 24 hour visit.......although Elsie and I are closing our eyes in this picture, it's because we are laughing.....and that about outlines the time we had together.....and so, although the picture has it's flaws with closed eyes, it's the perfect picture to me....

.....Mom, have fun with your sisters.....thank you for making the stop in NYC to spend time with us.....we love you guys.....

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