Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October 2015

October was a beautiful month. The view from our back porch is just lovely this time of year.

This month contained a lot of kitchen experimentation. First, gnocchi, chicken with portobello sauce, and pumpkin pie.

Then home-made pizza. Can you tell which one belongs to whom?

A cherry pie. My first time doing a lattice-topped pie, and I learned a lot! It looks pretty bad, but it was delicious.

Lots and lots of cookies.

Darth Revan turned 3 years old! Baked him some pumpkin cookies that he loved.

Widget got a haircut. She looks so cute!

We visited John, Kelly, Gabe, and Jack in Maryland!

Kelly and I picked up Gabe from school. I have a cute video of us surprising him.

Baby Jack!

Steve: "What am I supposed to do with this?" "Hold it like a breakable football."

We brought Gabe a present.

He looks so grown-up in this picture!

Steve and John went to karate with Gabriel, while I hung out with baby Jack while Kelly made dinner. Parmesan chicken and green bean casserole: yum!

Many videogames were played with Gabriel. The top two this visit were Disney Infinity and Left4Dead2.

On Friday, we hit the gym then Kelly bundled Jack up and we drove out to Annapolis for lunch.

Following John; which was a mistake, as he missed the exit! :)

Crossing the big bridge.

The wonderful hosts!

Gabriel had an early release from school, so he was able to come with us. In this picture: Steve being a good sport. Gabe being silly. Me directing Kelly on how to use my phone.

Open those eyes, Gabe!

Steve is done.

Jack slept through lunch... I think he may not be a Kirkendall.

We ate at Harris Crab House in Annapolis. We started with crab dip, french fries, and hush puppies. I had steamed Cherrystone clams. Next time I will order a bucket of them - yum! Also had the Oyster Imperial - oysters topped with crab and broiled. So good!

Everyone digging in. I may have stuffed the leftover hush puppies in my pocket as we were leaving.

After lunch we went to Montpelier Farms for some outdoor fun. Gabe is crawling through a corn tunnel.

Match made in heaven: apple cider doughnuts and hot chocolate.

"Please sir, can I 'ave sumor?"

Walking down to see the animals.

Sweet Charles, an elderly thoroughbred. We fed him oats and possibly a doughnut.

There were lots of animals; piglets, alpacas, sheep, geese, bunnies, and goats (pictured.)

One of the corn mazes.

Gabriel has a need for speed.


Picture of Jack's nursery, because it is just too cute! I wish I had taken more pictures during the trip. It was so great to see them.

Our set-up for Halloween:

Candles lit!

Front of house, spookified.

Candy = Reese's cups, Reese's pieces, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Almond Joy, and Kitkats. Drink of choice = Hornsby's hard cider. And a notebook for keeping tabs on how many trick-or-treaters visited. We were just short of 100... 99 kids!

It's a St. Louis tradition for kids to tell jokes as they're trick-or-treating. So, we made some special goodie bags for good jokes. Inside were animal crackers, bouncy balls, Hershey's kisses, and some Japanese candy from Global Food Market.

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