May 23, 2018

Upstate NY

This water pump has been here for at least 40 years.  I remember coming with my parents as a little girl, drinking this water and thinking how pure it was...

Holy Trinity church & monastery & seminary is in Jordanville, NY.
So many beautiful flowers around the monastery & church.
We rented 2 cottages not far, on Lake Otsego.  Thursday, we'll have a memorial service at my father's grave.  

May 15, 2018

5 going on 6

The 5 of us, plus one on the way.  Official due date Nov. 1st, but you never know when baby will arrive.
We went to Turner farm on Sat. for the Maypole festivities.  Paul and I held onto a blue ribbon.  The actual weaving of the Maypole is done by a group of people... half of people go counter-clockwise, while every other person goes clockwise.  The weaving is done by the people going in and out to one another, while we went around.  There was live music and it was just a beautiful day!  
After, we ate grilled farm-raised chicken and a potluck.  I brought deviled eggs to share.
Olivia on the left, me on the right.  She gave me these socks on Mother's day!  Cactus!!
This garland of origami cranes was a gift from Hannah!  Paul was exceptionally sweet and loving to me. Both the girls made me cards:  
Gold leaf?
I'm working on restoring this frame right now.
My peonies just bloomed!

May 5, 2018


Hannah went with 6 other friends to prom.
 The girls and the boys...
It was raining so the umbrella came out, I think it's a pretty addition to the champagne pink of Hannah's dress.  All the lush green and redbud trees were lovely.

April 24, 2018


Yesterday my husband turned 45 years old!
We celebrated by going out to Maggiano's Little Italy, and then having carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, that I had made at home after.
If you have an old car seat you can bring it into Target this week (an Earth day promotion, they will recycle them, until April 29th) and you'll get a 20% off coupon if you want to buy a new one.
So we did! He really likes the new one, it was $57 including tax!!  That's a good deal!

April 9, 2018

Flattened cheese Pascha

Midnight service at our church was beautiful, but tiring.
My cheese Pascha tastes great, but flattened again this year. Thankfully, the kulich turned out well.  This one my mom gave us...she melted white chocolate for the top!
Sunday afternoon was spent with family and friends.
 Happy bright Monday!  Christ is Risen!!

April 2, 2018

It's April

We went to Aunt Lucy's house yesterday afternoon and had a nice time together.  Egg hunt glad it didn't rain, as we had rain all week!
We got chicks!  Olivia helped Paul hold funny how he's sticking his tongue out, to help him focus, I think.

March 26, 2018

Snowy spring

We got more snow to welcome in spring!  My poor daffodils...
I bought this kit last week, when Khouria Krista was here:
Sleeping on the way home from church yesterday.
Paul went to his first ever birthday party at an inflatable party place.  It was my Godson's 5th birthday! He's wearing the yellow shirt. We got him Legos.
We had a grand snow ball making and throwing time...
 Hannah helped make Paul a fort.
And sledding, of course.