But I still want to tell about our recent trip to Vermont. So here it is, pretty much in pictures and captions.
|Maren did an amazing job of both seating and feeding us. She made us B'stila Thursday night, which is no small feat. Maybe I'll post the recipe.|
Did you know the King Arthur Flour headquarters is only a short drive (< 2 hours) from my sister's house? It warranted a field trip on Friday.
|The grounds were not picturesque, but they are clearly expanding. We made plans to someday return for a sisters' retreat at their school.|
|Wall of flours, drool|
|Oh the flavorings! Pineapple! Irish cream! Sweet butter dough!|
|Gadgets, tools, mixes!|
|My new hat|
|Bakery case on the way out. Don't mind if I do.|
But we didn't drive all that way just for baking supplies! (Though I would have.) Just around the corner from KAF is the amazing Montshire Museum of Science! Hazel is particularly interested in science these days, but this place is amazing for kids of any age, from 1 to 37!
|All the cutest cousins in the world, lined up on one wall.|
|Air pressure stuff|
|Air and water flow pattern stuff|
|Bee stuff (love Hazel's concerned expression)|
|Ooh, and look who found some soapy water just at her height! Her favorite!|
The drive back to Maren's Friday afternoon was just a little treacherous through the mountains because it was just barely starting to snow. It started down by her house just a few minutes after we arrived home. Friday night Ed & Quinn took some of the older kids to the Muppet movie on campus (don't you just love free movies on college campuses?). The snow came lightly but steadily through the night, and we woke up to this:
Ed & Quinn took the older girls skiing, but luckily we had just enough snow back home for this:
|Ginger & P saucer sledding down their back knoll|
Saturday night the men stayed in while Maren and I did some shopping and went to the movies - "The Artist", which I'd already seen and loved, and which starred the French team from one of Maren's favorite funny movies, OSS 177: Cairo, Nest of Spies. Which I bet you haven't seen. But if you kind of understand Younces and the movies they like, you might like it, too.
Saturday night or Sunday morning, Hazel left this message on their kitchen chalkboard.