Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dinner with the Sheff

About a month ago a good friend of mine called and asked if he could invite us over for dinner - specifically when "Mr. Patty" was gone.

Not that he doesn't like Mr. Patty...he said he just wanted to give me a break from cooking while Mr. Patty was gone sometime. Thoughtful of him!

A flurry of e-mails flew back and forth between us as we tried to find just the right date and time for our dinner engagement. Finally we settled on a Tuesday night at 6 PM and I said we'd be there with pleasure!

So, that Tuesday arrived just yesterday and off the four of us Patty's (minus "Mr. Patty" who was in the US) w
ent to Sheff Nathan's house! "Sheff" is how he would sign some of his e-mails and that just kind of stuck...good name, don't you think?!

Just to clue you in...Sheff Nathan is only 11 years old!

But his age didn't stop him from producing a very fine meal and dessert for us! Homemade chicken noodle soup that was really some of the best I've ever had...and I'm not joking about that! We also had a nice selection of Czech bread and rolls to choose from to acco
mpany our soup. And then the crowning moment...cream cheese chocolate chip bars!! Oh my! I definitely give those ten stars! They were divine! Truth be told, I had two!!

It was truly a delightful dining experience with Sheff Nathan (Pitcher, for those of you who want to know!) and I'm hoping that
we were nice enough guests to get invited back again sometime!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

SNOW in October??

It was shocking to wake up to this today!!

So odd to see my flowers so colorful up against the snow!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Claire Turns 13

Monday was a big day at our house. Claire had her 13th birthday, and thus made us a house of three teenagers!! To celebrate this big occasion we had a party both on Saturday and Monday. You have to celebrate this momentous occasion well!

On the actual day of her birthday, I took Claire and three friends to the mall to help her find a new, stylish look for a beautiful 13 year old girl. Becca (our beloved JV Kid Care coordinator), Lucy Till (beloved American friend in the same class as Claire at their Czech school), and Grace Pitcher (beloved long time friend who lives just over the trees from our house!), were the most amazing friends that day. They walked around the mall for three hours, helping Claire find new clothes and accessories for her new look. They were all you could want in a friend!

In the end, with help from a package from Grandma (who was also in on the "new look"!) she had three new outfits at the end of the day, complete with great accessories, to bring in this new teenager look. Claire has been a comfy, casual dresser for quite some time so this is a huge departure into the big world of fashion! We are all excited about it!

But even more, I am excited about what the years ahead will bring for her. She continues to be a delightful, thoughtful,
kind, cheerful person, who is blossoming into a beautiful young woman!

For more perspective and pictures on the big 13th birthday celebration, see Claire's blog (link to the right)!!