Sunday, November 30, 2008

A time for Food, I mean, Thanks

As much as I miss Thanksgiving with the fam. and my mom's great cookin', we've found a way to make it pretty great here in C'ville on our own. The past two years a bunch of couples from our ward have all gotten together and rented out a room at the law school for a pot-luck Thanksgiving feast, and both years it's been fantastic! Check out this food!

It was the best of two worlds, because we got the great food, and my sister, brother in law, and nephew drove down and spent it with us!

When we found out we were in charge of one of the birds, we were a little nervous, but Ryan rose to the occasion and went all out. I wanted to shove it in the oven and call it good. When that was my plan, Ryan took over and brined it over night in salt/sugar water in a garbage sack on our porch, buttered it up betweeen the skin and the meat, and stuffed it with herbs and was delicious. He also made three dynomite pies. Hopefully this will continue in the future and he'll just be in charge of our Thanksgiving meals.

I'm Thankful that I have so many great friends to spend the holidays with when my family is so far away.

PS. In case you were wondering, I haven't been hiding my son for the past two years...sometimes I just like to hold random kids in photos and pretend they are mine. Thanks Sara!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Oh the Beauty of the Earth

Seriously, check out the beauty that is Charlottesville. Ryan and I can't get over it. I feel like I'm living in a wonderland. Doesn't this make you want to come visit me? I think you should.

This is our parking lot. How amazing is that?