Saturday, November 27, 2010


With Mom and Dad finally selling their house, I had the responsibility of hosting Thanksgiving dinner. But, all went well despite the fact that I forgot to begin thawing the 20 pound bird until 3 days prior. With Cheng joining us for dinner this year we decided to serve a very traditional meal; turkey, Mom's stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. After we showed him how to decorate the tree.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Father / Daughter Camping

Sydney & Matt along with their father/daughter group spent the weekend camping at Camp YNoah. As temperatures plummeted and snow began they were thankful to have a nice warm cabin to sleep in instead of a tent.

During their 3 day adventure they had campfires, went horseback riding, ziplining, conquered a climbing course, tried out the riffle range and made some crafts.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

Happy Halloween

This year we shared our Halloween traditions with Cheng Cheng a Kent State student from China. We volunteered as a host family through their International Department. They match up international students with local families to help students learn about American family life. Cheng is a graduate student in Kent's Liquid Crystal Institute. Although he speaks excellent English, this is his first time traveling outside China & has been living on campus since August.

We decided a visit to Kingsway Pumpkin Farm would be pretty "Americana". Hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin picking, and hot chocolate were all new experiences for Cheng. We all had a great time then headed home to carve our pumpkins.

Although many of our caving tools broke we still created some great pumpkins and Cheng did an excellent job for his first time. Afterwards we had a delicious Italian dinner & Matt and Cheng went to the Cavs game.