April 30, 2009

Deck Expansion

We're in the process of expanding our deck. The old one served us well but was always a little tight for hosting company. We should have plenty of room now, so come on over!

The first photo shows the kids watching from the window, as the workmen get busy ripping apart part of the old deck. The second photo of Joe needs little explanation.

Will's Big Buck

Look what William found in the garden last week! That was one big buck, Willy-Boy!

Now William's intent on finding the owner... If you pop over to our house, you're likely to find William on a buck-hunt...

Anna Marie is in Business!

Anna Marie, our talented twelve-year-old daughter, has opened her own online store selling her hand-stitched creations.

Current inventory includes scapulars, aprons, and puppets (a puppet being displayed here proudly by younger sis, Therese)!

Caring for Uncle Larry

Now that Grammy has passed away, Uncle Larry is my last remaining Latham-side relative in state. I am his guardian, and Joe and I oversee his care. He lives in a wonderful group home with amazing support.

Larry and Karen, one of the managers in his residential care program, joined us for Easter dinner this year. Here are a couple Easter Sunday snapshots of Larry, Karen (in yellow) and the Leone gang, shortly after kite-flying and before dinner. The kids had such a ball with Larry, as always.

April 12, 2009

Easter with the Leones

As Therese put it today, "Jesus rosed from dead, and then the big, big, big bunny comes and give us coc-o-lat."

We had a wonderful Easter which began with Mass at Holy Redeemer and was followed by plenty of feasting. The kids arrived home to Easter baskets full to overflowing with "coc-o-lat," books, new shirts, and some fun art supplies. After the egg hunt, we had my Uncle Larry and his assistant, Karen, arrive to help us celebrate our Easter feast. It couldn't have been a better Easter, and the weather cooperated to boot.

The food-nut in me feels the need to post our Easter menu. Mmmmmm... It was a good one this year, and the Frozen Lemon Pavlova will definitely be making a return to the Leone Easter menu next year.

Easter Morning Breakfast: Swiss & Mushroom Quiche

Easter Dinner

Appetizers: Assorted Cheeses, Crackers, Olives & Nuts

Main Course:
Caesar Salad
Curried Deviled Eggs
Elizabeth’s Wheat Rolls
Joe’s Famous Leg of Lamb
Joe’s Famous Garlic-Rubbed New Potatoes
Marinated Mushrooms
Asparagus & Hollandaise Sauce

Frozen Lemon Pavlova
New York Cheesecake