Grateful!

1 Dec

Eddie’s oldest granddaughter Lauren, her husband Marty and our first great-granddaughter, Samantha Mary, left yesterday for their home in Toronto … after two weeks of reunions and celebrations. There was Thanksgiving, of course, and Eddie’s birthday on November 28. Needless to say, a fabulous time was had by all!

We picked the kids up at SFO and then toured a bit of the city, crossed the Golden Gate and had lunch in the Sausalito marina. Dungeness crab is in season so we enjoyed it in salad, pot stickers, crab cakes, etc. Excellent!

Such sparkling blue eyes!

Meeting Samantha was a special occasion for all of us. She is a beautiful baby, blessed with wonderful parents. Marty is a devoted dad and Lauren an adoring and attentive mother. At less than four months old Samantha seemed to adapt to all the running around very well … although when we called Lauren on Tuesday night she said the baby recognized her nursery and was all smiles at being back in her crib.

Marty and Lauren celebrate at Eddie's Bar!

The kids drove to San Diego and the coast for a few days and returned before Thanksgiving. We went to Monterey for lunch on the wharf and a bit of sight-seeing on a perfectly sunny and gorgeous day. We sought but could not find the sea lions, which Lauren remembers so fondly from her childhood visits … but we did spot a sea otter at Asilomar.

A splendid day at Asilomar Beach

The lovely Lauren

James, Yazmin, Ralph, Rosamaria, Melissa and Amy made us 10 at the table on Thanksgiving Day. Eddie smoked one turkey in the Weber and I made a traditional roasted bird in the oven. Lauren’s apple crisp and my homemade pumpkin pies for dessert left us all groaning, but we recovered after a rousing game of 99. This fast, fun and fiercely competitive card game that Lauren showed us how to play certainly woke us up. She and Yazmin were the “last men standing”, but Lauren’s luck of the Irish brought her victory.

The "groaning board"...later the site of a rousing card game.

Lauren and Samantha...ready for the mall, girls?

On Sunday we celebrated Eddie’s 67th birthday with Ralph and his family. They brought dinner, so I got a break from the kitchen. They also brought wonderful gifts, cards, songs, cake and lots of hugs for Grandpa. We feel truly blessed and give thanks once again for a year filled with love and companionship among our family and friends.

Lauren brings on Grandpa's favorite cake...Pastel de Tres Leches!

Hasta pronto!

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One Response to “Grateful!”

  1. Greg Stewart December 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Lisa,
    I feel like I know what is happening with you and Eddy. Keep me in the loop.
    Greg

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