Monday, March 29, 2010

march twenty-nine :: 169 weeks old


Sean is 169 weeks old today.


This morning we ran to Sean’s swim lesson (after dropping off Mack at daycare). I managed to run 1 errand before his swim class, and took him along to one more errand after his swim class. He likes running errands with me. I like the company, it’s nice. I got to finish the last dishcloth I made for my step-mother-in-law while Sean was learning how to swim.

Here are the 3 dishcloths I made for my step-MIL (Jamie’s step-mom). Two of them are using the square pattern I’m using for Babette (5 round squares). I can crochet those with my eyes closed. The other was just a simple square in double crochet. I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Beach Ball Blue. Love the color mixture.

My mother-in-law’s birthday (Jamie’s mom) was last Monday, so to go along with the cube of photos that I picked up last week and put our photos into, I made her a basket of yarn with the appropriate size needles. I stashed the basket with 8 skeins of yarn, so there’s a pretty rainbow going on. It was so nice once it was all wrapped up with the plastic gift wrap & ribbon.

I got the table set up today for tonight’s dinner with plenty of time to spare.

I finally got to use my fine china! We got a setting for 16 people for our wedding, and have never used it before. (Probably because it’s not dishwasher safe. I’m not a big fan of hand washing dishes). In any case, tonight was a worthy cause, to pull them out & use them. My first Passover Seder in my home.

The horse radish was set on the table. (I’m not a fan of horse radish, but I love the serving dish!)


We also put out the seder dish.
This one was given to me as a gift from my mother, passed down from my grandmother.


And I also used this dish for the first time since receiving it for my bridal shower (back in 2004!) It’s a gorgeous plate, and I realized it fits Matzah perfectly! So, it’s now my Matzah dish. It was meant to be.


Everyone was here for 6pm tonight, and we sat down shortly after and read the Seder. My mother-in-law lead the service in hebrew.

We raised our glasses of wine.


We read from the book.


And Sean sang the alphabet to the tune of the 4 questions since he had no idea what he was doing. It was too cute. I wish I had my video camera with me at the time – it was just something I would have liked to have recorded.

The meal went off without any problems (despites a few forgotten things this afternoon while preparing – but those were easily fixed with borrowed eggs and using the microwave to thaw out some frozen stuff that were made last week and forgotten in the freezer until last minute – oops!) Sean gobbled down more hard boiled eggs than I was able to keep track of (I had no idea he liked eggs that much!) and Mack thinks Matzah is a cookie (I’m okay with that – it’s much healthier than most cookies!). We had a great time and as long as I have help from my step-MIL, I’d consider hosting Jamie’s family at my house again next year; Starting a new tradition.

Seder number 2, tomorrow night, is at my parents house. I’m looking forward to a repeat of good food. The diet? Yeah, that’ll start up again after Pesach’s over. There’s no dieting during passover. It’s just impossible with the types of food you eat during the holidays!


Big Girl Feet said...

Aww it looks like you had a nice dinner together! I'll have to ask you in person about the traditions and Seder!

Amelah said...

Looks like your first prepared Seder went well! At least you can now say you finally used the fine China!

Nice gift! Norma knits? [Is it Norma? or Penny? You wrote step-mother, but Jamie's mom...]

g-girl said...

love the basket you prepared for your mil's bday! so will you be teaching her to knit or does she already knit? looks like your first seder went amazingly well! the serving dish for the horseradish is cool! i'm going to have to read up on the Seder dish so I know what everything represents. :)

Balkan Style Bloggers said...

I love your dishes!!

Bea said...

I love Sean's smile in that first picture. SO cute! The birthday basket is an awesome idea. I might have store that one in my head for later. So excited for you that you got to use your china! I'm with you one the horseradish and the serving dishes. What are all the things in the seder dish? Are they supposed to be particular things or just part of what you've chosen to eat or something else?

Tara said...

Wow, I love the new look! Looks like your first official hostessing gig went well, congrats!