Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last year we were in L'viv for Thanksgiving, but this year a little bit of L'viv came to us. Thanksgiving 2008 featured no malfunctioning refrigerators or stove, and easy access to all of the necessary ingredients. Most importantly, we enjoyed the company of Lea's parents, as well as good friends from Russia and Ukraine (Margarita, Masha, Anya, and Nazar). Nazar was one of Erik's students in L'viv and is currently a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas.

By Herron family tradition, Erik reads a presidential proclamation in lieu of grace prior to dinner; this year's proclamation was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1933 Thanksgiving greeting to the American people. We dined on standard and non-standard holiday cuisine: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, squash, broccoli, daikon salad, and kim chi, followed by apple and pumpkin pies.

Carter was a helpful sous chef and enthusiastic consumer of turkey. In addition to the standard meal, he had second, third, and fourth helpings of turkey after dessert. He also entertained all of the guests with his special version of hide-and-seek.

As Erik's father, Thomas, reminds us: "we have a lot to be thankful for." Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

"You Gotta Have Art"

Although we have lived in the Kansas City area for over seven years, we had not visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art until today. We introduced Carter to art museums during our stay in L'viv last year, and he enjoyed (or perhaps tolerated) exploring them when it was too cold and blustery to be outside. Carter was particularly intrigued by some of the surrealist and impressionist art in the collection. Monet's "Water Lilies" was an especially big hit since it "is like a really big TV!"

Of course, when Erik and Lea encounter art museums, the tune of the Detroit Institute of Arts' 1970s commercial runs a constant loop through their heads. Fortunately, we found a website featuring videos of classic Detroit ads for Faygo, Highland Appliance, and the DIA's "We've Got Art" advertising campaign. We highly recommend it as a great nostalgia trip for all Michiganders of a particular age.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

All Fall Down

Fall arrived quickly in Lawrence. Seemingly overnight, the temperatures turned chilly, leaves changed colors, and early last week the leaves dropped from the trees. Carter and Lea have been raking and collecting leaves for compost. But, the two of them paused for a little bit of fun, as Lea captured in these photos. Carter loves to jump in the leaves.

We still have alot of work to do because our lot has several large trees, but we have an extra helper this year!