Friday, December 18, 2009

A house needs a grandma in it.

"A house needs a grandma in it." ~Louisa May Alcott

I'll tell you what, this house sure loves having a grandma in it. Nate's mom flew all through the night from Seattle to arrive here in the morning and be able to spend the day (plus 2 more) with us. Our adventures mostly involved tasty food and trains.

At the main library in Columbus; that's an amazing train exhibit behind us with replicas of German homes, churches, and buildings.

We stopped at North Market after seeing the train exhibit and had some Italian and Vietnamese food.
(It's a noodle) Natalie is always adding variety and spice to life:
Outside El Arepazo which is a Venezuelan restaurant. (Nate served his mission there. Not at the restaurant. In Venezuela.)

Chowing down on fried plantains, arepas, and other goodies.

The gingerbread train! Credit goes to Annie Palmer for suggesting we make a train this year rather than a house, considering our son's SMALL obsession with trains. Wouldn't you love to have this creation chug into your hometown?

And thank you to Grandma for doing most of the hard work. We spent most of a wonderful afternoon working on the train.

Just a few more days till Christmas! (As if ANY of you were unaware.) We're so glad you could come, Grandma Kim, and make some happy, holiday memories with us!


Kami said...

Oh! So fun! Your hair looks long. And I loved the train gingerbread house.

Lindsey said...

The train looks great. I was telling Benson how you mentioned you're slightly worried about Jansen becoming a model train weirdo. He told me that our old bishop in Utah has his entire basement filled with model trains and tracks. He goes down there, puts on a conductor's hat and builds his stuff. Ha ha. I can see Jansen now...

Annie said...

Woo Hoo! I got special mention in your blog. Did you like the Vietnamese food at North Market? I LOVE it! I didn't know you tried it. The train really does look awesome.

Anonymous said...

Fun times, I'm so glad Kim could come during the holidays! Wish I could. I need lots of pictures of the kids! Love ya, mom.

Melinda said...

We want the Nye train to come to our house! I also have a small boy who is just getting started in his obsession with trains. It looks awesome. Always fun to have grandmas come visit.

Cara said...

The train looks so cool AND tasty. I think I need to grab some treats at the store now :)