The first day of 2010 was much like the first day of 2011.
I know what I'll be doing and my extended family knows what I'll be doing .
. . and they come to join us for our annual Portzelky feast.
Someone wondered this year how many could be at the feast if everyone attended.
On the paper table cloth the tally was totalled.
My parents who had five children,
now have 56 children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In January, we were very excited for the Vancouver Winter Olympics to begin in February so we drove into the city several times to see how things were shaping up.
In February, we hadn't had a speck of snow yet in winter so we went up to Manning Park. .
We were invited to a Opening Game party and the celebrations of our beautiful area began and we enjoyed every minute of it that we could.
Since I haven't yet been able to find the time to visit my friends at the Today show. . .
my beloved woke me up at 2:30 am on my birthday ..
and took me to Grouse Mountain to celebrate with the folks we watch every weekday morning.
That was my best birthday ever. I loved every minute of it.
We came home to watch ourselves on TV. . .
as he had also thought about that before hoisting me out of bed.
In March the spring flowers started to brighten the dreary days of winter and we kissed Spring hello.
Another huge highlight in Spring was going to the Tulip festival to meet Ellen in April.
Oddly .. .though the meeting of Ellen was all about Ellen. .
she is not in this picture.
At home. .
we started to look forward to summer.
We watched the raspberries let out for the season...
. ..and went to Cannon Beach for our Spring RV trip.
In between spending time with grands and friends and family. .
I sewed a bit. . . planning and looking forward to a relaxing summer.
In April we got a call from Herald Publishers asking Mennonite Girls Can Cook to consider publishing a cookbook.
We spent endless hours making decisions about which recipes to submit.
It was terribly much fun.
We baked and cooked and took pictures and then remade the food when our pictures didn't turn out. .
and our families for the most part. .
were enjoying their part of the cookbook making process.
Summer arrived. . .
and the project continued.
We had deadlines to meet for each part of the book. .
we met and chatted and compared notes. . .
and stopped now and then to smell the roses.
While I was busy in the kitchen. . .
my beloved finished his truck. .
and we began to enjoy long drives and
did not get one speeding ticket.
I was amazed.
In between. . .
the grands came and went and I enjoyed the fact that they had no clue that I was working on a cookbook.
To them it was just waffles and french toast. . .and paska. .
in the middle of summer.
. . and in June. .we did what we always do. . we ate raspberries. .
fresh off the plant.
Just as Kanneloni Macaroni turned one in July. .
she gained another little cousin who has been a tremendous joy in her peaceful spirit.
Baby Little Miss Muffet joined the family.
In August we went camping to Manning Park. .
with friends. .
. . .and more friends.
and two nights with the oldest two grands.
Grandgirlie at random times. .
says. .."Grammie. .let's go camping".
Yes. .we'll be doing that again.
The end of August. .
the Mennonite Girls Can Cook had our first ever all together summit.
We spent three days and evenings together. . .
and went away bonded and refreshed in our friendship.