Wednesday, we babysat Landen while Rachael drove to pick up Taylor. He was such a good little boy! To not have spent time with us in longer than he can remember, he acted right at home. We went to the park twice and Landen had a good time walking, swinging, and playing on the slide. We read books and played with cars. He is starting to talk a little - please, thank you, ball, etc. - and the cutest personality. He makes the cutest "funny face" on command. It was so cute, that we kept making him do it over and over again! When he ate, he would say, "Hmmmm, Hmmmm!" and once he even said it and rubbed his tummy!
Eryn, Brian, and Miss B. joined us on Thursday for Thanksgiving lunch and gift unwrapping. We never see the grandchildren at Christmas so brought Christmas to Thanksgiving. Plus, saved a bundle on Shipping & Handling charges!
Miss B. unwrapped her presents - big Lego-like blocks, a vacuum cleaner that made different noises, books, and clothes. She tried on her sweater jacket that I knit for her and it was a perfect fit!!! Yippeeee! She looked so cute in it!
Landen received a set of the Lego-like blocks, too. He also got a race track, books, and clothes. The vest I knit for him was too long. I'm waiting to hear back from Rachael as to whether or not she wants me to shorten it for him.
(Nope. Can't post pictures of Miss B. due to her parents' wishes but just know that she is growing like a weed and getting more precious with every passing day!)
After everyone left, I went to a friend's house and broke off boxwood from her bushes. It wouldn't be Christmas without my boxwood wreaths. I have two large bags full to decorate with when I get back home.
Andy and I left Danville, VA this morning and headed to Richmond. We visited with Eryn, Brian, and Miss B. and then all went to 525 at the Berry Burk for dinner. Our reservation was early so Chef Taylor(our younger son) was able to come out and visit with us a little before he got busy in the kitchen.
Dinner was absolutely delicious! We had a variety of dishes - Butternut Squash Fondue in a bread bowl, salads, Carrot Bisque, Clam Chowder, Tuna Tartare, Braised Pork Belly, Seared Tuna, Filet Mignon, Salad with Chicken, Bread Pudding, Apple Cobbler, and 3-Chocolate Mousse (milk, white, and dark). We had a good time tasting all the different dishes. This menu was a new one since we visited in June. This was their fall menu and I had a hard time deciding what to get but he recommended the filet so that's what I chose. It was yummy! So tender - cooked just perfectly. Everything was absolutely delicious!!!
If you subscribe to or buy Southern Living Magazine, be sure to check page 96 of the new December issue. Taylor's restaurant, 525 at the Berry Burk, is mentioned. I wish they had pictured a dish or two or a picture of the restaurant but oh well. What a jewel in their crown to be recognized with a mention in Southern Living Magazine after only being open 5 months. Kudos to all Taylor's and the staff's hard work.
Tomorrow, we head home to Ohio. We've had a great visit but I wish I could have another week. There are so many people I would like to see and places I would like to go. The days just pass too quickly.
Next week will be nose to the grindstone as usual. Sigh!