It feels strange to have such an empty house. We had a wonderful time with my family (if you read Greg's post, you already know that). I am so glad and so honored that they actually made the time and were able to come and check out our lives down here. My dad wasn't able to come with my mom and the kids, but he will be working on Caleb's new house (oh, BTW he bought a house in North Carolina) in May, and then renting a motorcycle to come down here for a little visit. Should be fun! Andrew will be besides himself with excitement when he sees his Grandpa "Poppa" ride in on a bike!
I haven't been posting too much because of all the excitement of the visits, but I'll try to catch you all up a little at a time.
Joy was able to stay with us for 4 or 5 weeks after my mom and everyone else left, which was awesome. She was a huge help to me, cleaning, cooking and just hanging out. We recorded a Johnny Cash song together on my new little sort-of-home-studio. We also attempted to write a song, but it ended up a little more like a Fiddler On The Roof jig, so we trashed it. We have not given up on our quest to become JoyFaith -- The Next Big Thing, so look for us on a billboard near you.
One day I had Joy make datenut bread (Mary Simchera's fantastic recipe), and gave her some clean, large tin cans to bake it in. Joy hasn't done a heck of a lot of quick bread recipes, so she didn't realize that you never fill something more than 2/3 full. (If you didn't know that, make a note of it!) This is what happens when you ignore that rule:
It may be hard to see, but the entire can is covered in baked on bread. The stuff inside was still good, but it took her about a half hour to get the bread out of the two crusted cans. Yummy.
Last weekend, Sarcy flew in from Michigan. It was so wonderful to spend time with her, as always.
On the last day that Sarah and Joy were here, we attempted to rewrite Moon River as Sock Knitter, but hit a mind block. If you have any lyrics for me to spoof on that song, I'm going to be recording it hopefully next week, and sending it in to one of the major Knitting podcasts. (Does anyone know of any copywright issues for spoof songs?)
Here's two short video clips from today:
(Note the static in Elijah's hair at the end)
(Quick disclaimer: I thought Greg had said Andrew could go down hills fine.)
When I had Greg watch this after we got inside, we were actually crying we were laughing so hard. In case anyone is wondering, a knee is slightly pink, but no other injuries were sustained.