Monday, January 19, 2015


Two weeks ago, little Snowdrop made her way into the world. So you could say that she has reached a milestone: she is two weeks old today!

Ah, but she must always share January, because on the 19th, thirty years ago, my little girl was born.

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(and now she is 30)

And with multiple twists and surprises, her husband arranged a weekend of wonderful moments, including a chance for her family to gather on this day for a celebratory lunch. I hosted it -- at the farmhouse. Her dad drove up as well and so with Ed, we were eight: daughters with husbands, the older folk and of course little Snowdrop.

A brunch (or is it lunch if it's at noon?) of this magnitude takes time to prepare and so I was up until midnight and then again before dawn... (yes, Ed, I'll surely let the cheepers out!)

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(hey, why are we up so early??)

... baking the requested cake (an old family favorite: almond, orange and chocolate) and, too, brioche loaves...

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... roasting potatoes (these herbs grow magnificently all winter long on my eastern window sill):

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... with a pause for a morning pre-breakfast with Ed, in the sun room:

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Then back to the real meal prep -- plating all those baked goods, along with a brussel sprout and bacon frittata, plus the usual cheeses, melons, prosciuttos and celebratory beverages.

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It was little Snowdrop's first party and first outing to someplace other than a doctor's office and of course, she radiated charm!

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aunt, little Snowdrop, mom

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in uncle's arms

Politely, she slept through the meal, so that the adults could engage in banter (we are known for an endless string of teases)...

She let everyone have a turn at holding her (there definitely was a line for that!), but was equally content to sit (well, more like slump) in her bouncy chair...

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And so the party continued and my little girl opened gifts and blew out all 31 candles (in Poland, we always stick an extra one for the year ahead)...

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... and it was such a joyous set of hours that I cannot fully grasp how a day could be this beautiful.

Just a few more photos -- because they conjure up moments of such tenderness for me...

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mom, dad, little Snowdrop

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aunt, uncle, little Snowdrop

Happy birthday, youngest daughter of mine! Yes, you are still my little one, no matter how many grand-babies perch on my lap!

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And thank you, both of you, for driving such great distances to spend these precious hours with us!

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