FC: Year Two: 2014
1: Our year began with eating of the top tier of our wedding cake. We had wrapped it in 4 layers of press-and-seal and aluminum foil, and it had been sitting in the freezer since the wedding. Surprisingly, after thawing in the fridge, and endless unwrapping, the cake tasted nearly as good as it had on the day of the wedding. Needless to say we were both a bit surprised, but pleased. It was good cake after all.
2: The two of us continued experimenting in the kitchen and enjoying the fruits of those labors. We made a number of things including: -baked eggplant and pasta -chicken in a kumquat sauce -cheese blintzes -prosciutto wrapped chicken -blackberry pie -homemade beer bread -homemade peach jam | Continued Cooking Adventures
4: We spent the Eve and Day building yet another Lego; anyone sense a tradition? This time it was the Lego Sydney Opera House. As always the trick to any Lego build is keeping cats away from the pieces. | New Years Eve
5: Snow and Ice | In February, we had a ice/snow storm. Schools were closed for two to three days and you could hardly drive anywhere. This storm created a whole new term for meteorology - Cobblestone ice. It makes sense once you drive on it; you really are bouncing as much as you would on cobblestones.
6: In March, we went on a walk through the neighborhood, to the wetland/lake area nearby. We saw a beaver dam and gnawed on trees, but no beavers. We also saw tons of birds. | Exploring near Home
7: Lisha's favorite part was finding the wild chives - turns out they really are edible
9: Count the number of birds in that picture on the left. It's over 20... ...Might be 30. Can't be quite sure, but the tree had tons of birds
10: We also had to deal with some minor (or major depending on how you view it) home repair. Several tiles in the kitchen were coming loose, and started popping up from the floor - they were making a teepee shape. We called a handyman to take a look at it and he said that "ceramic tile shouldn't do that." Turned out it wasn't a foundation issue (thank goodness) just a problem of shoddy work and mastic. 12 tiles later, and the problem was fixed, with the understanding that there was a good chance we'd have to fix the entire kitchen floor at some point. | Home Repairs
11: In March/April, we went to a tea at the Dallas Arboretum. The food was awesome, and there were three different teas to compliment the different courses. Of course we had to spend time walking around the gardens and enjoying the flowers. The giant peacock topiaries were beautiful. | Tea at the Arboretum
14: The first celebration of the month was Jessica the Elder's birthday (April 10th). She managed to avoid a nosebleed this time. | The second big event was the birth of second Cagle baby. On April 12th, Anna Kate was born at at 10:53am, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces. | April - The Month of Celebrations
15: Third in the lineup was Jessica the Younger's second birthday (April 20th). Because Jessica the Elder was in the hospital still, the birthday was postponed and celebrated with Easter (on the 21st). Jessica got tons of books (including two from us).
16: On June 8th, Anna was baptized at Prince of Peace. Her grandpa did the baptism, just like he did for Jessica, and we were the godparents. | Anna's Baptism
17: Left - celebration with Lisha's parents, resulting in a new apron. Right - celebration with Greg's parents, with help blowing out candles from the wee Jessica. | Greg's Birthdays (yes this is actually in June)
18: In June, Greg and I took a trip down to San Antonio to visit his brother Steve. The first night we went to dinner at a culinary institute restaurant. We also went swimming. The next day we went to the botanical gardens. Steve grabbed a couple of turtles out of the water to show Charlotte. | San Antonio
20: The gardens were having a "birdhouses" exhibit, with child size houses all throughout the park. | My personal favorites were the one made of metal and mason jars and the stucco one with succulents.
21: We spent the 4th alone this year. In the morning, we went on a walk down by the lakes. We brought the camera this time and caught pictures of turtles, dragon and damsel files, and incredibly tiny frogs. | July 4th
22: Then there were the fireworks. Greg set up the tripod this year and caught really amazing shots of the show.
23: The final element of Lisha's graduate program was a practicum at SMU's Norwick Center. While there she got to help digitize, edit, describe and upload over 200 items including photos of Theodore Roosevelt, railroad cards and train yard photos. | As of August, Lisha officially completed and graduated from Texas Woman's University with her Masters in Library Science. Guess what will be hanging on the wall by next year? | MLIS Complete! | SMU Practicum
24: Fran and Blaise's Wedding August 2nd, 2014 | It was so wonderful being a part of Blaise and Francine's special day. They both looked so happy (and still do). Definitely worth missing Les Mis for!
26: Boston | We went up to Boston in September. The first day we drove out to Vermont for syrup, and New Hampshire for cheese and cider. We ended up accidentally leaving the cheese up there, but the syrup and cider were awesome. | The next day we walked around the city - stopping at the farmers market, the water front and the library.
28: While there, we also went to the JFK Library/Museum. No pictures from inside (of course) but the outside provided a good view of the city.
29: We also went walking along Castle Island and watched a seagull eat a crab - or at least rip off several legs.
30: Pumpkin Patch and Halloween
31: We went to the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth right before Thanksgiving with Lisha's parents to see an exhibit on Impressionist portraiture. | Kimball Art Museum
32: Twelve Days of Christmas | We also went them to the Twelve Days of Christmas exhibition at the Dallas Arboretum. It was really magical being there at night and seeing the place in the dark. Minus a few really odd anatomically strange mannequins, It was a wonderful night.
33: We spent Thanksgiving week with Greg's family (all of them). By Thanksgiving dinner there were 26 people (including nieces and nephews) at three different tables. Back row: Chris, Greg, Mike, Steve, Doug, Dave, and Dave Middle row:Casey, Lisha, Jessica, Jessica. Bonnie, Kim, Joyce, Joyce, and Melissa Front row: Anna, Steve, Mallory, Alessio, Eleanor, and Charlotte | Thanksgiving
35: Texas Woman's University Graduation December 13th, 2014
37: We celebrated Christmas with Lisha's parents on December 20th, as Lisha and her parents were leaving for Minnesota the next day. Dinner was traditional sweet rolls (donuts) and summer sausage. Although we were allowed to open stocking before dinner, Mom would not let anyone open gifts until we were all in pajamas. Everyone also got to wear the Santa hat (thank goodness we didn't have to wear the beard, I heard it was uncomfortable). | Christmas in Texas
38: After dinner we exchanged gifts. Mom got several ornaments (from both us and dad) as well as a bowl she had been pining for. | Both Greg and I received our diplomas finally framed. | We also got two new expansions for Carcassone, some art books for me, and a set of cat measuring cups for Greg. | Dad got grill tools from us to go with his new grill. Mom gave him a cookbook holder (since theirs "disappeared" with the move).
39: Christmas in Minnesota | After one Christmas, Lisha and her parents went up to Minnesota to see that set of family. Greg couldn't make it due to lack of vacation days. Grandma and Mom spent most of the time working on puzzles, unless we all were playing triominos. Lisha crocheted.
40: We opened presents with uncle Alan and aunt Jan. Grandma received more towels and transfers than she will ever use (so she can't say she has nothing to do). | Other highlights: -Ornaments for Al and Jan -Board game for my parents that requires gambling -Lego salt and pepper shakers -Fish plate for Al
41: Some of the gifts were BIG hits, like the drill toy for Ollie. But most fun seemed to be the shredded paper packaging from Liam and Daphne's stuffed toys. | We also spent time with the larger contingent of Alan's family - Ryan and Stephanie with Ollie and Daphne, and Michelle and Brian with Liam.
42: It was great to see everyone again, since it had been a year since Lisha had been up to Minnesota.
43: Random Stuff 1. Bluebonnets near Lisha's parents old house in Irving. 2. Chalk elephant. 3. The Ebola-Obama-Dallas man in Rockwall...'nough said. 4 and 5. Bulletin boards for Spring and Read Across America.
44: Last but certainly not least... ...You didn't think we forgot about the cats did you?
45: On November 17th, Marlow passed away. Earlier in the year he was diagnosed as diabetic, and was improving with insulin and diet changes. Sadly, in November, he had urinary tract issues. He developed complications while at the vet and passed away. Marlow was a special cat, and he will be missed. | In Memoriam Marlow