Loving the library

One of the joys of our new hometown is exploring …

The new library in particular has been awesome, with a maker space, adult classes like the aforementioned crayon workshop, programs for kids (one of which we attended yesterday with P and G, who got to be a lion puppeteer) …

followed in grand style by lunch and dessert at a retro eatery …

And like any good library there are book displays, like the one that led me to check out this book …

which then led to a happy online used book purchase ($4.19) of a collage book by the author/illustrator Andrea D’Aquino …

Not that I “needed” more collage books …

but you never know what you might learn with each new find!

So much

I wanted to loosen the grandkids up before taking a “smile” picture in front of our new home.

“Be lions,” I said. So they were …

And really, it’s always the crazy pictures I like best. But there were many …

many …

many, many, many more …

And to think these are just the ones I liked best. Not to mention the videos and the pictures taken by other family members.

Goodness, how did we have time to cook, eat, play, and talk, let alone sleep? I guess it’s no great surprise that stitching didn’t happen … and was hardly missed.

A beautiful racket

This year’s chocolate train was made with black cocoa (yes, that’s a thing) …

Which, it turns out, doesn’t photograph well as last year’s train, but boy does it taste good!

The icing recipe has been modified, too. Coconut oil and half-and-half mixed with confectioners sugar. The one constant is lots and lots of candies …

The wonderful cacophony that comes of having six grandchildren and assorted parental units all gathered together …

A beautiful racket for sure …

but it all goes too fast.