2012 Finale

Over New Year’s, Matthew Perdie, the Abbotts, Rachel’s boyfriend Adamson Easterly, and David Abbott‘s girlfriend Jessica Urffer visited Fair Hills Farm. The visit was a rousing success, complete with movies, fireworks, s’mores, a game of Catch Phrase, and Matthew’s film classes (a fascinating scene-by-scene analysis of National Treasure in the school room). It’s so fitting that the Abbotts were here, considering our creative tradition.

Here’s a glimpse of the festivities (I’ll add more photos and maybe some videos as they come about):

Rachel snapped this photo of Matthew, Ms. Lindy, and me hanging out in the schoolroom.

Playing "Catch Phrase" in the sunroom.

The menfolk setting up the bonfire.

Little David fires the Roman Candle while Adam and Andrew prepare fireworks and Matthew films (see camera lens on the right edge of the photo. I held the film light to illuminate these shots).

Andrew sets up a firework while Rex prepares to attack it (he loved snarling at those things!).

What a beauty!

Adamson and David play chess on the chessboard Rachel gave Adamson for Christmas, while Andrew plays "Risk" on his mother's pink iPad.

Abigail experimented with one of Matthew's camera lenses for this shot of Joseph and me.

Matthew held his film light while Adam and David reenacted some shadowy creepers that Rachel and Jessica thought they saw on the trail.

These lovely ladies (mothers, Mrs. Lindy Abbott and Mrs. Chris Read) are working on publishing a magazine with me. To give you a hint . . . it's a magazine for thinking women!

Thus We Enter The Seventh Year Of The Twenty-First Century

New Year’s celebration was charming this year. Dr. John Y. visited, as tradition holds (he has visited on New Year’s Eve 6 years in a row!). He is an old friend of ours that is amiably unique. He has always kept us children amused with his humour, literary prowess, calligraphy, poetry, photography, art, cello, intellectualness and, of course, the surprising treats he always brings. He even visited us overseas when we lived in Germany a decade ago.

The noticeable excitement amongst the Read children when he arrives may be likened somewhat to that of the young Hobbits when Gandalf arrived at the Shire with his fireworks display. Yes, the fireworks! Another thing Dr. Y. is known for. This time Dad rode with him to the shop to select some.

After a game of Charades he made a sumptuous chocolate soufflé and delicious strawberries and cream. The weather has not been too cold recently – in fact, it was quite warm a few days ago. We had a nice fireworks display (though we did wonder why Rex was so intent upon sniffing the sparks). Grandmomma and Granddaddy visited on New Year’s day before John Y. left.

I believe I am spoiled, to a slight extent. You see, I am used to being healthy all the time. We easily take advantage of our health around here and get into the habit of staying up too late, especially at this time of year, and therefore not fitting in as many hours of sleep as we should sometimes. On top of that we have had the strange weather, which has totaled to an uncomfortable cold we’re all suffering from. We are used to experiencing just a touch of an illness for about 24 hours. But now I’ve been trying to shake off these cold symptoms for about 3 days! That is bizarre to me.

One of the most successful treatments we have used so far has been steaming the essential oils of Hyssop, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Lemon in a small pot on the kitchen stove. It clears out congestion when inhaled, and is especially good for helping infants and small children breathe freely (Hyssop is antiviral, Lavender is calming and antiseptic, Eucalyptus is a well known decongestant, and Lemon is antibacterial).

I haven’t written half of what I wanted to write, and I’m not sure I wanted to write half of what I have written, but it will have to suffice until another moment in this new year permits me to elaborate.

Farewell.

GOD BLESS,

~Amanda~

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 – Untitled Comment

Posted by onedaymore
Sounds like fun!

You got rid of your slideshow:( How sad!

Drop by my place sometime:)
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Sunday, January 7, 2007 – Untitled Comment

Posted by onedaymore
Yeah, I love having all that interesting details, like behind the scenes and stuff:)

I wrote a really stupid play a while ago, I’m writing my book at the presant, and have no time to write up a script/screenplay.
Besides, most of the movies I want to make are books.

thanks for the comment:)

onedaymore
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Sunday, January 7, 2007 – Untitled Comment

Posted by BrielleCostumes
Hello Amanda,
Thank you for visiting my realm. It was fun to hear from you….
Thank your compliments to my blog as well. I do believe the Ever After movie is my very favorite…I adore the costumes. What gown is your favorite?
I enjoyed your post….
God Bless and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,
Amanda Brielle

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