Thursday, December 13, 2007

Visiting Aunt Ginny

After Thanksgiving, Mom and Dad and Jillsie and I travelled to Virginia to visit Aunt Ginny, who is my godmother and one of my mother's best friends (they were pals in college). This was a wonderful visit, especially since I had not seen Aunt Ginny since Wedding #2, she had not yet met her grand-god-daughter, and I had not yet met her husband, Wendell. I feel so lucky to have such a good relationship with my godmother. She is an incredible, caring, intelligent, strong woman, and I love her, and, even more special to me, we just seem to "get" each other.

During our visit, we were all spoiled (and Jillson especially so) by delicious food and gorgeous table settings. Imagine doing that for guests a few days after Thanksgiving! That is the time when most of us use disposable plates and order take out because we are so sick of entertaining. Not Ginny. We got the full treatment, and it was spectacular! Jillson proved to be a very adventuresome eater, devouring grapefruit, tomato aspic, canneloni (which I am sure I am spelling incorrectly), and all sorts of cheese and crackers from the reception table after Bill's concert.

Oh! Bill's concert. So, in addition to getting to go to church together (witnessing two baptisms!), we also got to attend Bill's choir's Christmas concert and meet his friend Robin. Ginny's son, Bill, sings with an excellent choir, and their concert was a beautiful mix of pieces familiar and new-to-me. As the only toddler in attendance, Jillson was, of course, the belle of the reception afterwards. All sorts of grandmotherly figures were trying to scoop her up and cart her away, but you should've seen Aunt Ginny. There has never been a prouder grand-godmother! She introduced us to everyone. It was adorable. I'd also like to say for the record that Wendell surprised us all by taking a successful turn as Jillson's babysitter during the concert (along with Mom and Dad), so that the Gutsy Mom was able to watch the entire concert uninterrupted with Aunt Ginny. What a treat.

Anyway, without further ado, here are some pics:

Jillson and Wendell.

Armed with her own, tiny silver spoon, Jillson devours her grapefruit and is QUITE proud of herself.

Jillson and Aunt Ginny. This one is worth its weight in gold. What a couple of classy gals!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

We had such a fantastic Thanksgiving, it seems almost ludicrous for me to post these pictures without the stories behind them, but here they are:
Jillsie licking her lips after some pumpkin cheesecake.