Friday, December 31, 2010

Ice and Snow

Yesterday Andy and Chris Blue, Ben Murphy, and I had a small skating party on the Bentley Farm's frozen pond. We played a intense round of hockey in which Chris and Ben beat Andy and me 15-8. After ice skating we went for a winter exploration trip on the trails of Bentley. Overall we had a great time of fun, fellowship and laughter.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Isaac and Allie Tie the Knot

Isaac Merril Angell and Alexandra Zinoni Blue were united in marriage on Monday at a beautiful church. The wedding was very lovely and the reception that followed was wonderful.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Visit to Nate's City

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Highlights -

Attending Christmas Around the World at Times Square Church

Touring the Lego store and FAO Schwarz

Posing on the Trump Tower's 6th floor garden patio (and with Elmo!)

Drinking Starbucks coffee on 5th Avenue

Finding just the right fellow to take our picture in front of the Rockefeller Tree

Stopping at every other street vendor to try on a variety of hats and scarves

Visiting Nate's apartment on the Upper West Side

Worshiping at Redeemer Presbyterian Church

Having seven NYFD firefighters coming to Nate's tiny apartment (bringing the total up to 16 people!) to check the carbon monoxide sensor. Thankfully, all was fine.

Enjoying being together with family and our new friend, Anna!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Preparing the Calves' Home for the Winter

With the return of the college brothers, the house been abuzz with many different activities of which today's project consisted of making a winter dwelling for the calves on Bentley Farm.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Tis' the Season to Write a Christmas Letter

Maryella joyfully volunteered to help fold the many letters!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Amelia's 9th Birthday!

Tonight we celebrated the ninth birthday of Amelia, my first cousin, amid many presents, relatives, and birthday cake!
The popular choice for a birthday, angel food cake!
A bag of presents!
Her first piggy bank!
A poster of two of Amelia's favorite animals.

Friday, December 10, 2010

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Monday, December 06, 2010

Newest Arrivals at Bentley Farm

Our calf population on Bentley Farm reached four today as two of our cows had heifers. The cute days-old calves are very full of the thrill of young life!
Got Milk?
Prancing around the barnyard!
Investigating! Looking for milk from Jacob!