Saturday, November 29, 2008

~December Bdays & Thanksgiving 2008~

Hola Familia !

I have a lot to pack in to this issue so be patient and read on !

Lets start with the December Birthdays :
Dec 1 ~ Larry Wong
Dec 2 ~ Steve Vasquez
Dec 9 ~ Simone Emilia
Dec 10 ~ Elvira Vasquez "101" yrs old !

Dec 13 ~ Kailee
Brian Jr.

Dec 15 ~ Angela Rose
Paul Adrian
Dec 20 ~ Leti
Theresa Hapshie

Dec 24 ~ Aunt BB

Dec 27 ~ Faith Taylor de la Peña
Olivia Farias
Dec 30 ~ Rosie (in Cali)

If I have left anybody out that needs to be posted please let me know !

Thanksgiving 2008

Marjorie and I went out with my parents to the "Party House" in Helotes (Chata and Lupe's) and saw most of the usual suspects out there. Lupe's Sister and Family were there to greet us and we got down to chowing down. Of course the bigger our family gets the more everybody has to try and split spending the Holidays with our family and with their significant others family too. So we just kept eating, watching football, and greeting everyone as they came in! We were entertained by "Baby" Brian who has been red shirted already for the Longhorns Football team (just kidding hahaha) he is already up walking around and showing off his strength! It was really good seeing everyone and we missed seeing some of y'all that were at your "other" families get togethers... we hope everyone had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! We are looking forward to seeing more "Primos" for the Christmas Holidays! We also celebrated Rose Vallejo's Birthday and also even though she is in Cali, Hannah de la Peña's Bday! AND a rare sighting that was documented on camera , this shot of Armando smiling ! Here is the link for some of the pictures Marjorie took(< click on the word pictures) Hope Y'all enjoy !
Hey y'all its Marjorie here and I thought I would include something here under the topic of thanksgiving. I made my Pecan Yam Casserole, and Cranberry Salad again this year and some of y'all asked for the recipe so I thought I would post it on here for those who want it! My disclaimer is anyone on a diet should not even look at this! Its about a zillion calories each but so worth it! Enjoy!
Pecan Yam Casserole
4 bouregard sweet potatoes
2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cup butter
1 1/2- 2 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
Cooking Instructions (Filling first, Topping second)
1. Steam or bake sweet potatoes until soft
2. peel potatoes
3. mash potatoes
4. mix ingredients (filling)
5. place in casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
1. add all ingredients (topping) butter must be melted, in a large ziplock bag.
2. shake/mix
3. add to top of casserole
4. bake in oven for additional 5 minutes (still at 400 degrees)
5. serve and enjoy!
Cranberry Salad
1 bag cranberries (washed)
1 bag big marshmellows
1 med can crushed drained pineapple
1 cup sugar
1 regular size cool whip
In a food processor grind marshmellows and cranberries together on top speed. Add sugar and drained pineapple. Refrigerate overnight. Next morning add the cool whip and set in refrigerator at least 2 hours.
Just a reminder !
LOOK AT THE TOP OF THIS BLOG ! The countdown is getting closer to FIESTA and our 2nd Annual Port A "La Familia" trip! Start planning and getting ready! Coming up soon I am going to be trying to get a count of how many people we will have going to Port A..... I know some of you might not know till we get closer but maybe next month I will try and get some kind of tentative count!



I am thankful for having each and every one of you as my family! There have been so many good memories and there will be LOTS more to come! We have done a pretty good job of showing our youngest that we do our best to stay together, so lets keep it up! Y'all are very important to me whether you are in SA or Pfluggerville or North Carolina or Cali or wherever you may be and I want to hear about whats important to you and your families and if its ok with you let everyone else know too! So again I want everyone to know my email box is open and I will do what I can to keep "La Familia " posted!


Cuz Andy & Cuz Marjorie

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving and New Cuz's.....

Hola Familia !


Long time no see on here..I am sorry but life gets hectic sometimes as ALL of y'all know !

I wanted to get on here and get this out because I know some of y'all look at this stuff at work and later on this week you might not be working .

Well its the holidays and we also have some birthdays going on this week !

We have Cuz Rileigh in cali and Cuz Kelsey on Tuesday the 25th celebrating a birthday and then we have our very own Turkeys Cuz Hannah and Cuz Rose V. celebrating on Turkey Day the 27th ! Gobble Gobble !

Cuz Kelsey had an early bday celebration at the "party house" in Helotes on Saturday night and it was also a sort of farewell party because he is going back to North Carolina to help out with family back there ! Kelsey your family here wishes you well and wants to let you know we are "always" here for you and please let us know if you ever need anything...come back and visit soon !

I know everybody has tons of familia on both sides and it gets crazy trying to go back and forth visiting everyone, I hope we all get the chance to run into each other somewhere along the way during this Holiday season ....... Marjorie and I will be headed to the "party house" in Helotes for some good ole fashioned turkey dinner with Chata and Lupe and hope to see as many of you as we can !


Another reason to give Thanks this year is that we have a new Cuz brought to us by Cuz Shanna.... Cuz Gabriel Federico was born in to our familia! I am trying to get more info and maybe some more pix from mama but be patient because you know new babies can make ya busy!

Also CONGRATULATIONS to my parents Armando & Rose de la Pena for their 49th Wedding Anniversary on the 22nd of November !

LOS PRIMOS Volleyball team finished up 2nd this last season and ended the volleyball year.....the team had a GREAT year and is looking forward to next season around feb/mar ! There is talk of some Garage Sales coming up to support the team so I will try and keep you posted. Los Primos volleyball would really like to see more familia come out and watch the games and just hang out!

Everyone have a Safe Holiday and keep me posted on whats happening with you so I can let everybody know!

Luv Y'all like Cuz's ....

Andy & Marjorie