Henry opening his Christmas gifts from Uncle Michael & Aunty Susan

Henry and Aunty Susan
Saturday we spent the afternoon with my Aunt and Uncle in Manchester N.H. Henry was so spoiled with gifts and so were we! We ate caesar salad for lunch and gelato for dessert. It was an enjoyable time!


Henry opening his Christmas gifts

Sorry it's so dark.

Our Christmas morning

This morning Jason Henry and I opened our Christmas gifts to each other. Henry had so much fun!


Henry and his new train

Henry got a new Thomas train from his Grammy Mary and Papa Hank for Christmas. It plays the theme song and Thomas' funnel lights up and it steams along. Henry loves it!


Back in action!

Thanks to Hank and Mary Tait, the TaitX3 family blog will entertain you all once again with photos and video clips of our exciting life! Thanks for the camera, Hank and Mary, it was an awesome Christmas gift.
We had a blast visiting everyone in Michigan for Christmas with a perfect ending with the birth of our new niece Cassie.
Henry loved playing with his cousins. He got spoiled with lots of gifts from his Grammy Mary and Papa Hank and Aunts and Uncles.
It took over 15 hours to drive to Michigan, it was a very long night, but glad to have arrived safely. On saturday Mary, Cassandra, Christina and I went to "Let's do the dishes" to paint ornaments. It was so much fun. Then we meet up with the guys at La Senorita's for at tasty lunch. Sunday we all went to Church then hung out at home and watched a movie and ate lots of food. Christmas Eve, we did a lot more hanging out and eating then at night the adults partook in the White elephant exchange. We had a lot of fun. I ended up with cool kitchen gadgets from Cassandra (not Cassie) and Jason got a beautiful painting of a barn on a piece of slate from Hank and Mary. We were very fortunate this year with all our gifts! Thank you Jesus for being born!
Christmas morning we all opened our gifts then had a huge breakfast. Then the Herman and Dan Tait family had to go to their in-laws for Christmas, so Hank, Mer, Christina, Jason, Henry and myself just relaxed all day. It was nice. I even took a nap! I stayed in my pajamas all day, it was great! We did a lot of hanging out and EATING! I'm looking forward to get back into my excercise regime again and lose all the weight I gained this holiday season. Then comes the most exciting day of all... wednesday. The day Cassie Tait was born. We left for the hospital around 7am, by around 9am we were holding our new niece. It was awesome! About 10am we had to end our memorable visit to Michigan. We got home around 11:30pm. It really wasn't that bad of a trip. What a perfect Christmas week! Hope everyone had a great Christmas.


Cassandra Janelle Tait

Tait family
Mother and daughter
Alden, his sister Cassie and proud mommy


Boring Blog......

I never realized how much I use my camera. Every so often I want to take a snapshot of Henry or record him when he does something cute, or take pictures of a delicious looking meal or some kind of yummy dessert. I apologize for a boring blog. We hope to have a new camera by early january!
Jason and I are getting very excited about our trip to Michigan. We plan on leaving friday afternoon, so most of the time Henry will be sleeping for the long 14 hour or so drive. We can't wait to meet baby Maisy and baby girl Daniel Kim Tait when she is born. I also can't wait to play with our nephews and spend time with Hank, Mary, Danny, Kim, Cassandra, Adam and Christina. It will be a fun filled Christmas week. We will miss you Stephen and Linsey and wish you could be with us.
We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! ~ TaitX3


Happy Birthday Suzie!!!!!

Happy Birthday to my sweet sister Suzie who turned 40 today!!!!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day. We love you!!!
(I can't believe I don't have a picture of her to show everyone)


Happy Birthday Lucas!

Happy 6th Birthday to our nephew Lucas Russell Herman! We love you buddy!!!!!


Weekend Pictures

Playing in the snow!
Jason Henry & Kara Invitation night downtown Newburyport
All bundled up
Every time Henry looks at a Christmas tree he lifts his arm and says ahhhhhhhhhh as if something very glorious has been unveiled and lifted to heaven.
Sick of pictures
Nieces Ayva Martina and Miya.
My "Grein" sister-in-laws. Lisa Mj & Kristen
Henry and his Grandma at Uncle Michael and Aunty Susan's Christmas party
Henry and his cousin Gabe the babe
Cousinly LOVE

A Look Back to 2006 Christmas

The Tait grandkids in Farwell, MI celebrating Christmas
Henry's first Christmas morning in Newburyport,MA
Daniel Jason and Cassandra at BW3's
Alden on the road smoking a pipe!
Henry and his Aunty Cassandra
Kara and Kim eating out...
Jason Daniel and Adam cooking up some grub


O Christmas Tree

Our small tree
Henry and his snow globe


Two Years and Still in LOOOOOVE

Today Jason and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary.


Sunday Funny

Jason has a new original joke for his stand up comedy act: "My internet service is so slow it has been declared an official sponsor of the 2008 Special Olympics."

You're welcome.

We celebrated our 2nd Anniversary

The tree is up, presents bought, and constant Christmas music flowing through the air here at the Tait family pad.
Jason had the week off. It was a movie watching, food eating, relaxing week for him. Last night we celebrated 2 years of marriageness (Jason likes the "ness") bliss, and 8 wonderful years together. Stephen and Linsey were the fortunate ones who enjoyed Henry's dirty diapers and energy Saturday night. Thank you guys for taking him overnight....yous the best!
Jason and I enjoyed our old neighborhood in Boston last night. We planned on ice-skating on the frog pond, then dinner at PF Changs. The bone chilling weather ruined our romantic act of skating in circles holding hands like crush ridden teenagers. Then we planned on "Painting your own pottery" to make Henry his second Christmas ornament. (Starting last year, I am making Henry a Christmas ornament to start his collection that I will give him when he gets married.) I have a collection from my Great Aunty-Aunty that she made for me for 18 years! But, when we walked up to the pottery store in our old neighborhood, we discovered it was closed! It's now an office for an accounting firm. Boring. So, we heading for PF Changs for a delicious "upscale" chinese food. We went last year for our anniversary and twice on our honeymoon, so we want to make it a tradition. It was nice just the two of us. Sorry we don't have pictures to show, we are still morning the loss of our camera:(


Thanksgiving Photos

Kara Jason & Henry
Henry and his cousin Martina
Mom Kara Martina & Lisa
Henry and his Grandma


Cranberry Almond and Cinnamon Tart

This is the tart that I made for Thanksgiving. It came out awesome!

Cranberry Almond and Cinnamon Tart
1 1/2 cups (5 1/4 ounces) fresh cranberries
1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 tablespoon water
All-purpose flour, for dusting

Pate sucree
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
8 ounces cranberry jam or preserves
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 ounces (about 1 1/4 cups) whole almonds, finely ground in a food processor
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Put fresh cranberries, 1/3 cup sugar, and the water into a saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring to dissolve sugar, until cranberries have just softened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool completely.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to a 12-inch circle, 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Transfer to an 8-by-2-inch springform pan, pressing crust into bottom and up sides. Trim excess flush with rim. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prick tart crust all over with a fork. Cut a 12-inch round of parchment, and place on top of chilled crust. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove weights and parchment, and brush crust lightly with egg white. Return to oven, and bake until pale golden, about 25 minutes. Refrigerate remaining egg white. Let crust cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Raise oven temperature to 375 degrees. Spread jam over bottom of tart crust.
Beat butter and remaining 1/2 cup sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to medium. Slowly add ground almonds, cinnamon, and salt, and beat until just combined. Spread mixture over jam-covered crust.
Bake tart until filling is set and has darkened slightly, 45 to 50 minutes. (If top darkens too quickly, cover loosely with foil.) Remove tart from oven, brush top with egg white, and sprinkle with sugar. Return to oven, and bake for 5 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan, and top with candied cranberries. Serve warm.


Santa Parade in Haverhill

An estimated 30,000 people go to the annual Santa Parade in Haverhill each year. Jason had to go to write about it for his newspaper, so Henry and I went with him. We got to take these pictures on his work camera.


Thanksgiving Cupcakes

My friend Sonya made these adorable cupcakes for her son's party at school. Just wanted to show them to everyone.

Conan has more than one stalker.....

This was taken last year. The priest accused of stalking Conan was at the same event in Lawrence, Mass.


100th post

So, I just realized that I have posted my 100th post the other day! Hope everyone is enjoying our family blog.


Picture stock

I'll try to post pictures that we have saved. Hopefully we will be able to get a camera soon.