Friday, December 28, 2012

Weather Prediction.

It was fall, and the Indians on the remote reservation asked their new chief if the winter was going to be mild or cold. Since he was an Indian Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets, so when he looked to the sky, he couldn’t tell what the weather would be. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that the winter was going to be cold and the members should collect wood to be prepared. But, also being a practical leader, after several days, he got an idea. He went to the phone booth and called the National Weather Service to see what the coming winter was predicted to be like. The meteorologist told the chief that it looked like it was going to be a cold winter, so the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared. A week later, the Chief called the National Weather Service again and asked if they were still predicting a cold winter. His answer was a strong, “Yes, most definitely a cold winter.” He then went back to the tribe and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find. Two weeks later, the Chief called the National Weather Service again just to make sure they were still predicting a cold winter. “Absolutely”, they told the Chief, “it’s going to be one the coldest winters ever!” The Chief then asked how they could be so sure about their predictions. The weatherman replied, “Because the Indians are collecting wood like crazy!”

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Welcoming Scarlett.

At 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 4 days overdue and after 28 intense hours of labor, my son Scott and Britt welcomed their daughter, Scarlett McKenna, into the world.




7 pounds, 9 ounces, 21 inches long



After her first bath.










Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Skirts.

My mother asked me if, this year, I would make Christmas skirts for the girls instead of buying them Christmas dresses (as was her yearly tradition before being moved to a nursing home).  Um, how do you say 'no' to your mother in a nursing home?

Finding festive fabric was the first hurdle.  We don't have any big fabric stores within an hour or so, and our walmart didn't have a scrap of anything Christmasy.  Go figure.  Another reason to hate that place.  It took me about two weeks of looking before I remembered a place that MIGHT have some, and I was right.  They also had a great selection, and charged half the price I would have paid anywhere else!

If all things go well, I can knock off a skirt in 3-4 hours.  And thankfully, things went well.  I had all the skirts (plus a tree skirt) done in the space of a week, and we found pretty sparkly turtlenecks to go with them at Kmart.






Sunday, December 16, 2012

Regina!

"Regina, can I take your picture in your new dress?  
Stand over here!"


"No."


"Please, honey?"


"Did somebody say something?"


"C'mon, Regina?  Please stand up?"


"La-la-la-la-la.  I can't hear you!"








"Oh, alright already. "


"Oh, sure, you'll pose with your sister 
for as many pictures as you want."





"As long as I can run over and see every picture 
as soon as you take it!"

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gaude! Gaude!

It's Gaudete Sunday!  That means the third Sunday of Advent, and it's time to rejoice!  The Catholic Church uses the color violet - not purple - for the first, second and fourth Sundays, the color symbolizing penitential seasons, and rose (not pink) for third Sunday.  Rose is a "brightening" of the color purple - oops, violet - and symbolic of joy as our Savior's birth draws ever nearer.

This year we decided to put our tree up on the first Sunday of Advent, but not to decorate it with anything but white lights until Christmas Eve.  However, this proved too drab.  My son Brian had the idea to decorate it as an Advent Tree, using only purple violet decorations, and adding rose on the third Sunday.

I am happy to say that it has turned out beautifully, in our opinion anyway.  It's simple, to be sure, but we are very happy with it and I think it will be our tradition from now on.

Violet only, the first two weeks of Advent.


Today we added rose ribbons and ornaments.  I also had the idea to display the cards we received on the tree.


We will most likely keep it like this, and add white ornaments on Christmas.  This year we are also doing another tree up in the rec room, and that one will have the family ornaments we've amassed throughout the years.  Or maybe we'll strip this one on Christmas Day and redecorate it.  I don't know yet.

 Orna-Man!












Friday, December 7, 2012

Two-Year-Old in the House.


From this...







to this...



to this...


to this...



to this...



to this.


At 10:15 p.m. on Friday we celebrated the second anniversary of Regina's birth.

Natalie, preparing the candles. 



We have sung "Happy Birthday To You" so many times this week that she knows it by heart.




Opening the Christmas puppy from her sisters.




Whatever it is, it looks AMAZING!!!



Somebody stick a pin in her.



Checking out Mam Mam's Nativity set.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Smart Kitty.


O Advent Tree.

We decided to do something a little differently this year.  We usually wait a little longer to put up a Christmas tree, but this year we did it the first week of Advent.    It was my son Brian's idea to decorate it only in purple until the third week of Advent, then add some pink decorations the third week, and wait until Christmas to add the rest of the family ornaments.




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All for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, all through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with Saint Joseph