"I am beginning to realise that every point in one's life at which one loses everything is far more a beginning than an end, for one has lost merely the past, and one has yet to gain the future, and eternity itself."
- Gresham, Lenten Lands
Monday, December 31, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Aser and I were both like - YEAH SANTA's COMING!!! Little did we know that Dad was wondering what in the world he had gotten himself into. He asked my grandfather, who was an excellent tailor, to make him a Santa suit and a huge red sack.
So, Christmas Eve comes around and we're celebrating Christmas and there is a knock at the door. Aser was asked to open the door (because it was his request to visit Santa) - Lo and behold it was SANTA!!! Aser was in awe and I took one look and spoiled it: "That's not Santa - THAT'S MY DAD!"
I never heard the sleigh bells. Aser DID!
My dad makes a better Santa now! ;o) He got the chance to brighten some faces. Here's a picture.
Then I started thinking, what are our Christmas traditions? Thinking of our "OK" Thanksgiving, I kind of started "freaking out" (for lack of better terms) because I couldn't think of any and how in the world would we keep the traditions alive if we don't even know what they are?
WELL - NOT TO WORRY.
I have figured out that traditions aren't necessarily intentional. You don't sit there and MAKE THEM (I mean, you can, but I find that I get too intense if I do that). THEY just happen. And I was trying to hard to make something so meaningful when it was there all along. I let it GO! :o)
- Christmas play at my parents church! There are always super funny stories to go along once it's all said and done.
- TAMALES! My grandmother and some of her daughters (including my mom) get together and make the best tamales in the entire world! I'm afraid of this one because I've tried helping and I haven't been successful yet.
- Christmas Light Tours! My family does this EVERY year. And since my grampa's been gone, I make it a point to bring my gramma. We go around to different neighborhoods and check out their decked out houses. Last night I took my fam to the Heights. My dad treated us to dinner at Tim's favorite place - Chicago's.
- Christmas Talent show!When we're together on the 24th we all take turns showing off our talent. It all gets recorded!! AH! :)
- Dressing Up! We make it a point to look super fly on Christmas Eve and go crazy with picture taking.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Burt Bacharach (1928 - )
soi·ree [swah-rey] : -noun, an
evening party or social gathering, esp. one held for a particular purpose.
Here's my favorite picture of us - old, but good!
Check Patricia's blog for recent pictures!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tomorrow is SATURDAY!
A quick overview (of last weekend) -
- Friday night: Went to see Gabi's Orchestra Concert. I was really impressed that they learned such a difficult piece in two weeks. I'm also extremely proud that she is SECOND chair! I could never make it to second chair. :o(
- Saturday: Read for a while in the morning, cleaned the kitchen, went to gramma's for lunch and ended up taking the longest nap ever in my life. I must be tired or something because I'm not a napper. I went to see my cousin Mikey go from cub scouts to boy scouts. It was funny to see how "serious" he gets when he's in formation. My Tia Mimi worked hard on the "arrow of light." I need to get an example of that because it's serious work. Then, I met up with some friends at the Lights in the Heights. That was Christmas fun and festive. We went back to their house and had some soups - not that it was wintery cold outside.
- Sunday: Went to LA IGLESIA and then had birthday lunch with Amy and Rosy (cousins), who turned 24!! And then went to watch Shane & Shane and Bethany Dillon. These people sound so much better live!! Something about recording in a studio that kills the edge of live music.
Wednesday Word: I've neglected it. But have not fear, it will be here (next week?). I have to get Jennifer to send me the quotation that is perfect to go along with the Wednesday Word. And guys: Check this out. Learn new words while feeding the hungry! Great way of combining charity with education! And speaking of words: Patricia posted this cool link about important 3 words. It's amazing!
And just for the heck of looking at a cute growing girl go check out Susanne's blog. Her daughter Lindsey is SUPER DUPER CUTE!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
frus·tra·tion /frʌˈstreɪʃən/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled
Pronunciation[fruh-strey-shuhn] Pronunciation Key -
a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety resulting from unresolved problems.
Monday, November 26, 2007
My favorite picture of the night was Alyssa proudly displaying her pumpkin.
Another tradition we have is the annual Family Reunion. We go to the beach house and go a little nutty. I think I've told you about it but never posted pictures. There was lots and lots of laughter that weekend. Oh - what I didn't tell you about is the newspaper fashion show. So we all made dorky stuff and Hannah blows us out of the water with this dress. The rules were: no scissors, only tape and newspaper.
Friday, November 23, 2007
My grandmother had us guessing what in the world she did to her hair. It looked so real! And thankfully she pulled a fast one on us. She's goofy!
(click to enlarge. She's the lady at the table.)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
me: what are the trees like where you are?
Jennifer: absolutely GORGEOUS very Korea and Missouri like!!! Everyday it's a little more beautiful than the day before! and the weather is PERFECT
Jennifer: today is my last day to work this week!!!
me: omg. i didn't intend for you to give such perfervid descriptions of the weather!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Here's a poem that is fitting for November.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
before: it's the deer in headlights look.
after: a super healthy head of hair!
P.S. Pardon the semi-puckered lips, I'm in the middle of a sentence both times.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
It’s a sport and if you don’t believe me here is an article that is all about a tournament from 2006. These guys are serious about it and they have “scars” to prove it. Some guys have DIED noodling. They are men who work with their hands and would rather have a job like a custodian than being stuck behind a desk. They also choose jobs that are flexible so that they can spend most of their time in the water. To get their girls involved they have beauty contests. AND IT COUNTS!
What makes me laugh is that the states that explicitly permit it tell you quite a bit about the people who are interested in Noodling…the states are OKLAHOMA, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
n. A ghost that manifests itself by noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.
[German : poltern, to make noises (from Middle High German boldern) + Geist, ghost (from Middle High German, from Old High German).]
Some people are celebrating Halloween and others are calling it a Hallelujah night. In any case, costumes will be everywhere!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
From there on out you’re up to whatever you please. On the porch, we hook up some music to some amps – let it blast and we DANCE. We build sand castles. The boys have their sand ball fight. It's all fun and games till - well, sand inevitably hurts when it's launched at you - someone cries!
In the evenings when everyone’s back in we play games. Catch phrase was the most popular this year! And we also play Loteria, which is the Mexican version of BINGO! There are prizes ranging from Bath & Body lotions & soaps to flashlights. All in all it was great!
There were really FUNNY moments that still have me laughing. I’m thankful for such a lovely family! I love spending time with them.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wow. I should have tasted it. I've had a rule that you don't knock it till you've tried it but I didn't follow it last night. I can always go back and request it!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
|1.||empty boasting; bragging.|
|2.||a boasting person; braggart.|
It's taught in elementary school, in church, and if you're truly blessed at home - that pride commeth before the fall! Learn now if you haven't. Let others see your potential. Display your strengths in action - words come and bite you in the "ask"!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Once we made it to the hospital, we were so thrilled that we sounded like a broken record. We kept saying, "It's a boy! It's a boy! It's a boy!"
Sixteen years later, he's bigger, stronger, taller - OH, BUT NOT SMARTER (or better looking) - than his older sister! He's learned to play the guitar quite well and gives the occasional lesson to yours truly! He's one of the most compassionate people I've ever met! I get onto him about his spelling skills. But if he were perfect, then he wouldn't be so likeable!! So...here's to Tim for being a delightful surprise!
(Tim is in the grey shirt and baseball cap. We celebrated his birthday at this joint called Chicago's!)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Today, I took a little walk and I saw a little man with a little bike. I felt like I was in a little town, near a little bakery, and a little stationary shop. I stared for a little while. I think the little man felt someone had their little eyes on little him. The little man gave me a little glare so I turned around and went along my merry little way.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
suc·cess (sək-sěs') Pronunciation Key n.
The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted: attributed their success in business to hard work.
There's no holding back when you want it. Sometimes you have to say, "WAIT UP! STOP! What am I doing? I've got to stop, drop, and ROLL WITH IT!" That is exactly what I did this weekend. I put a halt to my to do list and I made an apron (from scratch)! It's my very first apron and indeed it was A SUCCESS!! It's brought a big smile to my face...a little sunshine!
Thanks to J-good I have a picture. A cell phone picture, but a picture nonetheless!
An extra word because it describes my Wednesday PERFECTLY!
co·nun·drum (kə-nŭn'drəm) Pronunciation Key n.
A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma: "the conundrum, thus far unanswered, of achieving full employment without inflation" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
When I first got THE STORY, I made sure roll down the windows, turn up the volume, and sing (more like SING!) along. One of those many times, an unfortunate day, the speaker on the left side of the dashboard just busted (not a pretty sound). I mean, seriously... So thankfully - Pearl is still under warranty and she'll be taken care of! And I will never do that again (maybe).
This past weekend she was here in Houston! And I've gotta say that she is freaking AMAZING! If you like her music, she's even better in person! She did this whole unplugged thing where she got out from behind the mic, the boys unplugged their guitars and they sang. You don't get that anymore! She sang Bohemian Rhapsody (unfinished because she's still learning the chords on the piano), Folsom Prison, and B.C. originals! If she ever comes by your town/city YOU SHOULD go! You won't regret it.