Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's a Very Big Day for America...........

No one can dispute that............I think everyone is ready for change.

Ready for a peaceful transition.....of moving forward and looking back with respect.

Let's see if it really will make a difference.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy 85th Birthday, Dad.........

Dad's birthday weekend was very fun despite the whole weather debacle. I keep thinking that every milestone, holiday, celebration - whatever, is a blessing because you just don't know how many more there will be. And, that's all I have to say about it..........

Here are some pictures of our fun, hoolie weekend for Dad...........Our original plan was to gather at the club with all the family, but they never opened up because of the weather so, we met at our place.

Bailey Boy

"The Family that Texts Together, Stays Together"


And more Family.


Then after Mass on Sunday we all went to the Steak on a Stone for brunch. Here is Dad with some of his grandchildren and then Dad with all six of us and our spouses (minus J! - we missed you J!)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Scrapbook the Night Away............

I am joining my scrappin' cousins, B & C for a weekend Scrapbook Retreat. The place is wonderful and we are going to have a blast!

In the meantime, "Scrappy Day #4" will be held on February 21st from Noon to 11:00 PM. Get your reservation in soon.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Could this Possibly be Happening AGAIN?????

First, you need to reread my March 8, 2008 blog post..........go on now.

Read it and come back.

March 8, 2008 was to be a big birthday and anniversary party for a dear friend. My brother P flew in from Arkansas on March 7th and probably caught the last flight into Cleveland to attend this party. Well, as you can imagine, the party was cancelled and we had to have a truck come over and pick my brother up just to get him over to my Dad's so that they could have some time together. We were able to get together as a family on Sunday for brunch, but that was about it.

Which brings me to today's post title: "Could this possibly be happening again??"

My brother arrived last night - late, but with very little flight problems and we woke this morning to this:

I don't get it. What is wrong with this picture?

The tree is beautiful with all that snow on it, yes, that's true.

But I'm not talking about that.

This is my father's 85th Birthday weekend (do you see where I'm going with this?).

We have a weekend of festivities planned.

And now, THIS?

We're going to have to start throwing surprise parties just so that we can fool the weather.

And my brother? I think he is going to stop visiting us in the winter if this keeps up!

I am staring at a huge cake and I have party plates and napkins and all I have to say is let them eat cake.....someone, come eat cake!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

All Wrapped Up.............

I can barely believe that just a mere month ago, we were beginning preparations for Christmas and now look.....is it possible that Christmas is over? I am all for the whole idea of "keeping the spirit alive all year long", but really ! If I see another cookie (Christmas or otherwise), I think I'm just going to loose it. The season of Advent and Christmas leading into the New Year does have a serious amount of spirit and hopefully, we can keep it going - minus the "holiday pastries".

We visited on Saturday with our good friend P as she was driving back to NJ from Michigan after visiting family. It was so very, very great to see her - it's been a tough year for P and when you don't get to see someone regularly, well, it's hard. She looks good and her spirits are soaring and she's happy....although, that was probably all about getting home to her husband, really! It was a wonderful visit and we hope to see her and her husband J again real soon. They are headed to the Caribbean on a Carnival Cruise in March......how fun is that? P was here with her friend K who was unfortunately, not feeling very well at all.....hope she's better soon!

We spent Saturday evening with our friends Gerry and Pat. He threw Pat a surprise birthday party which went very well....he had great helpers. Their kids worked hard to help him pull it all off. Here are a couple pictures of the night.......

Wednesday is Uki Christmas. Back in the day, when L was small (that's hard to picture, really, L being small?), their Ukrainian traditions followed a different calendar (the Gregorian calendar) and Christmas Eve/day were really in January at the time that we celebrate the Epiphany. And, of course, it is the LAST day of the "Twelve Days of Christmas". And, no, there are no more presents, girls!

We always leave the tree up until after "little Christmas" (or Nollaig Bheag as it is called in Ireland). I like to bring this part of Uki or Little Christmas up because, it is also referred to as "Women's Christmas" (Nallaig na mBan in Gaelic) because of the tradition where Irish men take on the household duties for the day and give their spouse the day off. Most women will then hold parties or go out and celebrate with their friends. AND, children often buy presents for their mothers. I'm not kidding you....check it out on Wikipedia - because you know, the internet never lies! So, why have we not perpetuated this truly wonderful tradition in my family? What have we been doing all these years?

And, so it's time to put all the decorations away until next year. I've started to move everything into the dining room so that I can "wrap it up" properly. The tree remains until after Wednesday when we'll light it up for the last time. Then, I'll have some burly men come and take it down! It's always the last thing standing - for more reasons than one.

I had a wonderfully full and blessed month of Christmas with my family and friends. If you are reading this, then you are one of them......so thank you.

And, like I said........That's a Wrap.