We are fortunate enough to have the passenger program
from my father's voyage from Ireland to the United States on December 3,
1948. DECEMBER! My father got on a ship and sailed across the Atlantic
Ocean! To come and live with relatives. What a brave guy! I've scanned
the program and made a few scrapbook pages out of them.
This moring, we collected the items for the HOMELESS STAND DOWN at church.
People are always so extremely generous. You ask for a bottle of cleaning liquid and they bring a case! Lots of people will be helped by that generosity.
But, we were in the back of the church collecting as Mass began today and I got to take a picture of Morgan just before Mass began. Very proud of him!
Later this afternoon, McKeely came over and helped me understand my FITBIT a "bit" better! The girls gave me a FitBit for Christmas and I'm getting used to it. It tracks my sleep patterns so I know how much of a real sleep I'm getting. Marks when I fall asleep, when I move during the night and when I get up. It will buzz whenever I want it to, so if I set it to remind me every other hour to get up and move around, it will. (I'm going to like it because it will buzz me when I need to stop doing whatever I'm doing and get ready for something else!!! Or, maybe when the clothes need to come out of the dryer!) It will track my walking, even mapping it if I wish. It tracks how many calories I burn as a result of my excersie. It will allow me to track my weight, how much water I've had and how many steps I've taken. (That's really tracking too much about me!)
The Kemocks all have FitBits, so you can send challenges to each other. McKeely's always sending out challenges and I just had no clue what was going on! So, she gave me a few lessons!
Oh, and then we made cookies!
Later in the evening, we watched the two football games that will decide the super bowl contenders.
It didn't look like Seattle was going to win, but in the finish, they pulled themselves forward. Followed by the equally exciting game of the Colts vs Patriots where the Patriots came out ahead.
OH, and I'll be watching it aboard a Carnival cruise ship in the Pacific with my three favorite girls!!!
Well, Sarah's back at school and for us, that only means one thing (well, maybe two because we're super proud of Sarah that she keeps on going!) for us: STEVEN'S BACK!
I know they are grateful for our help out in Medina, but we're enjoying the time we spend with Steven, so it's a win/win!
It's amazing how much the little ones change from month to month at this age. When they are your own, you don't notice it as much. Steven's communicating, figuring things out on his own and happy to just play by himself!
Oh, and the boy likes to eat!
And, TRAINS, he loves trains these days! Lude found him some youtube train videos that he was amazed by! Not sure who's having more fun!
We had our first "official" snowfall of the season on Monday! Sure, we've (and mind you, I'm talking about here in the Township - I know there's been worse snowfalls in the snow belt areas!) had a few inches here and there, but this one was rather official looking! It's definitely a snowfall worth taking a toddler out all bundled up and letting them romp in it!
The house is completely de-Christmas'd with the exception of a handful of ornaments that I'm trying to catalog. I have always wanted to have an official catalog of my ornaments so that I can document when I got them and from where or from whom. I have "SFD or Seasonal Fixation Disorder" (I made that up if you can't tell!) which means that I have a need to put things in order by date or season. I also need to mark seasons in some subtle way like putting things out for each season - which everyone does. For example, this cross-stitch project that I did in the '80s.
There's one for each month and each one is cuter than the one before. I've displayed them now for around 30 years and in this house it's over the pantry door frame. So, Lude diligently changes them each and every single month. Anyway, back to the ornaments, I am missing dates for about a dozen ornaments and I feel I've come this far with the project so I'm going to keep going. I know the circumstances under which we got them, just not the exact year. And of course, one thing leads to another and I've created scrapbook pages to catalog the ornaments, did you guess that one? Here are the pages from the Ornament Book for 2014! They took up 3 pages; here are two!
So, for today, I'm going to research to find the right years for these last ornaments, read, watch Under the Dome Season 2 and, get ready to watch the Bucks-vs-Ducks tonight. Lude's going to be his great-nephews Confirmation sponsor and they have a meeting tonight.
Today, we had the last of our seasonal visitors when Aunt Kay, Aunt Maureen & Uncle Bernie came for dinner. Lude made a wonderful Pea Soup with the New Year's Day ham bone and I made a chicken tortellini soup which was wonderful. A great salad and fresh baked bread finished with some sweet goodies from Aunt Moe made for a wonderful meal! Aunt Kay tried to get Aunt Maureen hooked on Pinterest but, I'm not sure it worked! What a great way to finish up the holiday!