Wednesday, June 25, 2008

On the Way to D.C.: Knoxville

On the Way to D.C. we stopped in Knoxville to show the kids where Mark and I met. Revisiting your old stumping grounds can be dangerous: you realized that 20 years is a long time.

It is on this couch (well, one similar to it) where it all began 20 years ago. Actually it was kind of disappointing. The UT campus is completely different that I remembered it. In my mind I had this beautiful story to tell about how met and now we were back to show our kids. The problem was there was nobody to tell. Not a single soul!

On the Way to D.C: Cades Cove

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Two Nicolas(es)

We celebrated today the feast of St. Nicholas, who is my Nicolas' patron saint. Some years I have baked special homemade buns, this year with had donuts(not very ethnic but all I had time for). The kids woke up to find mugs filled with chocolate coins and other St. Nicholas related candy by their places at the table. We read the story The Miracle of St. Nicholas by Gloria Whelan and, I got a lot of teasing from the children because reading the story I cried AGAIN.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Season for Purple

or how to solve a difference of opinion. Mark always complains of Christmas starting too early and Advent getting the short end of the deal. True to his beliefs, he always has refused to get a Christmas tree until the third Sunday in Advent (Gaudete Sunday). Until this year. Torn between his opinion (which I share), and the kids, who want to have the Christmas tree up when everybody else has theirs, I came up with a compromise: An Advent Tree. I found some purple lights ( I promise they are purple, however pink they might look in this picture)

some purple ornaments

And made it into an Advent tree!

Gabi added some more touches of purple throughout the house

And now we can be festive without forgetting that the waiting is not over, and the time to celebrate is not here yet.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Obviously, I am NOT Going to Make It

The goal was picture a day, 365 pictures total. Well, somewhere along the line I fell off the wagon and never got back on.
One of my readers have encourage me to continue. He even sent me so pictures to spur me on:

Maybe I'll pick the camera back up.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Tourist in my Own Country

These in no particular order are some of the pictures taken during our trip to the DR. It was a great month!

Sunset at the beach.

Fortaleza Ozama against the bright blue Dominican sky.

At the top of the tower.

Going down.

A. racing his cousin with Diego Columbus's house (El Alcazar de Colón) in the background.

Inside the first cathedral in America. This is one of the many side chapels.

Cannons. I assume the trees weren't there when these were place there.

Another shot at the top of the tower.

Another colonial building.

Umbrellas are great when the Caribbean sun hits and the temperature rises.

The modern side of Santo Domingo.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Ant in a Jar

Reading by the Pool

Just Two

The only two strawberry worth eating on my strawberry plant.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

A Toast to Me

Life has been busy. Since my last post I have:
  • work for an internet news service as a translator for 9 days. Fun job but very intellectually intense.
  • had a birthday. It was a great one! Mark and the kids pampered and made mefeel so special. It made turning 44 a lot easier :-).
  • de-clutter my kitchen (still have to do the rest of the house)
  • prepared my two oldest children to go to a People of Praise camp. This involved some shopping and some emotional preparation (on the part of mom). They flew (their first time flying without us) and are going to be in Buffalo for a week.
  • booked tickets to go visit my family in the DR.
  • given hospitality to teens coming to work in the Allendale project of the People of Praise.
  • Lost the habit of taking pictures. This is a habit I plan to recapture.
So, a toast to me for managing to enjoy it all (mostly anyway).