December 2013 entries
Mike is staging Annie Jr. at his middle
school, and today we held a day-long rehearsal. The kids came along and had a blast with Mike's students -- and with each other, as you can see in the pictures!
I also learned today that "working with Mrs. Connor" earns bragging rights for the kids who have lead roles. Too cute!!
Michael and I were bursting with pride on Monday, when Aidan and Ellie played with their piano teacher at a local nursing home. They have been playing for 3 months, and they both have a natural instinct for music that makes us proud.
Aidan even played his piece, "Infant Holy," at our Christmas Eve mass -- in his Joseph costume, to boot. (Pictures to come!)
I was equally impressed with Gabrielle's maturity when I explained that I would have her play at mass, too, but that her song, "Must Be Santa," wasn't acceptable for mass. "Mom, Mass isn't supposed to be about Santa. It's about Jesus. I know that."
Wow...Christmas sure brings out the glutton in us all, doesn't it? I feel fairly sure I consumed my body weight in food the past day or so. But let's be real-- who cares? It's Christmas!
After a very late night at Mass, we came home and nearly got caught by Aidan at 1 am. Luckily, my drama teacher skills kicked in and I pretended that I was afraid he was Mike and that I was wrapping a last-minute gift for him that I was trying to hide. It was seriously very close to a Santa bust.
We finally got to bed around 2:30. And the big kids woke us up at 4, then 5, then 5:30. The last time, they tried to tell us that "Liam is up too!" (Total Fib). Eventually, presents were opened and everyone was thoroughly spoiled around 6 am.
Highlights of gifts include a PS4, Skylanders and Infinity games, and many other cool toys. Although the PS4 was pricey, we felt happy that we stayed within our budget without over-indulging the kids. And I think they maintained a decent awareness of the real meaning of Christmas. As Santa wrote in his letter to the kids last night: "Always remember that Christmas is about love and family."
Santa brought me three beautiful mother's rings: each with the birthstones and names of my three babies.
And while the kids and Mike played with the PS4, the Christmas puppy and I took a nap! She is such a great dog -- what a sweet disposition and demeanor. After just a week, she is part of the family.
What a wonderful evening filled with the "stuff" that truly matters tonight. 20+ kids went caroling around our development tonight. The looks on people's faces! The absolute, unadulterated joy that was spread by the kids to the families! I know I'm waxing poetic here, but it really was amazing. I was shocked by the number of people who wanted to know if we expected a donation! No, we are here to sing to you! Why? Because we are happy! Because we love Christmas! Because we love to be together!
This is what Christmas is really about. I'm so glad we had this opportunity to teach our kids the true meaning of the season and the power of sing! So blessed!!
And the post-caroling cookie and dance party was great too!!
Prime example of the Slippery Slope Fallacy: Homosexuality will not lead to bestiality. (And Blacks weren't happy under Jim Crow, by the way!)
I'm completely at a loss as to why people are defending this hateful attack which is masquerading as "free speech." WWJD? Not talk like Phil Robertson.
Read this article from CNN about the original interview in the very Christian publication of GQ. You might even check out GQ's website/magazine and ask yourself what a "godly" man was doing in it in the first place. I think he mentioned "promiscuity" as a sin too. It took me about 3 seconds to find plenty of images that match that definition.
I was heading out the door at 5:20 am to take Gingersnap out for a walk. Aidan and Ellie appeared by my side: "Can we come too?"
Yes, I'd say getting a puppy was a great idea!
We welcome a new addition to the Connor family!!! 9-week-old Boxer puppy the kids named Gingersnap! We have so missed having a dog!
Aidan said it best: "Mom, we don't even need presents. Ginger is the best!"