Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
We had the opportunity to go to a Robert Burns Night Dinner on Saturday. As you might or might not know, Robert Burns is a very famous Scotch poet. He coined the poem, "My love is like a red, red, rose" and wrote the song "Auld Lang Syne" and so many other famous writings. Evidently, to commemorate Robbie, each year on or near the anniversary of his birth, people all over the world hold "Burns Nights". It just so happens that we have some friends who decided to get married at one of these events held here in Moscow. Which is how Jeff and I were invited to attend this years festivities.
They do a Grand Processional complete with Marching bagpipes and everything to bring in the Haggis.
...and yes, I did try the Haggis!
We always make sure that the kids take three bites of new foods that we serve them. One to try it. Two to double check. and three just to make sure. So...I took three bites of the Haggis. One to try it. Two to double check my gag reflex. And three to make sure that I really could make it on Fear Factor.
The rest of the dinner was pretty good although I did have a little issue with the "potatos." Now I happen to love potatos and so as I passed through the line I gave myself a nice-sized portion of them. I was actually excited to taste them. A little further down the line I came upon some more "potatos"--this time with the skin on. (I thought to myself, OK, we are talking about Scotland/Ireland--home of the potato. So I guess they can have as many potato dishes as they want.) These also looked delicious. So I helped myself with just a few of these--after all, I didn't want to be a pig. Much to my surprise, when I got back to my seat and started to dig in, I found that the first dish of "potatos" was none other than cooked turnips! Not exactly what I had been expecting. The second dish really was potatoes but I was so sad because I had piled on the turnips and only gotten a few of the real potatos.
This little guy was a member of the pipe band, "The Border Highlanders". He was SO darn cute. I got a bit of a kick out of him though--I mean really, how many Asian guys do you expect to find playing the bagpipes at a Scottish event?
I LOVE bagpipes! I have always loved them. When played well, they are just so inspiring. Here is a little sampling of the initial procession to start the evening off.
Sam gave the "Toast to the Lassies" and Marsha gave the "Reply Toast to the Laddies" They are the ones who were getting married. Most of the guests had no idea that a real wedding was going to be performed there. It was a surprise. After the toasts and the proposal, the pastor came up and they were escorted down the isle by the pipers. They recited their vows and were pronounced husband and wife. They were dressed in full Scottish costumes--Kilt and all. It was very fun and easy. This was a second marriage for both. They had known each other way back in first grade. Just goes to show--you never know who you might marry and fall in love with. It could be the one pulling your pigtails.
After the wedding, there was dancing and some songs performed by the Lewiston Firefighter Pipe Band. They have only been doing it for about a year but they still sounded pretty good. They taught everyone a Scottish country dance and everyone had fun with that.
All in all, it was a really fun night. I love having opportunities to do interesting things like this every once in a while. I even got to wear one of my Tartan skirts that my Scotch/Irish grandmother left me.
Friday, January 23, 2009
(I know the picture is a little grainy--Sorry!)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Kaylee's Reaction after first seeing the picture: "Who is THAT?"
My reply: "That's your dad"
Kaylee: "No way! That's not MY dad!!!" , "That's not dad, I can tell you that!" "That is SOOOOO not dad!!!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
This picture is fun to me because you see the sheer delight in his whole posture. He is so excited about his little sucker treat. That innocent delight only comes during childhood. Too soon it will vanish away and be replaced with, "Is this it?" (I hope not)
This is my entry for the Adult section.
This is Jeff's grandma who just happens to be 99 years old.
She is still bright and kind, laughs easily and cares about all those around her. This, to me, is true beauty--to be able to look at your reflection, each wrinkle, each mark and know that each one represents moments of shared laughter, hard work, service to others and modeling your life, the very best you can, after the image of the Saviour.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Since my birthday is coming up soon, I figured that I would dedicate flashback friday to--myself!
Can you believe that I was just turning 15 in this picture?
These were two of my very best friends growing up: Amy Pistorius and Docena Roundy.
I Loved Them! (and still do)
We had SO many fun times together. A big part of who I am comes, in large part, from them.
So, I guess, in fact, I dedicate flashback friday to THEM--and to ALL KINDRED SPIRITS wherever you might find them!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
................What a Beautiful Morning! Such promise! It's going to be a GREAT day!
Then all of a sudden...all hell breaks lose!
...Drew is in the pantry stealing food AGAIN!
...K is yelling at A for wearing her headband
...A can't find her shoes and is crying about it
...The dog stole the toast off the table
...J has to have his clothes ironed
...lunches have to be made
...I can't find my keys to take kids to school
and maybe, just maybe I think to myself, "Oh, X#!* here we go again."
There's always tomorrow morning!
Monday, January 5, 2009
There is always something special about seeing the sun shine after weeks of grey overcast skies. When that sun catches the snow on the trees and makes them sparkle like diamonds it is even more beautiful.
I took this one from inside my house through the open window. This was one behemoth of an icicle.
Kaylee's first "opportunity" to shovel the sidewalks. (Ahhh! My little girl is growing up)
And of course things like this............. are what happen when you have 3 feet of snow on the ground and freezing temperatures.