the Kingdom ~ 2011

On this  earlyTuesday  morning I sit here and think: “What should I write about today?”  “What do I have to show you?”  “How can I show you how much I love it when you take the time to come to my little corner of the world and say hello.”             and then. . .


It hit me.  




I haven’t shown you Christmas and the love our mother pours into her decorating.  I haven’t shown you the splendor of the ribbons, garland and tulle.  I haven’t shown you how our mother sets the tables and makes everything look as if we were living in a dream: the trees, the candles, the angles blowing their trumpets announcing the Savior is born.  

I haven’t shown the grandeur in the front hall adorned with deer, ribbons and berries.  Every year it gets better. . .each room makes us feel as if we are royalty and nothing could be finer.  Each year the love she has for her family completely inundates us.

I didn’t introduced you to the fair maiden Miceala.  I haven’t told you how this lovely girl  puts a smile on my Prince Matthew’s face and how she is becoming quite a regular at all the family gathering. 


I haven’t shown you how great the Squire James looks this year as he has grown into a fine, respectable man. 

I haven’t shown you the magnificent gifts that were exchanged with simple love.


I failed to show you: how battles are won in this kingdom of plenty,  


the pure love a growing boy has for his father,


the girl that is growing up into fine Lady,


and the new baby’s first Christmas. 


I almost missed showing you the magic of Christmas at our parent’s house. I almost missed showing you the pride our Queen Mother has as she looks on and celebrates not only Christmas but a life she built with her one and only King.   

                                                                              
                                                                                           Our World Tuesday ,
                                                                               My 3 Boybarians
     Communal Global

Ever Hear These???

* Did you hear about the bum who walked up to a Jewish mother on the street and said, “Lady, I haven’t eaten in three days.” “Force yourself,” she replied.




* The Doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn’t pay his bill so the doctor gave him another six months.


* Doctor: “You’ll live to be 60!” Patient: “I am 60!”  Doctor: “See! What did I tell you?  That’ll be 60 dollars”


* A drunk was in front of a judge.  The judge says, “You’ve been brought here for drinking.”  The drunk says “Okay, let’s get started.”


* The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying, “Mrs. Cohen, your check came back. ” Mrs. Cohen answered, “So did my arthritis!”

* A man calls his mother in Florida,”Mom, how are you?”  ” Not too good,” says the mother. “I’ve been very weak.”  The son says, “Why are you so weak?” She replies, “Because I haven’t eaten in 38 Days.”  The son says, “That’s terrible. Why haven’t you eaten in 38 days?”  The mother answers, “Because I didn’t want my mouth to be filled with food should you call.”

* How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?  (Sigh) “Don’t bother. I’ll sit in the dark.  I don’t want to be a nuisance to anybody.”

Christmas and More

You know, I have been away from blogging for a little while and now even my kids are asking me when I’m going to post something again. There has been so much going on most of time it’s been hard to catch my breath, sit down and just post. 


I have so much to tell you. I have so many pictures to up load and edit.  I really don’t know where to begin. Maybe at the beginning of December is a good place to start. . . 

Belmont Abbey College N.C.


We started the month with another college trip,  for Matthew to Belmont Abbey in N.C.. The school is private, small and close to home.  



There was the day we went to see the Ginger bread houses at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville 



and then of course we were off to the Biltmore House.  



There was the day Mark’s family came for a visit. We had a great big party and celebrated the season. 



 Christmas came and went

with presents,
presents,


and more presents.

Christmas this year brought so many things:


Karen had the best laugh she has had in years AND she even gave her new friend a name. 

“Bernie”


 The conversations were stimulating . 


But, not to be out done by the first White Christmas in 48 years. 


The pony express came to town bringing with it Mary Elizabeth’s favorite “Big William”



and “the BEST Football game ever!” 







The game was rough!





AND Tough!












But, they were ready! 



Hey!?  You wanna play?
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The time was great! After a wonderful feast fit a Kings and Queens alike




it was time to put our best boots on and call it a night.



Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!  and “Ya’ll come back now. Ya Hear?”


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There was great sadness in the family too. . . unexpectedly, Linda’s only brother died .  With this great sorrow the year ended. 


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Unknown Mami
Ni Hao Y'all

Feliz Navidad … Día Tres ((Day Three)) Last Day I Promise!!!

Okay, I promise this is the last Christmas day post …
I almost called this post Merry Kissmass…but I thought you may think that would be way too tacky so I didn’t.
You will see why…….
There is something you don’t know about us….
Well, really there is something you don’t know about my husband…..
He is a huge Kiss fan…
Huge!!!! I tell you!!!
For Christmas and lots of fun this year Mark’s sister gave him Kiss things.

Thanks Kim!!!
Yeah! She looks nice enough BUT…should we encourage him?
Back to the day…This year we had planned on spending December 26 with Mark’s mother and sisters. They were thoughtful enough to make sure they included my mother but when all was said and done my mom was just to pooped to come. So She stayed home and enjoyed the quite of the season…
We arrived to a beautiful feast table full of desserts and snacks.

The Dinning Room was prepared beautifully with three tables arranged for us all to sit and celebrate together in the same room. It was really very, very nice.
We could see they must have been working for days.

It was Mark’s job to cut the turkey.

We had a wonderful dinner and great conversation.

They showered us with more gifts…and the day spending time with family was perfect.

AND

did I mention Mark is a huge Steelers fan too?
Huge!!!

I think the highlight of the day for me was when Mark gave his mom this GREAT BIG bottle of Sherry…To think, we brought in such a big bottle of sherry for his mother, who is such a sweet, kind, gentle LADY made laugh and laugh…Mark said he bought the big one thinking there was more bang for the buck…True…But it will take her the next 35 years to drink it all.
The thought of that just cracked me up all day…and everytime I look at this photo I still giggle.
MEN!

Matthew enjoyed it too.

And Liz…She wants to know where Santa Clause is and why he has only come

THREE times this year….

Feliz Navidad … Día dos ((Day Two))

Christmas Eve all the gifts from my mother’s house had tags on them that said, To: So and So, Love: Nana and Grandpa or Love: Mom and Father or Mom and Dad.
It was so beautiful…. everyone knew he was there.
The night was comforting and warm.
We learned early Christmas Eve day Karen wanted to be back on the road very early the next day to get back to North Carolina and celebrate Christmas with William and Kristen.
I asked my mother if Mark, the kids and I could stay the night, spend Christmas morning and then Christmas day with her…Surprisingly, to me, she said Yes!!! Mark agreed and after the party he and I snuck out into the cold, dark night to collect our Christmas gifts for our family.
It turned out to be a such wonderful day.

The first order of the morning was to take a picture of Anthony’s $85.00 shoes before he left…He told me it was important because “They are the most expensive shoes I have ever had.”

…Well then, we must do what we must do…

Then it was time to drag a very sleepy Mary Elizabeth out of bed…and drag we did.

She didn’t quite understand what was waiting for her in the next room.

She is still young.

She doesn’t quite get we celebrate and celebrate and celebrate.

Santa brought bee suites and a Honey Bee keeping starter kit to both Matthew and Stephen.

The note from Santa said to order the Bee’s in mid January…

This is what I don’t understand…Do the bee’s come in a box or to they fly here on their own once they are paid for? Does someone give them a map and tell them to just go???

It will be interesting to find out.

Mark put Liz’s new bike together.

My mom was happy for her beautiful new scarf….

And everyone had a great morning.

After the morning excitement the boys got right to work putting the bee hives together.

Mom and I started more coffee and got to work on dinner…..Mark played with Mary Elizabeth and much to our delight Father Theo stopped bye for a visit, coffee and a Spanish Lesson for Matthew…He taught us all ALL the words to Feliz Navidad .
Bill dropped in to say hello and check on things and the afternoon really was a joyful time…Singing, building, cooking, visiting and just being together.
Ruffo inspecting for all the parts
Stephen finally finished the ping pong table he put together by himself.

Soon the feast fit for Kings and Queens alike was finished.
The table was set.
Margaret and Family came in and we all enjoyed the night.

It was a happy day.
Funny how somethings work…I thought we were spending the night and day for my mom so she would not be alone for a second that day and we did …But, then again, maybe it was ALL for me…Because once again it seems like I am the one that received the biggest gift…Being able to spend Christmas day at my parent’s house with my husband, children and mother was the best and biggest gift I could have received this year.
When we left that night I remember telling my mother
“We did it.”
WE got through and it was a wonderful day ~ I know my father was smiling down on us. I know he is happy about the bee’s I kept thinking all day I couldn’t wait to tell him about…but then I would remember…He already knows…and he IS happy. He is very happy.
Quiero desearle una Feliz Navidad desde el fondo de mi corazón y un
Próspero Año Nuevo y felicidad

Christmas Eve 2009

~ Never forgetting the Reason for the Season ~

We started the night off with a family Mass.

We humbly honored the Holy Family and are thrilled to have Aunt Carolyn’s manger safely tucked away in the cabinet that Love built…Given to Karen by her cousins Aunt Carolyn’s daughters Anne and Kathy

The table was grand

The children were ready

Well….most of the children were ready…

and the giving began

Anthony was here…and again having the “Best Time Ever”

Many wonderful gifts were given and received

There was laughter, there was happiness, there was joy…

There was giving, there was receiving, there was remembering, there was love…

Some gifts were just great!

Some gifts were simply better then great!!!

It was Aubrey’s First Christmas and she was not too sure of what to think

Joe has never looked better

Mark and Reiner were exhausted from all activity

And the bigger boys were thrilled with the biggest gift of the night….

As I sit here looking back at Christmas Eve 2009 just past……It is nice to know…Even though things have changed ~ Some things haven’t changed…Thank God

Christmas 2008

Christmas Eve at my mom and dad’s house is always a magical time of the year: This year was not much different then the lasts ~ Except ………….. We are much more grateful then ever before:

My dad is doing wonderfully and is as strong as ever. He is recovering nicely from his , shall I say, tackle with Rurt-ro, I mean, Ruffo his dog. She is very sorry and embarrassed about the whole “little” incident, as she likes to call it.

Although my dad is a little slower then normal these days, it is very good to know, this year, just like every year, he kept up his tradition of shopping for the love of his life on Christmas Eve.

To my mothers much delight, and our relief, our father can stay another year.

Among the many Christmas gifts that were given and received:

There was an elegant table

with great food
There were smiling faces to be seen every where!
AND

More smiling faces. There were lots of presents! There was music
and great conversation. A tea party was given. Supporters of our up and coming president were at the party.

The Mob even came!

We had such a great time celebrating Christmas, and just being together. With so many things to celebrate, we have to say, we are grateful too: Joe is doing well. He and Karen were able to share the season with us. For many, many years of good luck, Joe’s grandparents gave him Waterford Champagne glasses and we toasted to his very bright future and only future successes. OHH! AHH!

It was all very bubbly and wonderful!
Mary Elizabeth has finally decided her father is worthy of calling him by name. To much of Mark’s Christmas joy ~ Christmas morning she was saying “Daddy” and they have been joined at the hip since. (………it is not that she couldn’t say Daddy……….She wouldn’t say Daddy……….this is one of the many reasons her father calls her………”Sassy Mai”)

In the end, Matthew was very tired!
As our Christmas story comes to an end it is far from over:
To much of our surprise and delight we are very pleased to announce……………॥

Our Sweet Stephanie got married!

We were able to meet Stephanie’s Prince Brian………….who seems to be a very nice man and loves his new wife very much.

The father of the Bride couldn’t be happier and has welcomed his new son in law with open arms.
As Karen said……………..”It was a very good year!”