Never underestimate the desire to learn something new! My father, who is in his late 60's never painted anything before (other than walls, that is). When he retired a few years ago, he decided he wanted to learn to paint so he taught himself. This is just one of his many paintings! I am definitely impressed. If you'd like to see his other works, you can check them out here.
We spent the day yesterday eating, driving and being with family. It was a wonderful time, but quite a few of us came home with stomach aches. After getting up this morning, I guess it must have been from all the rich food and not the flu. Thank you, God, for that. We had breakfast with my parents and then moved on over to the in-laws to enjoy all of the usual Thanksgiving goodness!
I have to go to Wal Mart today and...I am afraid. I'm not going to buy presents, because I just don't like to be that organized for Christmas yet. Instead I have to go buy food because I didn't have time to go on Wednesday. The good news is that the food section will probably be deserted while everyone is fighting it out over by the toys. I'm just afraid of what I'll find at the checkout!
It is so good to have Ms 19yo back home for the weekend. She spent some time on Wednesday getting used to looking at Mr 6 yo without any front teeth. She commented to him that he could now sing the "All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" song, to which he replied, "Nope. I can't have them. They're already in the garbage." After a small pause, I replied, "No, son, she means your NEW front teeth."
He was on a roll this week, it seems. The other day the kids were sitting at the table working on their school work when the conversation went something like this:
Ms 13 yo (who was taking a math test): What does a billion look like?
Mr 11 yo (taking the same test): I'm not supposed to be helping you.
Ms 13 yo: I wasn't really asking anyone in particular.
Mr 6 yo: What? Were you talking to God?
I love that kid's brain!
Our big plan for the weekend is to somehow get our family Christmas card picture done. This is really the only time we'll have everyone together but we are competing with the weather, the earlier darkness and hunting season. In addition, I'm on a quest to take a picture this year of all of us, which means I have to be in it. The joy of being the photographer means that I usually am not in the pictures, but alas, this year I feel the calling to take the entire family. We'll see how it works out.
I'm really looking forward to Mass this Sunday. A triple header: The first Sunday in Advent, the new Mass parts and the Feast of the Miraculous Medal (a special day to me because my grandmother died on this feast day and she was very devoted to the Blessed Mother). Hope you're looking forward to it, too! Have a great weekend.
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