Trip to La Salette 2019

Trip to La Salette

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Another one of our Christmas time traditions is heading to La Salette. This year we went with my parents and my sister Shelby and my niece, Kylie. It was a mild night so we were not freezing our butts off. We did bundle up, though. I even wore the giant sweater that Allison made me years ago. It comes out on the coldest of days because it is so warm. She made me a replica of the sweater that Wash wears on an episode of Firefly.

We got to La Salette right around 4:30pm to be there for the lighting of the lights at 5pm. It was already packed in the parking lot. There are actually two very large parking lots and they were already directing people to the secondary parking lot. We had Shelby and Kylie over to the house for a while before we went over so they were able to park near us. My parents arrived a little later and ended up in the secondary parking lot. We gathered at the Nativity Scene and from there walked around one side of the Shrine looking at the lights. At the halfway point there is a museum of Nativity Scenes and there is a huge collection of them made from so many varied materials. One of my favorite ones appears to have just had a Playmobil Bull stuffed into it. It is so strange to see it.

After the nativity scene we ran into a few people that we knew including my cousin’s kids and my Aunt Donna. they joined us as we walked around the other side of the Shrine. That side has a set of large signs with the Christmas alphabet. They are very beautiful and they circle a little pond. It is at the far point of the pond where we take photos looking back across the pond to all of La Salette. It is very pretty.

We said goodbye to Aunt Donna and the cousins and also to shelby and Kylie. Mom and Dad took us out to Briggs Corner for dinner where we enjoyed a Meat Lovers Pizza and a Buffalo Chicken one. Mom had a nice Gluten-Free mushroom. It was a great night with everyone.

Family at La Salette

New Do’s and New Phones Going into 2020

Andrews New Do

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This morning I took Andrew over to Rome’s for a haircut and I got one myself. I had been looking a bit shaggy lately and I wish I had gone before Christmas. My hair was far too long. But, I have been sick for a while and I did not feel like getting it done before this. I have also never been to Rome’s before. Allison has taken Andrew and my dad has been going there for some time. I had a good experience and they even shaved the back of my neck with a razor so I know it was done right.

We got all cleaned up and then headed to Mansfield Crossing to to get new cell phones. Allison and I have been Verizon customers for so long and when I did some shopping around I saw that we could make out really well if we switched over to Xfinity Mobile. So we went to the Xfinity store and signed up. Allison went with the iPhone 11 and I decided upon the Google Pixel 4XL. It is so close to my previous phone, the 2XL. The new phone has some interesting new features to get used to. Some of the ways I used the old one cannot be done with the new one but some really cool new things can be done like unlocking the phone with my face. It also have dual cameras and can do some fun photography. I love portrait mode and captured this one of Andrew in his new haircut.