Photo-A-Day 2.0 #00363
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.
Photo-A-Day 2.0 #00359
Christmas Day is finally here! We’ve been building up to this day since the first of December. Our morning was spent opening gifts at our house accompanied by a note from Santa for the kids thanking them for the cookies and milk plus extra carrots for the Reindeer. We enjoyed cinnamon rolls on the floor as we opened our stockings. The kids were great in their gift giving again this year. They pick out things from the Christmas Shop at school each year and they do a great job picking things that Allison and I will like. They got a few nice things themselves. Andrew got the full collection of The Playmobil Movie toys and Eva a new camera that prints out pictures immediately on ZINK! paper. Allison got me tickets to go see Nate Bargatze at the Vets in April and I got her tickets to see Gary Gulman at Foxwoods in January. No crazy big gift for the family this year like last year’s tickets to Rock of Ages. Although, I did take a look at tickets for Motley Crue and Poison and Fenway and figured that changing the refi on the house to include that lottery winners type splurge was not gonna happen. Those prizes are CRAZY!
In the afternoon we went over to my parent’s house where my sisters and their families were along with my Uncle Jim and Grandpa Rick. Uncle Rich came a bit later. We had a nice brunch and opening the gifts this year was a bit more relaxed than previous years, which was nice. I even think I got to see most of what the kids got.
My sister Tar and I went in on that framed sign for our parents. I thought of this way too late and Shelby wasn’t able to hop in because she is way more on top of the holiday shopping that we are because she had already picked out great gifts for Mom and Dad. The sign says Grandview because that was the name of our Guest House while we were growing up. We figured that this would be a nice addition to the sun porch there.
No late night tonight. It was home and bed rather early.