I'm a very blessed woman to be a mother to three handsome boys and one lovely girl. I enjoy being creative and love telling people's stories through my work as a video producer. I wish Jane Austen had never died. I love trash magazines and despise most reality TV.
Talking to a friend this morning I was reminded of my high school marching band days. I was a member of the Comets Marching Band, a small high school band that specialized in feel-good music. We played Christmas songs with an attitude during holiday parades (Jingle Bells, ja, ja, ja, Jingle Bells) and songs like Gimme Some Lovin' at homecoming parades.
Our rival was the nearby town's Wildcats who specialized in hum-drum music, mainly Phantom of the Opera. Now, I like that musical but what would you rather listen to during a parade? Also, the band wore these scary looking masks. The picture below is one of them that was featured in a St. Louis journal. I had a couple of cousins who were in the band around the same time I was and I love them dearly but their whole get-up gave me the creeps. If I was a small child they would have made me cry.
We had a busy fun weekend with family. First up, one last holiday party with Jack's birth family. Wow - we always have a great time. This year, I was able to participate in the wine testing. I also ate way too much - so many goodies. I cherish this time with Jack's birth family as I do with Liam's birth family. They make us feel so loved and welcomed. We are so blessed!
30 gifts, 30 participants.
The white elephant bonanza! This year, the madness lasted more than two hours! And I love it. It's crazy fun.
Maggie let me wear her crown that she received from one of the members of Jack's birth family.
Mike finally received a beardo or something that resembled one and I helped him get it with a little strategy during the white elephant madness. He owes me big!
We also attended a fun get-together with Mike's family. I was too busy to snap any photos. I hope to steal some from FB and repost them on here.
Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. Then he took the children into His arms placed His hands on their heads and blessed them." Mark 10:14,16