Saturday, January 30, 2010

My Sweet Blog Award

What a nice surprise to log onto my computer and find something special waiting for me. A special award called "Sweet Blog Award" sent to me by Jacki of "ChristieCottage": Besides being one of the first artisans on Etsy I purchased from, and one of my first friends, Christie is almost always the first one to comment on my blogs. So I feel quite honored to be given an award which gives Thanks to "Sweet Friends: with kind words, sweet thoughts and good times" from someone I think is just as deserving of such an award.
In accepting this award, I first must list 10 things that make me happy, then pass the "Sweet Blog Award" onto 10 bloggers whose blogs always make me smile! Before I start my list, it is quite ironic that quite a few things that make Christie happy are truly some of my favorites also!

Things that make me HAPPY:

1. My three children - Kelly, Keith and Ryan. If you read my blogs, you already know much about them.
2. The newest addition to our family: my "first" grandchild . Zachary, born 10.2.09 to Kelly.
3. Knowing that God is always watching over me - as a Catholic I am very involved in many activities and groups within my Church.

4. Paul :)
5. My closest friends (you all know who you are!)

6. Coke (cola) - I cannot live a day without my coke! As my friends day, I have coke for blood!
7. My morning coffee (usually at 6am) and my Chai tea.
8. Roses - for their beauty and sweet fragrance.

9. My love of music - that would include (The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Guns n Roses, AvengeSevenfold (Dear God), I could keep going!

10. The many friends I have made here on Etsy!!!!!

My 10 favorite blogs:


Thanks again to Jacki - and don't forget put my blog on your list!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Christmas Pageant 2009

Zachary as "Baby Jesus"

I have written about our annual Christmas Pageant in our Parish Church, Sacred Heart, for the past few years. I get as much enjoyment working on the Pageant even now, as much as I did when I started the Pageant in our Church 19 years ago. Although I directed it for many years, my daughter, Kelly, has taken over the lead as Director for the past 5 years. What made this year even more special was that my new little grandson, Zachary, got the lead in his first part, that of “Baby Jesus”. Even with a grandmother’s pride, I must say he was one of the best babies we have had; it was as if he knew exactly what to do on cue!

Since every parent wants their child to be the star of the show, we begin by choosing those that have participated in most of our Christmas masses throughout the year. Once all the main characters are chosen (Mary, Joseph, Wisemen, angels, etc.), Kelly begins her directing. Our little children range in age from 3 (which are the little angels) to age 12; and of course, Zachary, age 2 1/2 mos. The older children get the main parts, which gives the other children an incentive to work up to each year. We have a wonderful Children's Choir who do all the singing throughout the play. This year due to the weather and many illnesses, we managed to stage the whole production with only one practice!
Using my experience as the costumer for our local theater group, that is my main job with these children, is getting everyone fitted with a costume; with a few alterations here and there. As with any play, once the children put on their various costumes, their whole demeanor changes. They suddenly assume the role they are portraying. A lot of credit goes not just to the Director, but to the small group of parents who dedicated themselves each year working on the Pageant. They each automatically assume the various positions that they
have taken over each year. Once assembling the little angels, another for the shepherds, and still another for the Wisemen, and drummer boy and girl.

It is the team work that makes the Pageant so successful. The success is well noted as the Narrators (children grades 5-7) begin to tell the story of the Nativity, and as you look at the smiles on the faces of each parent. Although our little angels, who I said are mostly 3-4 year old's, completely steal the show; the other children are so professional, and kneel so reverently as they portray, Mary and Jesus from the time they are approached by the Angel Gabriel, to the birth of Jesus, and the arrival of the Wisemen. The final scene is the two little Drummer Girls, and the Drummer Boy who walk so very slowly down the center aisle playing their drums while the choir sings 'The Little Drummer Boy,". The most adorable thing is not only watching them, but watching the little angels singing their hearts out - pa rum pum pum pum, I could continue talking about the beauty of the children in the Pageant, but the pictures tell it all.