Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Holidays are HARD But filled with beautiful traditions

We've been busy and not getting much done. What once took me an hour now takes me nearly all day!  I Must be getting old. Despite the fact we were "making" gifts for each other and the kids and one gift for each grandchild, Paul keeps bringing more gifts home... And to think all these years he's blamed ME for overspending... I tell ya.
I'm working on slide shows for Christmas cards and gave up including them in most cards.
Something special we did this weekend was to drive to CA and attend services in Chula Vista for Our Lady of Guadalupe which is observed on December 12th. Catholics (I) believe this is where Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego. We have yet to get there in time to actually get into to the church, it's so crowded; but even being outside is special and an important part of my Grand daughters' heritage. We had Sabby with us so My daughter's mother in law bought her outfit too. 
I'm planning on visiting all my blog friends today; meanwhile, here are some special pictures.

This is a yearly tradition I'm looking forward to again.. Only next year we NEED to get to Chula Vista on time to actually make it inside the church!!
Making cookies on Saturday!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog today


Carla Flocken said...

How sweet of Rosa to include Sabby! What a neat tradition! And the last picture scares me!!! Six grandkids all in a two bedroom wonder you were on muscle relaxers the whole time! Hopefully you shared!!!

Rudee said...

Hey! Send those bakers to my house. I could use some sous-chefs! Those are great pictures. I hope you're feeling better these days.

Jose said...

Our lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's patron and the one we all turn to in our time of need. Hers is one of the biggest celebrations and millions make it down to The Vasilica de Guadalupe on December 12th.

Here we watch part of the celebration at midnight in Univision.

Betty Flocken said...

It's a beautiful tradition Jose; I've read the story and taught it; but regret that I forget so much of it now. I wonder at the courage of Juan Diego too.

Rudee; I think the trip to CA was too much. Carla teases about muscle relaxers but I was down most of Saturday. My bratty daughters even took pictures of me...Sleeping

Jim said...

I will take a dozen oatmeal raisin please.

Brenda said...

I love the clothes the girls are wearing! I made a doll outfit once when I sold them on ebay that was a little similar to those. They look like they are having a ball, all hanging out together.

Sandy said...

What a great tradition. I really enjoyed reading the post and seeing all the kids. Once again, you are going to own the freeway soon, between Arizona and So Cal.