Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Pageant

Katherine had two roles in this "acting out of the gospel reading." She was a soldier, announcing the census and then, after a quick change, she was also a shepherd, along with Gabriana. Photos aren't great, but they show both girls in their shepherd outfits. They love being such an intimate part of the parish community's Christmas celebrations!



OK, now for the rest of the story: Katherine was a flawless performer, right on cue with everything. However, after being fine in several rehearsals, Gabriana wigged out when her shepherd's hat came off during the actual mass. Without missing a beat from her "amazed look" at the angels announcing Jesus' birth, Katherine manhandled Gabriana back down next to her, putting her hand over Gabriana's mouth to silence her. I was impressed with Katherine's control, but it didn't work of course - Gabriana got more upset and more insistent. I had to crawl out of the back room, around the altar, kneel in front of the pews, and gesture to get their attention.

Gabriana was fine once I comforted her for a few moments and the show went on, with Katherine eventually going out into the crowd to encourage the congregation to "come let us adore him," as rehearsed. Gabriana had been supposed to go with her, but missed her cue. That didn't stop her, though. She was disoriented and kept turning around (in front of everyone, mind you!) to ask me, "this one? [aisle]?" When I realized that she'd missed her cue and Katherine was already gone, I gestured for her to come back, but she knew her job and wasn't going to be stopped. Katherine was nearly back on the altar when Gabriana found her way and took off by herself through the crowded church, making her "come" gestures as rehearsed.

Katherine was done with her, though, so after the shepherds and angels all adored Christ for a while, they filed off the altar. Gabriana was left there by herself and I had to grab her while Father Pat said, "we seem to have a wayward shepherdess here!"

It all sounds pretty disruptive, but really it went pretty well. I was red in the face for a good hour afterward (trying the block the reality that nearly the entire congregation was watching me crawl to the kids!) Still,the overall effect of the acting out of the reading was as intended and the kids now feel even more like part of the parish AND close to the Holy Family... and really, what more can you ask for for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A favorite recent photo

My camera stopped working for a bit, now I have a backlog of photos that document all of the fun we've had over the last month. The above is a favorite of mine, taken just a few weeks ago. I love this one because they look so genuinely happy, mischevious, and content... all at the same time.

Gosh, I love these girls so! All of their beauty, inside and out, their strength, their brains, their affection and love, senses of humor and adventure. Oh, I could go on and on (and probably have!)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009


I got lots of photos, but this is my favorite! K was a fairy named Tamasin (from the ED Baker book "Wings" about a girl who turns into a fairy) and G was a tiger, thanks to a surprise gift from Gail (thanks!). She growled and then said, "trick or treat." Wonderful fun.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Random Fun Recent Photos

With so much fun stuff going on, it's hard to describe adequately in either words or photos. Katherine broke a board with her "bare, sweaty foot" last week in karate (her description). Pretty cool! We're also practicing Chinese phrases every morning, since Mom is in China (and Dad is soon on his way). We learned some new scientific words last week too - apophallation, anyone? (Clue: we were studying a hermaphrodilic slug at the time and learning about its very weird reproductive habits.) Dress up with friends is always fun, but why-oh-why didn't I get the beatnik performance on tape? There is such unexpected angst at four-and-a-half! :-)



At the beach.



Katherine loves cats and this one (at a friend's house) was amazingly friendly.



Dress up time! Katherine as a pilot,


Gabriana's outfit was less defined...


Alana was a princess and Gabriana was a fairy ballerina.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Love in Oahu




Michael and Kim got married on Oahu's North Shore last Friday evening. A beautiful setting and a beautiful couple. We wish them all the best....


Photos are of the happy bride and groom, the couple receiving their rings from their ring bearer, and some posers who took advantage of the sunset's lovely light.






Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Camping at Slide Ranch

A great weekend of tidepooling, hiking, goat milking, exploring, beauty, good company, storytelling, and lots of fun play.

Photos: Charles and Therese (by Katherine); the girls at our tent in the AM; Katherine milking Rainy, the goat (cool!); Gabriana at the yurt.

















Three Princesses and a Prince







Monday, August 31, 2009

G fixes our flat





We had a flat tire on our camping trip. At least now G knows what to do!

Tuolumne Meadows Camping: Bears and Rain = Great Fun







Grandpa and Abuela joined us the last day, bringing a rain storm with them!





























Audubon Center

  G, K, and friends at the Audubon Center in Tiburon.
"Discovery Backpacks" are a hit, especially the "pirate" bandanas!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Few Recent Photos

Left: Very dirty camper!

Below: Katherine &Sophia fishing at June Lake


Left: Sleepy cuddling sisters

Below: Cleaned up for a party!








Sunday, August 16, 2009

G Turns Two



G and K got their faces painted at Stern Grove, where we celebrated G's second birthday with my parents.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

August Newsletter Williams Insurance Agency

Welcome to the Williams Insurance Agency’s August Newsletter. To ensure that your current California insurance is the most cost-effective way of meeting your needs, please contact me at any time. I also continue to offer mortgage services (new or refinances).

Charles
vago714@comcast.net
(415) 888-2073

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Williams Insurance Agency

Newsletter


August, 2009
vago714@comcast.net

In this edition:
1. Insurance Quick Tips
2. New Family Favorite Recipe
3. Kids Tips: Book Recommendations from Katherine and Gabriana
4. Word of the Day

Insurance Quick Tip: Did you know? Many professions qualify for significant discounts for auto, home, and other kinds of insurance. As many people head back to school, this is the time to reach out to any teachers whom you may know and let them know that teacher discounts can apply.

Call me today for more details! (415) 888-2073.

New Family Favorite Recipe:
Grilled Tomato Bruschetta. Oh, yum!

4 small tomatoes, cut into 1/2 –inch-thick slices
4 cloves garlic, divided
1 tsp dried thyme
3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
1 loaf French bread, cut into 12 slices
1 6-oz ball fresh mozzarella, drained and cut into 12 slices.
10 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced.

1. Preheat grill over medium heat. Mince two cloves garlic. Combine minced garlic with thyme; set aside. Lightly brush both sides of tomato slices with 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
2. Rub grate with vegetable oil. Place tomatoes on grill and cook three to five minutes. Turn tomatoes over, sprinkle with garlic and thyme mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Grill three to five minutes more.
3. Meanwhile, brush both sides of each bread slice with remaining olive oil. Grill one to two minutes per slide. Rub remaining whole garlic cloves over one side of each piece of grilled bread.
4. Place a grilled tomato slide on each garlic side of bread and top with cheese and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper if desired.

Source: Vegetarian Times: July/August 2009: Page 42


Kids Tips
Katherine and Gabriana’s Book Pick:
The Frog Princess, by E. D. Baker. (224 pages). Gabriana (two) is a little young for this one, but Katherine (age “four and one quarter”) loved it – once we started, we had a hard time putting it down. It takes the frog prince story in an unexpected direction with multi-dimensional characters who defy typical fairy tale stereotypes. When Princess Emma kisses a frog in the swamp, a “reverse charm” turns her into a frog herself and together they fight to survive while trying to reverse the spell. While reading it, we found ourselves thinking about what it would be like to be a frog. We also developed an attachment to the main characters in the story, who bicker their way into an affectionate relationship, taking turns saving each other from the perils of their adventure.

Word of the Day: Ontology: The branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being or reality.

P.S. Please let me know if there are topics or issues you’d like to me address in future newsletters.

vago714@comcast.net or (415) 888-2073.

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Friday, July 31, 2009

A and A



Visiting Pasadena in late July; K and G were thrilled to see their cousins!