A couple of years ago, I became aware that LEGO made a Star Wars advent calendar, which sounded to me like something my brother’s kids would really like, being fans of both LEGO and Star Wars. Unfortunately, I didn’t hear about it until well into the holiday season, when an advent calendar is less than useful. And then, last year, it was sold out by the time I went looking for it.
But in my ongoing quest to be Auntie of the Year, I persevered, and am now the proud owner of not one, but two, of these advent calendars, because — I’ll own up to it — I also wanted one for myself. I’m now counting the days until December 1st, when I can bust it out and start building. (I put Santa C3PO back in the box after I took the picture above.) Continue reading →
I went to the game with my brother Brian and sister-in-law Jen — and without our planned fourth, our little sister Eileen, whose sick nine-month-old kept her family home in Texas for the week. We started off the day at my place with cheesy ham & potato breakfast casserole and mimosas, followed by a lot of layering. (When all was said and done, I had on five shirts and a jacket, and two pairs of pants, socks, and gloves, along with a blanket and hand/foot warmers for backup.) That said, though, the weather was just about perfect — cold, but very sunny. Our seats were in the shade, so all of the extra warm things came in handy.
I can’t possibly cover everything that happened (it’s gotten late, and I am very, very tired) so I’ll just share some highlights and a bunch of photos: Continue reading →