Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pretty Happy Funny Real #3: Anthony edition

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These photos are mostly from the fall, so this is a catch-up and a cuteness post all in one! Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!

PrettyLooking out of the window on the Strasburg Railroad, on a day trip with Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop. We saw lots of prettiness on that trip, such as:

Lovely! Makes me even more ready to move out to a farm.

Doesn't look like it in this photo, but he really liked the leaves!

Having fun helping Mama and Daddy pick them up!

And just able to reach the top of the bin!

On the train with Mom-Mom and Aunt Teresa.

Anthony's Halloween costume. Trick-or-Treat was so much fun this year! Anthony quickly figured out he'd get a big reaction from people if he said, "Oo-oo-oo." He's kind of a ham.


Tired little traveler, asleep on the plane home from visiting Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop.

Already lounging on the couch with a book! Hmmm, I wonder where he learned that one?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


So this is what Advent looks like at our house this year:

Advent wreath hung from the dining room chandelier, aka How to have an Advent wreath and a toddler peacefully co-exist. We light the candles at dinner time, and dim the electric lights. Anthony gets very excited when we do this. I think he's sensing that Something Special is happening, even if he has no idea what it's all about yet.

Purple and pink table linens, courtesy of my mother. She had these on our dining room table during Advent when I was younger, and she gave them to me when I got married.

Empty manger, with a pitiful number of hay strands haha. I took these photos on I think Monday of the first week of Advent. The idea is that we add a piece of hay for each small sacrifice we make in order to make room in our hearts for the Baby Jesus, to prepare our hearts to receive him at Christmas. The idea is similar to St. Therese's sacrifice beads. We tried it last year, but mostly forgot because the manger was in sort of an out-of-the-way place. It's a bit more respectable-looking for the Baby Jesus this year, but there are still two and a half weeks left!

Happy Advent everyone!