Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
What is a McNatt? That is my maiden name. My dad, Buster, has four brothers and sisters: Fran, Virginia, who goes by Sissy, James (sometimes known as Mark) and William, who goes by Bill. To this day, this family has been tight and close since these children were born to Arby Ray and Margaret Revelle McNatt. (Their names crack me up. Many of us in the family tree carry with us these beautiful names!) Each Christmas Eve these growing families would meet in their very small house in Watauga, Texas. Maw-Maw would answer the door "Christmas Eve Gift". For many years, many of us try to call extended family members and say the phrase "Christmas Eve Gift" before the other person says it. After they passed on, our annual Christmas tradition was moved to my Aunt Sissy's home. Due to this large family, which I believe has grown to a total of 70 this year, meets the second Sunday in December. The tradition includes great food, a moment of announcements, prayers and praises, singing of Christmas carols, small children singing solos of their favorite Christmas songs, Aunt Lola singing her favorite Christmas song, and then we all sing "The 12 Days of Christmas" with everyone divided into twelve groups. Aunt Sissy and Uncle James each year insists that they get to sing the "Five Golden Rings"! It is a hoot and it really sounds terrible, but there again, tradition is important! Following that, we do the White Elephant Exchange with lots of manipulating of the exchange, laughing and stealing! We actually came home with the gift we wanted which was an air mattress. Spouses that are introduced to this event usually do not enjoy it!
Neither one of us would say this is a flattering picture (couldn't find our lipsticks either), but many say my cuz, Tonya, and I look more and more a like each year! Most of us "McNatt" girls inherited our grandmothers sunken eyes and sharp facial features!
My sister, Kelly, ended getting my floral arrangement in the White Elephant Exchange!
Promises Christmas was a success thanks to the many, many volunteers that helped with this event. We served 555 people and all 300 children three years and older received a new bike. Just three weeks ago I was telling my friend, Melissa, that my prayer is that every child that attends our event could go home with a new bike. In the past we were able to give away approximately 30 bikes via a drawing. God heard my prayer, because this last Monday, someone donated all the bikes. I wish you could have seen the children's faces when they all heard they were going home with their very own new bike! It makes all of those long hours of planning this event worth it! Below are a few pictures of the bikes and other snapshots. Snowmen were my theme this year. What an amazing evening we had. Even though I am pooped and dragging this morning, I can't wait until next year!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sis and Gan Gan
Pat's grandmother is 104! She looks so good and she looks so young! We saw her this weekend and what a blessing she was to us. Gan Gan is full Czech and came over on a boat when she was a child. Below Bubba is helping her drink her coffee. Sis had just finished feeding her cake! Her roommate Elsie, who is 78, was a real treat too!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The above are pictures of G's second game of the season, but I missed the first game because I was in Colorado. I have to give our friend, Tim, credit again for these great pictures. It would take me about 50 pictures to get one good shot. I love basketball season. We have a whole weekend of it coming up! Go Cougars!
Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Some of both Real or Artificial tree?
When do you put up the tree?
Sometime the week after Thanksgiving
When do you take the tree down?
The tradition when Pat was growing up was to wait until after New Year's Eve since that is his birthday, but I can't wait that long anymore!
You like eggnog?
Yes I do!
Favorite gift received as a child?
I don't remember.
Hardest person to buy for?
Easiest person to buy for?
Elizabeth or Laura
Do you have a nativity scene?
Mail or email Christmas cards?
Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A plain $2.00 spiral that she called a "journal"
Favorite Christmas movie?
Don't really watch them
When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usually right after Thanksgiving, although I did buy some a few weeks ago.
Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Lights on the tree?
Yes - white
Favorite Christmas song?
Carol of The Bells
Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Both this year
Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?
Yes and Oliver too! (You know, "Olive the Other Reindeer"
Angel on the tree top or a star?
Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Long lines and traffic
Favorite ornament theme or color?
All of the ornaments my mom has given me each year since my birth
Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Still like turkey!
What do you want for Christmas this year?
Money can't buy what I want!
Favorite thing about Christmas?
Promises Christmas Dinner, and when the five of us sit go to the Christmas Eve service every year!