Showing posts from December, 2013

December 26th

This conversation with my daughter that took place on December 26th. Keep in mind this happened before I had proper levels of caffeine in my system and while I was still in my bathrobe.

Yes sweetie.
Can we put together my Lego Dolphin Cruiser?
Uh-okay sweetie.
Daughter quickly runs and retrieves box with the Lego Dolphin Cruiser in it from under the tree. She brings it gleefully into her bedroom.  I get my camera and decide to document the process of putting it together. 

I open the box and several bags of Lego blocks fall out and not one, but two instruction books.
What?!! Two instruction books!

That's when I look at the box again and one very important detail sinks in. 

612 pieces. What have I done?
Daughter laughs maniacally.

Some Pictures From Christmas 2013

Christmas Eve  Santa noting a job well done :)

Christmas morning. CHARGE!!!!!!


A boy and his book.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Wishing Everyone A Very Merry Christmas!
Don't Forget To Be Present And Enjoy Your Loved Ones.

Blog Caroling: O' Holy Night

It's that time of year again for Blog Caroling. What a wonderful tradition created by Footnote Maven. If you are not aware of her tradition please feel free and click on the link to her blog to learn all about it.

I have gone back to my favorite version of "O' Holy Night" sung by Patti Labelle. I featured this version here on this blog two years ago. Enjoy!

O' Holy Night Composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chretiens"(Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau. Singing version created by John Sullivan Dwight (information courtesy of Wikipedia)
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining; It is the night of the dear Savior's birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,  For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. 
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!  O night divine, O night when Christ was born! O night, O holy night, O night divine!
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Something About Me Saturday: My Daughter's Christmas Party

It's been awhile but I thought it was time to do a Something About Me Saturday Post.  Life has been busy as I am sure it has been for most of you out there. This week I had to stop and remind myself to be present this time of year. The hustle and bustle had started to distract me from what's really important and that is to have fun and be open to the moments of joy that only happen this time of year. My daughter's class had a holiday party on Thursday and I caught myself initially saying, "Oh man, do I have to go?" There's all that shopping, wrapping, and cleaning the house I have to do. But I went and it was so worth it. Kids are only kids once right? The rest of that stuff can wait.

My lady bug working on her frosting Christmas tree.

The finished product.

Looking serious with a candy cane she made from beads and a pipe cleaner.

A picture she drew on the outside of her candy goody bag.

The Wonder Of Wandering

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It never ceases to amaze me the wonders that may arise when one wanders through records. It's kind of like going for a walk in the woods and taking a new path, one you've never been on before. You keep walking, unsure of exactly where you are going but you take in the scenery and breathe in the air. You may keep walking for so long that you might begin to feel lost. Then suddenly something appears in your view that tells you, you are not lost at all. In fact, you knew where you were going, you just didn't know it yet.

I have made my home as of late on the website I have been reviewing through Newbern, NC newspapers looking for mentions of the little town of Riverdale where my Mitchell and Sampson ancestors resided. At first, I began looking for my ancestors names to be specifically mentioned. I found a couple of snippets but not much. Then I thought well, let me look at what was going on with the town as a whole.


The Book Of Me: Prompt 13 --Special People/ Iconic People

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For details about The Book Of Me, Written By You project created by Julie Goucher, of the Anglers Rest blog, please refer to this link:

This week’s prompt is – Special People / Iconic People

If you had to hold a dinner party and could invite a maximum of 12 special people who would you invite? 

You can NOT include family in this – the special people could be famous or historical people. What made you select the people that you chose? What questions would you like to ask them?

What meals would you serve and why?

Perhaps include the recipe or a photo if you decided to actually cook the items!

I think it would be fun to make it a potluck dinner. Each guest would bring a dish or two. They could bring something that was created from a family recipe or simply something that they learned to cook well. This would take a little planning and coordination to ensure we didn&…

My AncestryDNA Updates

A while back, just like many of you out there I received my updates to my DNA results with I am finally getting around to sharing them today. 

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Here's what my original results were:

My Christmas Elves :)


What Was Simon Harrison Watching?

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If you have been following my blog recently then you know I have gone back to looking at my Harrison family line.  Simon Harrison was my 3rd great grandfather on my mother's side. For a recap on his life you may want to check out this post:  What I'm Reading Right Now: Crafting Lives --By Catherine W. Bishir.

One of the things I highlighted on that post was Simon's occupation on the 1870 Federal Census which was listed as "watchman."  What was he watching? Hmmm.  Google to the rescue.

Images courtesy of Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders  of the Atlantic & North Carolina R.R. Co, June 30, 1870

Simon was employed by the Atlantic & North Carolina Rail Road Company. He earned $40.00 per month for his work as a watchman. It turns out that Moses Bryan, a member of the United Brotherhood Society like Simon, also worked for the railroad. 

So now I have a bit more to work with on Simon.  Time to s…

Not So Wordless Wednesday: You Never Know When The Tears Will Come

Two Sundays ago, while reading Crafting Lives by Catherine Bishir I had one of those moments when your heart drops and you can't help but feel incredible sadness for those who suffered the indignities of slavery. You would think it was because I read a narrative about something terrible that happened to someone or seeing people listed as property in a will. It was nothing like that. It was something very simple.

From page 154

Image courtesy of  Crafting Lives, by Catherine Bishir Sketch map of New Bern, 1864. Drawn by C. A. Nelson
This sketch drawing gives a depiction of key buildings that stood in New Bern in 1864. So what moved me so. I will show you.

This simple notation of where the slave market was located in 1860 just moved me to tears.  This was that place...that dreadful place where some of my ancestors were bought and sold as property. 
What does this spot look like now?
Image courtesy of Google Maps. New Bern, NC 2013
Street view 2013:
Image courtesy of Google Maps
Straight ahe…

The Book Of Me: Prompt 12 --The Year You Were Born

For details about The Book Of Me, Written By You project created by Julie Goucher, of the Anglers Rest blog, please refer to this link:

This week’s prompt is -  The year you were born
What happened
HistoricalFilmsMusicBooksTelevisionOr use any other historical (well known or otherwise) event
I am a child of the early 1970's.

I thought a good starting point for this exercise would be to refer to the baby book my mother created for me when I was born.  (Thanks Mom!) After 27 hours of labor, I was born via Cesarean section a month early at La Guardia Hospital in Queens, NY.

These are some of the things she jotted down in the book about the year I was born.

Public officials:  Mayor Lindsey, President Nixon

Clothing styles:  layered look for women, Men --wide leg pants, high heeled shoes.

Signs of the times:  Apollo 17 to the moon, Viet Nam War concluding. Long hair worn by men and women.

Here are a couple of the movies that came out …