We had a low-key New Year's celebration; the kids stayed up until 9:30, playing Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Apples to Apples, and other games. Then we told Mittens stories. Mittens was a cat who lived with Starlings' family when she was a kid; she started telling stories about this cat several years ago, and they've grown to epic proportions. Their favorite story is, "Mittens Flies a Plane," about how Mittens accidentally flew the airplane that Starlings' family was taking back from Panama to the U.S. (Mittens goes after a chocolate bar in the pilot's area, but climbs all over the airplane's controls to get it. Hilarious chaos ensues.) We also shared our favorite memories from the previous year.
Here are some pictures from our celebration:
|Bear playing Sumoku with me.|
|Playing Monopoly on New Year's Eve. Bear won with his|
aggressive tactics. That's OK, we're counting on him to
fund our retirement, ha ha.
|Bear and Mouse playing broomball on Lake Winona on|
New Year's Day.
|The real draw of skating for Jaybird is the hot|
chocolate afterward. In the Twin Cities, this kind
of afternoon, with skate rental and hot cocoa,
would cost at least $20. In Winona: free!
Speaking of the Catholic Worker, I wrote an essay on faith for their last newsletter. It is called, "The Catholic Worker Is a Fool." You can view it at the Winona Catholic Worker website.