Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Laughlin Officers' Spouses' Club

Annual Charitable Auction

February 7, 2009

5 pm until midnight

Vintage Monte Carlo

Club XL LAFB, Texas

Ticket Price $15 is advance, $17

at the door

Dress: vintage formal encouraged

but not required

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Family Picture

Another year and another need for an updated family portrait. We are a very professional family so we took this ourselves! You can pick out your favorite and paste it as your wallpaper!
Happy New Year!

Creation Museum

The Creation Museum presents a unique and unparalleled experience, a walk through time portraying significant, life-altering events of the past, illuminating the effects of biblical history on our present and future world.

Ever since the Creation Museum started advertising that they were planning to build, I have wanted to go. I was so excited this year when Mom, Erin, Beth and I finally got the chance to visit.

An idea of what the world was like before the flood and when dinosaur and people co-existing.

Beth loves the aquarium, we had to visit it more than once.

Here she is looking at the 1% scale model of Noah's Ark. Is she chewing the railing...gross!
The workers were hard at work building the Ark.
How long did they work on the Ark?
According to:

The Bible does not specifically say how long it took Noah to build the ark. When Noah is first mentioned in Genesis 5:32, he was 500 years old. When Noah entered the ark, he was 600 years old. The time it took to build the ark would depend on how much time had passed between Genesis 5:32 and the time that God commanded Noah to build the ark (Genesis 6:14-21). At the absolute most, it took 100 years.

The tour only took about 2 hours. We could have stayed longer but our tree year old company was ready to hit the road. I would recommend everyone to go visit.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mistletoe Christmas Gifts

We recently were educated by Gran-T that Mistletoe grew along side the roads in Texas. Well, after about driving off the road looking for mistletoe in every tree we passed we finally decided to pull over a get some for ourselves. As you can see the mistletoe is the green lump in the otherwise dead tree. My brave hub climbed trees to get to this precious resource.
It may be the only "good" to come out of West Texas.
Our stash.
And just in case you were wondering: The History of Mistletoe.

The Christmas custom of kissing underneath a branch of mistletoe goes back hundreds of years, certainly to the early 17th century. But legends about the curious plant go back even farther, even to the time of Christ and earlier. One legend has it that the wood of the cross of Christ was made from mistletoe, and supposedly for that reason the mistletoe plant has been doomed to live as a parasite, and is so classified today, making it condemned to live on the goodwill of other trees. Shakespeare in Titus Andronicus called it “the baleful mistletoe,” no doubt referring to the fact that in large quantities the waxy white berries are toxic. On the other hand, ancient Druids thought the plant had healing, even magical, powers.
Back in Roman times in Britain, Pliny the Elder referred to the habit of Druid priests of cutting away mistletoe from oak trees where it attached itself, using golden sickles and spreading white cloth on the ground under the tree lest the trimmings touch the ground and risk losing their powers. The Druids elevated mistletoe to sacred powers, even using it in ceremonies of human sacrifice. Unlike other plants, mistletoe retained its fresh green color, and the evergreen therefore became a symbol of fertility. They also hung it over doorways to protect against evil.
Because of the Druids’ use of mistletoe, Christians banned its use in their churches in England. Because mistletoe grows primarily on apple, lime, poplar and hawthorn trees in the midlands and up to and around York, it was a local favorite there long after the Druids were in decline. So in the famous minster at York, its use during the holiday season has always been retained.
In the York cathedral the minister placed the branch on the High Altar and proclaimed “public and universal liberty, pardon and freedom of all sorts of inferior and wicked people at the minster gates, and the gates of the city, towards the four quarters of heaven.” In the 21st century the Dean informally hung a bunch of mistletoe and holly from the High Altar at noon on Christmas Eve, although the custom was more general good will than intended as an encouragement of kissing in its presence.
Strictly speaking, kissing under the mistletoe was never to get out of hand, and often nearly did. To prevent abuses, the custom was defined as a man might steal a kiss under the hanging branch, but when he did, one berry was to be plucked from the plant and discarded. Once the berries were gone, the kissing charm of the mistletoe branch was spent, although that aspect of the custom is rarely recalled in these days. During the 19th century abuses of the kissing custom were prevalent, according to a verse written and called “The Mistletoe Bough.” Interestingly, during uptight Victorian times, the custom came into full bloom!
Despite the mixed lore regarding Viscum album, the English mistletoe plant, its culture is a profitable business in Great Britain today. All through December mistletoe farmers carefully cut boughs from the mistletoe in their apple orchards or on other host trees. Unlike the Druids with the golden boughs,
the mistletoe sprays with a long pole, careful to leave some bunches behind to ensure a crop the following year. It is mostly birds who propagate the mistletoe , however. Some farmers call the birds “the professional” in promulgating mistletoe, while they themselves are the amateurs.
Each year large numbers of Druid followers came to celebrate the winter solstice in fields full of mistletoe in the orchards of Hertferdshire. Their orations and music fascinate local farmers, who often adapt bits of the folklore of this “special branch.” One farmer kept his mistletoe decoration from one
Christmas to the next. When he had brought in the fresh sprays, he burned the old and ran around as many of his fields as possible with the flaming brands, in the belief that the ancient plant would bless each field with a prolific harvest. Another legend has it that a sprig of mistletoe placed over a baby’s cradle will ensure that the child will never be kidnapped. While much of the plant's history is shrouded in untold tales of the past, it is undeniably blessed with certain sacred associations and perhaps even occult powers.
When the farmers and gypsies who have been gathering wild or cultivated mistletoe are ready with their annual crop for selling at the end of November, they gather at auctions in the towns of the Midlands and thereabouts and sell. The current crop went for up to 1 Pound Sterling per pound, a decent price for a priceless branch.

Christmas Social

The OSC had a Christmas social this year at the Herald. The Herald may be the nicest and only place in town where I have not got food poisoning.

As Historian I am required to take pictures of all our events. A confession: I probably do not take as many pictures as last years historian, hard to believe I know, but she was a quickie sure shot camera queen.

Some amazing ladies that only you can met at Laughlin!

Student spouse Rep. and Charitable Treasurer. I like to call BA "Mrs. Money Bags!"

Perfection at it's finest with these two ladies!

I was able to capture some lively conversation too!

Christmas with the gals

Our Bible study group got together for a Christmas goodie exchange. We are not just a FAIP wives Bible study :-) We like to include anyone who would like to join us for a little Bible reading and great fellowship!
We had a relaxing evening visiting with friends and eating too many sweets!
Thank you again BA for willingly opening your house for over a year to us.
Wishing everyone a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!