The Messina Family

The Messina Family
Barcelona 2010

Friday, February 8, 2008

Mardi Gras

Our English-speaking community within our parish got together after church last weekend and had king cake (Joe found the baby Jesus) and made Mardi Gras masks. The kids were thrown beads and candy and a native from New Orleans spoke about the symbolism and tradition of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday. When you run into Americans in this area of Norway, they are either with NATO or with an oil company. Most are with oil. So many of these folks are native Texans and many have lived at one point or another in Southeast Lousiana, where there are also lots of offshore oil rigs, like here.
The picture of Lily in her room is what happens when Daddy puts Lily to bed. He sits down to "rest his eyes" in the chair while Lily is supposed to read a book to herself. She had been through about 12 books when I came upon this scene. Rich had been sleeping for nearly an hour. Lily had been as quiet as a mouse!

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