Sunday, December 25, 2005


PJ Said to me yesterday. "Dad, I like traffic." This was of course
while we were in a car and sitting in traffic.

"PJ, why do you like traffic?"

"Because you just sit there and you don't have to do anything!" He
said, and he really meant it. Kind of scary.

We went and looked at Christmas lights Friday night. One house had a
really nifty setup, lots of lights and displays. There was even a guy
dressed up like Santa in the front yard. We pulled up.

I rolled down the passenger window where PJ was sitting. Anna jumped
out of her seat and stuck her head out the window as well. Santa
walked up to the car and leaned forward. "Ho, ho, ho! he began."

Suddenly, I think Isis didn't like how close this stranger had gotten.
She jumped forward, and there now was a big dog head next to the two
children. "Hello there!" Santa chuckled, a little startled. That's
one way to scare santa.

Anna was unsuccessful in her quest to spot Santa. Santa came early
and left his presents before her alarm went off. Undeterred, Anna is
looking forward to next year.

A big MERRY CHRISTMAS to everybody. Also, my apologies to those who
didn't get Christmas cards this year. Mark MacGregor, we don't have
your current address. Jeannie and Tom Cahill moved I guess, there
card bounced back Nancy Wallace's mail didn't get forwarded, but I
think we sent out a replacement. Anybody else we missed? Shoot me an
email or sign the guestbook and I'll put you on the list.

Pete Shaw 12-25-2005

Friday, December 23, 2005

I WANT THE TRUTH 12.23.2005

I had a very interesting conversation with Anna last night. She
had been talking again about how she wants to wait up to see Santa.
Kathleen was telling her she needed to stay in her room.

"But I just want to know the truth?" She said in a frustrated voice.

I'll handle this, I thought to myself, "The truth about what, sweetheart?"

"I want to know the truth about whether Santa Claus is real or not."

I faked a big laugh. "But if Santa Clause isn't real, then who brings
everybody presents on Christmas day?"

She didn't hesitate or even blink. "Parents"

I had the curious sensation of trying to keep a straight face while at
the same time inhaling about six ounces of iced tea into my sinuses.
I managed somehow to sound authoritative. "Sweety, you just need to
go to sleep on Christmas eve, or else maybe Santa won't come. What
would happen if Santa saw you down there?"

Or what if he didn't I thought to myself. I was thinking of her earlier plan to catch santa. You and your brother PJ hiding behind the red chair with a net, ready to capture Santa like a butterfly and hold him hostage until your greedy little plan is

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Anna's trip to New York Fall 05: an artistic rendition

Anna drew this in art class and it tickled me. Enjoy!

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Photos from Anna and Kathleen in New York! 11-01-2005

Acutally, it is my cousin Jenny, who was nice enough to host, who is in all the photos with Anna. Kath was behind the lens so to speak. They had a great time, so thanks again for so generously donating your time, space, and energy for such a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 08, 2005


I know, I know, the downtime was excruciating, wasn't it my dear readers.

I have switched to another guestbook for now, and may switch again depending wether I like this service, and also if the hordes of viagra selling creepy spam people descend on this blog as well. 

My apologies for all of the lost comments.  Nothing is forever though, you know what I mean?  Least of all a free weblog guestbook.

back to work for me --P

GUESTBOOK DOWN - 12-08-2005

Sorry, Dreamhost was not allowing me to manage the guestbook, which in turn to allow creepy spammers to post their nonsense. I am searching for an alternative.