Sunday, January 07, 2007

Our Own Kings!

We had a very full Epiphany Sunday:

First, we went to 10 a.m. Mass as Father had mentioned the Magi might stop by and our kids wanted to see them "in person". In addition to Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar (in person and bearing small gifts for the children -- beautiful Saint statues) we had our wonderful Archbishop Charles Chaput surprise us by celebrating Mass. Seems the good Archbishop makes it a point to visit parishes in his archdiocese on a "surprise" visit throughout the year! How cool is that? I can't remember the last time I saw an archbishop or bishop at Mass that wasn't a "state" visit -- like a confirmation or something.

The three kings at Church gave each of our little ones Saint statues -- LegoManiac got the Sacred Heart of Jesus, String Bean got the Blessed Mother holding Baby Jesus, and BamBam got an Immaculate Heart statue -- all are gracing our family altar now that we've taken our Christmas decorations down today.

While we were at Church, my "King Cake" recipe from JennGM was rising. This makes the BEST King Cake! I halved the recipe and it turned out perfectly....

But it seems we have two kings -- I had put two whole almonds in the cake so that the "king" would definitely KNOW he/she should be crowned (without swallowing something inedible); go figure, the two almonds separated and now we have a Royal Pair:
Yep, Granmere and Lego Maniac are royalty -- Lego Maniac immediately imposed an HOURLY (!) tax of $2/hr but Granmere motioned that they would do things more subtly ... UH OH -- I think we're in trouble now.....

They were suitably crowned by the Royal Crown Makers, String Bean and BamBam:

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