boomer’s winter


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Here’s yet again another guest blog post. I like to have guest posts featured by different people to show new perspectives, outlooks and different personalities. Get ready for it! Without much introduction, the following is a guest blog post by the one and only: Ann Marie! Most of you know her as Ann Marie, while others know her as Mrs. Franck. But, even less get to refer to her as mama! Without more of an introduction, I will let her take it away!

Hi! This is “Mom” as I am sometimes called or Ann Marie as Kendal so lovingly refers to me. I am honored to be the guest blogger today, or maybe not so much since Kendal informed me that she made a promise to herself to write a blog each day for a year and it sounded like she ran out of things to say…if one can actually believe boomer

Kendal mentioned how totally worn out Boomer looked as he sprawled out under the Christmas tree after he came in from supervising Joel’s shoveling after the big storm.  In case you aren’t aware, Boomer loves to be outside, especially in cold weather. Winter is his favorite season especially when it snows. Often it is hard to get him to come back in the house as he loves to make dog angels in the snow and run through the snow as it flies out of the snow blower chute. Supervising Joel as he snow blows is Boomer’s number one job. Sometimes the most demanding job is being the sidekick!  So is being sneaky enough to scope out each present that Kendal placed under the tree and discerned that none of them are for him. I sure hope that Kendal told Santa Paws that Boomer will be waiting patiently for his present come Christmas Eve.  An early Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night from me (and Boomer).



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National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The year 2013 marks the 91st anniversary of an American tradition. Through peace and war, from national celebration to national mourning, treeAmericans have gathered together and celebrated the season in this holiday event. President Calvin Coolidge was the first to light the Christmas Tree in 1923. He walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot decorated tree, as a local choir and a “quartet” from the U.S. Marine Band performed. Still, 90 years later, this American holiday tradition continues. This tradition brings citizens together to share in a message of hope and peace.

oday, the National Christmas Tree will be lit (December, 6th). The ceremony beings at 4:30 PM EST. You can watch the lighting here online or on the PBS broadcast.

The National Christmas Tree and 56 smaller trees (Christmas Pathway of Peace) – one for each state, five territories, and the District of Columbia, become the focal point of the holiday. The Christmas Pathway of Peace is lit each evening at dusk until 10:00 PM (ET) through January 1, 2013. Each tree is decorated with unFirst_Lady_Reading1687ique ornaments created by an artist and volunteers from that state, territory or District of Columbia.

Last year, I won the lottery! I had the opportunity to see the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony take place, which was an awesome experience! Typically, I watched this on TV, but I never dreamt that I would be there. Sure, I live in DC, but the chances of winning tickets, are slim to none. Last year marked my first holiday season in Washington, so to me, it was a big deal that I attended the Ceremony. In addition to the ceremony, The Night Before Christmas was read to the audience, Christmas carols filled the air, and cookies were passed amongst friends.

For future reference of how to enter the lottery, go to A note from them is as follows: For those that have applied for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, the status of your application will be emailed to you by on Thursday November 1, 2012. You can check the status of your application anytime by logging on to your profile.