Hating on California, Sacraments, and Milestones


Like all polite Californians, I’ve pretty much kept my mouth shut about the weather since December 1st.  I’m no dummy.  I have friends from all over the world, and a bunch in the midwest/on the east coast.  I know that this winter has been no picnic.  Polar vortex?  Chiberia?  Hardly a word has passed my lips or been typed by my fingers that was not filled with sympathy and warm thoughts.

Even though it made me laugh like hell, I didn’t post this:


Or this


Or this


Because I am not a jerk. Until today.  Oh, yeah.  Today the gauntlet was thrown, and today I became a jerk.  Not one, not two, but five friends who apparently harbor some very intense feelings of weather rage called me out. (I’m looking at you, Cari, Jessica, Annery, Kelly, and Maia!)

So maybe y’all need a little refresher course on what exactly is going on over here.


Last year:


This year:


My official forecast: we are screwed.


Lest you forget too quickly, this is a gentle reminder that while we haven’t had any snow or rain to speak of, we have had FIRE WEATHER. In freaking January. Go ahead and imagine it like this

minus the castles, of course.

My official updated forecast: we are screwed for the next year.



Even the butterflies are leaving.

I rest my case.



Gianna received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time last week.


Doesn’t she look happy to be free from actual sin?


Ears Pierced!

We celebrated this milestone by surprising her with a trip to the mall for ice cream and ear piercing!


It was quick and pretty painless.  For her.  We, on the other hand were completely duped by Daniel’s Jewelers sign for “free ear piercing, including free studs!”  Silly me, I thought that meant we would actually pay no money! Oh silly, silly us.  Fifty (FIFTY!) dollars later, we had our “free” piercings and “free” earrings.

But the girl was happy, so that’s what counts, right?



From here we move on to preparation for First Holy Communion in May.  I’ve got the catechetical side of it all figured out.  What I’m still at a loss for is a pretty dress.  I know, I know, I KNOW that’s not even important compared to the sanctity of the sacrament.  However, at my first communion, all the girls were dressed like this:

And I looked… not like that.  (I just nixed the idea of putting up an awkward photo of an unknown girl because sheesh.  That could have been ME and I wouldn’t want some random blogger using me as an example of “What Not to Wear, the FHC Edition.”)  Anyway, I have some… issues surrounding my FHC dress.

So we’re gonna go shopping.  But where?  The garment district is the only suggestion I’ve gotten.  I am toying with the idea of asking my mom to make it (she made my gorgeous wedding dress; hi Mom!  suprise!  a new sewing project!) but Gianna’s godmother also wants the honor of buying it for her.  So at the very least we are going to shop around and get ideas.  Hit me up with your ideas!

That’s all the snark and sacrament I’ve got left in me, friends.  Have a wonderful, warm, non-snowy, non-firey weekend, wherever you may be.

And be sure to check out Jen and the Gang for the rest of the Quick Takes fun.


  1. Oh, don’t get me wrong- I don’t want to live in Cali, either.

    My mom made Lotus’ FHC dress, and it is beautiful. I can’t wait for Veronica to wear it, then for it to be saved for future generations of Donaldson girls to wear it. Could Gianna’s godmother buy the fabric and your mom sew it? That’s sort of what happened with Lotus’- MY godmother gave my mom the fabric (this gorgeous eyelet stuff)- Gianna’s godmother is able to offer a lovely gift, your mother is able to sew a lovely gift, and your girls have a beautiful handmade heirloom.
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  2. Do y’all have Burlington coat factory out there? They have an incredibly amazing and affordable FHC section, for some reason they have picked up on that niche.

    Also, I’m sure you saw it, but this:
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  3. What about a David’s Bridal or other wedding shop that would have flower girl dresses? Or maybe have her make friends with a nice, modest, rich and generous girl who got her First Communion last year and will let her borrow her dress?
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  4. Ha! I don’t think I was even really allowed to make a comment! All we get is rainrainrain. And the sun came out on Friday. I shouldn’t complain. But when did that ever stop me?! As for #7, I was loaned one back in my day and STILL looked awkward. Ya can’t fix goofy glasses and a funny haircut! I KNOW Gianna will look beautiful no matter what. She has that inner, radiating shine so strong that it seeps out. Just. Perfection.
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  5. I was going to say flower girl dresses myself. Gorgeous and classy. I remember LOVING my FHC dress and it came from the JC Penney wedding department. But I don’t think that exists anymore. It’s too bad there isn’t a dress rental place (or actually… you’re in LA there probably is.) My mom always said that since my brother who is close to my age and I only wore our outfits once, when my 8 years younger brother went through she just rented him a white tux and called it good and that she wished she would have done that at least for other brother. (Apparently second to third grade was a massive growing year for us.)
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  6. This Etsy shop is run by a friend of my mother’s. Gorgeous, but pricey. I hear most of her customers are from overseas because they have zero options.
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  7. My oldest daughter was a flower girl the Oct before her May first communion so we had a dress custom made and she used it for both. The main reason we had it custom-made is that her body shape made her harder to dress and I was loathe to buy one online.

    My 2nd daughter borrowed a first communion dress from a friend (she is a typical kid body shape and size and there is no way she could have worn her older sister’s dress).

    I’ve even seen FHC dresses at thrift stores if you want to save lots of $$$, but otherwise I think a bridal shop is a good idea. Or an online catholic store that sells them.

  8. All I’m going to say to the haters is: Houston. No snow, no fires, no tsunamis, no earthquakes, no tornados, and no rules about homeschooling. There is the off-chance you’ll be around for a once in a lifetime totally devastating hurricane, but it’s worth the risk. 🙂

    And, I totally agree with Maia. Gianna absolutely glows in every picture you post of her.
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  9. Mom’s comments about the lack of rain; “We aren’t going to have grass for the cows to eat, but I guess we don’t have to worry about the dogs getting stickers in their fur this year.” I guess that’s one way to look at it. Oh, and the price of hay goes up a couple of dollars every day. It may be all sunshine and warmth here, but we pay a high price for it.
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  10. Ahhh girls! There’s a wealth of bridal and Quinceañera wear and accessories downtown LA (headpieces, gloves, shoes, special jewelry, huge selection of fabric/ribbon). Wish I could remember which blocks, but it should be easy enough to look up. Love the idea of a homemade or even a semi-homemade dress if there’s time, adds that extra touch of “special” to the occasion.

  11. Oh #1 made me laugh so hard! I like to live vicariously through your extreme hot weather because by this time of year I can’t remember what it’s like not to wear a coat…and I AM a little cranky that our weather has been colder than ALASKA!!!

    As for the dress, my daughter wore the flower girl dress from my wedding 🙂

  12. Fifty dollars for “free ear piercing”? FIFTY DOLLARS? How did they justify THAT?

    The one thing I don’t get about the drought is that we have lived through at least 2 multi-year major droughts in California – one in the 70’s and one in the 80’s – and somehow this single year is being touted as the disaster of the century? What am I not getting here? The prior ones were also 15-20% of snowpack. Ah well, the news media gets shriller and shriller as time marches on.
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    • Anna, I’m not entirely sure (because we were in Korea the past 2 winters) but I *think* this is the second or third year of the drought. I would have to check on that, though.

  13. Genevieve says:

    Hi Micaela! Found your blog by clicking from Catholic All Year and I too live in Los Angeles. I would recommend the garment district hands down ONLY if you have 1/2 a day to spare. Bring cash since they are more willing to haggle with cash (I can usually get them to give it to me no tax especially if I buy multiple items or a free accessory). They have a whole street with just bridal/quincinera wear as someone stated above. I saw many places with first communion dresses and accessories as well when I was on the hunt for my bridesmaids dresses and bridal accessories there. I would say check on Santee and Olympic or Santee and Maple. Don’t go on a Sunday since many shops are closed. Also, don’t be afraid to haggle! Tips:They usually have the same dress, veil, etc in multiple stores. Ask around for pricing of the things you like so you get an idea. I usually am able to find the same exact dress or accessories at other places in the fashion district and then I haggle away. They usually price match or give it cheaper (begrudgingly it seems) and give it to me if you pay cash! That’s why I recommend at least a 1/2 a day of shopping to price match and haggle. If you’re short on time, and are ok with just paying for what you want at the 1st store you enter that’s ok too..no hassle. I am a bargain hunter and will patiently wait it out so I never pay full price. Happy FHC shopping!

    • Wow, Genevieve! Thank you so much for the fantastic information! If I do end up going down there, I will definitely print your comment out and study it beforehand. Thanks for taking the time to write it all out!