Been delinquent about keeping the public (okay, our families) abreast of the situation on this home front. Gonna amend that Quick Takes style.
1. So these Quick Takes are from Conversion Diary which is blog by Jennifer Fulwiler who just had her memoir Something Other Than God published in which she details her (FUNNY!) journey from solid atheist to seriously Catholic. Mommy is about halfway through it and if you're looking for a good read it's so far so great.
2. Yesterday we went to the zoo and it was so incredibly, insanely busy that Mommy DID NOT TAKE A SINGLE PHOTO ON HER PHONE. She mostly screeched to her little chickies to stay close to Mommy! There must have been five entire schools there - not to mention the regular attendees and the extras who wanted to get out and enjoy the amazing weather we were having. Crazy. It was crazy. Anyways, Tim brought up a good point...could they update their website with something like, "We want to welcome (whichever schools/preschools are coming that day) today!"? And then mommies and daddies across the region could just take a peek in the morning to see if it would be a complete waste of time to show up to the zoo just to spend three hours trying not to break down in tears or pull all your hair out after you run over yet another person with your ginormous double stroller as you watch your four year old trying not to get swept away in the mass of third graders parading past the lions. That Tim, he's full of all kinds a great ideas.
Oh wait, she did get this picnic picture after we finally escaped and were able to breath again.
3. Also yesterday, temps were in the mid-80's. And we had a blast from the past on the back deck in the late afternoon.
While Felicity played in her baby-sized tub, the big girls were given a five gallon bucket of water, water squirting toys, and a coating of sunscreen.
But you know Vivian just couldn't resist...
4. K Week went really well. Two biggest success stories of the week: kisses. For obvious reasons.
And kites. This hand kite was very easy to make. Mommy bought a rainbow of 1"+ ribbon and some wooden letter O's at JoAnn's. Knotted the ribbon on the O's and the little ladies went to town pretending to fix the un-spring like weather we were having at the time.
5. L Week Their favorite was ladybug day. We've done ladybugs in the past, yet they still loved this! No live ladybugs this time. A snack they were able to assemble themselves and a counting game, among other fun.
6. Lent Week and Easter Week Did so many good things that week without scaring our children with gruesome crucifixion details. Including this little Last Supper scene from Catholic Icing.
Miriam and Vivian loved talking about Jesus' friends by name while Mommy told them some stories of each of the friends. Vivian asked for the doubting Thomas story on repeat for the rest of the day. Mommy also found a great way to try to explain the resurrection via Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar via Pinterest. Basically, we are like the caterpillar during Lent as we try to conform/transform our lives to be more like Christ and Christ is like the caterpillar who went into the cocoon/tomb and came out glorified. Probably there are all kinds of dogma problems with these comparisons, but it helped the girls understand so therefore it's perfect.
Seems very fair to admit that we ate too much candy for Easter Week instead of taking any pictures of the fun projects. But they did happen.
7. M Week Miriam was so excited to talk about MIRIAM last week!! Among other things, we made this Miriam and Moses in the bulrushes craft.
Happy Weekend. Adults are running a 5K and going to a winery this weekend while kids get to have one of their very-most favorite babysitters tomorrow night. Gonna be a great Mother's Day!