Just a quick look at some of the things we’ve been up to these happy days.
Yesterday afternoon, I took this peaceful picture minutes before we launched into the insanity of early dinner and getting 8 kids and 2 grown ups ready in time for the Easter Vigil.
And here’s a look at the darling little “man shoes” Daniel was supposed to wear to church. But no. When I tried to wrestle them onto his feet, he fought me with all his strength.
“Deez NOT MY SHOES!” he insisted.
Fair enough. I cut my losses and let him wear the slightly soggy sneakers he played outside in for most of the afternoon. Not so handsome, but peace reigned.
Gabby, ready hours ahead of anyone else, watched and waited in style.
The vigil was lovely. It lasted a mere 2 hours and 37 minutes. Not that anyone was counting.
It was time well spent, though. I had almost forgotten the beauty of this liturgy. The kids, however, were a different story.
Daniel wowed the little old ladies with his pacifier skills before slumping to sleep in my arms. And if it is slightly dangerous or messy and it can be done with flaming candles or hot wax, the boys did it. In the pews. Lots.
After the Mass, we were rewarded with chocolate cheesecake. Also lots. Never mind that it was 10:15 pm. It had been a long Lent and an even longer (it seemed — to some of us) Mass. We indulged.
This morning, we had an early breakfast of chocolate and jelly beans (Not me, of course. I am strictly a coffee and Whopper Robins Eggs kind of girl) followed by a late brunch with Grandpa.
Here’s a quick hint: If you want to excite your kids, make them “mimosas” — Gingerale with orange juice served in champagne glasses. Positively thrilling!
Now the eggs are filled and ready for the egg hunt. I promise — if it warms up past 40 degrees, I will go out and hide them. Otherwise, they will have to keep until it warms up later in the week. The Easter Bunny doesn’t like to see her breath while working. And Easter does last 50 days, you know.
Hope you and your families are enjoying a lovely Easter Sunday as well!