Sep 1, 2021

A First Communion & Other Happenings

Something I forgot to mention in my last post- also in April our power went out for 24 hours! It doesn't sound so horrible typing it out, but having no water, no electricity, and no internet for an entire day really makes life stagnant (you can't really DO anything productive) and unpleasant (no washing, working toilets, opening of fridge). I kept trying to tell myself, "Texas had it much worse!" but it still completely stunk- it also didn't help that the "estimated time of completion" for it being fixed changed multiple times (I much prefer being upfront with worst case scenarios than timelines that are moving goal posts!).

 We had had heavy winds and a power pole in our neighborhood snapped in two. The electricity crew had to bring in lines through the woods and other such things which took quite a while. One bright spot was that when we took a family walk down to the site several neighbors we had never met before were congregated there. We all shook hands and talked for several minutes. No distancing or hesitancy on anyone's part- wonderful, normal human interaction.❤

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My grandma's 100th birthday would have been in mid-May, so my mom's family organized a meet-up at her grave site. It was so good to see and talk with everyone who could come. Tim stayed home with the girls since we didn't know how strict things would be at Arlington National Cemetery (it ended up only being a hassle to use the bathrooms).

My uncle made a "100" with peonies from his yard


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In late May Audrey received her First Holy Communion! It was on the feast of St. Bernadine of Siena which was kind of neat as he's been on our "intercession radar" the last several years for all the respiratory things that come along. 








Since it was an evening mass we just had cupcakes afterward as a family and then celebrated with my family the following Sunday with a brunch. 





In June the girls finished up school,


and Cora turned five! 
Last year I realized a neat thing about her birthday- she's named for the Sacred Heart and her actual birthday is the same date of the "Great Apparition" of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary ("Behold this heart which has so loved men...").❤

To celebrate we went to a skating rink as a family. The girls kept talking about the climbing/playground apparatus the rink had, so that says everything about how successfully the actual skating went, but fun was had!
Tim made her cake and the older girls enjoyed putting the whipped cream and strawberries on. 








Some cute things Cora says:

"Sometimes I always..."

Sal-ga-viniver chips (salt & vinegar)

Scabetti (spaghetti)

"Tast-ses "

"Our-lizibeth of Hungary"

"Salvation Bible School" (VBS)

"daffo-dials"

And she used to say "St. Therese of the Zoo" but sadly recently picked up that there's an "L" in there.

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Also in June all the girls attended an Irish Dance camp and Vacation Bible School at a local parish. I loved how they were all able to participate together- I'm a bit wistful because it's probably one of the only summers where their ages will align for that to happen!

A quick trip for peach and blueberry picking



Successfully grown California poppies!




I'll stop there since that's a good bit of updates for one post!

Jul 11, 2021

Life Lately {Spring}

Recap of our spring! 

Evie was the runner up in her class to participate in the school's Catholic Cup competition (4th grade and up) and ended up participating in the contest at the last second, as the first place participant wasn't in attendance that day. I was able to watch via Zoom and was so proud of how well she did!
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On Good Friday I was heading down our driveway on my way to the grocery store, when suddenly I wasn't because a huge tree of our neighbor's had completely fallen across the driveway! Thankfully Tim was working from home and was able to get it cut up and cleared enough for everyone to get out (we share a driveway).
Evie solemnly stated about the event, "It's too bad that this happened on Good Friday when we're fasting. Every calorie will be needed to clear the tree." Indeed.

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We attended the 3 o'clock service at our parish on Good Friday for the first time with all the girls, and our usual mass time on Easter Sunday. We had beautiful weather and a lovely Easter morning! My sister hosted Easter brunch and an egg hunt, and later we had Easter dinner at my parent's house. 












Loved every minute of our spring blooms!










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Easter Monday we surprised the girls with a few days' trip to Chincoteague Island. I didn't want to spend Easter prepping for a trip, so Tim and I spent Monday morning getting everything together and only told the girls where we were going once were packed and in the car.😅





None of us had ever been there before- it's a really neat place! We stayed in a little rental house in town within walking distance to some restaurants and other sites. Thankfully we had warmish and sunny weather for the days we were there! I was madly watching the weather, willing it to be as warm as possible. The only slight downside to going in April was that many of the eateries were closed or only had weekend hours. 
Another thing I didn't know is that the beach access is on Assateague Island (just a few minutes' drive away). You have to pay to enter but we have a year long National Park pass via Evie- it's free for any 4th grader (highly recommend!)!




Visiting the Misty of Chincoteague statue










We were able to glimpse the wild horses several times.






We tried a few firsts while there- mini-golfing, and bike rentals for the nature trails. For the bikes Cora rode in one of those tented attachments and Heidi rode a bike attached to Tim's that didn't depend on her pedaling. She was such a trouper for balancing on it so well! 
It was a great little family trip and fun to explore a new place. I think one of the highlights for the girls was that the rental house had a (disconnected) rotary phone that they loved playing with.😆

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A few documentary/ interview style things Tim and I really enjoyed watching this spring:

The first two happen to be Economists and have so much wisdom to share!

Thomas Sowell: Common Sense in a Senseless World (can view on YouTube or Amazon Prime)

Walter Williams: Suffer No Fools (we viewed it on Amazon Prime, also might be on YT)

Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (We watched it on PBS. It was available on Prime but Amazon removed it during Black History month- big oops on their part!)

Have a great week!
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