Oct 17, 2020

So They Say {9}

After a nebulizer treatment-
Evie: Maybe what I need is some sea air.

As I'm getting on a pair of shoes-
Heidi (our very pragmatic, chain of events thinker): When you die, those will be ready for the next mom who lives here.
Me:.........yep...I guess so.

Can you put on the CD that had the Bee-atles song "Seize the Day", or whoever sings it?
Me: You mean from "Newsies"?

Rinsing strawberries for lunch-
Heidi: Now I know how to make strawberries.

These are cool- not the temperature cool...you know what I mean.

 Mom, I wish I could have pink lipstick and yellow hair. 

After I didn't answer my phone because I didn't recognize the number-
Evie: My teacher says she does the same thing. Like sometimes she answers her phone and it's a peddler or something. 

Kneading bread dough-
Evie: I have been waiting all my life to do this. 

After one of our fish died and was buried in a (very shallow) grave, and then was not there when the girls decided to exhume its remains some days later (😑)-
Cora: The fishy died but God rosed him up to heaven. 

This one needs a bit of background: three of our girls and lots of their cousins have been baptized by the same priest. All of those baptisms have been in the chapel of the parish where he is the pastor, except for Audrey's which was in the church sanctuary. And Cora was baptized by him at a parish in another state while we were on vacation. 
This past Lent we went to a Fish Fry at that priest's parish and on the way were reminding the girls that some of them were baptized there.
Audrey out loud to a friend at the Fish Fry: Guess what?? I'm the only one in my family who was BAPTIZED IN THE CHURCH! AND CORA WAS BAPTIZED AT THE BEACH!

I was dying overhearing that because to a random passerby it probably sounded like we're bohemian Catholics or something.😂

Oct 4, 2020

The Little Family Vacation That Could

 My family was in the process of nailing down a week for the beach just before the shutdown happened in March. Once summer arrived we started the search again for a house to rent but each time it looked like we'd found a place during a week that worked, that house didn't pan out. 

I began praying a novena and other prayers over and over for a beach week to work out; we had no plans all summer long, which was fine, but we were so hoping to take in some sun and sand! Finally towards the end of July my sister found a great place to rent- at Holden Beach in NC, not our usual Topsail Island, but nevertheless- the beach!

The Wednesday before the Saturday we were going to leave (early August) we got word that the island was closed to renters due to damage from Hurricane Isaias, which had come ashore not far from there, so it looked like we *might* not be going after all. Tbh I was over it at that point; I am not a fan when possibilities yo-yo back and forth (maybe! no. actually yes! but maybe not...) and felt prayed out over the matter! Thankfully on Friday we got word that our rental was habitable and the island was open to all!

Homegrown plumeria from Florida

Pelicans are my favorite!

Our girls slept in a bunk bed room all by themselves which worked okay. It took Cora a couple of nights to adjust to the different surroundings (and to not play with the blinds!), though.

The kids all enjoyed playing and spending time with cousins, and the oldest cousin had a great time fishing every day.

We were there for Evie's 9th birthday, so it was great to celebrate with everyone! My mom made her delicious ice cream cake and Evie chose hamburgers and hotdogs for her birthday dinner.  

This was the first time most of us met baby Lu!

I was a bit disappointed that I found hardly any shark teeth or pieces of sea glass.:( 

We really enjoyed this beach and were grateful to spend time with family. It was smaller and less "built up" than Topsail (which isn't super commercial anyway) but still felt familiar in so many ways. 

It was so nice to get time away before the start of school.:)

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