-1- Felicity Turned 11!
A couple of weeks ago, Felicity turned 11 years old!
We started the day out with the traditional birthday donuts.
|Joe was pretty serious about not wasting anything out of the box!|
|Taking selfies with her sisters, her best friends|
|The big moment!|
-2- Ballet Exams and In-Class Dress Rehearsals
My three older girls are in ballet together this year and their ballet school had exams that Gabrielle and Colette worked very hard toward! (Felicity is not continuing with ballet next year, so she did not take exams.)
The girls also got to bring home their costumes for next month's big production after their "in class dress rehearsal." Their ballet production has an "around the world" theme, Gab and Felicity are Austrian and Colette is Swiss. It's so fun to see them in their costumes and in full stage makeup.
Several months ago some families from our parish planned to take a getaway trip to a local camp. We stayed in really fun cabins, enjoyed time with our friends and with each other, played games, swam, canoed, and roasted marshmallows over a huge bonfire.
|Cute bunks in our room!|
|Mama and Addy's bed! It was such a neat place!|
|Charlie chatting our first night|
|Morning Mass on the porch.|
|Then breakfast all together!|
|Adelaide getting plenty of attention.|
|Frisbee golf lead by our pastor!|
|On the last night we had a big bonfire with marshmallows and glow sticks and tons of fun. It was so refreshing.|
-4- Lady's Beach Trip/Mother's Day
I hope that all of my lovely friends and blog readers had a wonderful Mother's Day! Mine was totally relaxing, as Charlie packed me off on a weekend away with some girl friends to the coast. We stayed in a luxurious beach house, went shopping, cooked together, chit-chatted a ton about everything under the sun, attended Holy Mass together, went searching for sea glass under the sunset, had quiet times alone, and generally enjoyed time with one another away from the daily grind. These other ladies are a combination of mothers, missionaries, or both, so it was a needed break for us all!
-5- My Body is a Temple
I'm back to working out again, which feels amazing. I can't go to the Y just yet because I am not emotionally ready to leave Adelaide in child care, and even if Charlie kept her, she's not ready to be away from me for that long. I'm really grateful for my husband and *his* commitment to help me because he has set up a ton of equipment for me and even works out with me sometimes.
Until I can get back to the gym, I am running, biking, and using the Stronglifts program (I think I might buy PiYo also) in addition to healthful eating and tracking (not obsessively, just for informational purposes) everything on My Fitness Pal app. I don't have a scale right now, which is probably good, but I can tell that things are already improving by the way my clothes fit and the fact that I feel a generally positive well-being. While I make efforts always to nourish my children, my infant, my husband, I realize that nourishing myself physically, spiritually, and intellectually is an acknowledgment of my own human dignity and a gift to my family. (If you want to read a beautiful post about nourishment, you must visit my dear IRL friend Lauren.)
-6- May is for Mary
|Fina and Joe presenting Our Lady flowers at our homeschool group's annual May Crowning.|
|After the Rosary|
|The May Crowning is hosted by a generous member of our group who has a beautiful farm where we can get away to enjoy the quiet, the farm animals, and one another. It was such a fun day!|
|Fina got to turn the pages on our art easel depicting each Mystery of the Rosary. (Want one of these? They are here.)|
|The new Rosary Charlie gifted me on Mother's Day|
|Lest anyone believe "family Rosary time" looks like a bunch of quiet, pious children with their hands neatly folded...this is more of reality...crazy. But we persevere. haha|
|My women's Opus Dei circle has been getting together weekly to plant Mary Gardens for one another. This was two weeks ago. My kids loved this!|
|F & J transplanting Marigolds|
|Fina working on Begonias|
|Hands in dirt. It was such fun! Then we had lovely snacks and heard amazing stories of how Our Lady is such an important part of different people's lives, leading us all closer to Jesus.|
-8- Baby Update
Adelaide is 8 weeks old today! She is such a delightful, sweet, sweet little baby.
|The first time she wore a dress, last week!|
|Her sisters' reaction to said dress. So. Much. Squealing.|
She sleeps like an angel at night, cuddled up with me (safely of course) and I have yet to get up with her in the night. She might grumble and I turn over and nurse her, and then she goes back to sleep, but she doesn't even need a diaper change at night at this point. She is so happy for bed time, I can see her relief when I lay down with her in the evening! Charlie and I have discovered that there are probably times she is awake in the night, but she is content and just stares at me and then drifts back off. I feel as rested as possible for having a newborn!
|It's hard to get a picture of her in a full-on smile, as soon as my phone passes over her face, she gets distracted!|
Yesterday she wore newborn sized clothes for the last time, and is already comfortably fitting into some 3m clothing. She's chunking out for sure!
She still spends most of her day in someone's arms - mostly mine, but if I need to prepare myself breakfast, grab a shower, workout, or whatnot during the day, I have many willing little girls who love to snuggle her. But she and I are still happiest when we are together.
I was singing her songs the other day and she started cooing (which she's been doing for a while) for the whole song! Maybe she'll love music as much as I do. That would be a joy to share.
|Our favorite place to be!|
Well, these were not quick. Sorry! But for some real Quick Takes (from yesterday!) visit Kelly!