I'm eating jelly beans while I wait on coffee, we're still in celebration mode here! It's the Octave of Easter! If I have learned one thing this Easter season (so far), it is that Catholics know how to celebrate. It brings to mind:
"Catholic doctrine and discipline may be walls; but they are the walls of a playground." -G.K. Chesterton in OrthodoxyThis faith gives us true freedom, and with that freedom such supernatural joy! He is Risen! What better cause for great excitement and fun? What could possibly be more worthy of all this commotion than the love of God, freeing us from sin, and giving us eternal life? Wow.
Easter Vigil at our new parish....it was amazing. No mass has quite taken my breath away like this one. The candles, the incense, the bells, the flowers, the reverence, the amazing amazing amazing music, the readings, the sacraments...all of it infused with the divine, all of it bringing hope and joy. The mass itself was all of three hours (after getting there an hour early to get seats), and the children were so good (for the most part...some had their moments). The people sitting around us were so gracious and offered much commentary about how well-behaved they were, which is balm to a weary mama's soul. (To be fair, I must disclose that the children requested Easter Vigil, knowing full well that it's very long. Oh, and that there's fire. I think that helps.)
|the girls (there was no way to get a family picture all together! Sad day!)|
|you want noodles and cake and a soda? sure honey. happy easter. (but enjoy it because this is not happening for another year!)|
|2am selfie in the parish hall|
|visiting with new friends|
|joe endured through the whole mass, and didn't crash until about 2am|
Easter morning fun started altogether too early for these tired parents, but the children's excitement was contagious, so we dragged ourselves out of bed, making the littles wait to open their easter baskets until at least the coffee had been brewed.
|the lenten sacrifices bean jar was replaced with jellybeans|
|our friend Tommy came to spend the day with us, he arrived right on time for a simple breakfast, boiled eggs & coffee cake|
|joe with some of the contents of his easter basket, we try to keep them largely candy-free, since there is already a massive inevitable easter sugar high|
|easter basket fun|
|coloring in her dover unicorn coloring book from the easter basket|
|one of my beauties with her basket|
|so super excited about origami paper|
|breakfast on the back porch|
|sweet girlies in their new summer outfits from aunt cindy and uncle gary|
|enjoying the glorious morning reading about saint helen and the true cross (this book was in her easter basket, we love this series of books!)|
You can imagine my shock when I looked in the oven and they were ON FIRE!
The menfolk were so sweet and scraped off the burned marshmallow part, and we were able to eat them anyway. But. Fail.
After lunch we played outside some more, and had an egg hunt. I think the confetti eggs were the biggest hit.
|we got hit with confetti eggs|
|the egg hiders|
|the men saving sweet potatoes|
For the evening, we were able to visit some new friends from our parish for their big Easter party, followed by dessert at our dear friends' new home (which included me getting to hold their brand-new two week old baby....is there anything more wonderful than a new baby???). It was such a blessing to spend time with friends! (I have so many cute pictures, but I really try not to put my friends' kids on my blog!)
|barn kittens. when we couldn't find our girls for a bit there, we should have figured they were in a barn full of kittens!|
|menfolk watching over easter egg hunt round two|