Mar 31, 2015

Celebrating the Passover

Yesterday Princess and I were discussing how much fun it would be to learn about the Passover at Family Home Evening. Although I know a little about it, I have never studied the tradition before and certainly never participated in one. The kids have done it several times at church and in seminary so they had the basics down. Unfortunately, Princess had school all day and then dance, so she wasn't able to help me plan anything.

But I shouldn't have worried... Drama Queen to the rescue!

She was in Idaho all weekend with friends, and when I mentioned my disappointment, she jumped right in and owned the project. She and Baby Doll did all the shopping, including several stores to find real Matzah. Once she got her lamb roasting, she was off and running and getting everything together.

I was in and out of the house all day with various errands including dance and ball practice. When I finally picked up my last fare (I shouldn't call it that, I rarely get paid), and drove home, it was almost 8:00. Our Passover was scheduled for 8:10 when Princess and Crafty arrived home from dance.

Bossy's family showed up right after that and eventually Beauty and The Beast joined us. As I approached the house, I saw red construction paper hanging on the doorframe and I knew they were ready. As it turned out, that was Curly's idea...we couldn't possibly have a Passover meal without using something for the lamb's blood.

I didn't know that this meal is often taken lounging because that signifies free people. In fact, everything was symbolic of something! We started with a glass of apple juice (there's no wining/whining allowed in our house ;) and then we all washed our hands.

Drama Queen passed around celery for sweet herbs, romaine dipped in salt water for the bitter herbs and roasted eggs. (Who knew you could actually roast an egg!?) We had more juice and Matzah bread. As a general rule, I love bread, but it wasn't my favorite although some of the kids thought it was wonderful.

To help the little ones understand the significance of the Passover, we put on some clips from the Prince of Egypt movie while Drama Queen served the roasted lamb, potatoes and carrots, and an amazing salad with apples and nuts. For dessert, she had made rolled pastries with raisins, apricot jam, and cinnamon. They were SOO good!

We finished our lesson with a conference talk from President Howard W. Hunter about the significance of the Passover in our Christian faith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We definitely have ancestors who lived and celebrated this great event for hundreds and thousands of years. I was so grateful to understand it better.

It's starting to feel like a new family tradition to begin our celebration of the Easter week.

Mar 30, 2015

Asking the Boy

Princess got all the kids involved helping her prepare to ask a boy to Girls' Pref. They were up way too late last night filling balloons with confetti and little scraps of paper that spelled out the word PRINCESS.

Yeah, she really did invite him using her blog name. She thought it might throw him off a little, but he knew right away.

They waited until he went to his mission prep class and then she took the kids with her and they scattered balloons and candy all over his room and hung streamers in his doorway. It was a little like the way he invited her to prom last year.

When he popped the balloons to find her name, I think he was a little surprised to get showered in confetti, but it didn't stop him from popping every single one.

Just guessing, now, but I'm thinking he will probably say YES...

Unless he is mad about having to clean up that mess.

Mar 29, 2015

Random Weekend News

My Girl Scout cookies are gone! I'm so happy about that, you have no idea.

First of all, when there are cases and cases of them in my living room, it's way too easy to help myself to a cookie every now and then. Pretty soon I've eaten the whole box!

We had a very relaxed troop meeting yesterday and the girls finished up the Room Makeover badge by putting together these cute wreaths. This one is Scout's. They were all so fun and so different!

The Dog Walker decided we needed a few Easter lights this year. Nothing elaborate like the big holidays of Halloween and Christmas, just a little fun. The one's on the porch railing are pastels and the ones on the windows are eggs and flowers. It didn't cost much and it made him so happy. :)

Around our baseball and softball practices today, Bossy took the kids to Toys R Us for what is called a "Lego Build." Each of the kids got a little free kit with 99 pieces in it that they got to bring home. Sport and Curly were super excited about theirs! They also went to Lego Crew at the library this week. They all love building things and using their imaginations. I would much rather have them do that than play non-stop video games. They have to interact with each other and work together to make something really cool that they can hold in their hands when they are finished.

Some of the girls went with me to the stake center for the Women's General Conference meeting tonight. Princess and Crafty had a dance competition so they didn't come and Drama Queen is in Idaho. Teach went downtown and watched it at the Conference Center. Their group was only about 20 rows from the front. She said they had amazing seats!

Fajita, Scout, Bossy, Prima Donna and I sat in the darkened chapel and watched it on the big screen. It was pretty nerve wracking because Prima Donna has her electronic baby for her FACS class this weekend and we were all afraid the baby was going to start fussing and she would have to take her out. Miraculously, she stayed quiet for the entire hour and a half! Considering she was awake about half the night last night...even with my bedroom door shut I could still hear her crying...not Prima Donna, the baby. Although with the lack of sleep, she might have been crying too.

The kids love having the baby though. Even the little ones hold her gently and like to give her a bottle. Prima Donna named her Grace and she sings Amazing Grace to her.

Just like a real baby.
Without the poop and spitting up.
...and the laundry.

Mar 28, 2015

Blast From the Past - San Francisco, 2004

 I may have shared some of these pics with you before, but I was excited to find the entire file this time. We took 2 trips to San Francisco in consecutive years, so I hope I'm getting this one in the right year. (If I'm not, I'm sure the Dog Walker will 'nicely' let me know.)

We drove down and spent about a week there touring the sites and seeing the bay. That was the first time we discovered City Passes and their cheaper prices made it possible to do things we probably wouldn't have done otherwise. We got to see the Aquarium Under the Bay and then we took a ride out into the bay. We decided not to take the kids to see the prison (and I think that tour was full anyway).

One of our favorite places was Ghirardelli Square. The kids always love free candy! The Exploratorium was our most exciting stop. I think we could have spent the entire week in there. The Dog Walker especially liked the long tube that echoed all the way across the room. The whole building was full of fun science and learning opportunities.

As you can see, Sport was little and slept most of the trip in his stroller. Crafty was about the same age Baby Doll is now and she loved seeing new places and trying new foods. She did NOT love it when people spoke to her and her favorite place was always right beside me.

Princess is the one in pink pants with all the attitude and Prima Donna is wearing her all-time favorite pair of green stretch pants. She eventually wore those completely to rags.

Teach is wearing the pink shirt and in 2004 she would have been 13 and Drama Queen in the green shirt would have been 15.

You can probably guess which one is me. Why do I always let my sweetie take the pics? Then my silly looking face is the one recorded for all time...

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