It's been a doozy of a week and a half. A whole lot of fun, but a doozy nonetheless.
Since last writing, I accompanied 3 of the 6 opera performances put on by Elizabeth's 3rd grade class:
And attended one performance:
Did my best to keep up with short, daily family devotionals revolving around the events of Holy Week. I think everyone would agree the highlight was the traditional Passover meal we did on Friday night:
Believe it or not, this was really quite easy. Other than a roasted lamb (still not much work), we had some boiled eggs (supposed to be roasted, but ah well), celery in salt water (bitter herbs), applesauce with cinnamon and raisins (haroset), matzoh (unleavened bread), and grape juice (wine). I threw in some dates, nuts, cheese, and hummus just because, and did a very simple Passover reading while listening to the Hebrew channel on Pandora. The kids loved it!
We even left an empty seat for Elijah:
After going over the story of the Passover, we got laughing about Will and Jacob both being the first born sons and how I would have to sacrifice them if they got grape juice on the tablecloth:
I was trying to come up with a cute Easter banner and finally knew what to do: pictures of the last week of Christ's life leading up to the resurrection:
I made these easy orange rolls for our Easter brunch. Brandon liked them more than I did. Next time I'll go back to the cream cheese variety. Still, they weren't bad:
This spinach quiche recipe is my absolute fav. Even my pickiest eaters love it:
We do baskets and Easter bunny/egg stuff on Saturday so we can focus on Christ and the resurrection on Sunday. It works great for our family. This year's baskets and the kids' Easter Sunday clothes were quite pathetic. This mom has a bit of an aversion to shopping, and it was a super crazy week of extras (like the opera) while trying to prepare for not just Easter, but Will's birthday, hosting out of town family, Spring Break, etc. There is literally nothing in these baskets except a little bit of candy. And no one complained one bit:
We've had these little chickies for a few years now. I just love them:
What a nut:
That night we celebrated my father-in-law's 69th birthday by inviting his brother, sister, and their spouses over for dinner. That's his entire family, and both spouses live here in Utah, so it was a real treat to be able to have them all together for this special occasion:
Banana splits for dessert:
Sunday was a very special day for our entire family as we celebrated not only Easter, but also Will's 12th birthday. In our church, prepared boys at the age of 12 receive the first level of the priesthood and begin using it for service such as passing the sacrament on Sundays. It's a pretty big deal to us, so having his 12th birthday fall on Easter made it that much more meaningful. (His 1st birthday also landed on Easter Sunday.) We had a wonderful family meeting before church at our house with all our California family together where everyone had an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings about the day, and it was just simply wonderful! (What Will said was especially touching, but this blog is kind of a weird place to share . . .)
I was a little out of my mind preparing food for Easter dinner after church, making sure everyone looked fairly decent (in the spring dresses I picked up for the little girls at the grocery superstore the night before . . . that's my kind of shopping), and getting myself ready for church (I was subbing as the music chorister for the children's class), so I didn't get any pictures of everyone looking cute in their supposed Easter clothes with baskets in hand like I have done in years past. All I got was this ONE picture of Elizabeth and cousin Ty taken from my iphone in between leading music:
Back at home getting ready for Easter dinner:
I went overboard on the food. (Big surprise.) The funniest thing on the table (counter) was this irresistibly tacky ice cream/jello mold I just have to make every year:
Wittle Claire is just too cute!
Makes her seem not quite so small anymore . . . waaaah!
How did this happen? He was just born like 15 minutes ago:
(I swear we're going to get some built ins for that wall someday . . .)
That night all the adults went out together for dinner at Pizzeria 712 and I got this cute pic of 3 of the 6 bros. #1, #3, and #6:
Taking the little things for a walk:
And then it was off to the aquarium:
Wednesday I went up with the rest of my family for some skiing (which is always 1 part fun and 9 parts terrifying for me after my "little" accident that just about took my knee out 5 spring breaks ago . . .) and we got Rachael signed up for her first ski school classes. She did awesome:
The ski bunny's cute daddy:
After a long but fun day of skiing:
Funny thing about this picture? It's Will and Nicole who are the same age. And THAT'S what happens between the years of about 12 and 14:
Rachael and I only made it up for a half a day of skiing on Thursday. (The girl who grew up on the midwest plains finally took lessons of her own on this day and felt MUCH better after doing so. Should have done that years ago . . .) Before heading up to the ski resort, I took her with me into the Apple store to pick up my issue laden lap top. The apple people got a kick out of us since I was in ski pants, and she looked like this:
On to Brighton!
Elizabeth is the fearless one in the group (Will too), so once my lessons were over and Rachael and Dad were hanging out on the bunny hill together, she made me go with her on some greens mixed in with a little blue. Again, one part fun, 9 parts terror, but we had a great time:
Kate mastering the slightly annoyed, aloof, cool teenage face on the drive home while listening to her tunes:
And thus concludes a photographic journey through the last 10-ish days of my life full of fun, but exhausting Birthday/Easter/Spring Break festivities.
Last but not least, why I stopped reading Mommy Blogs 2 years ago (Hey, cool! I just googled my title to bring it up for linking and found that LDS Living Magazine picked it up somewhere. That's fun!) and a link to my segment on Studio 5 today. (You have to click on the second video on the right below the main screen/preloaded video to see my segment.) But maybe I'll re-post this by itself later, because chances are good that only my mom is reading at this point . . .
Midnight! Yikes! Night . . .