We cleaned the basement playroom. For quite a while I have been wanting to do this but lacked time.
It's Easter break. :)
Now we have four kind of toys down there. Legos, Play Mobil, wooden blocks and dress up. Four groups of toys to pick up. That's it. The room also contains the air hockey and Fooseball tables and the Wii.
Since my little ones are girls, in our main living area we have the play kitchen, stuffed animals and baby dolls.
Our game/art cupboard has some boxes of small toys such as plastic animals that can be pulled out and put away easily. Since it's on the main floor I can monitor what comes out of that cupboard.
Several bags of garbage went out. Shhh.
Less stuff = less hassle picking up stuff and more creative and constructive play.
Grandma and Granddad's house is perfect for Easter egg hunting. Their property has little nooks and crannies and there is an empty lot next door. We were blessed with fine weather, good food for dinner and lots of cousins.
the older teens were hiding the eggs so we had to keep the youngers coralled on the front porch...waiting...no easy task :)
Monica hiding eggs
on your mark...get set...go
Aunt Shelagh brought the tradition of confetti eggs
the children played hard
Thankfully, the eggs had more trinkets than candy and our Easter basket candy is gone. I don't put much candy in the baskets so I don't have to stress over the children eating till they're sick. I do have a little stash in the cupboard to enjoy when we are ready for candy again. After all, Easter is a whole season and requires much celebrating!
We try to attend all the Triduum. Our two year old does not do well when her nap and bedtime routines are thrown off, but we try anyway. I am pretty sure she was the only small child who didn't sleep at all Easter Vigil.
The Easter Vigil Mass is one of my favorites. The glorious Easter fire... the faithful lighting their little candles... such a small flame in great darkness. The children were awed by their candles. They held them perfectly straight, serious little faces, not fully understanding but knowing that this is big, very big. Reading through salvation history in near darkness and quiet... waiting for the Savior. Our excellent altar boys, so close to being men, leading each reader up to bring us a little closer to the resurrection. Then we are there. The lights are turned on, the candles lit and music bursts forth from the choir and organ.
I have not posted much about our Little Women Hospitality group but we've been going strong! I just keep forgetting to take pictures.
The girls and I hosted a tea for the mothers to celebrate our completion of the first year program. (Which took us two years.) What a joy these girls have been and a privilege to get to know them better. Many of the girls will be moving on next year but a couple said they will come back occasionally to help me with the younger girls as we venture into book II in the fall.
the mothers guessed which baby picture was which girl
two of my lovely graduates
checking my guesses
finally got R. to smile for the camera, she is camera shy
I will miss the bigger girls and am looking forward to new additions in the fall. Little Women has been a wonderful program!