Sunday, March 31, 2013

We Had Easter, It Was Cute

Alleluia and Happy Easter!

We had a triumphantly adorable Easter, so I thought I'd try one of these what I wore link-ups to share.  And hey, today there are THREE!  Thanks to Camp Patton, The Practicing Catholic, and Fine Linen and Purple for hosting.

First, the what I wore part:

Here's the whole gang after Mass at the Old Mission.

Girls' dresses: Orient Expressed
sweaters: Old Navy
Hat: JCrew
Boys' shirts and ties: Gymboree
Blazers & Khakis: Gap
Flexi hair clip: lilla rose
(Reader Heather sent me one to try out,
stay tuned for more details and a giveaway,
or go here for more information)
Jacket: JCrew
Dress: Anthropologie
Pearls: My grandmother
Shoes: Boden
Now let's back up a bit, shall we?  (Please feel free to make your own rewinding noises at home.)

We figured we wouldn't go to the Vigil, since we didn't know any of the Catechumens or Candidates this year, and it's a late night.  But Jack and Betty weren't having it.  Jack was shocked, SHOCKED when we suggested that perhaps he only wanted to go for the treats afterwards, and insisted that he loved the pagentry and the immersion baptisms.  So off we went.  And had a lovely time.

The next morning began bright and early.  The Easter Bunny stopped by:

Leaving Easter baskets for all.
This is how excited Anita is about getting a new toothbrush.
He changed our Lenten Sacrifice Beans into Jelly Beans!
We had an Easter Egg Hunt in the back yard:

Blue Easter drool: cute or gross?  You decide.
The "Golden Egg" has a dollar in it.

Jack went out to the front yard and changed the sign on the cross he made as his quiet afternoon project on Good Friday:

Later, we hosted some friends for a really wonderful Easter dinner.

My Mom and I combined forces on a
Southern ham dinner with all the fixin's.

And our guests brought desserts!
So this day has been officially siezed.  I feel so humbled and grateful.  Our God is good and triumphant.  Our family is hilarious, and beautiful, and fun.  Our friends are charming, and interesting, and generous.  Who could ask for more?

May all your Easter days be blessed.  Keep celebrating!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy Foot Washing Day!

I've been posting photos from the last couple of days on the Catholic All Year Facebook page, but I know not everyone who reads the blog is on Facebook.  So while I'm waiting for my hot cross buns to rise, I figured I'd put the photos up here too.

Happy Holy Thursday, or, as my kids call it,
Foot Washing Day
(as if we don't wash our feet any
other days during the year).
Speaking of Facebook . . . on Spy Wednesday I saw an update by my friend Elizabeth of Following the Trails to Heaven in which she mentioned that she was planning to hide 30 pieces of silver around the house for the kids to find.

I jumped up, grabbed my keys and drove to the bank for a roll of quarters.

I have to say it was an interesting social experiment.  My (somewhat) kind and pleasant kids turned into a bunch of Judases themselves.  They pushed past each other, grabbed quarters that other kids had spotted first but couldn't reach, and the baby got knocked over A LOT.  All over 30 pieces of silver.

It was a great opportunity to discuss how how easy it is to betray those you love over money.

Then today, we loaded up the minivan (with one extra kid) and headed out on our Seven Churches of Maundy Thursday tour of the San Fernando Valley.

Church 1: The logical place to start.
Mission San Fernando Rey, founded 1797. 

We did two stations of the cross
at each of the seven churches.

Church 2: St. Euphrasia

Church 3: St. Catherine of Siena

Church 4: Our Lady of Grace
(It was unexpectedly lovely!)

Church 5: St Cyril of Jerusalem
The church was all locked up,
the only one we couldn't get inside.
(And we were stuck FOREVER on Ventura Blvd
trying to get there! <sigh>)

But we did find a way into the adoration chapel.

Church 6: Proto-Cathedral of St. Mary
Byzantine Catholic Church:
Visiting with our Greek Catholic friends.

It was beautiful and the acoustics were impressive.

Church 7: St. Elisabeth

It took us FOUR HOURS (LA traffic is always a ready source of mortification) but we had a great time visiting our seven churches.  When we were (finally!) home it was time to put little kids down for naps and get started on our Last Supper seder-type meal.

Anita got to put the eyes on the
Rice Krispie lamb cake.

She thinks she did a really good job.

The knishes!
I thought the recipe at Smitten Kitchen was great.

The knishes with applesauce!

The matzah.  It was better than the crackers,
but not as good as Trader Joe's flatbread
(which probably has yeast in it,
but I could be okay with that).
I will probably try a different recipe next year.

The lamb chops turned out perfectly,
everyone loved the rosemary crust.

After our (early) dinner, we headed BACK to the Old Mission, since it turned out that their Mass of the Lord's Supper is plenty early for us.

Then it was time for family foot washing:

And that's it so far.  If you're still up in a couple of hours maybe I'll update with some hot cross buns photos.  Or MAYBE I'll just go straight to bed.  We shall see.

Blessed Triduum to you and yours!

Update: Here they are!

And here I go, off to bed, feeling grateful that there's no 6:30 am Mass on Good Friday!