Sunday, June 8, 2014

Come Holy Spirit, the Party's This Way

Here's hoping everyone had a happy and holy Pentecost!

It can be hard to motivate to celebrate the liturgical year at home. Especially on a weekend which already saw sporting events, multiple team parties, and a birthday party. But, now that we've been doing this a while, the kids remember, and they won't let me get away with slacking!

So, just like last year, red dresses it was!

dress: Anthropologie, sweater: Talbots, Shoes: Macy's, Sling/Not-a-sling/It's-a-scarf: a gift
Skirt: my Mom's circa 1972, that Betty rescued from the dress up box, Sweater & Shoes: Amazon
Bishop dress: Orient Expressed, Shoes: Gymboree
The Awesomest Vintage 70's dress that you can't see because she's asleep.

Shirt & Pants: Old Navy, Tie: Gymboree. And, hey, you're never fully dressed without a frown.

Outfitted by the Old Mission.

This was Gus's second week altar serving!

Then, this evening, we fired up the ol' side yard dirt spot for our annual Pentecost barbecue.

Hot-Dog Legs: you're doing it wrong:

Hot Dog Eating: you're doing it wrong:

And s'mores roast:

New Ergo, btw. It's super cute. My old one, which I got off craigslist when Gus was a baby, was threatening to dissolve right off of me. 

I figured I'd get another blue one, or maybe the camel, but then I saw the "Sea Skipper " here on Amazon, and just had to go for the whimsical one. I don't regret it. I'd do it again.

And, now I'm going to catch you non-Facebook-types up on the happenings you missed over there, Seven Quick Takes-style.

1. The confidence is strong with this one.

2. I am a HUGE fan of things that keep us from having to go to the emergency room, so I have made a mental note of this:

VIDEO: Raisin Up Your Kid’s Nose? Here’s What To Do

3. I like the looks of this forthcoming LEGO set:

a seven-year-old girl wrote a letter to LEGO complaining about their sterotypically gendered sets. She asked that they "make more LEGO girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!" And now they are doing just that.
Read more at MentalFloss

4. I shared last year's Pentecost post


in which I was 12 weeks pregnant, without being clear that it was from LAST YEAR. So . . . 

5. Did you see that Bill Watterson, the reclusive and retired creator of Calvin and Hobbes, made a secret return?
Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did.

I love so many things about this.
1. New anything from Bill Watterson! Yay!
2. Internet community is great and so fun.
3. Being bold can really pay off.
4. Preconceived notions color our perception so much. You can click through to see the Watterson comics from this post. When *I* clicked through, I knew what I was going to see, so I loved them. But the first few commenters are ambivalent to negative about the artwork. I know they like Stephan Pastis's work and were trying to be supportive. But you have to figure that they love Calvin and Hobbes and feel like dummies now. You have to figure.

6. It's great to see Pope Emeritus Benedict. And his brother in the back there. 

I just love him. I love his cap. I must remember to pray for him. He's especially special to us!

7. Jack got Apples to Apples as a birthday gift. It's a really fun game and a great way to work on vocabulary and debating skills. I recommend it, as long as you're willing to do a bit of weeding in the cards.

Some cards got the ax for being celebrities that my kids have never heard of, some for being words I don't particularly wish to add to our family's vocabulary, some for being just wildly, wildly inappropriate. Wildly. Fortunately, we got the Party Box and there are a TON of cards. These won't be missed.

Some commenters thought we might be happier with the Junior or Bible editions. Perhaps. But this was an easy fix, and it's a fun game.

And, now I'd better get back to work on the yearbook!

And link up to all the link ups.

For more of what people wore on Pentecost Sunday, see Fine Linen and Purple.

For more 7 Quick Takes, see Conversion Diary!



  1. That Ergo is so cute! Love that you all wore red for Pentecost--it didn't seem to be big at our church this year but I remember my mom encouraging it growing up :)

  2. There was no red at our church on Sunday (except for the priest, obvs). I can't complain though. I completely forgot that it was Pentecost until the moment I walked in the door.

  3. Thanks for sharing the link to that story about Bill Watterson - love it! And while I'm here, I might as well introduce myself since I've been reading your blog for quite a while and have yet to comment (sorry!). A mutual friend of our husbands pointed me in your direction since we've got the whole blogging and being Catholic thing in common;-) Jim may remember Matt (Simmons) from their long-ago Lieutenant days at Pendleton. We've been around the world since then, but we're actually back in San Diego now, so not too far from you. Cheers on the success of your beautiful blog, Kendra!

  4. A really fun Apples to Apples thing to do . . . When the game is over, each person looks at the green cards they 'won,' and they supposedly describe the attributes of that person. We did it last time we played, and it was hilarious. Some so very true, others not so much.

  5. Our Pastor is retiring after 25 years in our Parish (a Diocesan record for time in one place). He married us, and has baptized all seven of our children. There is a celebration for him next weekend after his final Mass, and being the true Irishman he is, he invited us all to the Hooley in his honor. When I heard that word, I immediately thought of you!

  6. We love Apples to Apples. Our older set doesn't have a bunch of these iffy cards you show here. How does an Ergo compare to the Baby Bjorn? Back in the day that was state of the art, but my youngest is now 15. I fondly remember dressing my brood in liturgically-correct colors, too.

    1. Ergo gives more hip support to the baby and also more back support for you.The Bjorn doesn't have a strap around your waist/lower back and puts more strain on your shoulders.

  7. Gus is a piece of work. The truth is he does look amazing in that tie and in anything else. Girls of all ages flock to him. He was such a cute alter boy on sun at mass at the mission. It was so special to see 3 Tierney boys up on the altar and Jack enjoying being in charge. Gus was growing once again.

  8. Love your outfits and all your tidbits! That raisin up the nose thing DOES look quite handy to keep on hand. And your son's comment is absolutely awesome. :)

  9. Love the way you wrote that prayer. You guys look awesome in red. Is that a Mission you are at? I am now craving hotdogs and smores. Speaking of smores, in that photo you look like you are 20 years old, you young looking thing! ;-)

    1. Thanks Bobbi! Yes, that's Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana, founded in 1797. It's the 17th mission. It's really hard to find a beautiful church in Southern California, if your tastes run old-timey (and mine do!) so we really love it. And no cry room for the win.

  10. Hi from Poland! I've never heard of a tradition of wearing red for Pentacost. My association with this holiday is green: in the past we always had fresh birch twigs to decorate our door and balcony on that day.


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