Happy Easter! So much to celebrate for the Lord is risen!
Holy Week started off well enough. In my effort to have more fun, I decided on an impromptu trip with the boys mini golfing. It was a perfect Spring day and I didn’t tell the boys about any of the fun about to be had because as soon as they know these things, they’re bouncing off the walls like crazy people and I just want to crawl into a hole and never come out. So Mission Fun was underway. I had free tickets to mini golf + perfect spring weather. The boys had no idea until we parked and they exclaimed in utmost excitement, “MINI GOLF!!!” We got our clubs and each boy got their favorite colored golf ball, until the second hole and Noah lost his coveted green ball over the fence. He was upset and I thought he was going to melt down because, like his mom, he’s a little OCD about these things. I told him he could have a yellow golf ball or just not play, luckily he decided on the yellow. The boys were loving it and having a great time. I was on sensory overload, as this stuff just stresses me out a bit. Luckily it wasn’t too busy, but trying to get 3 overly excited boys to play mini golf in a somewhat orderly fashion is a lot to take on and yes I had my mom and sister with me. I know, I need to relax! But honestly, they had a great time and were well behaved, so I can’t complain.
Our cute scorekeepers!
After our round of golf we headed back inside where they force you to walk through the arcade. So of course the boys were sucked into the sounds and flashing lights of Arcadiam. I don’t like arcades! Again, I go crazy trying to make sure I can see all the boys, I don’t want to even think about all the germs on the machines and what sickness they’re going to have to endure and thus torture me with. So in all the excitement, I let them play a few games and earn a total of 27 tickets. The excitement of getting to pick from the most random pieces of junk encased in a glass cabinet is humorous, especially when 27 tickets have to get divided by 3. They walked away with some plastic fish and lizards and LOVED it. And by then I was dealing with a headache :)
Boys taking Grandma on with a game of air hockey!
It was also my sister’s birthday so we ended the evening having dinner at our favorite Japanese steakhouse. The boys had fun seeing some big fire and catching shrimp in their mouths.
Happy Birthday, Kim!
Mission Fun was a success and I’m hoping to have more fun excursions with them. I’m forcing myself to do more fun things with them. I want to have fun and make these memories, but it is a lot of work. It’s not easy loading up four boys into carseats and going places, but I realize to have fun it doesn’t need to be overly complicated. We’re hoping to go to our local farmer’s market more often and stop by a nearby park and eat some of the fresh fruit we just picked up. Feeding ducks. Just changing up the scenery a bit. We’ll see how this plan goes.
Wednesday arrived with Eli having a cold, probably from the arcade :/ or maybe Bible school. And then on Thursday, Noah got it and then by Friday, Levi and Isaac had it. And Saturday, the cold was in full force with all 4 of them. Joy! Bubble, I want to live in a bubble! That is all!
On Holy Thursday, Michael attended Mass alone at St. Patrick’s while I tended to the sick children. He said there was so much to take in and see, that the boys would’ve really enjoyed it…so maybe next year! On Good Friday, Michael and I went to St. Patrick’s, while my parents and sister were brave enough to take on 4 sick children…they’re awesome like that. It was a beautiful Liturgy; how they unveiled the crucifix and had all the parishioners venerate the crucifix was stunning and so reverent. Wish I had pictures.
Saturday our subdivision had it’s annual Easter egg hunt. Even though they were all snot-nosed, they had a great time hunting eggs, hitting the piñata and eating cookies.
Noah also lost his other front tooth. Eli had accidentally punched it out during a bout of wrestling…boys :) It was much needed, as his tooth was just dangling there for the past week.
We colored Easter eggs.
The boys were so excited for Easter. We’ve talked for weeks how it’s the biggest celebration in the Church. How Jesus came back from death and opened the gates of Heaven for us poor sinners. They had done a great job on their Lenten sacrifice of giving up chips and all sweets and desserts. I was surprised how well they did. They never complained or whined about it. Even during Bible school, Noah’s teacher had given out small donuts and Noah refused to eat it because of his Lenten sacrifice. I was shocked! They totally deserved a chocolate feast on Easter. So I made Chocolate Mint Puppy Chow and chocolate chip cookies, plus all the chocolate eggs and candy I knew that was coming their way.
Easter morning, Levi and Isaac were still really sick. We decided my mom would stay home them. I was disappointed, as this would be the first Easter we didn’t all go to Mass as a family. It was Isaac’s first Easter after all and he was miserable with a cold.
We decided a couple weeks ago that we’d attend the 11:30 Mass, instead of our normal 9:30 one. The one at 9:30 gets so busy and crowded that it just becomes overwhelming. 11:30 ended up being a good choice; much better to handle and we were easily able to find a parking spot. Plus, we didn’t have the mad rush of getting ready and out the door so early. So we enjoyed chocolate chip pancakes and the boys ate some large chocolate eggs. As we were getting ready, Levi got upset that he wasn’t going, so we made the decision to take him with us. Warmed my heart that he was so upset not to be able to go to Mass.
We settled into our pew taking in the gold and white fabric beautifully decorating the sanctuary and Easter lilies. I was having an internal debate with myself on whether to wear my veil as I did bring it with me and the boys oh so wanted me to put it on, but I decided not to…unfortunately. Mainly because I was worried about what others would think. Shame on me for caring what others would think. In hindsight, I know I should’ve worn it. As everywhere I looked, girls were dressed as if they were going out to the night clubs on a Saturday night versus attending Mass on the greatest day of our liturgical year!!! These women apparently didn’t care about offending others in their immodest attire or causing scandal for the men around them, yet I was too worried about wearing my veil! I could ramble on and on about this, as it still just infuriates me. It’s just unfortunate and sad and I pray that modesty becomes a part of society again. My mood was instantly sour, when I was supposed to be full of so much joy for,
Christus Surrexit, Alleluia! Vere Surrexit, Alleluia!
[Christ is risen , Alleluia! Truly risen, Alleluia!]
As they came around sprinkling the parishioners with holy water, Noah got upset as he apparently didn’t get any. My 6 year old literally started melting down in the pew. I tried telling him it was okay, we could get some after Mass…no go. I had to carry him out, dealing with a weeping child over holy water!!! I found an empty room to take him to and he just cried and cried. Finally, he settled down and we made it back just in time for Communion.
I honestly don’t know what to think of my Easter Mass experience. I still am not sure what God was trying to tell me, except that I should’ve worn my veil. Hindsight is everything.
So due to the bad behavior at church, the boys lost all their chocolate goodness. It was sad. We did enjoy a delicious Easter ham dinner with all the trimmings, however.
This photo pretty much sums up our Easter:
Family Easter Photo with Grandpa and Aunt Kim
It’s the best we could get.
Isaac’s First Easter – He loved playing with the plastic eggs. Not sure how we got so many smiley pics of him; he truly has been miserable with a cold :(
The boys are still suffering from this cold that won’t die, especially Levi and Isaac; grateful that Michael and I have been spared so far.
Hoping everyone had a blessed Easter and continue blessings for the Easter Octave! Alleluia!