Yes, it's Good Friday, not Thursday. Since there will be no time to prepare for school this weekend I am at the computer to update and print the plans for next week. Now that I am here I am remembering all the other things I need to do like: send an email reminder about the next buying club order date, print the next lapbook for my 2nd grader (Things I See in Church), write my Thankful Thursday post. Oops - I forgot or didn't have time to write my Thankful Thursday Post!
A quick week in review might do?
Today we accomplished a half day of school and dashed off to the Cities for the 2:00-4:00 Good Friday service. It took an hour and a half to get home with the weekend rush and the rain. We ate dinner by candlelight and put our paper Jesus in the paper tomb. With as little electric light as possible we cleaned up, prayed and got the kids to bed. Thursday we made the Sweet Unleavened Bread I found on Melissa's blog. All it need this morning was a piped icing cross and it doubled nicely as Hot Cross Buns. Tomorrow after cleaning the Easter decorations will come out, eggs will be dyed, the lamb cake made and the leg of lamb marinated. If all goes well I will get back to the Cities for the vigil with one or two children, though it might depend on the weather and the price of gas.
I am combining some ideas for an egg tree - we are going to use the Garden of the Good Shepherd sticker calendar again, this year with the menu Jessica and Charlotte jointly devised and generously shared. After seeing Melissa's egg tree (I got all kinds of ideas from her posts this year) I thought of putting the scripture verses that go with the Good Shepherd calendar in the eggs, (though surely everyone else has thought of this too and I am just behind on blog reading this lent). My 5th grader typed them up, cut them out, and both girls pitched in to string the eggs with ribbon and number the bottoms from 1-50. Now I just need to cut some lilac branches since a storm blew over our forsythia!
What else - it was a big week for music and culture. The kids loved the production of Annie we ventured in to see -
It took our minds off the weather that particular morning - isn't that a sad sight? The snow melted by noon and the daffodils did survive, thankfully.
The girls had their very first opportunity to present an oral report for the violin studio. These are the very first display boards I have ever had to buy as a mom.
Sunshine came up with the Handel puppet all on her own - he did the talking!
Both girls finished their 100 Day Practice Challenge -
And enjoyed their prizes -
Dino missed a day or two and had to start over. He'll get there.
Sunday we attended a Czech/Slovak festival. We enjoyed the music, food and dancing while learning a thing or two about their Czech heritage on the paternal side of the family. No photos of that I guess. Too busy holding the baby.
That's about it. Oh, except that I had the kids work independently this week so I could clean their rooms. Five trash bags, ten give-away bags, and lots of dusted dustbunnies later the rooms looked great, but I was exhausted, physically and emotionally. My kids are such pack rats and have trouble letting anything go. This purging required tough love but I am glad it's done after procrastinating so long. It feels good - all of us feel better. The best part is that my son made his bed this morning, neatly, without being reminded because he wants to keep his room looking nice!
So this week I am thankful for all of this and especially for Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for love of us. Please pray for me and I will pray for you. This morning as I was putting some recipes in my spring notebook, I lamented (though I don't think I sighed - I really tried to give up sighing for lent, among other things), I lamented that I had not continued the cookbook project I started over a year ago. My son, hearing this said, "I get why you don't really like being a mom. It's a lot of hard work." Wow. I appreciate that he realizes that motherhood is hard work, but realize that I must not be pulling it off with joy and ease, in spite of prayer and all the mothering books and blogs I read. I still need lots of help. Heart help. God's love help.
Well, I really had better get next week's schedules done and get on with the Triduum. I wish you a happy and holy Easter!