This is the first time in a lot of years that Ken has been able to attend the Triduum services with me. We went Thursday night for Holy Thursday and he was able to come because Henry's soccer practice had been cancelled. Frances had volunteered to have her feet washed, so I got there early with her and Benjamin. At the end of Mass, with the recessional, Benjamin had had enough and so I didn't get to stay very long for adoration, but I'm okay with that. The boys are still a bit too young to understand all of that anyway.
Friday Benjamin's daycare was closed, so he got his wish of coming to work with Mommy. I only worked a half day because I knew he wouldn't let me get much work done and he would need a nap anyway. He loved riding the elevators with me and pretending that it was raining in my office.
...So of course, the kids got up at the crack of dawn! Henry kept getting upset because he couldn't reconcile the difference between going on an egg hunt and it being Easter. I kept telling him we were going on an egg hunt and then later he would ask me if it was Easter and I would say "no." Then he'd get mad because I had said we were going on an egg hunt. Ad naseum...
So we did some brief cleanup around the house and went out to the park for our church egg hunt and hot dog picnic. It was warmer when we got there, than when we did the hunt, but it wasn't too bad. The kids had a good time finding eggs and playing games. And Frances won the coloring contest and left with a new coloring book and box of 64 Crayolas!
After the eggs, the kids got cleaned up and took baths. Then we made Resurrection cookies that I saw on another bloggers page. I messed up the recipe, so they didn't turn out exactly as they were supposed to, but the kids enjoyed taking part in the story and I think we will try it again another year. They LOVED taping the oven door shut!
After they went to bed, I got their Easter baskets ready and headed to bed myself.
|I even put the Easter place mats on the table!|
After Mass we went home for our huge cleanup and the kids actually got excited about dusting pictures for me and making the dining room look nice for our company. It doesn't hurt that our company being GRANDMA AND GRANDPA just makes every thing exciting!!
We finished off the night with some family pictures with some uncooperative people. But, hey! That's real life, right?
Happy Easter! He is risen!!