Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Our house looks like a funeral parlor. We received so many flowers this past week that we are literally running out of room for them. 

My body is rebelling. My muscles are all tensed up, stiff neck, sore back, and no matter what time I get to bed I still feel exhausted. Four out of the six of us have sore throats, and I really just think our bodies are trying to come down from being busy for so long. We are in recovery.

We are recovering from our crazy, busy, fantastic, and amazing weekend. Not only did we have the musical on Thursday and Friday, complete with a surprise visit from my best friend from Oklahoma and subsequent staying up 
(and out) 
far too late, we also had some other pretty special events happen as well.

This weekend Ben received his very First Holy Communion.
Ben was beyond excited. He kept saying, "I have been waiting my whole life for this day!" It truly was a special occasion. It was a little different from our past experiences where the children process down the aisle with a partner and meet up with the parents in the pew. This year the priest wanted the parents to follow behind the child as they walked down the aisle. At first I was a little disappointed I would be able to get a nice pic of Ben walking down the aisle but it turned out I liked it better. It made it more special to escort Ben down the aisle on his holy day. And Joey managed to get a picture of the three of us (although a little blurry).
Ben couldn't stop smiling all day. He said he felt so much different after receiving his First Communion. And now he can't wait to receive his 2nd, and 3rd, and 4th, and 400th! And that is what it's all about.
After the ceremony we went back to our house for a little party and some pizza and cake.
Ben received some very beautiful gifts and gorged himself on cake and ice cream. Before we knew it we had to kick everyone out so that we could get to our next special event. Grace's first ballet recital.

Grace was in tap and ballet this year so she was in a couple of different dances. The tap was a little iffy but the girl is a natural at ballet. It was pretty fun to watch. The way she holds her frame and moves through the positions is pretty impressive. 
 Grace is definitely aptly named. She is full of grace.
By Sunday evening we were all pretty wiped out. The exhaustion had definitely set it. It was a majorly hectic weekend. Hectic but wonderful. And one not soon forgotten.


Bijoux said...

Oh I like that idea of parents following their child down the aisle! We are Missouri Synod Lutheran, so it's a bit less formal. I think they just sat in the front row and took first communion in a group at the altar. What a special day for all.

I love Grace in her ballerina clothes. Very sweet! My son took tap for about 7 years and I have such fond memories of his recitals.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

That time of year, huh? Beautiful experiences for both kids. Cheers to resting up a bit.

betty said...

That was a young looking priest :) How special with the 1st communion; I remember mine from years ago (and less we walked paired down the aisle :)

How sweet with the recital too :)

I do hope you all get some time to recover!


Kat said...

Betty- He IS a super young priest. He was 30 when he came to our parish a few years ago. He is THE BEST. His sermons are so wise and he is just such a bright spirit. The kids LOVE him. He is super athletic (he was majoring in coaching/sports in college) and the kids at school LOVE him. He is always out on the playground getting the kids to play basketball or football. My kids love him. He has become pretty close to our family.

Tabor said...

Full days and always difficult to slow down after and getting sick is not unusual, but hope you are all better soon! Those ballet poses look pretty darn good for such a little one.

Naqvee said...

So the days are merry and children growing! What a lovely look and sparkle in their eyes. It's just because they are guided truly by God!
Enjoy your time and grace

Elaine Alguire said...

Congratulations again! First communion is so special and yes, Grace is beautiful!

Riahli said...

Awwww, that does sound like a hectic but wonderful weekend!

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Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

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