Thursday, May 19, 2016

First Holy Communion and Confirmation

This past Saturday, Fritter received First Holy Communion and Confirmation, taking the name of St. John Bosco.  Our diocese gives both Sacraments to children in the third grade (after proper preparation, of course).  It was a beautiful  Mass, and of course my mommy heart was nearly bursting with joy.

St. John Bosco, pray for us!

A good friend of ours stood in as proxy for Fritter's sponsor (his godfather) who was unable to make it.

The cake.  I only just remembered to take a picture before serving it.
We had several families over to help us celebrate.  Many of them had children who had also just received Sacraments.  We borrowed a popcorn machine and sno-cone machine, which were fun.  The next day, to use up some of the ice, we had a snowball fight, in our Arizona May sunshine.

"If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion."
~St. Maximilian Kolbe

Faster Than The Speed of Light

That's how life is moving right now.  So fast.  That explains my three (3!) month absence here.  Lots and lots of living.  Rather than do a day by day recap, how's about we just pretend I've been blogging regularly, shall we?  And I'll just talk about our most recent history.

In the flower garden, (I have a garden!  Me!) we planted sunflowers along with cosmos and scarlet flax.  The flax is beginning to bloom (so pretty!), and the cosmos are going crazy.  Three of the sunflowers turned out to be of the giant variety, and the rest are all smallish guys (as far as sunflowers go).  Alas, the three giants have already succumb to the heat and are dead, while the small ones are doing great and actually seem to be reseeding themselves. 

Yesterday, my littles dug the giant heads out of the compost (I threw them in there because they didn't seem to have any seeds, though I didn't really look), and lo! Sunflower seeds!  They busied themselves with pulling the seeds out.  Some went into Sunflower's bird feeder, some they replanted, and some are...well, still scattered where they left them.  BUT!  I am going to gather them all up and save some for next year's planting.  Look at me!  My thumb is getting greener!



Art Appreciation.

In homeschool news, we've been desperately trying to finish up our school year.  What with a new baby, a traveling husband, various sicknesses, and just life, it's been hard to keep up.  This week is our last week and I made a plan to get in what I felt was important to finish before a long break.  Good old Murphy decided to throw us a curve ball...stomach flu!  But while Fritter is stuck in bed recovering, I handed him one of the books I wanted him to read for school (shhh...he doesn't know it's for school!) and he's almost done.  Maybe I can squeak one more in before he's better.  :)

He concentrates with his tongue hanging out.

Help!  Mom!

My big girl volunteered to make lunch.  I took a picture of her, because I didn't know what else to do with my new-found freedom. :)
In the life category, my little Teddy Bear is...not so little.  This big guy is a whopping 20 pounds!  At almost 6 months!  We started him on solids a little earlier than the rest, because I could just not keep up with his demanding self.  And now he's rolling all over the place and refuses to stay where I put him.  He wants to crawl, but can't quite figure out he needs to go forwards, not backwards.  So I'm routinely finding him stuck under the trunk there.

For Mother's Day, we took a jaunt south to the Sonoran Desert Museum.  A person could easily spend many days exploring this place, all 100 acres of it, in the middle of the Sonoran Desert.  We happened upon the last cool day before summer really hits, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
On a little date with my Sunflower.

The kids decided to have a lemonade (tang, actually) stand one weekend.  They made $11, and were very pleased with themselves.
Here's to living!