Since the rain washes it away nicely when it does rain, we told the girls they could chalk on the carpet on the deck. It seems to have been a hit:
(No, neither is a prodigy - the Mickey Mouse was not drawn by either little girl.)
Well, I finised Mother Teresa's Secret Fire by Langford. A very good book. I have to highly recommend it. I hope to do a separate post reflecting on it, but, of course, that won't be here.
So I'm focusing on The Rite next but think my next spiritual book will be the Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco from St. John Bosco's Biographical Memoirs.
We watched My Neighbors the Yamadas, a Japanese film from Studio Ghibli, but not done in the traditional Japanese animation. It had its funny and cute moments, but, being based on a Japanese comic, I think knowing the comic might have made a difference. Oh well.
There was one scene in Whisper of the Heart that I absolutely love. I found it on youtube and keep watching it. Here it is if you'd like to see:
Shizuku has written her own lyrics to John Denver's Country Roads, if you are wondering what the song is.
As a general rule, we try to not take newborns out much. Certainly we all go to Mass and Elizabeth has her doctor's appointments and comes with me to any of mine. But we avoid malls, taking her to stores, etc. for the first 4-6 weeks. This results in a LOT of time at home. Fortunately the weather has been good where Cecilia and Felicity have spent a lot of time outside on the deck and in the back yard. But even I am getting a little stir crazy. So, I suggested to James that, once Elizabeth is a little older, sometime in August, maybe we all take a nice outing to a zoo or acquarium or beach or museum or whatever.
James asked Cecilia if she would like that.
She keeps asking to go to the zoo "tomorrow."
Oh well, it will give her something to look forward to anyway.
Elizabeth continues to do well. She eats and sleeps a lot but has begun opening her eyes more and looking around a bit more. When Cecilia is near her, she will gaze at Cecilia for quite a bit. Felicity dotes on Elizabeth but still struggles with the concept of giving gentle hugs and gentle kisses and holding hands gently. The other day she gave Elizabeth a bear hug with such a grip that, though she wasn't crying or anything yet, I had trouble getting Elizabeth out. So I am walking that very delicate tight rope of recognizing Felicity's intentions of affection while being cautious that Elizabeth is still very new and fragile.
We have four or five jalopenoes growing now and have our first baby tomatoes getting bigger! Yeah! Even Cecilia keeps asking when we can make salsa.