Sunday, May 10th, Mother's Day
Mass was bit more chaotic than usual in that Brigid was especially sensitive and kept screaming over everything and sometimes nothing. James tried to take Teresa and Brigid into the back but Brigid just began melting down so James took them both to the car and I stayed with the oldest three and Thomas through the rest of Mass. I've decided Cecilia and Felicity are too old to bring any book to Mass that isn't about the Mass. It drove me bonkers that the homily was in such simple language that both could understand and he touched upon topics relevant to both girls and yet their noses were in books. Cecilia and I had been discussing just a few days prior about how all grace comes from God and that every Saint was a sinner and every sinner can be a Saint and that is exactly what he spoke about and then segued into the universal call to holiness. And then a few minutes later he touched on the First Communicants and how the Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. So I've told them both they cannot bring any book to Mass except their Mass or a prayer book.
We picked up McDonalds for the kids on the way home (a treat for them as they got nuggets, fries and a toy each, and a treat for us as we didn't have to do anything special to feed them :)) and then, after we got home, James cooked a special meal for me and him consisting of a perfectly cooked steak filet with homemade Bernaise sauce, fresh mashed potatoes and green beans. Felicity had declared her Happy Meal yesterday the "best lunch ever", which kind of depressed me, but James and I couldn't help but recount her comment during our lunch. So, so good!
James gave me a beautiful card and each of the kids (as able) had signed a card. And then I opened my presents. I got Rosamund Hodge's new book, which I'm really looking forward to reading, a new book light as mine has been relegated as a reading light for Brigid at bedtime, Roger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella with Lesley Ann Warren, and my own Fitbit! My in-laws also sent me a card and a check, which I put toward the purchase of a nicely discounted treadmill from Walmart, which should be here in a week or so. I definitely felt quite spoiled!
Monday, May 11th
Thomas slept 9 1/2 hours!!! Quite the gift from my little guy! Wouldn't it be nice if he could start doing that every night! Don't fret, I shan't hope too hard.
Cecilia did her geography, english and a math lesson and put on a magic show for her sisters. She loves performing magic tricks. Absolutely loves it! And she totally does not get that from me.
|Cecilia tries to mind read what color on the cube Teresa picked.|
|Thomas surveying the playroom.|
Tuesday, May 12th
Thomas did not repeat his stellar night. In fact, using my new Fitbit, my night looked more like this:
But we did manage to get some work done. Felicity did her english and some more math. Cecilia did another math lesson and Elizabeth finished her math for the week and did her spelling.
|Thomas is getting better and better at pulling himself up standing.|
Wednesday, May 13th, Our Lady of Fatima
I got even less sleep than the night before - getting Thomas to sleep in his crib at night is climbing the priority ladder.
|My mom bought this little piano for Cecilia for her 1st birthday. It is over 9 years old and is on its 6th baby.|
Elizabeth did her English and Cecilia did her spelling and Felicity a page of math before we all went outside for a break. We moved the paving stones that were too close to the house, caving into a ditch, and didn't reach from the patio to the back door anyway over to the fence gate.
Then we came in and Elizabeth did her handwriting to finish her bookwork for the week. Cecilia did another math lesson and Felicity did all but 2 pages of her math.
After lunch, the girls helped me work outside some more. I secured 3 more sections of fence and we continued moving all the little white stones from around the patio to the corner along the house.
Thursday, May 14th, St. Matthais, Teresa's Baptism Anniversary
Cecilia and Felicity finished their math for the week and then we went to the zoo. I didn't actually plan the zoo as part of a way to celebrate Teresa's Baptism anniversary, but it worked out well that way as she is definitely a girl who loves the zoo. We met two other families there so we were a party of 3 moms and 13 kids.
|An alligator eyes Teresa. Don't worry. I'm pretty sure she could take him even if the glass wasn't there.|
Afterwards, my crew and I met James for dinner at the girls' favorite restaurant, Red Robin. Thomas even got to try some mozzarella cheese stick and macaroni and cheese, both of which he quite liked (but who wouldn't?). Then we came home to putting away laundry and a bit of video games before bed.
Friday, May 15th, St. Isidore the Farmer
It had been 4 days since I had a good night's sleep. Thursday night looked like this:
So, while I had thought we might get to the library this morning, it just wasn't happening. 4 less than stellar nights of sleep in a row meant I was quite tired.
So we took it pretty easy on Friday. Emails, picking up the house. Playing.
Then, my new treadmill arrived, so I spent some time putting it together and testing it out. It isn't anything special, but for $200 it will do the trick and being rather small works to the advantage that I can keep it in my office upstairs rather than needing to go downstairs to use it.
Saturday, May 16th, St. Simon Stock
My sleep last night was even worse than the previous four. Or maybe it is just catching up with me. I bear some blame in that I made James watch the season finale of S.H.I.E.L.D. with me and didn't go to bed until after 11pm but I'm sure the fact Teresa came to our bed multiple times and Thomas was in our bed most of the night had something to do with it as well.
Despite being very tired, the girls have been begging to dye eggs since Easter and, with only 3 kids who eat eggs at all, I finally had enough hollowed out for all of us to dye some eggs and thought it was as good a day as any. It was only enough for each to dye 5 eggs, but that was all I really had patience and sanity for anyway. It has been a few years since we dyed any eggs at all, so they had fun regardless.