Marica has been taking photos of everyday beauty (mostly during our time in NZ), editing them, and has turned them into a nice little video, which I’d like to share with you below. Proud Mama moment!
Incidentally, today is also her birthday. Her eleventh. Which, while we’re sharing videos, makes me want to share this beautiful song.
May brought an end to our homeschool co-op (but not to our schooling at home — that we continued until the end of June, much to the kids’ chagrin). We have a little tradition where our family takes a few friends out to a local chocolate shop where each of the kids (and moms) can choose a treat on the last day of co-op for the school year. Taking 10 kids to a candy store might sound like a bad idea, but these are such pleasant and well-mannered kids that it’s never been an issue in the 3 years we’ve done it.
On the first weekend in May, I went down to Dallas for our friend Lauren‘s wedding. I stayed with Ben’s cousins Nathan and Elizabeth and their 5 kids, and they kindly organized a dinner with all the Dallas folks, which was a great way to see everyone in one go. I even got to see some Tyler family on the Saturday because there happened to be a graduation celebration for another cousin. Sunday I got to have lunch with Nathan and Elizabeth’s family and Matthew and Noelle’s family. I love getting together with extended family any chance I can get, so it was a real bonus to get to spend time with several different cousins over the weekend, even though I was actually there for the wedding!
Eliot and Lauren got married in a lovely backyard ceremony at his parents’ house. I loved how casual and rustic it was while still being classy. Lauren broke tradition and wore a red dress, simply because that’s what she’s always wanted to do! She looked great, the service was God-glorifying and beautiful and the good ol’ southern food was delicious. I was so glad to be able to celebrate with them.
Laurelin turned 4 in May. She wanted just a small celebration with friends, which was just fine by me! It was a nice warm day and they played in the sprinkler and ate cake, and they were just kids. We need more of that kind of simplicity in the world, don’t you think?
There used to be a time I blogged several times a week. Then it turned into twice a week, then once a week, then once every two weeks, then… whenever I happen to write a blog post. I suspect the latter frequency is the way it will continue, and so far nobody seems to mind.
In this time travel journey little blog series, we travel back as far as March of this year, when I grew another year older and crept a little further into my thirties. I like it here much better than my twenties. Most of the time, anyway. Marica made me a delicious pecan pie. We must have done something more than eat pie to celebrate the occasion, it’s just that what we did escapes my memory now. That’s one of the downsides of getting older, I’m told.
Lauren, who had boarded with us in the past, were engaged to be married, and I hosted a bridal shower for her. That was a first for me, and fun!
There was also a lovely day where the girls and I met Shannon in the city, where she took them to a marionette theater for a show, giving me and Ben some time to grab a quick bite to eat at Dominique Ansel, the bakery that invented the cronut. Yes, we had a cronut, and yes, it’s delicious! Then I joined Shannon and the girls at Alice’s Tea Cup for a delightful lunch. What a treat!
In February, Marica turned 10. TEN?? How does a decade go by so fast? Marica is growing up — both taller and also growing in maturity little by little. Or maybe not so little! Her independence in the kitchen is growing, and she’s becoming quite the cook and baker. It’s beautiful to see her help out her younger sisters and play with them in a kind way (most of the time), especially with Laurelin; and to start taking on more responsibilities and duties without so many complaints. She’s still a voracious reader, is getting really good at playing the piano and doing her schoolwork diligently, she can do some pretty impressive gymnastics moves, and loves our homeschool co-op. She’s also been trying her hand at sewing, much to my delight, though I see a problem brewing on the horizon — having to share my sewing machine when I want to use it!
This year Marica wanted a purple themed party. It was probably the biggest party she’s had yet (in number of kids). The kids made their own pizzas, baked brownies, played good old fashioned games, and ate ice cream cake. There seems to be a strong food-related theme going here! She got some really neat gifts — people clearly were thoughtful in getting their gifts for her, which was special. She had requested an ice cream crunch cake, which turned out very yummy. All in all a lovely day for a lovely girl!