Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kyle's birthday 2013


I don't think that I could ever believe in an indifferent universe.  I try not to use the word never because of the ironic effect it tends to have on my future, but even if I were ever to lose interest in the bells and whistles of religion, my heart is so regularly overwhelmed by the enormous meaning of things, particularly little things and little people, and overwhelmed with anxiety for the well-being of those little people and little things, it really feels like more than any one person should feel alone,  and so I try to communicate a lot with the Universe, sometimes the extent that I think he wishes I would become Atheist, and other times to a kind of committee that I imagine, or to people who have passed on, who I hope might still remember me and be cheering me on.  I feel grateful for their help everyday. Sometimes I feel both grateful, and angry and frustrated, but I am sure that God understands complexity, because He created it.

In March we celebrated Kyle's thirteenth birthday.  I picked him up from school early and we went out to lunch to Burger Supreme. I hadn't eaten there for ever.  Kyle was envious of my gyros--as people always are.  Then we picked up Ben from school, and I took the boys on a field trip to Les Miserables-my third time. I didn't cry nearly as much, mostly because Kyle was making so many comments. Both boys had been wanting to see it. I was happy to spend that time together.  Kyle loves to make people laugh, and I am so grateful for that...even during Les Mis.  He is a wonderful big brother and  always helpful in many ways. Thank you, Kyle.

The following Saturday we went to Nickle City with a the siblings and a few of Kyle's friends.  This was the best picture I came home with. Sorry.

                     St.  Patrick's Day we had corned beef, Broonie bread, and shamrock shaped biscuits by Bethany.

The third weekend in March Bethany performed in a dance competition with the team. I think the eyelashes might have been her favorite part.

                                                            Great job Bethany!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Easter 2013

Easter felt blessed this year.

Saturday we had a cheerfully low-keyed egg dying. Judith and Granddad brought over a huge basket of jelly beans and edible Easter basket grass and special egg markers you can see below, and made the day feel festive.

                                                     Our friend Marie joined us.

Later the girls were invited over to my dear friend Carolyn's home for a hair-styling afternoon.  I felt very grateful for her offer because the girls had been exceptionally good sports when I suggested that we save money by skipping the new dress tradition this year.  There was great excitement about going to bed in curlers.

                                     Easter morning, I started lining up the girls for pictures and Kyle hid under the sofa.  I gave the boys a picture taking reprieve this year.

                                   Caitlin wore the very lovely dress she made at sewing class.

In the afternoon Bethany decorated the table with the decorations that Grandma Martha brought to share, and designed a bunny inspired salad.

The end of the basket hunt. The kids were also good sports about Easter bags this year.  Thank you kids. The baskets were stuck in storage and I couldn't find the key.

Easter egg hunt with the neighbors.  Staton was overheard telling his little sister "Come on... let's win this thing." We all had a laugh about that,  realizing how non-competitive we can be. I was just as glad to share the sugar.