Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter 2016


This Easter I kept having flashbacks to last year which included being 8 months pregnant and participating in an Easter egg hunt. Bending over to pick up eggs?? I'm not sure why I didn't opt out. A friend also captured the excitement on video... that was something I really didn't need to see myself do after experiencing the discomfort firsthand. 

Anyways... this year: 

Holy Thursday- It is an adjustment having a babe and not being able to go to all the services. We decided we would switch off Holy Thursday and Good Friday since both were past bedtime. 

Our teammates parents were in town and took us out to dinner. JM discovered rib bones. He probably could have chewed on that for an hour.


Good Friday- I never quite know what to do on Good Friday. We prayed the rosary with our team and went to stations, but I just feel weird doing much on this day... so this year I decided what a perfect time to clean out Drew's side of the closet. I forgot to take a before picture, but the giveaway pile was nice and high. 

What do you do on Good Friday?? Am I the only one that thinks it's weird to do fun things on this day? Also, how do people go to stations with a child?? All the kneeling and standing and genuflecting for each station while holding a baby was harder than my workouts. 


Holy Saturday- My little/dot/baby from Gamma Phi came to visit!! Shelby goes to Optometry school in Memphis which isn't too far. It was fun showing her around some of our favorite places and then we braved the vigil mass..




JM did pretty well.. I was overconfident thinking he would just fall asleep in the ergo... But we spent some time in the back where he eventually fell asleep for maybe 20 minutes. 


Zonked out around 11:30

 Easter Sunday:

We hosted a few people for lunch and took lots of pictures of JM looking pretty sharp in his Easter outfit from Mimi :) It ended up raining most of the day so our Easter egg hunt didn't happen. Although, JM's favorite game is so throw the eggs all over the room instead of putting them in the basket, so I don't think he cared too much.





And the best part is we get to celebrate Easter for eight whole days!! Let's just say I've eaten way too many sweets so far...

Happy Easter!!

Emily

Friday, March 18, 2016

7QT: felt, world's best pants, and JM update

Linking up with Kelly to  explain what I've been doing besides blogging...

1. Cutting out felt. Hot gluing felt. Hammering snaps. Ugh. That's what I've been doing. Not really, but I did spend a lot of time devoted to a little felt bible exchange project. I typically get really excited about the project, go buy the supplies, stare at them for a few weeks, and then work like crazy to get them finished in time. The excitement steadily decreases throughout the process, but I know it will be worth it in the end when I get a felt busy bible with ten pages.


2. I also finally caved....



I am still learning a lot, but I do love  diffusing them in our not-so-fresh apartment. Anyone else use them?

3. I have been spending quite of bit of time with the girls in my bible study. A few of them just went on a retreat and I was so happy to see them there. I've gotten to take JM on a few coffee dates with girls and he always provides great entertainment. The Gamma Phis from my bible study and another study got together last Friday to pray at 6:45am for the chapter. Eleven girls showed up! At 6:45!



4. JM officially has 6 teeth and has been taking a few steps at a time!! He is getting into everything, especially all of our cabinets. We really have been slow to the baby-proofing, which is making our job a lot harder. He is making so many sounds, waving bye-bye, eating more food, loves looking at books, playing with the swifer, finding the tiniest crumbs on the floor to eat, and peeking under closed doors. He also just learned how to give kisses and hugs. When I ask for a hug, he will lean into me and my heartbreaks a little more each time.






5. I have only taken these off to wash them the last few weeks...

6. We had a sweet little family Valentine's date



7. Honestly, we've been a little wrapped up in some family changes that are coming up... It's a little soon to write about it (I'm not pregnant), but I will fill everyone in soon. (I find myself telling people I'm not pregnant more than I anticipated in life. I feel like people are just waiting for an announcement, so they hold on to every word I say, and therefore I'm constantly putting my hands up saying 'I'm not!!')

Happy weekend!!!

Emily

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Crying Over Cupcakes

I debated whether I was going to write about Lent on the blog.... and then I saw this video and Father Mike put me in place about realizing it can be humbling to share lenten plans (and how giving up sweets is really not something worthy to brag about).

I am really learning to appreciate the liturgical year the Church gives us, with times for feasting and fasting.  In attempt to reorient my life towards Christ and separate myself from things that rule me, here are my thoughts on two things I've been doing for the fasting portion of Lent.

Let me tell you, it is truly humbling to admit that sweets totally rule me. I have never given up sweets before because.... um.. that's crazy! How could anyone actually do that? Every year I would give up candy, but still eat cupcakes, cookies, brownies, ice cream, etc. When I would typically reach for candy, I would just switch it up and go for some other dessert instead. (As I type this out, I am realizing how ridiculous this seems, but it is the truth.)

On Ash Wednesday, I had decided this was about the worst sacrifice I ever decided to do and was very loudly moaning and groaning about it because it was already SO HARD. I seriously almost cried when someone ate a cupcake in front of me because I am not used to limiting treats. But as Lent continues (as do my cravings) it is refreshing to know sweets don't have power over me. It is freeing that I am able to say no a little easier than before. It sounds so silly, but sometimes I need to remember "I love God more than chocolate." I am so humbled by my weakness.



I also decided to give up scrolling on my phone....For a long time I have been trying to find a balance to social media and my phone. I live far from all my family, I love keeping in touch with people, I spend a lot of time at home alone, but I tend to get distracted from my husband and my precious baby.

For awhile I have been fasting from social media twice a week, which is nice and helps break my habit of *must see every instagram that has ever been posted* craze. But I was still finding myself mindlessly scrolling through my phone for a good 5 minutes at a time, only to get off to realize I couldn't even remember what I was just looking at. I can scroll forever. And ever. And ever.

Then I would get off my phone, and see my precious baby who is growing right before my eyes and is constantly discovering new things. I zone out for chunks of time to see what? Pictures of other people's food and dogs? UGH.

Drew and I talk a lot about how we want to raise JM. We want to teach him how to be present in conversations and how to talk to adults. But how can I ask that of him when I can't even do it???

Anyways, this is a long explanation of why I have decided to give up scrolling on my phone for Lent when I am with Drew or JohnMark. Or anyone else. (I have also decided it is okay for me to scroll when I am alone during naptime, because I am home alone quite a bit...)

So far, Drew has appreciated it so much. I will admit it is hard when Drew is watching a movie I really don't care about and would much rather be on my phone. But I love being more present to my precious baby who is growing so so quickly and I miss every night once he is in bed.


Thanks for (maybe?) reading my rant about my fasting for Lent. Any other ideas how to keep social media use from getting out of hand?? I would love to hear more ideas!

Emily