Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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For some reason my pictures won’t rotate. So you’ll have to turn your head for this post.

I’m currently all verklempt. Gryffindor has been wanting to throw a Cinco de Mayo party for a while, but didn’t invite people until the last minute. I was very worried that no one would come. I even sent out an email to the church ladies hoping to dredge up guests. A few people came, she danced and had fun, and she felt like it was a success.

And she was so happy!!!

OK, so it was attended by many of Ravenclaw’s friends, two kids from the neighborhood, one of Gryffindor’s friends came, plus we had the missionaries, my friend SB and her family, and our amazing friend M. It might not sound like much, but she was thrilled! (The Bonus Child was having some arm pain after getting his cast off, so he lurked around in the house while the party was outside. He and Hufflepuff spent some time together though, so it was all good.)

photo 2The Chosen One was awesome. I had planned to just play music through the Apple TV, but that would’ve been loud. Instead he set up speakers on our condemned deck, which is right by the back yard, and we played Latin dance music. The Chosen One is a great DJ. Especially since I suck at that and when it wasn’t working easily I was planning to give up.

The Chosen One also earned the title of Best Stepdad for trying to teach Gryffindor how to salsa. They were the only ones dancing, but they looked awesome! (the younger kids kept wanting to limbo with a little dancing here and there.)

Iphoto 3 want to emphasize that Gryffindor planned this party. I bought some decorations and made chili. Ravenclaw made the chili con queso. I helped set up the tables for food and drink, and then let Gryffindor run the show. Except that Ravenclaw is a born leader, and she got everyone going!

The missionaries seemed to enjoy themselves. They chatted with the adults and with Gryffindor. They heard my conversion story, they met The Chosen One, and they got to eat a bunch of food. Next time I sign up to feed them I’ll have a sit-down meal, though.

This party was so much fun for Gryffindor. She was glowing by the end, and never wanted it to end. She’s already trying to find another holiday she can co-opt into a party! It’s pretty awesome. She and her sister were also exhausted by the party, so they passed out about an hour earlier than usual. Which is a Good Thing.

Here’s to more fun, family, and friends in the new house! Next time with more lead-time for party invitations. 24 hours really isn’t enough time.


Easter was awesome

Until it wasn’t.

We got to sleep in a bit (8:30 for baskets) because it was Stake Conference and I didn’t feel comfortable driving into Cambridge. We went to my mom’s church, and it was quite lovely.

Then we went to my mom’s house for the traditional egg hunt, with a pieced-together non-clue clue for the treasure (bunny for Ravenclaw, Fennikin for Gryffindor, emerald earrings for Hufflepuff).

We had steak and eggs (grilled steak tips and a frittada) plus artichokes, asparagus, roasted potatoes, and a bunny cake for dessert. It was delicious!

As a bonus, Gryffindor had us all singing Feliz Navidad. Until we learned Spanish for Easter, and then we sang that.

We had a nice visit with my dad & step-mom, too. Another hunt, this time for Peeps and a $5. :) Their deck was incredibly warm. So warm that Gryffindor dozed off and Hufflepuff & Ravenclaw went down to the beach. Hufflepuff took a great pic of Ravenclaw in the water. Lovely.

Unfortunately, I started to have a crummy tummy at the end of the celebration and went home to go to bed and the bathroom. I’m not a fan of GI troubles. Other than that, though, it was fabulous.


Resting and Easter Prep

Today was a good mix of resting (I slept until almost 10! and took a nap!) and prepping for Easter. I had some shopping to do so I could bring the annual Easter bunny cake, plus I offered to bring artichokes.

As a bonus, last night when I fell asleep my iPad fell on my face and cut my nose and bruised it. Ouch. Absolutely a #firstworldproblem but it really does hurt.

After I ran my errands I came home with a crummy tummy, so I took that nap. When I went out for another round of errands I came home with a horrible migraine.  I took meds because I still needed to make dinner (stuffed portobellas, roasted brussels sprouts, tater tots) and make the 2 circular cakes that become the bunny.

I was rather grouchy when Ravenclaw and Gryffindor came home from their dad’s house remembering that I had promised to take them shopping for an Easter dress. Blergh. I managed to suck it up and take them to Target, but I was decidedly grouchy by the time I got home.

After dinner we had fun dyeing eggs together (first time we did that with The Chosen One!), decorating the bunny cake, and then watching a film on lds.org called “He is Risen” which follows the final days of Jesus. Good little film.

Now that the children are asleep (and so is The Chosen One), the Easter Bunny can come. Tomorrow we’ll have church with my mom and then go to my mom’s house for an Easter brunch with steak and eggs. Sounds like a good plan. Thank goodness I can sleep in a bit tomorrow (until 8), because I’m a little sleepy now.