Saturday, May 24, 2014

Checking In.

In case you haven't noticed....

1. I haven't blogged much at all lately. Life has just been busy. Get ready for some random posts about things that happened a long time ago. They're coming soon. I hope.

2. It's been all about Adam. Karate. Birthday. First Communion. It's really been a special and exciting spring for him. Yes, Ray's still around too... and he's been working hard at school and playing soccer.

3. It's almost summer! The school year is winding down. I've got a lot going on with wrapping up school and a bunch of homeschool leadership responsibilities, but I'm very excited for the change in routine that summer brings.

Happy Memorial Day weekend. Let us not forget those who gave all for our freedom.

Adam's First Holy Communion

Adam received the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for the first time on Saturday, May 10th, 2014. It was a lovely day and we were blessed to be able to celebrate this joyous occasion with many family members and friends.

My mom with Adam before Mass

Jon's mom with Adam before Mass.
We were SO excited to have her visit for this special occasion.
This was only her third trip to Ohio!
Adam with Aunt Susan before Mass.
Many thanks to Susan for driving a LONG way to bring mom and spend the weekend with us.

The seats for Mass were assigned by lottery and we really were lucky. We were in the front row and were able to get these great pictures of Adam receiving Communion for the first time!

Adam with his Godparents, Karen and David, after Mass.
Cousins from Michigan!
After Mass we had a happy home filled with friends and family.
This picture was taken as we prayed before dinner.

Our house was like a restaurant... tables everywhere, even in the garage!
This "party of five" enjoyed schoolroom seating.
Notice the papers hanging from the line in the background...
those are the pages from Adam's First Communion Scrapbook.

Just as we did last year with Ray, we used this special occasion to honor Mary by crowning our yard statue. All of the children lined up with flowers and we processed to our Mary garden.

Adam crowned Mary and all the children placed their flowers in vases.

We prayed a Hail Mary together.

Adam received so many lovely gifts commemorating this special day. Thanks very much to all of our dear family and friends.

A Missal set from Grandma.
Grandma and Aunt Mary Lou.
It was so special to have so many of Jon's family members travel to be with us.
A "blue diamond" rosary from Mom and Dad.
This was Adam's very special request.
I was proud of Adam. He read every card.
A beautiful crucifix from his Godparents.
This is something he'll be able to hang in his home forever.

Unfortunately, my dad was not able to attend the First Communion. He fell on the golf course the day before First Communion and injured his knee quite severely. We were so sad and worried for him. Fortunately, before heading back to South Carolina (and to see the orthopedic surgeon), he stopped to visit us on Sunday morning.

He gave Adam a very beautiful Saint Michael statue. It's truly a work of art. Adam has a special devotion to Saint Michael and he absolutely loves this special gift.

This is a funny picture with the cat in the background and a blank stare on Adam's face.
I think he was in shock about the statue.
I must not have been awake enough to take a decent picture. ;)
We pray that Adam will stay close to Jesus through the Holy Eucharist throughout his life.

Please continue to pray for my dad who is laid up with a torn up knee and a blood clot.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

8 is Great!

I can't believe it's been eight years since I held this little bundle of joy ----

Adam turned eight last week. (OK... two weeks ago. This post has been sitting in the drafts folder for so long!) He's still a bundle of joy.... and energy and mischief.... and I love him so much.
The celebrations of his birthday began on our Michigan trip at Easter. We rented a party room at the hotel where we were staying and we had a really nice birthday celebration for Adam and his cousin  who is one week younger than him.

The birthday kids with Grandma

We got a six foot long sub for the party.
The birthday kids couldn't wait to chomp into it!

Kelly picked out the cake design with their favorite colors.
Flowers for her and balloons for him.

The best thing about the party room was that it over-looked the pool!
The cousins had a blast swimming all afternoon and Grandma and other family members enjoyed watching them.

These two are best buddies!
They have so much fun together.

Happy cousins!
We missed Addie and Zack!
The day before Adam's birthday Pappy and Mary arrived at the house with a special gift for him ---

This was such a funny joke. For some reason we've always teased Adam about getting a Barbie Dream House. Perhaps because he's just 100% boy. I had no idea they were doing this joke. Right before they came over, however, I gave the annual... "When you receive a gift, no matter what it is, be gracious and thankful" talk. His reaction was priceless. He was so gracious and actually speechless.

They even played with it for about 3 seconds...
but he was SO RELIEVED when we told him it was a joke.

How can an 8 year old boy be so (genuinely) excited about getting a container full of little boxes? He's our little hoarder-in-training!
Adam's actual birthday was a full day of co-op classes and Karate. We did open some presents in the morning... and we went out for spaghetti for dinner.

Word to the Wise: Be careful what you do for the oldest child. You most likely will have to grant subsequent children the same privileges. When Ray turned 8, we let him have a video game truck birthday party. Adam has counted the days until it was his turn for a game truck party. We made good on that promise.

His party had a Minecraft theme. He invited 8 friends, 2 cousins, and my sisters and my mom.

He had specific instructions about the decorations...
including this front door "portal."

Minecraft-themed snacks

Adam's best buddy arrived wearing the same t-shirt as Adam was wearing.

Adam decided we should have a Minecraft-themed game in which the party-goers had to search for "chests" that contained treasures for their goodie bags. We made duct tape "creeper bracelets" and perler bead "creeper necklaces" for prizes.

The tough big brother showing off his loot.

After the prize hunt, a crazy silly string battle ensued in our front yard.
It's likely that there will always remain little bits of this stuff in our yard, no matter how many times we mow it.

At last, the truck arrived!

Ten little boys, my niece, and one big boy had an awesome time playing video games!

Since NO bakeries around here would decorate a Minecraft cake, Adam decided to ask Dairy Queen to make a cake with a big blue box on it. This (supposedly) is a "diamond brick." I had the task of making a pick axe out of icing.

After filling themselves with sweets and pizza, the boys had some kind of wild rumpus in the back yard. Jon had the most fun of any of them.

The guests were so generous with lots of fun gifts for Adam!

His big gift from us ----
a "big boy" bike!
Happy birthday Adam!
We love you!