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April 9, 2018

Flattened cheese Pascha

Midnight service at our church was beautiful, but tiring.
My cheese Pascha tastes great, but flattened again this year. Thankfully, the kulich turned out well.  This one my mom gave us...she melted white chocolate for the top!
Sunday afternoon was spent with family and friends.
 Happy bright Monday!  Christ is Risen!!

April 2, 2018

It's April

We went to Aunt Lucy's house yesterday afternoon and had a nice time together.  Egg hunt outside...so glad it didn't rain, as we had rain all week!
We got chicks!  Olivia helped Paul hold one...so funny how he's sticking his tongue out, to help him focus, I think.

March 26, 2018

Snowy spring

We got more snow to welcome in spring!  My poor daffodils...
I bought this kit last week, when Khouria Krista was here:
Sleeping on the way home from church yesterday.
Paul went to his first ever birthday party at an inflatable party place.  It was my Godson's 5th birthday! He's wearing the yellow shirt. We got him Legos.
We had a grand snow ball making and throwing time...
 Hannah helped make Paul a fort.
And sledding, of course.

March 19, 2018

Church life


Yesterday was Olivia's namesday.  St. Oliva was a Christian and was martyred in 138 AD.  Our daffodils have opened!
I went to a Lenten Retreat on Saturday and heard a beautiful talk about Orthodox aesthetics by Krista West of Salem, OR. If you would like to hear part of the talk * here * is the talk she gave while in San Francisco.
Krista orders these fabrics from Greece to make vestments.  She talked about many ways the Orthodox church is beautiful, the layers and history, many different materials, not just fabric, but metal, wood, paint that go together to form a whole experience.  I kept thinking "gestalt" it's what you feel when you walk into an amazing church.  Overwhelming beauty.
Here is my newest little Goddaughter.  She was baptised last week.

March 10, 2018

Our favorite tree

My niece and Olivia went shopping together.  Paul wanted to follow them everywhere.
Hair cut!  Nicely done at our local Great Clips for only $5.99.  We gave a tip!
Richard Scarry is his favorite right now.  His illustrations are fun to talk about.  
My girls love their Instax camera!
Please pray for my grandfather.  He is 95 years old.  This photo, I took at our last visit the end of May 2017.  He's Paul's only living great grandparent.  He fell yesterday and there's blood on his brain, the doctors can't do anything.  He has always been kind and gentle, soft-spoken and smiles a lot.  I will miss him.

March 3, 2018

Warming up

This is the Guernsey cow, named Nelly, who we just milked.
We peeked in on the new chicks and admired the full grown hens and beautiful rooster.
It's really nice to walk around the farm.  
Hannah took the ACT in school, while Olivia test drove a bigger car she designed in her 1st bell class on Tuesday.  
Painting, inspired by fruit at the Red Balloon on Tuesday.  Every week, I have a class and it's always fun to see the kids get creative.  My vision of still life paintings is more appropriate for children who are older, but they still seemed to like talking about what they like to eat and were anxious to finish their paintings and eat this fruit...
I just finished this book on the right, The Mirrored World, historical fiction of the life of Saint Xenia written from her cousin, Dasha's perspective.
We visited a friend on Wednesday, she has a little rocking chair, that was used and appreciated.
Timothy is 4 years old.  Paul adores his cousin, they are a year and half apart...and will be better and better friends as they grow.
We got the hammock out!  Warmer weather is here and sunshine!!
Taking Carlee for a walk.  She's feeling better.  She's hard to walk, though, sees a squirrel or another dog and just lunges, she doesn't understand that cars coming down the road are dangerous, so we're working with her.