Apr. 25th, 2011

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I didn't get a single pic of the girls in their Pascha dresses. I do not know what is wrong with me!


We made it to the Pascha service at 11:30pm despite the fact that I was, as usual, totally unprepared. As it was much colder than anticipated I spent several hours on Saturday evening searching for leggings/heavy tights, sweaters and coat liners, as well as warmer shoes. It is always stressful to do that and I ended up snippy and irritable, but we finally made it out the door. Had to stop at the 24 hour grocery store which luckily carried tights for me, as I had put my fist right through my last pair of black tights. My dress was only knee length and in 34 degree weather that wasn't going to cut it. The line was ridiculously long at the store, they only had the self check out express lanes open and many people had full carts, but I finally got my tights, ran in the restroom and put them on and ran back out to the car where Brad and the girls were waiting for me. Zoe was freaking out that I had been kidnapped in the store since it took so long. Sheesh. Anyway, this, of course, made us late to the service.

Being late, we ended up having to stand in the very back where the girls couldn't see anything and were basically hidden behind a forest of people. As a consequence they all fell asleep after the Paschal processions were over, something that has never happened before, even when they were toddlers. One on the floor, one on a pew that was vacated when the Liturgy began (so many people leave, it is so weird), and one curled in a folding chair. But it made for a peaceful liturgy. Heh. Took some work to wake them up for the Eucharist, but they were bright eyed and bushy tailed at that point. Luci relished her red dyed egg, as it is the only egg she gets to eat all year. We got home about 3am and were in bed by 3:30. I did not sleep well, and was up about five or six hours later. Started cleaning and organizing Easter baskets and woke the girls up about 11:30am so they could go to an Easter egg hunt with Brad on the base. They came home with way too much candy and finally their Easter baskets were out for them. Their baskets this year contained some candy, a few little trinkets and crafty project type things, and they each got a nice Bible this year. They were pretty thrilled.

The rest of the day was spent cooking, eating, watching movies, jumping on the trampoline, etc. It was a good day all in all. Bright Monday is here now. Trying to remember the joy of the Paschal service even though we have to go back to the grindstone now....

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