Apr 30, 2009

Sick, sick, sick

We've all been sick over here- but not with the swine flu. It started with me getting a sore throat weekend before last and now we're all sniffly, head-achy, tired, etc. It seems like it's been forever since we were are in good health but I guess it's only been a few days. Dax is staying home from work this week just in case. We still have to play the musical every night which under better circumstances would be more fun but we are making it through.

Hannah being dramatic, pretending to take a nap in our blanket basket.

I had to practice some of these super fast rhythms in the musical so Hannah practiced on her horn. Now I have my recurring fever blister on my lip to make things even worse. I'll stop complaining.

A friend held a tutu making gathering and now Hannah has her own! We'll probably not being going to her next ballet class in order to avoid catching anything worse (like you-know-what) while her immune system is down.

I went to write a quick e-mail and came back to this. Poor Hannah was even saying- "chocolate!" while excitedly opening a boiled egg. She thinks if you open anything egg shaped now there will be chocolate inside. She thought she'd hit the jackpot when she decided to do some climbing to get to what she wanted. Oh- the disappointment!

Nana came over to climb on our roof... and do some tree trimming so Ralph the Raccoon could stop finding ways to get to our eaves. We don't think he has returned.

Chloe news: She turned 6 months old!!! A half- year already! She had her check-up and the poor thing, already all sniffly, had to get shots. She has her first teeth coming in too which is no fun for her. It seems Hannah's came in very quickly and she wasn't bothered at all. Chloe's have been about to break through for over a week now. She weighs 16.6 lbs now. She's in the 60% for weight and the 15% for height. Hannah is somewhere around 20% for weight and 50% for height. That tells you how different they are! Here Chloe is trying out her first vegetables- yummy carrots. She's deciding if she likes them or not...

Still thinking....

It's a yes! I'll be posting some saved up videos soon.

Apr 21, 2009

More Pascha Pictures

Another parishioner took these much better pictures from Pascha so I thought I would share. My personal favorite is the last one.

Father Justin



Pascha baskets- each family brings a basket filled with things they would love to eat to break the fast. The man who took these pictures used to put Popeye's chicken in his every year. We had just chocolate in ours but Dax included a few photos of meats and cheeses just to be funny since we didn't actually have any. A lot of people put wines and other treats they've been missing. The baskets are blessed after the service.

A flattering picture of me.

Apr 20, 2009

Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!

The title is the Paschal Greeting at church. Happy Easter!

I'm finally happy with our living room wall. I made this group hanging for FREE!! Who has the money for decorative items these days? Buying the frames I originally had in mind was just too much money so I dug around the house and put this together. I actually like it better than the original idea. Here is the make-up: curtain rod- garage, ribbons- leftover pillow fabric I hot-glued into shape- how custom! Frames- already owned and took prints out we didn't love anyway. Pictures- printed from our color printer, the nature photos include two from the tree in our front yard and one from a patch of flowers in the back. The ribbons aren't even holding up the photos, just tucked behind. I guess I gave away the secret, but anyway, it shows what you can do without any money.


On Holy Friday we went to the church for decorating. The piece in the center with flowers is Christ's tomb. Its sits there from Holy Friday until a certain part of the Paschal service Saturday night/Sunday morning. (The service is from 11:30pm-3:30am). Various members of the church sign up for times throughout the weekend to come watch over the tomb and read Psalms aloud.
I look forward to my hour every year. Just you and the tomb in the church. It's very meaningful- especially if you sign up at 1:00am like we did one year! The section of the room in white was a kitchen a few weeks ago. They worked fast to give us the extra room in the nave.

Happy Birthday Dax! Saturday we didn't have much time for birthday celebration with all the church preparation going on but we did have time for dying eggs. Hannah really enjoyed that.

Dax leading the choir. I caught him in the 2 or 3 seconds he does not actually sing in the 4 hour service! The really great thing is that I got to sing too! Our friend Heather stayed the night at our house so we good be kid-free!

The service was moving and beautiful as always. The is the biggest day of the year for Orthodox Christians and there is just nothing like the music, the energy, the feelings... etc. All these people have been eating basically beans and rice for 50 days so a feast is in order with tons of meat and chocolate desserts. It's about 4:00am in this picture!

Father Justin and family at our table. He deserves a really long nap after Holy Week and all the work he did.

The next morning Hannah and I enjoy a Cheerios breakfast near the back door.

We also survey the damage by our recurring visitor- the raccoon!!!! He/she keeps hoping we have another way into our house. The night before, I actually watched him do this damage from the safety of the window with not even the bright porch light, Dax's raccoon spray, or my loud broom smacking to deter him. We can either buy steel grates for every single eave hole or trim the huge branches of the tree hanging onto our roof which is how we think he gets up there. The tree trimming begins tomorrow. In any case, he's completely ruining this wood which will have to look cosmetically terrible now.

On to happy things- the girls enjoy their Easter baskets!

The church always has a huge picnic and egg hunt. Here are all the kids being distracted with songs and crafts while the adults hide the eggs.

Megan's family was able to come so we had a great time.

Here is Hannah from the picnic last year...

And now she's our little girl, no longer a baby. Time flies.

Phoebe and Hannah take stock of their baskets.

Hannah wants to get in on the big girl party.

Also, Hannah has a suitor already. His name is Evan. He's an older man at 10 yrs. old but perhaps he'll wait for her. : ) He seriously loves Hannah and she loves him. If he calls her name she comes running (which makes me realize she does indeed hear Dax and I calling but chooses to ignore us). He walked her around, put her into this swing and took her out, offered her chocolate, asked both Dax and I separately if he could give her chocolate, etc. He told me he likes to be with her because she's so cute. I told his mom we were claiming him when he was older but she seemed to think I was crazy and said I might regret it when I saw his bad side. Haha. She said he's used to helping other kids- he has 2 older brothers and 2 younger sisters- but I'll attest to the true love. : )

Helping his lady with her shoe. Isn't this the best?

Happy Easter to Chloe too!

- my favorite : ) I hope Chloe stays like this forever. Every time she sees me she gives me a big grin and gently touches my face as if to say, "Is it really you?"

Apr 14, 2009

Best Place Ever

I've heard about the Dallas Arboretum so many times and have never been. I guess I figured a bunch of plants weren't that exciting but I've also never heard of anyone not loving it. We went today with Jessica, Lillian, and Mikey and had a really great time. I've never seen such a pretty place, thousands and thousands of flowers, a couple miles worth of walking trails, storybook villages, picnics on a lake, fountains, and each place you turned was a new, interesting take on how a garden could be. One was set up like a Roman god would have lived there, another like an English garden, etc. It was like Thomas Kinkade had come to life. Anyway, I was so excited I posted a bunch of pictures and still none of them really do it justice. Here we are in one of the modern storybook houses about a boy and an asteroid. (?)

It looks like the girls are gardening.

Running through the canopy.

Getting very wet in the fountain. A bunch of photography students were there and all hovered around Hannah taking pictures.

Now she has borrowed little Mikey's jacket while her clothes dry.

Chloe had to spend most of the time in a stroller but was the best sport. It didn't matter how long she had to wait on someone she just smiled and smiled.

Our picnic spot.

A cool tree grove.

More mini-houses.


This was my favorite spot but I couldn't get it all in one picture. The flowers all surround a little meadow which was backed by huge fountain waterfalls, grand steps, and all went downhill to White Rock Lake below. My dream front yard.

Hansel and Gretel come to life.

Jessica and rugrats. : )

Hannah and I being silly on the iron deer. What a nice day.