The Easter bunny kicked spring time into gear and now the pollen is going full throttle to make up for lost time. I set out a pair of shorts for Gigi to wear for the first time this season. She brought them to me saying they were too small. I tried them on her myself and said they fit fine. She replied, "What are you talking about? See my knees?" She'd forgotten about shorts. That's an indication to how long a winter we've had.
Jason worked Holy Saturday, but the kids and I went to my mom's to celebrate the holiday weekend and the baptism of my niece and he joined us on Sunday. I often wish we had family in town, but I'm glad we're not too far for a day trip. We had seven children of various ages hunting eggs. My mom implemented the brilliant idea of color coding so each child sought only one color egg. The older kids' eggs were harder to find, and the easier ones were left in place until discovered by their rightful finder. We also attended the surprise (to us) egg hunt at church between Mass and the baptism.
|Stopping mid hunt to wish on dandelion seeds|
|Where we began almost 14 years ago|
During Mass the priest filled a pitcher with holy water from the font explaining that 19 people had been brought into the church through baptism at that font during the vigil the night before. Then he blessed the congregation by sprinkling us with the water. Alex leaned in and whispered, "Ew. He just sprayed us with the water 19 people took a bath in."
The kids were spoiled with all their loot this year and we had a hard time keeping track of all the goodies. Alex and Gigi both accidentally ingested hazelnut and neither reacted, my nephew wasn't so lucky. Good news for us, but I don't recommend the testing approach. I guess it's time to revisit the allergist.
Ben has restarted regular physical therapy at the hospital and home exercises as well as splinting to try to keep him flexible and improve mobility. That feels like a step backward, but we're trying to keep a positive attitude and are having the whole family do the exercises with Ben at night. I think it helps him feel supported and it's good for him to see he isn't the only one struggling with balance and stamina. Professionals continue to warn us about his impending growth and change that can heap a particularly cruel sort of havoc on kids with muscle diseases. Ben is also going to check in with the neurosurgeon to be sure there isn't a regrowth on the spine causing his lower extremity issues, and the cardiologist since he's overdue. No whammies.
|46 Cakes and Counting|
Gigi: How about we get ice cream now and have dinner not now?
Sounds like a plan.