Big Family Life: Getting a Little Creative & Easter Plans

It wouldn’t be a “perfect” mom life if I wasn’t running behind on my projects and tasks, right? Yes, I am a little behind and I’ve been feeling quite rushed the past two days. I still have so much to do before Easter Sunday. I fear what was supposed to be a time of reflection and rest is turning into just plain busyness. Fun!

Holy Thursday turning into a crazy Thursday!

Yesterday was Holy Thursday and my original plan was to for the kids and I to attend evening mass. Hubby had to work so he wasn’t able to join us. But the List Queen (that’s me) forgot to write out her plans for the day, and without my list and planner, I feel completely lost.

I knew I needed to take the toddlers out to get their new shoes so I did that first. Thankfully, Elijah (older son) came with me to me help out. I am so glad he did because Zhen and Zechariah were so excited to try on new shoes that they couldn’t keep still. They were pulling shoe boxes off of the shelves and wanted to try on every shoe they could put their hands on. Elijah was a BIG help! I don’t know how I would have managed without him.

Shoe shopping ended up taking longer than I had hoped. Next thing I knew it was time to go to church. But we still needed to eat dinner! “Mom, I’m hungry!” Oh yeah, what’s for dinner tonight, again? I don’t know! I forgot to plan it! Ugh.

Always getting into something!

So I had to make a quick decision because we had literally thirty minutes before church started. I decided we’d hit up the Panera Bread drive-thru. Healthier alternative to greasy burgers and fries, you know. But then my phone buzzed and it was Mj asking me what time was I going to pick her and her friend up from the library. Doh! Totally forgot I had to get them!

To make a long story short, I had to sit in my van and think for a few minutes about how I was going to get dinner for everyone, pick up Mj and her friend, AND make it to church on time. Good thing I checked out those kids’ DVDs from the library before heading out for shoes. I was able to order the toddler’s food first and pop in a movie in our van DVD player while I figured out what our next move was.

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Michala laughing while watching a movie in the van. She was a big help, too!

Sometimes you gotta get a little creative!

Truth: we weren’t going to make it to church on time. Kids really needed to eat and so did this pregnant mama. So I decided to just take my time and get everyone’s food first. Then go pick up Mj and friend from the library and head over to the church. We’d be late, but hey, at least we made it.

We ended up missing the first part of mass, but we made it in time for the Eucharist Adoration. Since the little ones still had a lot of energy, I knew there was no way they were going to sit quietly during Adoration. I decided we’d attend Adoration in shifts.

The teens would go first while I stayed with the toddlers in the van. Once they were finished with their prayer and reflection time in the church, they’d switch out with me and stay with the little ones.

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Zhen enjoying pizza and a movie in the van. Creativeness is a must in this busy mom life!

I had ordered Little Caesar’s pizza and brought along drinks from home. The toddlers were happy to eat pizza and watch another movie in the van. I think they actually had a lot of fun because they were all smiles the entire time. Whew! So glad that worked out!

What seemed like a silly idea turned out to be a fun event for my little ones. I noticed some people walking by were looking at us in our van eating pizza. LOL! Camping out for Jesus, people! We’re that dedicated. πŸ™‚

Zechariah having fun for our little movie and pizza in a van night.

Good Friday

Now today’s Friday and it’s a little calmer. I still have a list of things to do, but I don’t think today will be as crazy as yesterday. Since today is Good Friday, we’re going to take some time to reflect on our Lord’s great sacrifice. Our schedule conflicts with church service today. I checked at least four different churches to see if we could make a service today, but everyone seems to be having service at the same time which just so happens to be the time we are not able to go. Bummer.

A beautiful candle-lighted path led to the Adoration room. It was so peaceful!

Instead, we’ll have a family Bible study and prayer time later this evening. We’re going to read some scripture about Christ’s crucifixion, particularly in the Gospel of Mark chapters 14 through 16. I know I can’t keep the toddlers in the house all day because it’s such a beautiful, sunny day out. We’ll play at the park for a little bit, too.

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Beautiful bread and wine display at the Holy Thursday service.

Easter Weekend

Our weekend plans are not going to be too busy, surprisingly. We do plan to attend church on Sunday, but other than that, we don’t have any other plans. I’m going to take advantage of the downtime because we are most always busy on the weekends. Plus, spring soccer season will begin in the next couple of weeks so taking a weekend to actually rest is a must!Β  Travis wants to grill so maybe we’ll have a cookout for Easter dinner. (I still have no idea what to cook for our Easter dinner!)

Of course the “mamarazzi” in me will be taking a ton of photographs of my children in their Easter best. Oh! And I just remembered I still have to put together everyone’s Easter baskets! Add that to my list.

Why is it when it’s a holiday or special occasion, things never go as smoothly as you had planned in your head? Hope your holiday isn’t as crazy and disorganized as mine seems to be going. πŸ™‚

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“As the Father love me, I also have love you; abide in My love.” John 15:9 NKJV

What are your Easter weekend plans?

Have a blessed Easter celebration!

β€œFor God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 NRSV

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