This is a season of celebrating for us. After we get through Halloween, All Saints' Day, and Thanksgiving, we enter into Advent and the feasts and other celebrations of this season: St. Nicholas Day, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Lucia Day, and then it's Steven Joseph's Birthday, Christmas, the memorial of St. Stephen (which we usually forget), New Year's Eve, the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, Mary Clare's Birthday, the memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Ellie's patron), and Epiphany. I'd actually like the kids to celebrate their feast days at another time of the year, for example Steven Joseph could take St. Joseph Day, when things aren't as busy, and we're always encouraging Mary Clare to have a half-birthday in the summer! But they haven't taken us up on those suggestions...yet! We just can't do it all, so celebrating some of these days just doesn't happen. But the big feasts and the birthdays...always!
We're grateful that the extended family now has this beach house to share special memories. On Saturday we drove down for the day, to celebrate Steven's dad's birthday which was a few days before, and Mary Clare's birthday which was that day. They grilled burgers and hot dogs, had cake and brownies, some time to visit, always some jigsaw puzzles to work on, and even a new tradition...a lip sync battle! What a fun time we had, and we also brought Ellie's friend MaryKatherine along.
Katie Grace with little Scout!
Ellie and MK walking along the beach
Big Tom and Little Tom
The three teen girl cousins (one turns 13 next month)
I love this set of Thomas with Uncle Thomas
The Lip Sync Battle begins!
Andrew with the Little Einstein theme song
Thomas with the Zoboomafoo theme song
My girls and their friend singing to "Better When I'm Dancin'" by Meghan Trainor
Andrew and Caleb with "Roar" by Katy Perry
MK and SJ rapping to "I'm So Catholic"
Determined to finish the puzzle before we all left!
Katie Grace loves Aunt Mary!
By the fire pit
Ready to head home!