|Gettin off easy this year...|
Dan's sauteeing the" faux lamb" for our Maundy Thursday dinner. Don't tell the kids, but I just couldn't justify paying $9.00 a pound for lamb, so we're using stew meat... I'm so raising my own sheep for next year. Instead of having the roast lamb and fingerling potatoes and asparagus like we did for years, we stumbled upon a new tradition last year of having a curry dish instead. Dan and half the kids don't like lamb, so masking the flavor -- when we actually really have lamb does the trick. This year it's not even lamb, though. (Teehee) Wonder who's going to complain because they can still taste the lamb?
*Finish up the spring cleaning started Monday
between 2 and 3 pm to accomodate fasting for Maundy Thursday Mass at 6:00
Faux lamb curry over rice
* Preparation and decoration day. We usually watch Jesus of Nazareth while we work this day. (We've often started it on Maundy Thursday and we finish it today) We'll bring out our spring wreaths and decorations. Deck out Our Lady's niche with flowers and ribbons. Make sure everyone's bathed and hair washed by bedtime. Get out everyone's Easter clothes and make sure they're pressed and ready to go for Easter Mass. Color eggs, prepare Easter goodies, and begin work on the Easter feast.
* Of extended family,only Aunt Nina will be here for Easter Day, but that doesn't mean we'll feast any less. We'll spend part of the afternoon preparing potato salad, broccoli salad, and some little Easter Cakes maybe.
*10:30 Paschal Vigil
* Since my sister (Bless her!) is staying home with a contingent, I think only Dan, Theresa and I will attend the Paschal Vigil and Midnight Mass; she'll take everyone else with her to morning Mass.
* When we get back, Dan and I will lay out all the Easter goodies and decorate the dining room table, with a place set for each child with their own special treats. And then, bedtime for us...
* ...and God willing, the children will let us sleep in!
* And then, the fun really begins in the morning. The "candy bar" will be open to all. The house will smell like ham and rolls baking. Since we don't have any of the big kids home before Easter evening -- when John, Michelle, and a slew of roadtrip buddies will roll in -- Dan or I will probably hide the Easter eggs. Then we'll drink coffee, watch movies and eat candy the rest of the day. Maybe play a board game or two. And wait for the crowd to arrive.
Life will be good.
Our best wishes for everyone's Sacred Triduum to be filled with graces!
I'll try to get on and record some more of Abbot Gueranger's meditations on Good Friday, but then I expect I'll be up to my eyeballs until after Easter.... So, if I don't see you 'til After the big day -- Happy, Happy Easter, too!