There's nothing quite like scrambling to make a feast day special only to find that God had already laid the groundwork far in advance.
Like when you wake up on the Annunciation, which also happens to be your husband's birthday.
I scrounge in the freezer and come across a box of frozen pastries we purchased from a school fundraiser.
Heck, sure, let's celebrate with those! Wait, what's that? These happen to be BLUEberry flavor. How preordained, since we always declare a BLUE day at our house when it's a Marian feast day.
Let's be productive and grab a toddler to help whip up a cake this morning. Daddy's choice was a (boxed) Angel Food Cake. What's that? The ANGEL Gabriel appeared to Mary and it's called the Annunciation.
TODAY's feast day. Interesting.
Daddy decided to stay home with us today and take a vacation day from work. Which, if you are around here ever, you'd know that actually going to work is more of a vacation. None the less, he accomplished some more work in the basement bathroom. We tried to leave him alone as much as possible. Some of us doing better than others. I think he's like a magnet for the little girls when they know he's around. I don't blame them.
School time found the girls coloring Annunciation coloring pages. Gianna is suddenly a superstar colorist or whatever you call someone who colors.
We also took the time to play a game and put together some puzzles.
Someone showing off her rather brightly colored Annunciation.
Before lunch we got the cake frosted. Take about 8 oz Cool Whip and some thawed strawberry juice and mix together. Frost the Angel Food cake with the fluffy 'frosting' and put it in the freezer.
Serve later with the thawed (and slightly sweetened) strawberries on top. A nice spring time cake and light enough to celebrate, but also remain Lenten.
For lunch, God again inspired me when I read it was Waffle Day in Sweden today for "Our Lady's Day." Serve with BLUEberries and again, how can you go wrong?
Smile along with your kiddos who are looking especially ANGELic for your birthday shot.
Lastly, grab a photo shoot with your lovely and the baby belly.
We totally had this feast day and birthday down.
Even if I didn't have them all perfectly planned at 5:30 this morning. By this evening, we looked back with fondness on a great day to celebrate both Mary and our favorite Man of the House.