Friday, April 25, 2014

Five on Friday: Spring Break Highlights

1. First Easter without Babci. Her house isn't sold yet so we still trekked across the field from my parents' to have the Easter Egg hunt there. Every year there's always at least one egg we don't find. This year we found them all AND the last missing one from last year. Chapter closed. Bittersweet.

2. My birthday was lovely. Nice weather, fun times with the kids and sweet messages from them (and the differences between my oldest two children can be clearly seen in these two greetings):

3. My oldest worked as a Mother's Helper three days this week and did a great job. She's really proud of herself for meeting and exceeding her goal of paying for half of her summer camp. What she doesn't know yet is that Daddy-O and I have decided that since she's always so extremely helpful around the house, we're going to pay for all of camp and let her save that money for a bigger school trip (that costs a lot more) that she was going to start saving for in the fall. I can't wait to see her face when we tell her.

4. Made arrangements for a last minute visit from a favorite out-of-town cousin and two nights of her sleeping over. The kids are all having so much fun with her.

5. Got to perform with the Meta Theatre Company yesterday at the local college yesterday as a part of Denim Day* and it went really well. The crowd was responsive; the performances powerful. I'm looking forward to doing it again tomorrow as a part of the big local V-Day Celebration.

*The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent.  The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.   

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