Pre-Lenten Recap

pre-lenten cleaning dragonfly with dad
3.1 - Dad and Dragonfly getting their pre-Lenten cleaning on.
papi the beaver taking a break 3.1
3.1- Papi the beaver and the girls taking a break from cleaning.  They’ll try anything to get out of cleaning.
3.8 – Shrove Tuesday
shrove tues visit to the elderly 3.8
A dear friend helped us start this tradition.  Several years ago, Tiffany coordinated a group of families to visit the elderly bearing Mardi Gras jewels and wearing silly hats, all to share our joy.  We adopted the simple act of almsgiving and now make a regular visit to the elderly on Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras.  It is a lovely way to enter the Lenten season.
It has to be experienced to be fully believed, but there is a great blessing on such a Carnival time, shared in a family. To have spent a good Carnival will finally prove to the greater honor and glory of God, in enabling us to spend a good Lent!
Activity Source: Around the Year with the Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Trapp, Pantheon Books Inc., New York, New York, 1955

We try to coordinate with other families but we’re not always able to gather a group.  The morning starts with Mass and ends with a play date and feast in the park.  This year, my nieces and Dragonfly’s Godmother and God-siblings were able to join us for Mass and the visit.  
We had a blessed time.  The residents were elated to see all the children.  Many of the residents desired to place the beads on the children.  They desired to put smiles on the children.  It was beautiful to see such act of charity.  After all, we were there to visit them and bring them a special offering.  Somehow we managed to distribute over 100 necklaces and leis.
kids in the park
We visited a park on the way home.  It was not in the best of shape but that didn’t seem to bother my kids.
3.8 shrove tue sparkles in the park3.8 shrove tue sweetie in the park3.8 shrove tue papi in the park3.8 shrove tue df and rose s in the park         shrove tuesday lunch kid's choice We let the kids pick their lunch.  Pizza, candy, pretzels, ranch & cucumbers. and soda. 
shrove tuesday lunch dl 3.8

They were thrilled with the day!

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