8-hand ceili team...Olivia is the 6th in line and Hannah 7th, all the
girls wear dark brown curly wigs, so you may not have been able to pick
And now, with their cousins and a friend from church...with the wigs (we have curled their hair, it's too much work) that match their natural hair color:
This past weekend, the girls danced in "Christmas in Killarney." Here is Hannah's class, ready to dance the 2 hand jig, her partner was the only boy in the class. Half of the time the girls dance the part of the "gent," but she really got to be a "lady!"
We went to Minneapolis for an Irish dancing event. We visited St. Panteleimon's, where our friend Fr. Anthony is the priest. He is one of the priests who helps out at ORPR camp in July. Below, he is holding an icon of St. Alexis Toth.
Fr. Anthony starts the prayer before we all ate...and this little boy in the suit and tie is Petya, who was celebrating his 7th birthday.
They have a beautiful little bell tower. The weather was lovely, snowy, but warm and sunny with blue skies. I ♥ visiting new churches.
Sprinkled with coconut on top...to look like snow:
This is what I've been reading lately, while the girls are doing their
homeschooling lessons. We have also been playing a lot of chess and
checkers (and making up variations, like "giveaway" where you must take
an opponents piece if you are able to jump them, but want to get rid of
all your pieces first).
Lusy loves the snow...jumping and running around, burying her face in the snow.
Usually, we dig out from a huge mound of snow, but this morning, we
didn't have that much snow, so we packed the snow into plastic
containers to make "snow bricks." Olivia's snow fort is like a 3 sided
square. In the middle, you can see the chicken run (they are in the
coop today) and what is left of our tomato plants!
Hannah is making a circle fort, thinking about making an igloo...
I'm the daughter of a Russian Orthodox priest, a wife who enjoys listening to her husband play the mandolin & mother of 2 girls (ages 11 and 13), who doesn't like to clean, but loves to bake, draw, take photos, garden, tend to our chickens, read...