You don't care. And THAT is such a glorious thing.
This weekend, I had all kinds of nerdy things planned for my exciting meetup with Samantha, and I couldn't have been more happy and content. We affectionately called it the Great Weekend of Catholic Geekdom.
Sam and I met nearly 2 years ago via various channels of new and social media. We met in person for the first time back in May, but only for a brief lunch. This was our first opportunity to hang out in person for any length of time,
Sam arrived on Friday afternoon, and everyone was all excited to greet her.
|Immediate photo op :0
The kids were shy at first, but everyone came out of their shells pretty quickly:
Mike, to me privately: "Do you think I'm talking enough? Am I making good conversation? I want Sam to feel comfortable. I'm so bad at socializing!"
Me: "You're doing fine, sweetheart. I like the teaching conversation you initiated!"
I married another nerdy introvert. I love him. :-)
Our nerdy weekend started out with the entire family watching Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince over a large pizza, and the lot of us couldn't have been happier. Saturday, we journeyed about a half hour north to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima:
|Our Lady, looking lovely at the top of the church
The kids absolutely love climbing up to the top of the church and hanging out with Our lady for a spell, so I attempted a photo:
|Henry always looks like he's in a hostage photo
And the view of the grounds and the rosary pond is sublime:
We spent some time exploring the grounds (after procuring various Catholic tchotkes in the gift shop, of course) and found a little spring that the kids waded in. I'm not certain they were SUPPOSED to do that, but there you have it:
|They don't look guilty at all
And we enjoyed looking at all of the saint statuary that covers the grounds:
|They bonded with Moses and the Ten Commandments
Sunday was a lovely quiet morning of puzzles and cards, followed by Mass and the Farmers Market. There were a lot of long faces when Sam had to pack up and leave us. Anne actually woke up crying that night, saying she missed Sam. :-\
I so treasure opportunities like this to meet up with friends I have met online! God is so good to us, no? What did YOU do this weekend, dear reader?!