As usual lately, I’m a few weeks late on everything going on. Wrapping up the school year, being gone for 10 days in June, then returning to the flu, and a surgery for Carson has made June fly by and so far all of July has been recovery mode. That all being said, my sweet boy made his First Communion back on May 7th and we filled two days full of God, family, and parties.
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Back on Sunday, May 7th Jack and I arrived at church an hour early to check in and essentially wait. Apparently the little church ladies (you know the ones) wanted to make sure no one was late. We checked in and then I stole the chance to take a few pictures before the church filled up. It was such a lovely and quiet time with Jack while we waited.
After I left Jack with his teachers to line up and process in, I went and waited inside to grab seats for our family that was able to attend.
Anyway the Mass was so lovely and Jack was so happy after we saw him. He kept telling me how good he felt and it was a great day! Melt my heart. After Mass, Jack received a present and hand calligraphered (that’s a word I promise) certificate and we all celebrated with some cake!
Party & Celebration
Having to work around a blended family schedule and a weekend shift job, meant everyone came over for dinner on Monday evening. We did a BBQ style menu, with pulled pork sandwiches (smothered in BBQ sauce yum!), potato salad, coleslaw, fruit, and chips. It was easy food as I could prep most ahead of time.
I also made this sacrament punch. It’s white! How festive. I changed around a few things:
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon almond extract
6 (2 liter) bottles carbonated lemon-lime beverage
2 (½ gallon) carton vanilla ice cream
Over medium heat, mix the sugar and water in a saucepan, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, add the evaporated milk and almond extract. Chill until you are ready to serve your punch. (I did this step the night before).
When you are ready to serve the punch, combine the milk mixture and lemon-lime drink (I used 7-up) in a punch bowl. Add the scoops of ice cream, and stir to break up the ice cream, incorporating it into the punch.
I made a fraction of this – oh my goodness it would’ve made so much! I also significantly reduced the amount of almond extract as it was SUPER sweet.
Then of course dessert and decorations are always my favorite part! I stuck with a light blue, white, and gold theme for as much as I could.
I hand lettered using acrylic paint “God Bless Jack” on a burlap banner. Find similar here.
He was so happy through all of it and so proud. Isn’t that what this is all about?