Some people get quiet and subdued when tired. Others get hyper.
Nadia is definitely the hyper type!
The highlight of this past weekend was the midnight Easter service, and Nadia looked forward to it all week long. I can't tell you how many times I heard "do we have nighttime church this night?" or "is it Sunday now when Baby Jesus is alive again?" (she always calls Him "Baby Jesus." Always.)
Despite her eagerness, I was half expecting her to be in tears 20 minutes in and end up asleep before it was half over. Yeah, well, I was wrong.
Would you believe me if I said that her eyes never closed until we got back home at 5 in the morning? She stayed awake through the entire 3 hour service, for the party afterwards, and even on the half hour drive home.
Other than a couple of tearful moments, Nadia was even in a surprisingly good mood. But while she may have been awake and cheerful...she definitely has diminished mental capacity in the wee hours of the morning. The kid (who is normally annoyingly conscious of fire safety) managed to almost burn herself not once, not twice, but THREE times - once on the tip of her nose! When she wasn't burning herself, Nadia kept busy playing Mommy to her cousins - arranging beds, tucking blankets in, admonishing them to "go to sleep now, honey."
And those cousins? All four of them stayed awake the entire time, too (despite Mommy Nadia's ministrations!). I couldn't believe how well the girls all did!! In fact, their uncle was the only one to fall asleep.
This is the first year Nadia has really been aware of all the excitement of Pascha. She thought is was awesome. So awesome, in fact, that she's requested that we have nighttime church again next Sunday!
I kept the camera out and snapped a bunch of picture of the service. Even with the ISO pumped up as high as it would go, shutter speed hovered around 1/25....so they are decidedly low quality but I still love the atmosphere they capture. And after months of avoiding Lightroom, I'm finally beginning to see its advantages for editing multiple images at once. Oh, and yes, I've also decided I like blog boards that allow me to post lots of images easily!
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