Monday, April 23, 2012

Easter Part 2

The Easter bunny visited our house on Saturday night!
Matthew got some outdoor toys and a new "MoMo" book
 Caroline got a lap desk, some outdoor toys and a few of her favorite things:
The kids enjoyed going through their baskets when they woke up on Easter Sunday. It was fun to hear Caroline's excitement upstairs. We got ready, went to church then came back to our house to take some pics and open our last Resurrection egg.
 Daddy/Daughter pic:
 Trying to get a picture of the two of them...
 Poor Matthew came down with a terrible virus on Easter and cried almost all day :-(
So not many happy pics of Matthew from this special day:
 Striking a strange pose in front of our roses:
 Opening our last Resurrection egg with Daddy. Caroline really started to understand the resurrection story this year, and we had lots of good conversation about Jesus dying for our sins then rising again three days later. The eggs really helped solidify the story in Caroline's mind, and I look forward to using them every year.
We headed to my mom's in the afternoon for a yummy lunch and Easter egg hunts.

 Taking a rest break before the easter egg hunt:
 He had his basket and cell phone...ready to hunt :-)

 Next, it was the big kids (me, Matt and my bro) turn. It's a hunt to the death because my mom hides money in the eggs :-)

 Mimi and the kiddos watching us make fools out of ourselves:
 Pretty tables:

 The girls' table:
 Nannie, Caroline, Aunt Jean, Mimi and Yaya
 The guys' table:
Matt, John, and PopPop
We had a special day celebrating the risen Lord with our sweet family! Happy Easter 2012!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Celebrating Easter Part 1

We had some pre-Easter fun before celebrating the actual holiday.
We were egged! (this is a neighborhood tradition where someone places 12 eggs for you to find in your front yard along with a sign and instructions...then you pick someone to "egg" and it continues on and on)
Caroline thought this was the coolest thing EVER!

I feel sorry for whoever hid the eggs in the construction zone that is our front yard.
I wonder who we egged?!? We'll never tell ;-)
Easter Eve, the kids and I headed to their preschool/MDO church's Easter carnival and egg hunt. It was crowded, and I wish Matt had been there to help me keep track of the kids (he was hosting a Master's viewing party). I was scared I was going to lose one of them. We had a good time but it was a little too stressful for my liking!
Trying to figure out what the basket was for:
Caroline was so sweet and helpful to her little bro. She held his basket and tried to teach him how to hunt for eggs. He didn't quite get it, but he loved walking around with Caroline while holding eggs in his hands:
"Give me that egg!!!!!"

My loves:
Posing with her sweet friend, Emmy, and getting ready for her age-group hunt:

Immediately diving into candy:
Um, can someone PLEASE tell me where my baby boy went?!?
Found the candy!!!!
Caroline was so excited to have a bunny painted on her face:

Caroline made an Easter craft while I was wrestled small craft supplies out of Matthew's mouth. We left soon after this picture was taken, ha
So we headed home from the crazy carnival, put Matthew down for a nap, and dyed Easter eggs. A favorite tradition in our house! And Caroline loved doing it all by herself this year.

Coming up...Celebrating Easter Part 2...Easter Sunday!!