Easter | D’s Family

April 1, 2018 | Easter landed on April Fools Day this year — and it was freezing cold! E woke up rather early and climbed into bed with her new Turquoise Bunny, where I snapped a photo or two.  She had to wait for us to be ready for our own egg hunt downstairs, and see what the Easter Bunny had brought her!

Then it was time for another egg-hunt…the Bunny just leaves a few special eggs at our house, and it was a challenging hunt around the main floor for sure!

Knowing we had a big afternoon, I didn’t attend mass with Dave.  Pregnancy-discomfort is REAL PEOPLE.  I just didn’t know if I could do the amount of standing in one spot that church required, so I dressed her (super-warm) and then asked her for a quick photo. I’ve had this dress for over a year, hoping she would wear it for this Easter! Little did I know she would need tights, winter boots, and a cardigan thanks to the weather!

Then it was time to gather with the family — full celebration for Grandma’s 85th birthday, wasabi pickles, and tons of food.  And thanks to sickness (O & B), a new baby (C & new-C) the only hunters this year were E AND S.  So crazy!  The amount of stuff they each gathered was staggering…glad they were able to bring things home to their cousins… 🙂  And this was the year of the new marker-egg-decorating-contraption that the adults enjoyed as much as the kids.  I had to photograph the egg that made me laugh the most.

Easter | My Family

March 31, 2018 | Easter Egg hunt #3 for E was at Nana and Papa’s house — and while they started off looking so SWEET…as soon as we said Ready, Set, GO the competition was on for the 2 big cousins.  C wasn’t exactly sure why they suddenly ran away, but I think next year she’ll be running too… 🙂

Next it was time to check out all the loot — and sneak some bites of candy. Mom went all out on the baskets — one for hunting, one with gifts.  The grandkids were in HEAVEN, and the bunnies were a big hit with the girls.  WaterWow was also a quiet-maker…just look at ALL THREE of them painting away in silence!!  I didn’t get any photos with adults…oops!

And some cell phone images too… 🙂

Pre-Easter Egg Hunts

March 24, 2018 | This is the year we did ALL THE EGG THINGS — I mean, this particular day E was able to hunt eggs TWICE! I think D’s company egg-hunt really brought out the competitive side of hunting, because despite the cold there were tons of people out there. We arrived just minutes before the start, which worked out well because that meant no line to see the Easter Bunny (quick hug and a photo).  We ran around the circle of people, and strained to hear “GO!” before we just let her start running.  Pure, hilarious pandemonium!

Once that was complete, we had a little time at home before our friends’ annual kid-hunt — which is our favorite because, ya know, FRIENDS. E is getting old enough that we can just let her play, which means lots of chat-time. L is so good at planning this event — she made sure there was a challenging golden egg for each kid, and some fun little prizes to boot!  There was pizza, and cartoons, and beer.  It’s awesome — and would have been even better if KSU won their BBall game.  I believe we stayed until late into the night??  OOops!

St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2018 | This St. Patty’s Day happen to fall on a Saturday, which means that the usual parade we go to (family-friendly) happened the weekend PRIOR. Oops! It didn’t seem like a great idea to bring the littles downtown for the crazy adult-scene, so to the Dino museum we went! Luckily our membership went through the end of the month, and my sister had a pass for her family too. We enjoyed a long visit to the museum, and then it was time for FOOD. Outside was cold so we ducked into the first restaurant you walk by…Rock & Brews (ha). The kids actually did really well, with some coloring and outdoor toys, and it worked out that when we were done there was NO LINE to pet the “unicorn” down the street at the toy store. Perfect! And after spending a lot of time checking out the toys, it was finally time to head home for the afternoon. No naps isn’t as bad as I thought it would be at all. She’s so much fun!

So glad she still poses for me when I ask — and I do all that I can to keep it SPEEDY!

Valentine’s Day | Plans & Party

February 12, 2018 | Her first official school V-Day party means…actual Valentines! I thought I was so smart and ahead of the game when I grabbed this set for $3 in the Target dollar bin early-Jan. Unicorns and glitter, with no food-allergy worries! That is, until 2 days before the party I’m putting them together with the class list and realize I’m SHORT. I know for a fact there are no additional sets at the store, so I proceed with MAKING a few extra.  They are 3-4 yrs old, so I can still get away with it! Luckily I had extra dinos on hand that were for her party prizes…ha!  And Dollar Tree had an insane number of balloons/stuffed animals so E got a little surprise from us too… 🙂

I was also doing a lot of party-prepping during this time. I’m much slower-moving/low-energy these days so I started all of this stuff super-early too.  Just working on the pieces here & there, and realizing that the simple games I had planned were going to require much more work than I anticipated! Pulled a lot of these from Snapchat/IG-Stories — and by setting up slowly, E would run into the house every night asking me what ELSE was setup for her party!! 🙂

Christmas Day

December 25, 2017 | Christmas is my favorite — in fact as the day approaches I start to get sad that it’s about to end! This was the most magical Christmas yet for E, and while we got up early to shower/dress for church, she slept until we woke her up, and had to practically hold her back from the living room so I could get into place. I said she could enter, and she RAN right in! Seeing the pink unicorn first, she ran to pick it up and heard a MEOW from one of the wrapped boxes…her face was puzzled/excited (D took video), but we directed her to the stocking. She gets to open the stocking and ONE gift before church, which is so hard on a kid! But the meowing continued so we let her open that one. Bootsie is her big gift this year, and she LOVES that robot cat. After church we returned to the house to open the rest of her gifts, grab a few timer-family-photos, and play before D’s family gathering! Mosby even received a slew of toys…picked by E. 🙂

The big task at this years’ family gathering was a giant family photo — believe it or not, ALL 35 PEOPLE were going to attend…so I took it upon myself to organize a family pic. A FB-event, plus mass-texts ahead of time had people ready to go, and I just had AJ snap it from the deck looking down at the whole crew.  The final image only required 6 head-swaps, but it’s so great! E wasn’t really into the LOUD party, and played in the basement by herself. We searched for her Hatchimals for 10 minutes which solidified that those little things are never leaving the house again…!

Christmas Eve-Eve

December 23, 2017 | This year the calendar had us celebrating my family’s Christmas on Eve-Eve! Which worked pretty well, as it allowed for the whole day together…and some quick photos of the whole crew (darn ladder couldn’t get all of our feet in the timer-shot)! We made the traditional Italian lasagna, and E couldn’t stop asking about when it was present time…guess we gotta work on that. It was so chaotic passing out presents that I barely took any photos. E got some really great thoughtful gifts and never wanted to leave! But the jammie-photo had to happen at the end, and all of the adults helped to get those kids smilin’. E wouldn’t even set down her new dino!