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.
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!
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…!