Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Easter Weekend 2012

First and foremost, we know {and teach our children} why Easter is the BEST holiday.  It’s not because of bunnies, eggs, chicks, or presents.  It’s because of the death and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ.  Without His AMAZING SACRIFICE, we would have no hope.  Because of HIS amazing gift to us, we have the hope of eternal life in Heaven with Him! 

We still choose to let our children have fun with the Easter bunny and Easter baskets.  We try to do as much of that as we can on Saturday; that way, the focus on Sunday can stay on Jesus Christ.

I must admit, our Sunday morning was hard to keep focused, though.  Daddy had to be at church early for Praise Team practice.  I’m pretty used to that, and I can usually get myself and three kids ready without issue.  When you add in reading the Easter story, getting in “pretty” clothes, surprise Easter Eggs and candy left outside of your front door (we’re thinking it was our new neighbor), and runaway neighbor dogs…well, it gets tricky!

At 9 AM, Keith was just getting home from practice.  We leave for church at 9:30.  I had two kids dressed for church, and I was ironing my clothes.  One of the boys was still in a pajama shirt and no pants.  Nobody had socks or shoes just yet.

I looked out the window to see our neighbor’s dog take off running down the road.  This neighbor was in the same situation as me – her husband was at church, and she was home getting three small children ready on her own.  Their five year old daughter was in her pretty Easter dress, looking down the road as the dog took off.  Since Keith had just pulled into the driveway, still wearing a sweatshirt and jeans, he chased their dog around the neighborhood. 

Somehow, my boys snuck out without my knowledge while I was drying my hair.  Keep in mind that one was pantless, and the other was dressed for Easter but barefoot.  I panicked when the boys were gone, but I finally spotted them several yards down the road, retrieving Tucker and bringing him home. 

Keith & I hurried to finish getting ready, and we headed out the door.  During church, I noticed that Jensyn’s dress still had a tag hanging off of it.  I quickly checked the boys’ shirts, and I discovered that they, too, still had tags on their new polo shirts.  Ah well, we made it to church on time, we celebrated the resurrection of Christ, and we helped a neighbor.  I guess we’ll chalk that up to a good Easter morning! :)

FRIDAY

Coloring eggs…and kids…and dish towels…and mama ;)

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SATURDAY

We went out for breakfast, then came home to find that the Easter Bunny had come while we were out.  (Shhh…mommy ran in and quickly hid the eggs & baskets while Daddy entertained the kids in the driveway!)

Only the boys got eggs, since Jensyn isn’t quite ready to hunt.  They each had colors assigned to them, and they found eggs with smarties, Peeps, and quarters.

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We have one of those talking eggs that says “Yoo-hoo, I’m hiding!”  We put that in with the Easter baskets, and the boys follow the sound to find their baskets.  This year, they were hidden under the computer desk.  See the boys “cupping” their ears to follow the sound?  They were so cute!

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Diggin’ in to their loot: bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, plastic toy boats, wind-up construction trucks with bunny drivers, an egg filled with tattoos, and “Wooly Willy” style bunny rabbits.  Jensyn got a Little Peoples set, some Gerber toddler snacks, and a new play dress.

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Cousin Cailin turned three, and her birthday party was on the day before Easter.  They had an Easter Bunny theme, and it was LOTS of fun!  The Easter Bunny even made an appearance to hand out toys, and he filled the backyard with eggs while everyone was inside eating.

singing to the birthday girl

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When bribed with large quantities of JELLO BEANS, Jensyn is quite the happy baby!  (The not-so-happy part is the diapers that mommy changed for three days afterwards.  No more jello for this baby until she’s potty trained!)

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SUNDAY

Grandma & Papa’s egg hunt

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1 comment:

Lindsay said...

What a wonderful Easter you had! I too realize its quite challenging to keep the focus on the resurrection on Sunday morning! We actually had an extra kid on Easter morning and had to be there at 8:15 to setup the sound system! LOL about the diapers!