"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Our Easter Weekend // Part 2

Easter morning started with two excited boys, happy to find their loot waiting for them in the living room.

Plenty of the standard - candies and chocolates, bubble wands and chalk paint, books and craft items. As well as a new swimming suit for Jaden, a new card game for us to play as a family and a movie that Brandon's had his eye on for a while.

We managed to get ready for church with time to spare and headed outside with our tripod for some family pictures. The rain was still holding off at this point.

Our church once again gifted us with a powerful Easter service. And it was a little different for us this year - with both boys now in the school-age Sunday school program, and that program taking the holiday off, they both sat with us and the entire family so that we could worship together. In order to have a row big enough for all of us, we sat front and center of the stage - definitely different from our usual back right corner spot - and the boys were absolute angels the whole time. I was so proud of them. And I'm not sure there's anything more heartwarming then turning my head to see my little six-year old's head bowed in prayer, hands folded together, eyes closed tight. We sat tucked away in the warm service, while the rain silently fell outside.
We headed home from church to pick up all our food, pack the van and change the boys into play clothes before driving out to Grandpa Don and Grandma Alda's farm. The sky was cloudy, but at least the rain had stopped.

We love that we have this farm to gather every Easter - it's the perfect spot for it. From the kittens to all that land to play on - I love that the boys' most cherished Easter memories will always be here.

We circled around two full tables inside to feast on ham and potatoes, bread and pie - before trickling outside for play and golf-karts and kitten love.

That laughter right there - from Mommy's shrieks while Papa Tim had the golf-kart going so fast, there was smoke coming out of the bottom!

We roamed the farm to find all the hidden eggs that were filled with Grandpa Don's money and Grandma Alda's chocolates - and enjoyed watching Ivy get in on the fun for the very first time. We saved all the purple eggs for her - they were filled special with Ivy goodies. :)

Love this. Love them.

We ended our Easter back at our house with Mom and Dad, leftover ham and cookies and a movie night in front of The Good Dinosaur. A funny, adorable movie and quite the tear-jerker at the end!


It was a good Easter weekend - filled with all the right stuff.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Our Easter Weekend

I had low expectations heading into Easter weekend - mainly due to the weather that was forecasted. Chances of rain and cooler temps don't fall in line with my picture-perfect image of a holiday that is supposed to represent life and hope and a fresh seasonal start. Add in memories of our past couple of Easters when the weather has been sunny and warm, and I didn't think we could really top previous years' memories.

But I was wrong. Our weekend turned out to be a perfect blend of "just enough." There was just enough family, just enough pictures, just enough relaxation and quiet, just enough food and candy - and just enough time outdoors. The rain held off most of the time, the sun came out once in a while, and we had a really good, fun and happy Easter weekend.

We started with a quiet Saturday morning at home while Cody had to run out to get a few hours of work done. The boys played video games, played with Bryce and we baked our favorite chocolate Cadbury egg cookies - a staple every Easter in our home.

After lunch on Saturday, we drove about 20 minutes from home for a visit to Arnka Farms and their Spring Open House.

It was a bit chilly and windy but we were able to enjoy about an hour of animals, egg hunts, and bouncy houses before heading home with bags full of plastic eggs, chocolates and happy boys. Mission accomplished.

The baby goats were our favorite part - especially for Jaden. Whereas Brandon was happy to pet them where they stood, Jaden couldn't stop picking up one after another. And they seemed to take a liking to him, too.

Brandon had highly anticipated seeing some baby chicks, and he got his wish right before the egg hunt started. They were being kept in a tiny little basket, covered by a blanket for warmth, and I asked one of the volunteer helpers if she would kindly bring them out to play with us for just a few minutes.

Needless to say, he wanted to bring this little guy home with him.

The egg hunt was of course the main event in their eyes. I'm not sure what it is about egg hunts - which are really more of an egg scramble - but it brings out the extreme competitiveness in them. When candy is involved, we're talking serious business. :)

They took their marks five minutes early, and the whole thing lasted about 60 seconds. :)


When the hunt was over, we spent a few more minutes wandering the property. Brandon wanted his turn in the bounce house, and Jaden wanted more time with the goats - before feasting on our winnings the whole car ride home.

I love these pictures. Jaden the goat whisperer. Until one of them finally peed on his hands, and that was our cue to leave. ;)

Saturday afternoon included a neighborhood basketball game in our driveway. Kids trickled down to our house by one, providing a full afternoon of entertainment for the boys and ample time for a cup of coffee and a book for me - followed by a date night for Cody and I while the boys spent the evening with Mom and Dad. Cody and I dined on a meal out just the two of us, some shopping and then My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 in the theater. The first Greek Wedding movie was a favorite of mine when we first got engaged and was playing in the hospital room for me during my labor contractions with Jaden. I just had to see round two! Cody was a little skeptical going in, but he laughed right alongside me the whole movie through.

We got back to our house a little after bedtime to find Brandon making a card for the Easter Bunny with my dad and two boys eager to get to bed so they could get to Easter morning.

Stay tuned!