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.