Thursday, April 30, 2015

Disney Vlogs - Part 3!

Someone must be praying for us, because this week hasn't been bad at all. :) I seriously hope I'm not jinxing myself. But really. We're doing swell. So thank you, whoever you are!

This time last year I was a busy bee preparing for our Disney World vacation...making reservations, planning our days, scouting out just the right outfits and all other facets of obsessive planning. This year I am having so much fun helping half a dozen friends with their own vacations. If I can't go myself, then I am thrilled to live through someone else, and I know so many people who have caught Disney fever - LOVE it! 

Somewhere along the way I lost steam and never did finish our Disney Vlogs from last September, but after a week of helping others with their trips, I have the bug to work on them again. The kids and I have really enjoyed going back through the footage and watching all of our memories this week. I think Reagan gets it more now than he did when we were there, which makes me that much more excited to take him back!

Since it has been so long, I thought I'd link you up to the first two vlogs. You know, in case you forgot. Or if you never got to see them. Or if you're really, really bored. ;)

And finally, here is part three!

In this installment we are on our fourth park day in the Animal Kingdom. I decided to make this it's own video so that we could share plenty of footage from The Festival of the Lion King show that the girls were chosen to be a part of. You can read all about how that experience came to be right here. It was one of our favorite memories from the trip!

There's just one more video left, and I hope to share it with you next week! See ya real soon! ;)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Here I go again on my own....

Well, here we are. Eric is gone.

It's now four to one.

One body against four.

Two arms against eight.

Eight legs against two. But only six of those little legs can run. So. Not too bad.

As long as kids take naps, no one makes a mess, and everyone gets along we should be just fine. Eee...yeeeah. I'm giving myself a three melt-down per day limit. It's a noble goal. :) On a typical day I make it to about 5:00pm before I lose a little piece of myself. That's usually when the un-napped kids get crabby, I'm trying to make dinner, people start running around like banshees, and all heck breaks loose. The only thing that pulls me through this dark hour is knowing Eric will be home soon so I can hand off a baby and finally get a shower and ten minutes of peace.

Ok seriously, when am I going to get a shower this week? When the clock strikes 5:00 each day, say a little prayer for me, won't you? Haha.

It's actually bedtime that I dread the most. Charlotte needs my undivided attention to get to sleep, but now I have a few other kiddos that will need help simultaneously. Teeth brushing, flossing, and rinsing, and reading and prayers...I never do it as good as daddy does. (And I will be gently reminded.) It'll be fine tonight. We'll pull through with a valiant effort. But I just know that by tomorrow there will be no rest for the weary. We'll all end up in one bed poking each other in the eye...feet in faces...bodies - bodies everywhere. My children will go to bed un-flossed. It's going to happen, just you wait and see.

But...I also know I'll get sleepy I love you's and Gracie will turn to me and say something like, "I don't ever want to get married, I want to stay with you forever" just like she did last night. And I'll forget everything those turds did all day that drove me nuts. Yes, at 5:00pm I'll be locking myself in a closet and mumbling incoherently, but once the children are nestled all pretzeled in my bed, it's like it was all just a dream. Look at the darlings.

I don't have any pictures to show you of the darlings. But I can show you a painted letter "R." That's pretty interesting.

My facebook friends know that yesterday there was a little, er, mishap between me and a can of spray paint. When I paint something I always do it in many light layers over and over so that I don't get any drips. I had already been outside twice and was heading out for round three when I picked up the spray can, gave it a little shake and pressed hard on the nozzle. And that's when I received a nice blast of air and toxic fumes to the face. I sprayed myself right across the forehead. I mean. I was in complete shock, followed quickly by utter disbelief. What a doofus! All for a wooden letter. :) I also painted a vase, just like in this ancient post. My pointer finger was nice and blue yesterday.

I'm still trying to figure out what to do with that dang shelf. And here's a picture of our new tv stand, too. Woop!

Oh, and I lied. One of the darlings....

He was watching "Dog."

Or Bolt, as most people know it by. :)

I think I'm ready for whatever life throws at us this week. I make fun of the chaos, but really...not a big deal. I like my job. :) Eric should have a good time in DC for a few days, working and hanging out with some pretty cool people. Meanwhile I'll happily hold down the fort, knee deep in boogers. The juxtaposition of our lives cracks me up sometimes! 

I thought with any free time I might get this week (ha!) that I could finally sit down and work on the rest of our Disney vlogs. I believe we stopped at part two before I pooped out. :D That was only like six or seven months ago. But I've been hankering to get them finished, so...we'll see. Have a great week!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Confession Friday 4-24!

If I don't crank this one out lickety split my house will be destroyed.

I'm pretty sure it IS being destroyed as I sit here nursing a baby and juggling a laptop.

I confess that I don't want to go out there and find out what's happening. No one can make me!

So about this nursing business...let's not waste any time. It's a Confession Friday.

I confess that sometimes breastfeeding can be a real drag. A big ole pain in the butt. Especially in my case, because I can't pump bottles to leave behind so that I can go and do other things. Normally this doesn't bother me that much, but this time...I have to miss Gracie's first school field trip. Eric will be out of town and he can't go, either. I can't tell you how upset this makes me (and Eric) especially after we made such a big deal over Evie's first trip last year. kills my mom heart. I wanna be there with her. She is so excited. Thank goodness grandma can tag along next Friday, but I guarantee as soon as the door closes behind her that morning I'm going to dissolve into a puddle of tears. It sucks.

Oh geez...let's think about something else. What makes me happy?

Oh yeah! I confess I'm already planning our next Disney trip in full-force detail, and we're not leaving until fall 2016. Baha. The extended Robert family is taking over The World. There's going to be over 20 of us. It's going be insane. Insanely AWESOME. I'd tell you to stay tuned, but this one is going to be a while. :)

I was prepping for dinner yesterday when I heard a loud THUNK THUNK coming from the living room. What the heck??

Reagan decided to use the broom as target practice on the spinning ceiling fan.
Help me!

I confess that my son was being so annoying as I was chopping up raw chicken for dinner, BEGGING for me to give him a bite, that I almost gave him one. Then I decided I wouldn't really want to have to fess up to that one in the emergency room when he got salmonella, so I chased him out of the kitchen with my tongs. 

I confess I really wish I could record and post what I'm hearing RIGHT NOW. Gracie is rapping. Like legit, busting a rhyme. About My Little Pony. Ahahaha....

I confess that I sleep with diapers and wipes so that when Charlotte wakes up in the middle of the night I don't ever have to get out of bed. I'm so smart. I'm also lazy.

I confess that I don't know how to french braid, and it makes me sad. No matter how hard I try, I just it. I have three daughters and I can't french braid their hair. I feel that it's one of my biggest mom failures. Haha.

I confess that I avoid draining forgotten bathwater like the plague when the kids forget to pull the plug. I'll put it off as long as possible. There is nothing worse than plunging my hand into a tub of ice cold cloudy suds. Scenes from Titanic flash through my head every time. Not even joking. There's a tub in there waiting for me. *Shiver.*

I helped the girls shoot a video with their dolls, but we couldn't stop laughing long enough to finish it. A giant boy kept peeking through the windows while we were filming. "Yoohoo!"

I confess that there is only one upside to Eric traveling next week. Sloppy joes. Oh man, I have our whole menu planned already. :D

I confess that Reagan just discovered the joys of streaking, and really...I'm wondering what took him so long. I think the girls have him beat on this one. :)

I confess that I don't know how I lived without a Wubbanub before this baby. Best invention ever!

I confess that Grace has been asking to get her ears pierced lately. I had been waiting for that one!! And then...I made the mistake of letting her watch The Parent Trap this week. "Mom, I changed my mind. I don't want my ears pierced." Well, at least Eric will be happy.

And finally, on a serious note...I confess that I have never been more content in all of my life. 

I laid in bed last night listening to my breathing baby and thought, "Somebody pinch me!" Our life isn't perfect by any stretch, but it's pretty darn good. Six people in a two bedroom house and I'm in no hurry to move, no hurry for things to change, no hurry for more of anything. Wish it could stay this way forever!

I'm looking forward to soaking up as much time with Eric this weekend before we say "Sianara!" Hope you have a great one, and we'll see ya next week!



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Heavenly Things


I actually wrote this post a couple of days ago and never published it. I'm not sure why I didn't. I just haven't logged in here for a couple of days and almost forgot all about it. But then... some really strange things started happening to me.

I started having really horrific, out of nowhere. The kind of thoughts that you just have to push out of your mind and wonder where the heck they came from. And then the nightmares. I can't tell you the last time I had a nightmare. But last night I woke up in the middle of the night from the worst dreams, and a terrible ominous feeling hung heavy all around me.

All I could do is pray. I felt like I was under attack - a spiritual attack. Like I had awakened a sleeping giant or something that was hellbent on making my every thought toxic. And then I remembered...this post. The one I hadn't published. And I realized this all started after I wrote it. And so after I prayed and felt so much better, I reminded myself that I HAD to come here and hit "publish" today. Because it's so clear to me that someone doesn't want me publishing it, and well...that means I have to. :)

So here it is, the post from two days ago. For further information on Heaven and the New Earth (a topic that would take me forever to talk about) check out this article by Randy Alcorn. Eric coincidently sent it to me yesterday. I thought he had been reading my unpublished blogposts. But nope. Just riding the same wavelength!


Since there's not a whole lot happening on this homestead at the moment, I decided to tackle a fun and interesting topic on the blog today - Heaven! It has been on my mind this week as our preschool and kindergarten class will be studying it at church this Sunday. And although it seems a little random to bring it up here, I actually think some of you might find it quite useful.

If you have children then it's inevitable at some point they are going to come to you with questions - the "big" questions, as we like to call them. :) It's easy when we're unsure ourselves to just make something up when those questions arrive, but why not go to the source when we can? If you believe in Heaven, that's because the Bible told us so. So....just what does the bible actually say about life after this one? What do we know? What don't we know?

I can't cover it all today, but let's find out!

First of all, Heaven is anything but boring. I don't know about you, but the Heaven portrayed on film and television looks like an absolute snooze-fest to me. It's very...white. And cloudy. And people are kind of lazy, and doesn't really look like much goes on at all, really. It's quite obvious that Hollywood writers and directors don't spend a lot of time cracking open the Bible, haha. I'm not sure Renaissance painters did, either!

But even some Christians get the wrong idea. Some picture Heaven as a giant church service that goes on and on for thousands of years. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good church service, and being in the presence of God in worship - I cannot even imagine how awesome that will be! But I understand why doing the same thing forever sounds a little less than appealing.

The truth is, Heaven is a lot like life on Earth, only infinitely better. In part, because of what doesn't exist there. The Bible promises that there is no pain, no sickness, no death. There is no fatigue. No one is hungry. No one does without. Everyone is trustworthy and a true friend. No bitterness or jealousy. Everyone there has been made perfect. In Heaven we'll have perfect bodies (say what!) that never need doctors or dentists or anything like that. I mean. That alone is amazing!

And people are not just sitting around playing harps or something. The Bible says that there are jobs in Heaven, much like we have here. Some of those jobs include administrators and leaders, builders, landscapers, farmers, fishermen. It's very much implied that there will be weavers, cooks, seamstresses, name it! While we'll all have work, we'll take true joy in that work. It's not the drudgery that we can sometimes feel in our work here. Imagine doing something you absolutely love without consequence. Imagine being a builder and the satisfaction of a completed job without the aches and pains that come with a full days work or the fatigue of laboring. And nothing built will ever decay or crumble in our perfect home. Work that matters and is lasting. Just doing what you love all day long with JOY and accomplishment. Awesome.

But it's not all work and no play, either. There will be so much to explore. So much to learn, because we won't know it all. That would make us God. :) So much to see and do. All of the fun of a giant city - skyscrapers and roadways that are all clean and safe and perfect...made of gold so pure that it's transparent. (New York City - eat your heart out.) And the most beautiful nature and lush gardens...crystal seas and rivers...likely things we've never even seen here before. Jesus himself called it "Paradise." There will be tons of feasts and banquets. Lots of music and dancing. Can you imagine always eating and drinking the BEST food? Think of your dream vacation. This is so much better than that. Haha.

Better than this!

And this!

And this!

Even this!

Imagine the friendships. So many people to meet! And holy cow - the saints of old. Can I pleeeease get a seat next to Abraham Lincoln? Just like, one time. That's all I need. :) Or Paul. Talking to PAUL?? It gives me goosebumps. And he's not even JESUS. I just. I can't even. Somebody stop me. Not to mention some of the family members and friends we ache for now but that we'll be reunited with. Sigh....

What we will NOT be is angels. I'm not sure where that idea came from, but the Bible is very clear that humans and angels are two separate creations (angels came long before) and that we remain separate beings in heaven. It even says that humans "rank" higher than angels! I could do an entire blog post on angels alone, but for the time being, just know that no, we will never be angels. But we will live with them, which is pretty cool. :)

We will have stored treasure and reward in Heaven. Jesus reminds his followers not to love the things of the world, but to serve and honor him and store up our treasures where they will last forever. Because "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

The best part of all is that we will be in the presence of God. Under his protection and care. The one responsible for all of it. That's another thing I just can't wrap my mind around. This finite brain cannot handle it. There are no power outages in Heaven, because God is the source of the light. I can't comprehend that power. As human beings the Bible tells us that we could not even look upon the face of God and live to tell the tale. But in Heaven...we will finally be able to see him.

The thing is, NOT being in the presence of God can only mean one thing. Being with God is Paradise. The absence of God is Hell. And that could be another blog post, too. Truth is, I don't even want to think about that. But. Imagine the worst of what you see on Earth. Consider where the source of that evil comes from. Then imagine spending eternity in the presence of it.

The Bible also gives some pretty clear instructions on how to get to Heaven. While you certainly can't buy or even earn a "ticket" to Paradise, you do need a reservation of sorts. :) And that reservation can only be made for a limited time. That time is now. And no one knows when their time is up. When Thomas asked Jesus, "How do we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me."

Heaven is a perfect place, and only those made perfect can get in. Since none of us are perfect, that poses an enormous problem. That's why Jesus, the son of God, came to Earth, lived a perfect life, and died. Before Jesus, people made sacrifices to atone for their sin. But when Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, people no longer had to do that. He paid the price once and for all.

It's a heart issue. Scripture says that you have to recognize that you are a sinner and that you NEED the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for you. When you recognize that, ask forgiveness - repent. And ask God to be your savior, your leader, your Lord. Don't just assume God knows you're a Christian. He wants to hear it. From you. If you truly do believe. If you're not really sure, well...pray about it. Ask God to show you what the truth is. God promised that he would reveal himself in some way to every single person. (Romans 1:18-20) So no one can ever say they weren't presented with the truth in their lifetime.

I know so many of you reading this today have heard this all before. I know you and I will see and experience a lot of really cool things together in this awesome place! I'm so glad to know Eric will be there. My mother's heart prays daily that my kiddos will be too. And you, of course! ;)

Yes, Heaven is a far cry from Hollywood and is better than we can even imagine. Full of adventure yet safe as can be. Full of beauty and happiness and free from evil.  It's all love, all the time. I'm not afraid of death. It's a promotion.

If you have a preschool or kindergarten aged child I invite them to come and learn more about Heaven with us this Sunday! You just let me know if you're interested, and I'd be glad to give you the information. Hope your day is...heavenly! (Ba-dum ching!)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Only my true friends will read this. :)

Eric got in late this week from an unexpected business dinner.

"My steak was overcooked, and it made me miss you."

Thanks? :D

I love him. And I missed him, too. So many late nights...conference and school sort of blew up at the same time for Eric. And if his schedule is crazy, my schedule is crazy by default. A package deal.

For the past week I've been fighting with my computer and silently protesting a new photo program Eric installed. I can't blog without pictures, I just can't. And I've had no pictures. At least not the ones I've wanted. So I'm giving up and going back to what I know for today, because another full week without blogging? Blargh.

Look at this little cutie patootie. I wanna smoosh her and squeeze her and love her all day long.

She's plumping up quite nicely. :)

Charlotte was all dressed and ready on Friday night for the annual Life Network banquet. All of our babies attended the banquet when they were itty bitties. I've been pregnant or had an infant for the event almost every year since 2009, haha. It was another wonderful evening, and we are proud to support such a great local organization!

Life is great and we've just been living it. Truly, I can't think of anything spectacular to tell you about,  but it's all good. Well...Eric might say otherwise. :) He's ready for things to slow down, but we're booked through the middle of May, so...not happening any time soon. He will be gone most of next week for a business trip. My first week alone with all four children. This could be really interesting. 

Remember these kids?

The novelty of a new baby has still not worn off. Evie just named her new doll Charlotte. :)

Now, since Gracie is begging for the computer and I'm just rambling anyway, I'm going to leave you today with....

Five totally random facts:

1. Reagan has fallen off of the couch three times already this morning. What the heck? 

2. Our yard currently looks like a wild jungle. It's shameful. It's also not our fault. The repair shop has been holding our lawn mower hostage since last Monday. We'd like it back, please.

3. We're finally replacing our piece of junk TV stand for this one...

...and it can't come soon enough!
(I really wanted a pretty blue one. Eric put the big foot down. "In two years you're going to look back and say, 'That was so 2015!'" Who cares - I still wanted it, haha.)

4.   Gracie loves you. She wanted me to say that.

5. We got a pet! Not really. Our mama bird returned to the Red Bud tree in our front yard to build a nest.

And that's as close to a pet as our kids are getting any time soon. :D
They really want a dog. 
I need another thing to care for at the moment like I need a hole in my head.

If I hear, "Can I have the computer?" one more time I'm going to lose my junk. Someone in this house is having a severe My Little Pony video withdrawal.  

If you are still here, you are amazing! A true friend. Thanks for putting up with us, haha. Hugs to you!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Sprucing

I was telling Eric the other day that I didn't realize how much energy I had really lost during my pregnancy until I got it back. Even with an extra addition it has been so much easier to get things done around the house lately, and I've been truly enjoying it more than I have in a long time. It doesn't hurt that Spring gives everyone a good kick in the pants to get things cleaned up and spruced up!

Since the beginning of our marriage Eric and I have lived in a mismatched concoction of college furniture and inherited furniture...any old decor we could find to fill the walls and whatever was on clearance that we picked up along the way. Quite honestly we didn't have time to care nor the allocation in our budget for extra things. We were so focused on getting those ridiculous loans paid off that we said "To heck!" with all of that stuff. Furniture could wait. Pretty things could wait. We actually recycled a ton of our wedding decorations for our home decor, haha. And since we had a Fall themed wedding that meant that our house has always been filled with burgundies and burnt oranges, browns and yellows. It was very cozy, but I was beyond ready for a change!

We've jumped now from warm to cool - everything around here is blue and green with a bit of yellow thrown in. It's like a breath of fresh air. I'm not done yet, but today I'm sharing a few of the new things we've picked up and some areas of the house that have been re-organized - as always, with the disclaimer that I am no decorator, haha. I just like new stuff! ;)

Thank goodness for Target. They have been having great sales on home stuff, and I've placed several orders over the last few weeks - in part thanks to Swagbucks, where I've been cashing in for Target gift cards! Here are two of the orders that I put in recently. A new welcome mat for the front door, rugs for the kitchen, table linens, curtains and curtain rings, mirrors, and one of my favorite things - a white pitcher to be used as a vase.

Our breakfast area has gotten an update with some of the new things set out. Someday I'll have a real dining room. :) The pitcher is waiting for the blue, green, and white hydrangeas that I have on order. Can't wait until they finally get here!

I also changed out the display in our china cabinet to include the silver pieces we have inherited from Eric's Grandma. I LOVE it.

The silver looks great with all of the blues. I was just so tired of "saving" the nice things that we had in storage. Time to start bringing some of it out!

The tray on the left was a wedding gift from grandma and the rest we picked out one day from her collection. The tea service is so beautiful! There is also a pretty silver rimmed bowl that you can barely see in this picture. Now I want to fill this cabinet with silver. :D

The living room received some new curtains as well (same as the dining room) and I'm still figuring out what to do with this shelf:

For now I have one of the new mirrors propped up between a couple of mini-pails with flowers. (And beneath an extremely dirty air vent I still need to clean, haha.) This was a total basement-dive display. :)

The opposite wall remains the same. I wanted to get a new large piece of artwork to put there but decided that I would rather wait on canvas prints of our family instead. The Robert family is FINALLY going to get some professional pictures taken. Now that we're complete we'll make the splurge. ;)

The burlap wreath is still hanging, and here's a terrible picture of it:

I love these things, because you can just change them up with each season! I just whip up a new bow when the next holiday comes around. I think we'll keep this one up until the Fourth of July. 

And of course, the DIY sunburst mirror found a home in our bedroom:

I was going to hang it over our bed, but decided I wanted to see it more myself, haha.

Then there were just a ton of little projects that needed to get done around the house. You know the kind, where once they're done you ask yourself why you didn't take care of it long ago. One great example was our kids' shoe situation. Ay yi yi....

I don't think this one really needs an explanation....

Duh. Finally. 

Over the past six months or so we've gotten new living room and bedroom furniture as well as rugs and bedding and all of that stuff. Truly, I think we've changed out just about everything but our dining room furniture since Thanksgiving. I'm still on the hunt for a new dresser for the kiddos and a tv stand for our living room, so if you see any great deals - hey - help a sister out! :)

There hasn't been any one huge thing I've changed up this Spring. I didn't really spend a ton of money. It was just a lot of little things that have added some color and made spending time around here just a little more fun. The added bonus: buying new things for your house makes you WANT to keep it cleaner, haha. We're all less stressed and happier when everything is in it's place. Hope you've been able to get some projects done, too! And if not, well...Target is still running great sales, have my permission to go buy yourself some new things and get some motivation. Hey - worked for me! :D

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Weekend 2015

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you all had a blessed Easter and/or are having a blessed Passover this week. I have a couple of Messianic Jewish friends who celebrate both! I wish I could be a Messianic Jew...haha. That is like the pinnacle of awesome to me. :) In college I had the pleasure of attending worship and fellowship in a synagogue for one class and a seder meal for Passover in my History of Judaism class, and I loved it!

ANYWAY, we had a great Easter weekend. We are pooped! Eric just went back to work this morning, and I think we both felt like we needed a long weekend to recover from our long weekend.

The kids and I dyed eggs with John and my mom on Saturday. They were all more into this year than ever before - even Reagan! And this was the first year in as long as I can remember that we didn't have a giant spill within two minutes of starting. :) It was a success!

Haha, Charlotte....

...she enjoyed it, too. 

Afterwards my mom told the Easter story with the resurrection eggs.

We were already very familiar with these eggs, but my mom was given a brand new set at our local IGA store that morning. They were handing them out for free - awesome!

Reagan was enjoying a little wine from the tiny goblet during the Last Supper portion of the story...baha...perhaps a bit too much. :D

It made for a great morning!

We stayed home that night as everyone prepared for a big next day. I was up late working a little magic which made life extra difficult when Grace decided to wake the whole house up extra early to see all of the new treats that they got. Between staying up, getting up with Charlotte, and waking up early I maybe got three hours of sleep? Still recovering....

It finally happened. I was waiting for it. This was the first holiday where the kids decided to take matters into their own hands - particularly Gracie. She swore she was going to catch a certain bunny in action. When that didn't happen she woke up, woke her big sister up, and they snuck out of their room to see their baskets before mom and dad even knew what was going on. I didn't get to see their first reactions to anything, but they sure were excited when they jumped in our bed and listed every single thing they got! Little stinkers. :) 

Thank goodness I had the foresight last year when we got new baskets to buy a fourth matching Easter basket - even though we weren't even pregnant yet and had no idea we would be so soon. It worked out perfectly. 

I try to keep a lid on the amount of candy in our baskets, because I know there will be more later. But I did catch Reagan trying to open his sour punch straws for breakfast. :)

I'm always amazed at how much we are able to accomplish on Easter morning. We wake up, the kids get their baskets, we make a family breakfast, we bathe everyone and get ready for church, the kids have an egg hunt, and then we make it out the door for Sunday School at 9:30am. I'm shamelessly giving us an award for doing that with four kiddos this year, haha. But that would probably explain why we peaked at about 10:00am that day. ;)

Of course our holiday-crazed Grace was chomping at the bit and the first at the door to hunt eggs!


Church however...was a disaster. :D The kids did okay in Sunday school, but we deteriorated during the church service, making it to about the second song before three of our four kids had a meltdown. T.I.R.E.D. I took Charlotte back to the nursery to nurse, and by the time I came out I saw Eric in a rocking chair with a sleeping Reagan in his lap. They were done for the day and it had only just begun, haha.

We had two family Easters to attend that afternoon. Both were filled with delicious food, treats for the kids, and more egg hunts! 

Happy first Easter, Charlotte!

Baby girl got lots of attention!

Cuteness everywhere!

At my parent's house there were 115 eggs hidden...for four kids. Haha. The yard was dripping eggs!

Evelyn was literally praising Jesus as she ran around the yard in egg hunt wonderland. :D

As usual my mom whipped up a feast of ham and all the fixings. She made chocolate pies and bunny cake and a vanilla pudding stuffed! My mom loves to cook. :) It's fitting then that next year she will be the head cook at our kids' school. So if your kiddos attend the public school here, watch out! She has ideas. Haha. 

And more treats for the kids...

They ended this day like they do most holidays...saying it was the best day of their lives and asking how long until next Easter. Even though we were exhausted...there were meltdowns...and it was a super long day, we survived it and came out with some good memories. As always I'm so thankful for family who love on our kiddos and spends time with us. 

Easter is the most meaningful holiday on the Christian calendar. Pretty sure I say this every year, but I'll say it again. Christmas is wonderful, but without Easter, Christmas means nothing. Easter is what it all hinges on. It's what the whole story is about. The rest of scripture...meaningless without Easter. Going to church...meaningless without Easter. We participate in the fun stuff, because it's just fun. But our family prepared for weeks in anticipation of this day...reading the story at home and at church...reminding each other what it's really all about. Christ died on the cross and, most importantly, he rose again. His sacrifice saved my soul, and I pray yours, too. His life and death divides time and history. It's sort of a big deal. :) 

We love Easter, and we hope you had a good one, too!


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