Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter Weekend 2016

Wasn't Christmas just a few weeks ago? This year is just flying right by for me! Hard to believe it will be April by the end of this week. :)

We had a really great Easter weekend, and the weather held out for a surprising long time. It was downright beautiful on Saturday, and I was so pleased that Sunday wasn't a complete wash out all day long. It made for a wonderful last Easter in this house...one of the last holidays we will spend here. I'm not getting sentimental yet. Not letting myself go there...haha.

On Saturday morning we met up at my parent's house for our annual egg dying.

As usual this was an activity that started out strong. All of the kids were excited. Then slowly but surely, as we get about halfway through the 4 dozen eggs or so, kids start trickling off one by one to play until it's just the adults left dipping and dying. :) Charlotte was mostly annoyed that I tried to put her down to do something with my life, but grandpa Roger did manage to make her smile.

Charlotte loves her Papa's. I don't know what it is...can't get enough!

That afternoon we loaded up for Easter at my grandma Linnertz's house. The kids were super excited for their first egg hunt!

It was a packed house at grandma's! Nothing better than yummy food, lots of cousins, and plenty of sunshine. 

On Easter morning (Happy Resurrection Day!!) the kids had fun looking through their baskets, getting dressed, and having an egg hunt all before we left for Sunday school. Our Easters are always packed!

Once again, they were chomping at the bit to go after those eggs! Gracie especially loves this stuff...we can't move fast enough for her. 

The entire time we just couldn't help but comment that next year will be so much better if we are able to get the house we have a contract on. (It's not 100% finalized yet!) We will actually have a good yard and more space to run around!

Charlotte's face just cracks me up. :D

We had a great morning at church. The night before I overheard Eric and the girls from their bedroom talking through the entire Easter story. Sometimes you wonder what "sticks" with a kid and what goes right over their heads. But our girls could tell you the story and the reason we celebrate forwards and backwards and inside out, haha. During the service on Sunday, Gracie looked up to me and whispered, "We're apart from God."

Not really sure where she was going with that, I whispered back, "Our sin separates us from God. That's why Jesus came to die on the cross for our sins."

She smiled and said, "Mhmm. So we can live forever with him."

"That's right."

"Jesus is alive," she said. "And we can be with him in Heaven and the New Earth."

I smiled at my smart cookie, and then she cracked me up when she asked, "Uh...are we going to be babies in Heaven?"

"Haha, no," I said. "But we'll have new bodies that are never sick or tired or hurt."

We had our own little Easter lesson in our row during the church service...don't mind us. I have no idea what was going on everywhere else, but I know that Gracie girl got it. :)

After church we had lunch and some more fun at great grandma Robert's house.

Here the kids received some more baskets and small gifts. I caught Evelyn in the corner reading her card out loud. I love having a kid that can read now, it's so great. :)

We had a delicious lunch before heading out for yet another egg hunt.

We still have friends and family who are surprised when they notice that Charlotte has red hair. :) She sure does, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere!

Amy organized a game for everyone to play. I can't remember what it was called, but the idea was that you had to hit hard boiled eggs together, and you wanted to be the person who walked away without having a cracked egg. 

We were set up in a bracket, and family members went head to head, haha.

Hey, there's little Lincoln saying hello. :) I kept thinking to myself all day that I looked like an Easter egg.

In the end it was the two youngest players left in the game!

And Tessa took the prize. :)

Then it was time to hop skip and jump across the street to my parent's house for the last Easter gathering of the day.

The kiddos couldn't wait to look in their buckets. :)

It was here that Charlotte enjoyed her very first Peep!

By this time in the day the air had suddenly turned cool and we knew the rain, which had stayed at bay all day long, was soon on it's way. So we wasted no time in running out for the third Easter egg hunt. All of the kids were just as excited for this one as they were for the first, haha. They never get tired of it!

We had another delicious meal after this! Stuffed, I'll tell you what! As the kids were going through all of their new loot, I asked Eric if he would take a picture with me. I got a typical response. :)

Ignore my face, this just cracks me up!

Whew, and now I'm Easter festivitied out for another year. We need a wheelbarrow to hold all of the treats in our house, haha. I think it's going to have to slowly start disappearing so this mama doesn't eat anymore Reese's eggs! 

I hope that YOU had a happy and blessed weekend, too. He is Risen! From our family to yours, here's a belated "Happy Easter!" :)

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