we went to the leonardtown easter carnival on saturday.
it was fun and cold but then it warmed up nicely.
delaney was asleep when we left, so we left her with lexi, dropped christian off at baseball practice, and then off we went. our first stab at easter bunny pictures didn't go too well.
when matt went to pick chris up from practice he also picked laney up from house, so then our second try was much better. :)
i wish the big kids would humor me still, and for santa pics i'll insist, but for easter i'll just have to settle on the younger 3.
and a blast from easter past.
circa 1997, lexi hated the easter bunny.
at least my hair was nice though.
i got all soft the next year and didn't make lexi take a pic with the bunny.
what's up with that?
not sure what year this is... maybe '04?
they were soooo little!
loooove that goofy addie! and those goofy big kids!
after the carnival we all took a nice long nap and then it was time for my least favorite holiday ritual - egg dying.
matt was washing the car, so i was flying solo on the egg coloring.
it wasn't too bad, thankfully.
and bouncing back to before the easter carnival - that morning addie ready to hunt those eggs!
checking out the fire engine.
putting addie to work!
addie scoping out the field before the egg hunt.
mapping out her strategy.
she did really well!
the only thing she could have done differently was that she stopped to look at each egg to see if it had the special star attached.
she means business!
and easter morn'!
frankie got a jenga'ish scooby doo game.
it's a pretty good one.
i don't typically let my babies eat a lot of sugar
(i wait till they're at least 2 before we inoculate them)
but this one is so skinny that i let her at her easter candy.
she was conflicted about eating something with a face...
she got over it and ate everything but the face.
frankie the easter bunny!
and delaney the easter bunny.
i love her hands just hanging by her sides!
love this nerd!
i stayed home from church with the 3 little girls.
they are sooooo snotty and coughy and just gross.
i really hate missing church, especially since we missed last week too, but since matt has his navy weekend next weekend, and i didn't really have anything to do at church, i decided to be the good wife and offered to stay home.
at breakfast the girls and i talked about the real meaning of easter, and i told them all about how Christ was resurrected. we had one of those super sweet spiritual moments where the spirit was so strong, and then just like that, as it so often happens with children, it was over and frankie was running to get our little people angel from our nativity. it was cute, she hears angel, she thinks of a tangible angel. then we read the story in our children's bible and then, just for good measure we watched the He is Risen cartoon story.
when the family got home we had an all hands on deck meeting and one and all helped with dinner. we had the missionaries and the buxton's over for a big and delicious easter dinner.
the buxton's daughter lost her best friend last week.
that, and reflecting on easter and resurrection has me thinking of just how very grateful i am to know that there is life after death. i am so grateful to know that Jesus lived, He died, and He lives again. and i am so grateful to know that we will see our loved ones again.
death is not the end, we will see them again.