April 20, 2014

Easter Shenanigans

Holidays with school age kids is so much fun. I have always enjoyed the festivities of each holiday since having kids but as the girls have gotten older I have started having more fun mainly because they have a better understanding of what we are celebrating. Also their enthusiasm tends to spill over and gets Paul and I a little more in the spirit of things. The effort we put into making the day special does not go unnoticed by two 6 year olds, where the babies could care less with all of our hard work we put into making the day special. My oldest 2 have pointed out repetitively that I am majorly slacking on decorations though so Pinterest will be in my future and I will have to start preparing more than a week beforehand. Guess I better start looking for ideas for 4th of July now because it won't be long before we start decorating in red, white and blue!

Usually we end up dying eggs the Saturday before Easter. It is a rushed event right before bed which means mom is a tad frazzled and just ready to have it over so kids can be tucked in. This year because of my work and not knowing if I would get Friday off and the fact that we were celebrating Easter on Saturday with  my family we ended up doing eggs Thursday afternoon when the babies were taking a nice long siesta. Two mistakes I made were 1) not buying eggs early enough. I hate when you buy fresh eggs and they are a pain in the bunny's behind to peel. 2) don't tell kids when you are going to dye eggs. They will remind you for days that you are going to color eggs and not just once a day, like every single minute of the day.

I have to say I was grumpy when we started eggs. Why? Because I wanted to be and I was tired and I was so over kids asking when we were going to dye eggs. But by the end I was laughing and actually just hanging out with the kids because this was the first year they pretty much did all the egg coloring by themselves. We had one huge splatter when Aubrey dropped her egg accidentally into the cup but Natalie was right there helping Dad and Aubrey clean up. We also had a couple eggs that were still a tad 'runny'. I did 4 dozen eggs using the oven method (I will never boil another egg) and I think I needed to cook them a couple more minutes because of how many there were in the oven. But in the end we had some pretty great eggs of many different colors.
After the first egg the uniform came off and she dyed eggs in undies which I was extremely thankful for when she was covered in green.

My grumpy face. It took a while for me to enjoy the moment.

Saturday we had a very small family get together for brunch. We had one sick Grandpa who kindly stayed home to not get us all sick, an uncle who stayed behind to shingle his roof and an aunt and uncle who went to the coast for the weekend. Luckily my mom, sister and her mother in law came to celebrate with us. Of course the kids were looking more forward to the egg hunt than the company but they brought the plastic eggs so they couldn't wait for them to show up. We may have started a new tradition of having brunch the day before Easter because it was easy, relaxing and allowed my sister to spend Easter day with her husbands family.

Kenzie hiding eggs around the house with her sister Aubrey.

This picture just melts me. Love these boys, chocolate lips and all. 
After the girls had been tucked in they sneaked into the bathroom and wiggled Aubrey's loose tooth until it came out. She was so excited to lose her first tooth and then she started crying right after because she realized she was in pain.  
Today is the day that Jesus Christ has Risen and we have spent it just with our little family of 9. It has been a day with absolutely no stress which says a lot for a holiday. The Easter bunny along with the tooth fairy came during the night. Three big kids couldn't wait to find their baskets but within 5 minutes were near tears because the Easter bunny hid them too hard. It amazes me we literally have to tell them where their basket is. "Drew is their anything under the fireplace?" "Natalie can you go fold all the blankets in the basket in the living room?" "Aubrey can you help dad pick out a pair of pants for church?" Amazing when I give them these chores they come out all smiles afterwards but somehow the tasks never get completed!

So glad the Easter bunny takes a picture of the baskets before he hides them!
Didn't take long for Rylan to spot his basket. 

First taste of jelly beans and I think they were a hit. 

Lego building
Church with four 20 month olds was interesting today. We got there 30 minutes early and there were still seats but I could not get anyone to move into the center so that we could park our stroller next to us but not block anyone's view of the alter. A tad frustrated I found a row for us but we had to have the babies sit with us. They were content for oh 5 minutes and then they wanted be up, then down, then next to mom and the game went on for the entire mass. All in all they were excellent for four toddlers squished in a pew but by communion time they were DONE. I carried a screaming Rylan down the aisle for communion and I am sure everyone stared but oh well. I just pray Paul and I received many graces for attending mass today because it was not the easiest of Sundays.
The best we could get with all 7 when in a hurry. 

We have all shared in a meal of mac & cheese and deviled eggs, a family nap and now the kids are happily playing outside together (an Easter miracle) while dad works on the chicken coop. It has been a great Easter filled with mass, time together and way too many jelly beans for some cute little kiddos. The kids are now all tucked into their beds and sleeping bags for a very sound sleep. It was very different than our past Easters but I have to say it was probably our most enjoyable one yet. Well I am off to start searching Pinterest for decoration ideas so I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

A neighbor had this bike at the end of their driveway with a 'free' sign on it when we drove home from church. You have never seen a little boy more excited. I told Paul we could have bought him a new bike and he would have rode it for 5 minutes. Give him a free, used bike and he rides it all afternoon. 

Camping in the living room. Daddy won major 'coolest' daddy points tonight. 

And a little glimpse of daddy silliness...

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