Easter this year was so much fun! Baby Cowboy got his own basket and the Easter Bunny and Nana really gave the kids some fun in the morning.
And boy did they have fun. Yes we ate Candy for breakfast. Yes, it was good!
Even Cowboy seemed impressed with his “haul” (which was this little alligator, a bee book and another board book).
It was also Juice’s birthday on Easter. We celebrated! Kind of! He opened his present when the aftermath of Easter kind of died down. I got him some supplies to clean his swords, and the kids gave him a box to keep it in. They also drew all over it. I traced their hands on the top and it’s totally adorable.
Juice is 34 this year!
This is what happens when you give a 4 year old candy for breakfast.
He was very excited about that bag of jelly beans.
After church and some normal food, we had ice cream cake and blew out candles. Juice was able to Skype with his family and mine which made him really happy. He misses them. We all do! But it’s fun that we have technology to be able to see each other in real time. I just keep thinking of those pioneers who left their homes and never saw their families and parents again and went west. Courage!
Speaking of church, here is the picture of the kids in their Easter clothes!
I love how all the boys match each other. Butterfly is wearing my old dress. She gets her baptism dress this year and she’ll be wearing that to church, but it’s not made yet. Looking forward to seeing it soon though!
This is a better picture of the clothes. And your not drawn to Pirates crazy smile so much. I think he might have had too much candy.
Because I’m woefully behind with some posts, here I will give you Easter in pictures.
My parents were in town during our Easter celebration. Nana organized an Easter Egg hunt for the kids the day before. Butterfly was so excited to do it she wouldn’t stand still.
This video is of during the hunt. The screaming in the background is Professor who didn’t WANT to do SOMETHING of EXTREME IMPORTANCE so we left him crying on the porch and had fun without him. Don’t worry, he did eventually come around.
The kids each had their own color they had to look for. There were 10 of blue, yellow, and purple for each kid to have. Here is Pirate and Professor showing off their loot. (Not sure why I don’t have a picture of Butterfly and her basket…)
Nana gave the kids some Easter presents, including new Easter clothes! Very exciting!
Easter morning brought Easter Baskets! The kids loved eating SOME of the candy. I need to remember that they aren’t all that fond of chocolate, especially Butterfinger eggs. I, on the other hand, think those things are wonderful!
With candy, each kid got a few books (bought second hand at the twin sale) and a few little toys. Butterfly got a hand held microscope that was glued to her eye for a few days.
I think Professor tried to eat this one through the wrapper. Yuck!
Pirate ate the heads off the chocolate chicks that he got and then didn’t want any more. I had a bite after him and it was not great chocolate!
Sunday morning we took a few pictures before church. Here are a few of my favorites.
This year’s Easter was very low key. We spent the day in our pjs listening to General Conference and eating candy. The big fun in the morning was the Easter baskets though! When Butterfly was the boys’ age, I think I gave her a handful of jelly beans and a few toys/books. The boys got significantly more candy that she did. Juice was not happy with the slobbering sticky chocolaty mess. But I figured it was a win because they almost didn’t fight over the candy. Each kid got 2 toys and I ended up using 2 bags of candy between the 3 of them. I think that was enough. Butterfly got sidewalk chalk (something I know we will need for the summer and hopefully use up before the summer is over) and a bunny Mr. Potato head. This is our family’s first Mr. Potato Head. I bought another generic Mr. Potato Head in advance to ward of fighting. A good call. Besides the jelly beans and the robin’s eggs (which no one in our family likes…who knew?) she got some pink Peeps and a chocolate bunny.Pirate got bubble solution (also something we will use up before the summer is over) and a pair of sunglasses. They are green. They are funky. They were a dollar. He also got jelly beans, robin’s eggs (which he ate for about 2 minutes and then started to spit out, much to Juice’s dismay), purple peeps and a chocolate bunny. The bunny’s ears were eaten and then he carried it around like a doll for about an hour. By the time Juice wrestled it away from him, it was hairy, melted and dirty. Pirate screamed, Juice huffed about it and I just smiled. Crazy kid! Professor also got bubble solution (we go through a lot of bubbles here…it’s one of the words that they both will say) and another pair of those sunglasses. The sunglasses are a bit big for him. But he loves them. He calls them ‘eyes’. He also got jelly beans, robin’s eggs (ate one, wouldn’t touch the rest), yellow peeps and a chocolate bunny. He ate his bunny as best he could, starting with the face. Once it fell apart on him (the horror!), we took the rest of the pieces away and he cried.
Bubbles and sidewalk chalk outside in our pjs fixed every one’s mood.
Also Conference fixed every one’s mood. And looking for my brother, Uncle MusicMan who sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It’s pretty cool to hear all three kids cheer and clap when I point out their Uncle. Here, you can cheer and clap too.
Watch about 4:16 on the video and he’s in the back in the middle. One great Easter here!
And no, this is not a Maryland crab joke. I tried one of those on Juice this afternoon and he kind of looked at me funny.
The day started out okay. Juice got up early to go to some sort of skeet shooting thing with the church. He should have checked his email before he left because it got cancelled. He came home crabby because no one was at the church. From there, he hustled us out the door, which made ME crabby. I had big plans this morning. Like resting my aching legs and desperately trying to find some time to do something on line that I want to do.
No go with him. Out the door to the grocery store and to get the boys’ hair cut. This is their second professional cut of their lives. The first one was around their first birthday. And this one only because I’ve trimmed it badly several times in a row and it looked all lopsided.
Half an hour later and three suckers (Butterfly was lucky enough to get one even though she did not get her hair cut) and we were done. They look so old! There was no screaming this time. What a difference a year makes.
Then from there we rushed home for lunch and naps before our church’s big general meeting. We have them 2 times a year (always the first weekend in April and October). This year Easter and Conference landed together. We’re able to watch Conference through the Internet. Sadly, I slept through most of the morning session.
In between sessions (5 sessions total, 3 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday, each 2 hours long) we ran to REI to pick out a big girl bike for Butterfly for her birthday. I am a member and I get cash back for everything I purchase there. And last year I bought A LOT of stuff from them. So I got a lot of cash back. We did not come home with a bike today. But we did come home with a size for her bike. She looks enormous on a 16 inch bike but okay on a 20 inch bike. Seriously, she is amazingly tall! Sadly, this also means we’re going to have to buy special training wheels for her that will fit her bike. And they didn’t have the color she wanted in stock so back home to order it online.
The whole time we’re out everyone is cranky. Professor REFUSES to be put down by me or touched by Daddy lately. He spent the day strapped to my back. Butterfly is whining that she doesn’t WANT a bike (but perked up when I told her she could have a bell on it) and Pirate desperately wanted to be where Professor was.
Several times today I had to count to 10 to keep my temper. Everyone needs to just do as their told! And if I tell you to stop whining, DO IT.
I didn’t buy a one of a kind necklace that I wanted to. I saw it about a week ago and thought I would wait a week to see if I REALLY wanted it before I bought it. That whole, trying to keep impulse buying down to a minimum. I REALLY did want it but as of a few days ago, it was sold. I am super sad about it and am now researching how I can make one of my own.
Juice (happily…too happily in my opinion) went off to the meeting for the men tonight and left me to get everyone in bed. Which happened soon after we had a snack. And during the snack, both boys started signing every sign I know. More, milk, hurt, various animals, sorry, sad, happy, thank you, cracker, cereal, etc. They were having a ball and asking each other for more milk and then passing cups around. Butterfly caught on to what they were signing before I did.
After they were in bed, I spent the evening eating Easter candy, putting some in their baskets, and watching a very girly movie. It wasn’t great but my popcorn was good.
Now if I can get to bed and get some sleep, maybe we’ll all be in better moods tomorrow.