Happy Easter

Happy Easter!  Today was a beautiful, perfect day!  The kids were up at 5:15am (thanks Eve!) and eager to see if the bunny brought candy, despite our recent sugar reduction efforts.  I was interested to see if the kids are still into Easter as a holiday or not.  I did a lousy job of decorating or any sort of prep work, but we bought eggs yesterday (five dozen because they were only .50¢ more than four dozen at BJs!) and managed to get most of them colored before the kids got bored and wandered off.  I left a dozen uncolored and Alan made himself some egg salad.

Five dozen eggs!

They managed to color nearly four dozen before wandering away. :)

The bunny did come, of course, and there are jelly beans and chocolate eggs in those baskets, plus I snuck in two chocolate carrots from Mema first thing in the morning.  I bought one regular sized bag of chocolate eggs and one regular sized bag of jelly beans and divided them between the three baskets (one for each kid, plus the glass decorative one in the middle) and we all snacked on them all day.  I’m ok with that and proud of myself for not also buying Cadbury mini eggs and jelly beans and Peeps and eating sugar for weeks leading up to Easter.

Easter surprises on the table.

Eve was worried about not getting candy and where the bunny would leave the basket.  She said it might be on the table like it always is, but she cleared off a big spot on her desk, “just in case.”  I left her a big basket with a stuffed animal (same one I leave out every Easter) and a card that I think she made last year.

This friendly bunny greeted Eve when she woke up at 5:15am!

They are still young enough to enjoy a good Easter egg hunt!  Thankfully!  :)  Alan and I hid the eggs twice and the kids raced to find them, slightly more competitive than they have been in past years.

A sunny egg peeking out.

A real egg masquerading as a fake egg. The kids found it pretty quickly. :)

Lex paused long enough for the picture, but you can see his eyes are still looking for eggs! :)

Alan though the Serpent was hungry for eggs!

It was a perfect, beautiful day, but we never made it outside for an egg hunt.  After a few rounds indoors I took Arlo for a long walk (I invited everyone else, but no one wanted to join us), then when I got home Lex came outside and we spent awhile raking the front yard and dumping the yard debris in the ravine across the street.  By the time we were done with that, and had lunch, Lex was ready to crash on his computer for awhile.  His friend came over and they played Minecraft all afternoon.  Eve was super tired and spent much of the afternoon in her room, listening to audio books.  Eventually she came down, we got the cat litter box cleaned out (it can’t be all fun!) and then she laid down on my bed to watch YouTube videos and I passed out next to her.  It’s always a good day when you get a nap, and a great start to our vacation!!

Happy Easter

Our day in photos…

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We remembered to buy eggs the day before Easter and finally got to coloring them that evening. Plenty of time, plenty of time.

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Easter eggs are so pretty

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Easter baskets. I told Lex last night that the bunny wasn’t very prepared, but when he woke up this morning he told me I was silly and obviously the bunny was very prepared, as usual. Whew! Really it’s a bunny and books from previous years, bubbles, and candy. That’s it! Oh, and a little bracelet for Eve. But they are happy, so that’s all that matters!

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Eve made an Easter basket for me and Alan. :)

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She’s so sweet! <3

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Everyone loves lying in the sunshine! (ignore that crazy outlet behind him!)

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It’s good to label your children so you don’t forget who they are.

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The kids took a few selfies while waiting for me to hide the eggs.

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Our first egg hunt was at 2pm this year! Normally we’ve done a dozen or so by then! We did three outside, Eve ended up an emotional angry mess, and that was the end of that fun. Maybe we’ll sneak in another one inside before bed. Or maybe not. We’ll see.

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Counting eggs. Gotta make sure you find them all!

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A few more selfies from Lex. He took about a hundred! I love this boy!

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Easter eggs are especially beautiful in the sunshine!

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Hiding in plain sight. :)

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I took Arlo out for a 3+ mile run/walk this morning, then Alan took him out for a 4 mile run this afternoon. Plus several walks up and down the street for bathroom breaks. He is a tired boy!! He put his head on my leg and fell right asleep. :)

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This boy can’t pass up a chance to cuddle a sleeping dog! Luckily the dog is super chill with the kids!

Now the boys are playing Minecraft, the girl is upstairs in her room protesting the world (she’s having a rough day today unfortunately), and I am looking around at everything that needs to be done and feeling totally uninspired. Maybe I’ll make myself (another) cup of tea and read for awhile!

Happy Easter. Life is good.

Easter weekend

We had a busy weekend!  Easter fell just after Eve’s birthday so we did a little celebrating of both.  Friday afternoon we had friends over to play (and my bestie over for tea!), Rosy came to visit, and Alan and I went to a late-night dinner party.  We were all tired by the end of Friday, but that was just the beginning. 

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First tree climb of the season, I think.

Saturday included a trip to GemStar, cake baking, egg decorating, painting, and more.  Then Alan brought home a movie and is grownups were up until midnight! That made two nights in a row! 

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Rosy was in need of a few original pieces of artwork so she commissioned two little painters.

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Boring mommy made them move to the table because painting on the floor was just too messy!

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While they painted I did a little creative work of my own.

Oh yes, and Easter basket filling, of course!

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Pretty table, all ready for Easter morning..

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I like my own decorations. :-) I was excited to find these sugar eggs on Etsy. I have find memories of them in my own Easter basket as a child, and the eternal question as to whether or not to eat them.

Sunday was Easter, so we started the day with candy for breakfast.  Of course. The egg hunts, a trip to the playground, a little birthday party, and early bedtimes!

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There was no question for Eve. Sugar? Eat it!

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We had the usual Easter egg hunts. The kids still love looking for eggs!

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My masterpiece! Eve's final cake for this birthday. As usual it was an ever evolving project. I love how it came out.

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We did a few outdoor egg hunts as well, but it was chilly out there!

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There is still a fair amount of snow on the ground too! We were hiding eggs in snow banks.

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Daisy ran from window to window trying to keep track of everybody outside.

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Daddy attack! :-)

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Mad dash for an egg Alan hid up high. :-)

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Good thing Rosy was here. She took us on a walk to the playground to shoot some hoops.

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Aunt Katie and Popcube came over for awhile to hang out and eat cake. Eve was pretty wound up by this point!

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This giant slab of cake didn't help matters much.

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It's not perfect, but I'm pretty proud of how the cake turned out. I love the vivid colors! Rainbow parties are great!

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Alan sliced it in an odd way. This looks like a cake tunnel. Yum!

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After cake the kids proceeded to flail around on the floor, wrestling and laughing like sugared up wild ones!  The crash came about 15 minutes later, but some alone time and iPad time helped settle everyone down. 

That about (almost) wraps up Eve’s 8th birthday and Easter 2015.  Now for a few weeks of sugar detox!

Happy Easter

Only two days late with this post…

We had a lovely Easter this year. The weather was perfect. The kids are growing up, but still excited for Easter candy and egg hunts. For days leading up to the big event Eve told me elaborate stories of her friendship with the Easter Bunny, who just so happens to be her stuffed animal bunny named Cinnamon. Cinnamon comes to life on Easter eve and brings Eve, and her friend Logan, around the world delivering baskets to all the good children of the world. A lovely story.

For the first time this Easter the kids got up on their own, as they have been doing on weekends lately, and I woke up a bit later. Alan woke up a lot later, missing the first three egg hunts!

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Coloring eggs. The kids insisted on 36 of them, which worked out well because we broke many of them along the way!

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Pretty colors.

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Pretty Easter baskets. That’s Cinnamon, the real Easter Bunny, in the middle.

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Daddy bunny was worried the kids would eat all the chocolate before we woke up, so he left a little note.

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A word of caution from the Easter Bunny. :)

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The kids still enjoyed the egg hunts. We did many and I tried to make them challenging!

After the Easter celebrations we went outside to enjoy the day. The kids helped with yard work as a way to earn some money. Lex worked really hard and earned enough to afford the Snap Circuits kit he’s been saving for. He was pretty excited. We still have the side lawn to do and he is saving for a butterfly tent next, so hopefully next weekend he’ll help me with that. I don’t mind paying for hard work!

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In the afternoon, while the kids and I raked the lawn, Alan cleaned out the garage, installed a charging station for the new car, and flew the kite. It was a busy day. :)

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Eve made a hat for her bunny. I think it is a beautiful Easter Egg drawing.

It was a wonderful way to end our wonderful April vacation. The day, and the whole week, were both relaxing and productive at the same time. Happy April, Happy Easter, and today, Happy Earth Day!

Happy 6th Birthday Eve!

… and Happy Easter!

Today was a big day! I normally leave little piles of presents on the table for the kids on their birthday, and the Easter bunny leaves their baskets on the table, so we had quite a full table this morning.

Easter morning.  They started with the Easter baskets.  And the chocolate.

Easter morning. They started with the Easter baskets. And the chocolate.

Then she moved on to birthday presents.

Then she moved on to birthday presents.

Because it was her birthday, Lex agreed to read her new book out loud at breakfast.  She loves when Lex reads to her.

Because it was her birthday, Lex agreed to read her new book out loud at breakfast. She loves when Lex reads to her.

Stylish little girl with her headband on backwards. :)

Stylish little girl with her headband on backwards. :)

Ring pops at 7am?  Why not!?  Thanks Aunt Rosy!

Ring pops at 7am? Why not!? Thanks Aunt Rosy!

After plenty of candy and a few chores we began the first of many Easter egg hunts for the day.  I think we did six Easter egg hunts today!

Looking for Easter eggs.  We did six Easter egg hunts today!

This was the third hunt, where the boys did the hiding and the girls did the seeking.

Alan hid them high up!

Alan hid them high up!

Umm... yeah.

Umm… yeah.

I got Eve a Jr. Scientist kit because she's always telling people that she's a scientist.  She was pretty excited about it.

I got Eve a Jr. Scientist kit because she’s always telling people that she’s a scientist. She was pretty excited about it.

Eve helped me put the finishing touches on her birthday cake.

Eve helped me put the finishing touches on her birthday cake.

Waiting for Lex to hid the eggs outside.  Not to complain about the weather, but 55° isn't very warm if there's no sun and lots of wind!

Eve waiting for Lex to hid the eggs outside. Not to complain about the weather, but 55° isn’t very warm if there’s no sun and lots of wind!

I love this girl!

I love this girl!

We all had fun with 'Fraidy Egg :)

We all had fun with ‘Fraidy Egg :)

While looking for eggs, Eve and I discovered a little bit of spring!!!

While looking for eggs, Eve and I discovered a little bit of spring!!!

We came back inside to warm up and play some more. More company came and we began the official family party. :)

Lex got a 3D puzzle in his Easter basket this morning.  It was a group effort, but we got it done.  Lex put the final two pieces in and then ran around bragging like he solved the whole puzzle.  :)

Lex got a 3D puzzle in his Easter basket this morning. It was a group effort, but we got it done. Lex put the final two pieces in and then ran around bragging like he solved the whole puzzle. :)

Time for presents!

Time for presents!

Minnie Mouse love.

Minnie Mouse love.

All decked out in jewels from Aunt Mandy.  Eve wanted pizza for dinner, but due to the holiday none of the delivery places were open.  Fortunately Mema thought of this ahead of time and we bough frozen pizza from KAF.  It was ok, but not as good as the fresh stuff.

All decked out in jewels from Aunt Mandy. Eve wanted pizza for dinner, but due to the holiday none of the delivery places were open. Fortunately Mema thought of this ahead of time and bought frozen pizza from KAF. It was ok, but not as good as the fresh stuff.

An Easter basket cake

An Easter basket cake

An Easter basket birthday cake!

An Easter basket birthday cake!

Eve, a very happy six year old!

Eve, a very happy six year old!

Aunt Katie gave Eve a big drawing pad and new markers.  Eve promptly drew a picture of Katie on a horse.  Then she wrote, "Dear Kadey. I love you.  Love ges hoo."

Aunt Katie gave Eve a big drawing pad and new markers. Eve promptly drew a picture of Katie on a horse. Then she wrote, “Dear Kadey. I love you. Love ges hoo.”

Easter prep

On Saturday we colored Easter Eggs. I bought two dozen and tried the bake method instead of boiling. It was so much easier! The kids quickly went through two dozen and requested more. Next year I’ll have to spring for three dozen!! :)

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After lunch and a brief rest we headed to the skating rink to skate with the Easter Bunny! The kids were really hoping he knew how to skate, after our “Skate with Santa” experience in which Santa didn’t know how to skate! Fortunately the bunny did know how to skate, unfortunately he wasn’t terribly social with the kids. Oh well . We had fun anyway.

Skating with Grandpa Tom.

Skating with Grandpa Tom.

Testing out the new skills G'Tom taught her.  Look at her go!

Testing out the new skills G’Tom taught her. Look at her go!

The kids all got a plastic egg with a candy inside.  Eve's egg also had a "grand prize winner" ticket.  She won a pretty cool glow stick thing.

The kids all got a plastic egg with a candy inside. Eve’s egg also had a “grand prize winner” ticket. She won a pretty cool glow stick thing.

Lex was praticing his slalom skills around the cones.

Lex was praticing his slalom skills around the cones.

Eve kept talking about how fast she was going, "the fastest person in here!"  I was just happy that she was moving fast enough that I didn't have to stop and wait for her, instead I could slowly roll along with her.  :)

Eve kept talking about how fast she was going, “the fastest person in here!” I was just happy that she was moving fast enough that I didn’t have to stop and wait for her, instead I could slowly roll along with her. :)

Eve and the Easter Bunny.

Eve and the Easter Bunny.

We got home around 4:30pm and by 5:30pm Eve was a ball of tears. She kept sobbing, “I don’t know why I’m crying.” Oh baby, I know why! I got her snuggled in bed eventually and then went to work with my late night plans

An Easter craft

Today we did an Easter craft from a Martha Stewart magazine from many years ago. I tore the page out and bought the supplies two or three years ago, but never got around to actually doing the project. Lately I’ve been feeling a touch sad because my kids play so well together (tough life, huh?) and rarely involve me in their activities anymore. They used to love to participate in anything I suggested, but these days they each have their own agendas and plans for the their free time. This afternoon while they were working on a new paper airline (Navy Air, to go along with the Navy boat they made yesterday… pics of that to come later) I decided to pull out the Easter project and see what happened. Luckily, for me, they were both intrigued and happily switched gears to do a project with me for a little while. I relished in it, before all too soon it was over and I had to cook dinner while they went back to their own projects.

Without further ado… Easter chicks!

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Here’s how you do it, in case you want to make a few. They are quick and easy!

Start with two pieces of yellow felt pinned together. Then trace ovals. Martha Stewart had a downloadable template for this project, but my oval shaped measuring cups worked just as well. The original directions said to use disappearing markers or something, but we used an orange Crayola washable marker. I kind of like the orange outline visable.

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Then, using a smaller measuring cup, trace another oval about 1/2″ inside the first one.

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Cut the big sheet of felt into four, then recruit some helpers to stitch around the INNER circles. Eve chose to use white thread, Lex and I both used yellow. In the end it doesn’t really matter at all.

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Sew around the oval, stopping about an inch before the end. Using a funnel, fill the pocket with beans or something. We used popcorn kernels and lentil beans. Anything that gives it a “beany bag” feel will do fine.

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Stitch up the hole to complete the oval. Using pinking shears, cut around the outer circle. Cutting around the outer oval with pinking shears gives your chick a fluffy sort of look. Lastly, decorate your chick. Lex chose to just draw on his with permanent marker. Eve and I drew eyes, but then used orange felt to make beaks, wings, and feet. Whatever makes you happy. Hot glue works well here. I suggested googly eyes, but they both strongly vetoed that idea.

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Lastly, and probably the most important step, take pictures of your kids and their amazing Easter crafts! Enjoy.

Easter 2012

This is your lucky day!  Eve insisted on another audio book so I gave in and went upstairs to start one for her. Along the way I turned on the TV computer. Now I’ll try to get a blog post in before my laptop battery dies. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then clearly you haven’t read my tired post.

(Side note: I just found tree bark in my slipper. How does that happen?!)

We had a really nice Easter this year. The kids are so funny about Easter. They don’t quite understand the religious aspect of it (hmm.. I wonder whose fault that is!) and the bunny side of the story is cute, but doesn’t make a lot of sense either. I think they enjoy the holiday but almost in a “humoring mom” sort of way.

When they woke up in the morning they both walked right past this

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The bunny leaves treats at the table in our house.


and into the bathroom for our normal routine of clothes and teeth brushing. I said Happy Easter to each of them several times, they returned the phrase but had no expectations. Then they went into the living room to play. I had to draw their attention to the table before they noticed the baskets. I could have totally forgotten (and I almost did!) and they wouldn’t have even noticed.

The day before we had colored Easter eggs with some weird glitter dye set I bought on sale last year. We ended up with pastel shades of blue, pink, and green.

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Easter morning they unpacked their baskets and dug into the candy. The Easter bunny doesn’t leave too much chocolate in this house, mostly because I would eat it all! Instead they got jump ropes, gardening gloves, and suncatcher projects. And some candy too, of course.

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Then we began one of many Easter egg hunts. Each hunt results in at least one cracked egg. Lex gave us some excitement when he hid the eggs so well we couldn’t find them all. He is a master egg hider! Fortunately he eventually remembered where they all were so our house doesn’t stink like four day old rotten eggs!

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completed suncatchers

Ok, now my laptop battery is about to die and both kids are at my elbow. I’ll have to leave you hanging here, but don’t worry, I’ll be back soon for part two of our exciting Easter day! If you just can’t stand the wait, check out the fancy photos on Rosy’s blog. That should tide you over.

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After a sufficient amount of time was spent hunting for pastel Easter eggs, we all got dressed and packed up a picnic lunch of tofu salad, pb&j, baby carrots, and angel food cake with chocolate frosting, strawberries and not one, but TWO, flavors of ice cream! Then we headed down to the rehab facility for an Easter/birthday celebration. We met Grandma there (obviously!) and Grandpa and Katie. We had lunch in the cafeteria and I’m pretty sure no two people ate the same thing. Then we moved to a beautiful sun-room where we set up presents and cake and made ourselves at home. The sun was playing peek-a-boo with the clouds and the day was lovely. We had Easter presents, birthday presents for Dad, and birthday presents for Eve. Plus a brother present for Lex. :)

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Eve pretending to tend to the fake flowers, with her new gardening gloves.

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Lex brought along his Mindstorm Lego ball sorter to play with. More to come on this cool toy in another post. It has currently taken the form of a walking, snapping alligator in my kitchen!

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Easter love. (bunny ears compliments of Alan)

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We found a fake birds nest in the fake tree, so we gave it a fake egg.

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Time for presents!

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Happy Birthday Dad!

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Lex got bored of watching other people open presents so he decided to practice his jump roping for awhile.

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What's in the box? Roller skates!

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Skates for Lex too!

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Lex put them on immediately and hit the road!

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Eve took hers for a spin as well.

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Eve and Popcube. I wish I had a better angle on this shot. It was a beautiful hug.

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He is a quick study these days! Good balance and eager to learn.

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Cake time. Eve shared hers with her new horse and Barbie.

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Time for another egg hunt. I'm sure we amused all of the residents with windows overlooking the courtyard.

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She gets very excited when she finds the eggs.

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Then the kids took a turn hiding the eggs. Grandpa Tom overruled all of my good parental advice so we made him stay outside and supervise the hiding process. Good thing too because there were several we were unable to find and he had to come to the rescue! These kids are excellent egg hiders!

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I never put that much effort into hiding an egg!

After that we (mainly ME!) were tired and ready to hit the road. It took a few trips but I get everything loaded into the car and we headed home. The rest of the evening was a bit of a blur. I’m sure we ate some dinner, and the kids found their way to bed eventually. Surprisingly they even woke up and went to school without much fuss the next day. Thankfully!

This post has taken me three days to write, but I made it to the end. The “add a picture” process is time consuming, so when I add many pictures it takes awhile. Enjoy! Happy Easter! :)