Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy Easter!

We had a wonderful Easter weekend in Seattle! getting there was a little bit of a problem... all went smooth until just before the pass- there had been an over-turned container truck in the pass, so it was closed. We spent 2+ hours in a TINY town called Easton, before we were finally on our way again to Seattle. Saturday morning was an Easter-egg hunt at the park and this blessed meeting with the Bunny himself!

Then we were off to the beach with our picnic lunch, and another bag full of eggs that Nana and Emmy hid for the kids. The day was SO beautiful! a PERFECT day for the beach! There is really NOTHING like a sunny day in Seattle! It was breathtaking!

Laynie posing

Addison posing

The beach hunt was definitely more challenging than the park "hunt"- more rewarding too! Casey and Kelly filled a bunch of the eggs with Papa's left over change! The kids made like $9!!

Addison and Laynie even let Hailey find a few eggs!

And they all played for hours with their fav aunt!

Sunday morning brought clues from the Easter bunny to find the baskets...

And find them they did!

The Easter bunny even left mommy a basket!!...with an IPOD! yahoo!

Photo shoots with Papa are a given whenever we're together!

and a few photo shoots of our own too...

Too many of these? I just can't get enough of my cute kids!

I love this one of them laughing at each other!!

Hailey is sitting on what's left of my lap...

Spring Break!

Nana was nice enough to drive with me and the kids all the way to Utah! We got to meet our newest cousin- Owen!! and we all fell in love with him! He is so sweet and so handsome! We couldn't get enough!

Kisses from Hailey...

Kisses from Laynie...

And tons of love from Addison!

I was able to attend my mission reunion with a lot of the people I served my mission with in Germany. I was THRILLED to see everyone and catch up with them! We chatted, had dinner, had a short testimony meeting, and then all stood together and sang "Called to Serve" auf Deutsch! (in German) I couldn't contain myself at that point and bawled my eyes out!! I was so grateful for the experience of my mission in that moment and the emotion overflowed! (plus pregnancy hormones, PLUS I had woken up at 4:30am!)

We watched general conference together with the family on Saturday and Sunday and had 2 relaxing days at Casey and Katalyn's house in Springville.

Sunday dinner at the kids table was a little wild...it's hard to contain yourself when you just love your cousins so much!

Monday after a nice visit with aunt JoAnn and lunch with Kera, we drove to Logan to stay with Becca and Jake. Cache Valley was SO beautiful and we had a GREAT time just hanging out, visiting dinosaur park, and the zoo! The picture above is me and Hailey at the Logan zoo- yep, I'm pregnant, REALLY pregnant!

Hailey was "so hot" (it was about 50 degrees that day) she just had to take off her long-sleeve!

Playing at the park after the zoo!

And some portraits of the kids by photographer Papa...

Thanks for a great spring break family!!!

The Rest of March...

I guess March had a few other elements besides a HEAVENLY trip to Mexico...so here are the REST of the happenings-

GREEN breakfast on St. Patty's Day= green waffles & green smoothie! So delicious :)

Oh the wonders of food coloring...

These little beauties I just had to show off. I made these instead of the cake I was supposed to make for the scout auction that Kelly was in charge of. If you have never tried Oreo truffles you are TOTALLY missing out! Mix one package oreos with one package cream cheese and roll them into balls...then dip them in chocolate- AMAZING! These are made with peanut butter oreos and drizzled with peanut butter- yeah, they turned out pretty good. And the price they fetched you ask? $55!! Woo hoo!

The other "event" in March was the re-piping the road right on front of our house = disaster for several days! This is my FRONT YARD people!

But LOTS of entertainment for the children!! They are finally (just now in the middle of April) re-paving the road- so there is an end in sight!

And the basement continues to make progress!! We CAN'T WAIT for our extra rooms! Especially a play room where the kids will want to spend ALL their time!! right?!