Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Beaver Visit and Easter 2016

Unfortunately last week wasn't our spring break so even though the Beavers were here, we had to go back to work and school.   The best part of last week was no homework!!  I think I was more excited than the kids!  That left us lots of time to play outside in the evenings and enjoy the lighter evenings. 

Spring break was originally supposed to start Wednesday at 1pm.   Unfortunately they ended up making Thursday a make up day.  Which ruined my plans - so I let the kids skip school on Thursday.  Will wasn't too sure about it but he didn't complain too much.  My sister and kids were leaving Friday and if we got over there on Thursday we would hardly see them.  I picked them up at 1pm on Wed. and I met my mom and sister half way to hand the kids off.  The kids spent the afternoon playing at the park and going out to eat with their cousins.  I took Thursday afternoon off and headed over to my parents'.  It was a pretty day so we headed out on our first boat ride of the year.  We rode around and Hayley fished some.  We enjoyed hanging out and seeing the Beavers.  They flew out on Friday so they headed to the airport after lunch.  We headed home after lunch and we mowed and did yard work.  Saturday my parents came over and they helped us do a few thing in the yard.  They helped us finally get the swing set together and clean out some brush at the back of the yard.  It's nice to have handy parents! Saturday night we went over to Mimo's and we had an Easter dinner with her, Ed, Jamie and Ellie, and Anna and Brian.  It was nice to see everyone.  Will got to hold Ellie for the first time.  She was getting fussy so she lasted about 30 secs before she started crying.  But he got to hold her - which I wanted more than he did!

Sunday was Easter!  It was a busy morning but a nice afternoon.  We had an Easter Egg hunt first thing in the morning and we gave them Easter baskets.  We had to finish getting ready in our Easter finest and we headed to Easter church.  We got home and before too long my parents were back and Ed, Jamie and Ellie arrived.  It was Ellie's first trip to our house!  We had dinner and played with the baby before they left.  My parents stuck around for a bit before heading out.  Soon after that we headed out to go meet Grandbob and Suzette.  We passed the kids off to them for a few days since it is spring break but neither Drew or I can take any time off of work.  It's much more fun to play with grandparents than go to work with me every day!

Enjoy some pictures!

Starting spring break off right - lounging by the pool!

 Love this pic of her!
 First boat ride of 2016

Hayley is 12 (almost 13) and is finally taller than me. 

 Saturday evening holding Ellie.
 Not sure what to do when she started crying!
Easter morning - waiting to hunt eggs

 Ready, set, go!


 Will has been perfecting the glare.  He reserves it mostly for me but Drew gets it as well. 
 Dressed in their Easter finest!

 Love when I can find coordinating outfits!

Ed and Jamie's first Easter with Ellie!
 Sweet Easter cousins!
 Sweet Baby Ellie!
 One more of the newest Southern!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter Activities Begin

Monday morning came bright and very early after getting home so late from Garth.  It also happened to be one of the busiest work weeks I've had in awhile.  I was exhausted by the end of the week. 

Besides being busy, it was a pretty normal week.  We had a meeting for Will Monday night and a meeting for Lindy Tuesday morning.  We tweaked her IEP a bit.  Thursday was St. Patrick's Day and thankfully I remembered to put the kids in green.  The naughty leprechaun made a visit to pee green in our toilets and mess up the den.  I had to head out early to a meeting and did forget to take a pic of the kids in their St. Patrick's shirts. 

Friday night Drew, Will, Ed and Bob went to the Harlem Globetrotters.  Lindy and I decided we would go see Jamie and Ellie.  We grabbed dinner and ate together and we held Ellie all night!  Lindy finally got to hold her!  We hadn't seen her in a couple weeks because of colds, sore throats, and then life got busy.  It was nice to just chill with a baby in your arms!  A perfect Friday evening after a crazy week.  Lindy enjoyed holding Ellie. 

Saturday was a busy day but not as busy as it was supposed to be.  Will had started tennis lessons the week before and was supposed to have another one Saturday.  It got rained out so that freed him up.  Lindy and I were going to head to her visually impaired beeping Easter egg hunt at 10am but it was cold and rainy.  We left about 10:30am and when we got there, they were pretty much packing up.  The eggs were still out so they did a quick hunt for those and we posed for two pics with her old vision teacher, Ms. Pam, and one of our fave bomb squad members, Ms. Angie.  We were there about 10 mins.  It was so cold and wet.  We headed home to warm up. 

A little while after getting home my mom, sister, and nieces arrived!  They flew in Friday night to spend their spring break in NC.  They came over so Rylee could go to our church's Easter egg hunt with Lindy and Will.   We headed up to the church at 2pm.  They had the big kids go first.  Because it was raining they did it inside but I think it worked well.  There were only 5 big kids so they let them go.  They all got lots of eggs.  Rylee cleaned out one whole room herself while Lindy cleaned out another.  Hayley helped Lindy.  Once the big kids were done hunting, they helped hide eggs for the little ones.  That was fun for them too.  They let the little ones hunt and then they had cookies and juice.  It was a fun time for all.  We came home and the cousins played.  My mom, sister and I went to look in a couple stores downtown before grabbing pizza and heading home.  When we got there my dad and Sadie had arrived.  Sadie and Aiden enjoyed playing together.  They play rough together but they wear each other out! 

Today we headed to church for Palm Sunday and then the kids and I rode over to my parents' for the afternoon.  We hung out and dyed Easter eggs.  I wish the kids' spring break matched up with Hayley and Rylee's but we are a week apart.  Back to school Will and Lindy go this week!

The only pic from St. Patrick's Day!
Holding Ellie!  Cute girl cousins!

 Lindy was taking pics!
Silly Girl at the Easter Egg hunt!
 Ready to hunt eggs!
 The hunt is on!
Hard to catch Will when he was running like a madman! 

 3 of the hunters!
Beautiful Palm Sunday kids!

 Adding the furr-kid to the picture
 Decorating eggs today at Nana and Papa's house

 Lindy and Sadie.  Sadie lets her hug her - Aiden doesn't!