Friday, April 25, 2008

Catching Up on Easter & April

Yes, I have gotten a little behind on keeping our blog current. Now it's time to play catch-up. Easter began a few weeks early for us. Many of Marty's family members were out of town on Easter so we celebrate two weeks early. That was rather odd seeing how Easter was already very early this year (3rd week of March). Fortunately it was a beautiful day and we were able to hunt for eggs outside.

Nathan trying to eat plastic eggs. He LOVED the candy!

Faith & Gracie enjoying all their candy.

Riley, Tyler & Brody wresting together.

The same Sunday, we decided that Nathan's hair was just getting way too long and maybe we should give him a buzz. Since Auntie Erika is a pro, buzzing Jeremy and Riley once a month, we let her have the honors. She was also the one with the fabulous idea to give him a lollipop to keep him occupied during the process. This was the greatest trick ever! He sat still and content the whole time. He could have cared less what was going on, on top of his head.

The following Saturday, we held our annual neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. The kids had a blast despite the cold, winter-like March morning. At least we didn't have to hide them in the snow. And whatever will we do when the neighborhood actually finishes construction and we no longer have an empty cul-de-sac.

Waiting for the rest of the kids to arrive, about 50+ in total.

Cameron, Lizzy & Gracie getting cheesy for the camera.

Luke, Tyler, Adam & Riley immediately dive into the candy!

The egg hunts continue as we actually hit the week of Easter. Buy the time it was all said and done, I think the kids had 5 Easter Egg Hunts. Since we had more than enough candy by that time, the Easter Bunny filled the eggs in our backyard with money. The kids thought that was pretty cool, so I think that may become a family tradition from now on. Easter Sunday was pretty mellow since we had completed all of our "parties" by this time. We went to church in the morning and colored some eggs in the afternoon. We continued to have eggs hunts on Sunday and several days to follow. The kids, Gracie especially, loved to hide the eggs and make someone go look for them. She and Tyler even did an egg hunt for Mom and Dad. And let the record show, it was a timed race and Mom won with the most eggs!

The kids dressed in their new Easter outfits.

Tyler & Nathan matched all the boys in the neighborhood.

It's official, The Children's Place is where to go for boys Easter clothes.

Nathan hammin it up in his new digs.

Gracie & Tyler's coloring "egg"stravaganza

Two weeks ago Gracie participated in the Spring Dance Concert for The Dance Club. Many hours of regular practice, dress rehearsals, tech rehearsals, etc. paid off. She did a great job and kept a smile on her face through the whole performance. She had a great time dancing to "Roller Coaster Ride" from Lilo and Stitch. The boys really struggled to make it through the concert. They made it through her dance and then Dad dashed them home. Even Mom and Gracie weren't able to make it through all 3 hours, even though all the dancers were fantastic, especially the older "company" dancers.

Gracie and her special flower bouquet.

Gracie, Jacelin & Regina getting ready back stage.


K&L said...

cute, cute, cute!!!!

JR and Kelie said...

fun to get an update!! I can't believe how fast they are growing! It all looks like so much fun!

Darin and Jen said...

Finally an update!! Okay, I'll give you a break, I know first hand that 3 keep you very busy!! We are going to Vegas tomorrow to look for a house, wish us luck! I'll call if we head to Utah this summer!

Heather Jones said...

Very cute Katrina don't feel too bad I still have not even done Easter pictures my first time ever!! Between sick kids and busy lifes it has not happened yet. I love Gracies costume isn't it weird going to our kids competions instead of ours!!! We need to go to your brother's place I noticed it is open maybe we can meet you there to play sometime after our wedding is over!!!