I hope you all had a very Blessed Easter!
Wow! It was so beautiful today, I was thrilled! This is how Spring is supposed to be (as opposed to the summer days we have had lately!) So, as far as Easter Sundays go, you just can't get much better than today!
So, it was a really crazy, busy day. Really though, what holiday isn't? Plus, when you have kids the hoopla is magnified by ten.... per child!
So, we started out at Church this morning. (We were late, as usual...) I figure that getting everyone there, with teeth and hair brushed and clean (mostly not wrinkled) clothes on is mostly what matters, right?
The service was great! It always is.
After a pit-stop at home to let the dog out, we headed over to my parents' house. It is the usual gathering stop for holidays. Great big yard and finished basement where the kids can play, be loud, whatever... without giving all the adults a massive headache.
Seriously. There are 4 boys, and one sweet little girl who manages to keep up with the boys.
The stink of them alone will knock your socks off, so the location is perfect!
Luckily I managed to snap a few pics of some of them before they ran off to play in the dirt!
Well, I got 3 of them at least. Getting all 5 kids to hold still for a picture in their nice clothes is tough!
So, we had a nice lunch with all the usual fillers!
We had barely made it into the coffee, but the kids couldn't stand it. So, my sis and I headed outside to hide the Eggs.
There aren't too many places to hide them, so we have to be a little creative.
They don't care, it's all about who gets the most (the fastest)!
As you can see, we have to give strict instructions before sending them out. Can't have a brawl breaking out (if Lilly sees one she wants and a boy snatches it... yeah, it has happened.)
And they are OFF!
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the eggs get picked up compared to how long it took us to hide them!
Why can't this principle work for toys??? If only.
We also had a few guests with us today!
Meet Timmy, Pedro, and Pokey.
We seem to have acquired a lot of turtles lately. There is a creek behind my sister's house where some seem to live and they manage to make their way to the back door. It's over at that point, the boys always want to keep them!
Poor Pedro showed up once before, but managed to escape (thanks to her dog, Barnaby..) Still, he came back. He still had his name painted on his shell.
Some turtles just doesn't learn.
Finally, after playing with their new pool sprayer toys and a bucket of water in the driveway (which was a great, cheap form of entertainment that lasted a while!), the kids treated us to a show!
Not sure how best to describe it, but they practiced and had a good groove going....