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Easter Sunday Picture Fail!

20 Apr

Am I the only one who just CANNOT get a good picture of the entire family at the same time?  It just seems to be impossible for us!  Either someone is looking away or crying or has their eyes closed or has hair blowing all over the place.

Here’s what we came up with today:

Maddie is looking up in this one.

Maddie is looking up in this one. I think she was staring at me wondering why I had run from the camera (which we had set up on the hood of the truck-explaining the lopsidedness of the pics) to them, yelling, “Smile, smile!  It’s going to take a picture! Get ready!”  And why do I have a bubble wand in my hand?  That is so random.

 

Charlie is beginning to show his massive lack of patience.  (This was the second picture we took, after all!)

Charlie is beginning to show his massive lack of patience. (This was the second picture we took, after all!)  Plus, I was struggling to peek around Maddie.

 

And by this time (the third picture) the kids had just had it.

And by this time (the third picture) the kids had just had it.  Plus, not sure what’s going on with my eyes.

 

One thing I will point out, in case you didn’t notice: Jason looks PERFECT in all of these pictures! What’s up with that?  How does he do it?

Aside from our lack of a family photo when we all looked so great, we had a great Easter, and I hope you did, too.

O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting? For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15: 55-57

Dying Easter Eggs

28 Mar

We have had a lot of fun this week beginning our Easter traditions.  This is the first year that Charlie really understands what is going on, and of course if Charlie likes it Maddie is totally into it!  We have been learning a lot with our resurrection eggs and some library books about the whole point of Easter-that Jesus died and was resurrected.  We have also been doing the other Easter stuff, like Easter egg hunts and dying eggs.  We dyed our eggs on Monday, and I am just now getting around to posting about it!

I had aspirations to do lots of great, creative things with our Easter eggs, but ended up just buying the good ol’ Paas Easter egg kit and going for it.  We didn’t even write on them with crayons before we dyed them!  Maybe next year…

Both Maddie and Charlie got a big kick out of watching the color tablets dissolve in the vinegar.

Both Maddie and Charlie got a big kick out of watching the color tablets dissolve in the vinegar.

Working...

Working…

They immediately wanted to take the eggs out of the dye!  I had to make them leave them a little longer so the colors would be a little brighter.

They immediately wanted to take the eggs out of the dye! I had to make them leave them a little longer so the colors would be a little brighter.

Green hands!

Green hands!

Our eggs had a slightly more "natural" color since our eggs were blue and brown instead of white!  I like how they turned out.

Our eggs had a slightly more “natural” color since our eggs were blue and brown instead of white! I like how they turned out.

...and displayed on the table.

…and displayed on the table.

Now the kids can’t wait to destroy the eggs on Easter day!  They want to crack them open so badly.

I have seen some other really cool things with Easter eggs.  One of my favorite blogs is Glitter ‘N Glue, and she had a great post today featuring DIY Glittered Easter eggs.  I wish I had seen this before we dyed our eggs!  Click on the link to see her idea: http://glitternglue.com/2013/03/28/diy-decorative-glittered-easter-eggs/.

This site also has some really cool ideas: http://www.thegirlcreative.com/2013/03/24/creative-ways-to-decorate-easter-eggs.html.

Next year, I am definitely getting more creative with our eggs!  Or I may just stay up late one night and do it myself…

 

 

 

 

 

The Innovative Easter Bunny

25 Mar

This is the end of another great weekend!  The kids and I traveled to Mt. Airy on Friday to spend some time with our family there.  We stopped on our way at the Children’s Museum in Greensboro and had the most fun time.  They basically have  a town set up for young children, complete with a grocery store, theater, a doctor’s and dentist’s office, a post office, a news studio, a firetruck, and tons more stuff.  I wish I had videoed Charlie’s reaction when we walked in.  He kind of doubled over with his arms out and just went “OOOOOOOOOOOOO.” It was the funniest thing I have ever seen.  I love being there for experiences like that with them.  We had a great time there and I could barely get them to leave.

We had a great visit in Mt. Airy as well.  I am always glad when we can go and spend the night rather than rushing back home in one day.  Even though I don’t get much sleep that night, it is worth it to get to spend some time with Daddy and Grandma and Julie.  Daddy spent time coloring with the kids and he and Maddie made pancakes on Saturday morning.

Today was a busy day at church for us.  Jason and I taught Sunday School, then after the service the youth sponsored a lunch to raise money for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.  It is always great to spend some extra time with my family from church!  After lunch the kids had an Easter egg hunt.  Because of the cold, rainy weather, we had to “hide” the eggs inside, but it was still fun!

Maddie getting a lift to reach one of the harder-to-find eggs.

Maddie getting a lift to reach one of the harder-to-find eggs.

Charlie going through his loot.

Charlie going through his loot.

The whole crowd! I love these kids.

The whole crowd! I love these kids.

Maddie with some of her friends from church.

Maddie with some of her friends from church.

After we got home, Charlie and Maddie dumped out their baskets and started going through their findings.  Of course it was mostly candy.  I have been thinking today (especially considering that Charlie has a dentist appointment tomorrow) that there have got to be some alternatives to candy in the eggs!  Here’s what I came up with:

1. stickers (you may have to cut a sheet of stickers into smaller pieces to fit in the eggs)

2. necklaces (I found some good ones here:  http://www.orientaltrading.com/bright-cross-necklaces-a2-36_1494-12-1.fltr?Ntt=crosses)

3. hair bows or clips for girls

4. quarters, nickels, and dimes

5. magnets

6. stamps and ink

7. small containers of play-doh

8. bracelets

9. stuffed animals (these baby chicks are too cute: http://www.orientaltrading.com/baby-chicks-a2-48_8752.fltr?prodCatId=550678&tabId=6)

10. packets of seeds

11. raisins

12. toy cars

13. Silly Bands

14. erasers

15. tattoos

16. bouncy balls

17. rolled up socks

18. Lego pieces (look at this cute bunny and chick set: http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Seasonal-Bunny-Bagged-40031/dp/B007F824HW%3FSubscriptionId%3D14H876SFAKFS0EHBYQ02%26tag%3Dhubp06ac0-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB007F824HW)

19. Band-Aids (the kids love these)

20. little plastic animals

21. lip gloss or chap stick

22. nail polish

23. mini hand sanitizer

24. pencil sharpeners

25. fruit snacks

Any more ideas?  Comment below!  I am sure I’m not the only mother who would appreciate having the Easter bunny leave things other than candy behind in those baskets!