Friday, April 29, 2011

The Rest of Easter

The boys looked fabulous.  William insisted on wearing his tie the rest of the day, and has asked to wear it almost every day since Easter.  It's a good look for him.

My brother and his wife came down to celebrate with us.

William and Thomas had an egg hunt.  I think Thomas found more eggs than William.  And I'm pretty sure that's how it will be from now on.

I made our traditional lamb cake, which turned out more like a puppy.  

A very delicious lamb-puppy.  Jonathan insisted on eating the head.

My darling sister-in-law brought some treats down, too.  Pictured above in the background are cake-pops and chocolate dipped peeps.  And below..  

Chicken feet, of course.  I'm so thankful they had peanuts so I didn't have to try them.   We had just one brave taker.

Hope your Easter was as flavorful as ours!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I only have time for one picture tonight, but this one should hold you over for now.  Thank you so much to Uncle Tom and Aunt Judy for sending the most adorable outfits for Easter!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I've been away from my computer a lot lately.  The camera almost always tags along, and I'm glad the memories are stored away somewhere even if I can't get to them just yet.  The boys and I are soaking up every last bit of San Diego sun before we move north. 

I haven't done much yet on my bucket list, but I'm okay with that.  We've spent the last 40 Lenten days cleaning and purging and organizing and just living our little family life.  We've also spent a lot of that time fretting and replanning and searching and wondering.  Did I mention I've never even been to where we'll be moving?  But pretty soon, we'll hop on a plane (or in a car, or a couple of cars.. did I mention replanning and wondering?), and off we'll go...

But for now?  Today, it's Easter, and we will rejoice.  We'll feast and praise the Lord.  Because He is taking us on this scary new journey, and it's going to be awesome.

 We'll also keep having fun, living our little family life, just as we always do.

Please pardon whatever stain is on my shirt... Rarely will you see me with an unstained shirt.

We love our simple days in the quiet (our quiet is actually rather loud) of our home.  These eggs were a good reminder to me that going above and beyond is not always the best.  I spent a good hour blowing out eggs so they would keep for all of Easter.  They also floated so well it was impossible for William to color them. 

Thomas was interested in the jars of color, but mostly just so he could knock them down.  That boy loves destruction.  So, we scooted him over until he was out of reach.  

Later that evening, he decided he'd like an Easter egg of his own.  

The swelling is mostly gone now, but he has some lovely blue, green and purple pastels just in time for Easter pictures.  And remember that it is just the beginning of the octave of Easter.. so I'll try my very best to share our celebrations with you all week long.  

I hope you all have a happy and Blessed Easter!

"If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory. "
(Col 3:1-4)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Thomas!

 Our sweet baby Thomas is one now.

The transition is marked with baby steps into life as a toddler.

Thomas can do so much these days.  He knows what a hug is, and sometimes he will give you one if you ask.   He can pant when you say puppy.  He drives cars around on the floor, making a better vroooooooom sound than I'll ever be able to.  He can throw a ball, clap, wave, kiss, and say uh-oh. 

With William, it was amazing to him do all the things we taught him.  This time around, it's even more amazing to see the things he can do that we haven't taught him; the credit goes to William.  And so, William also marked the day with birthday candles, in preparation for his big day next month when he leaves the toddler years and enters into "kid."   

The kid years last for a while, and I'm thankful for that.  We'll savor these last weeks with just a one and a two year old.  But I'm not worried... I know Thomas can step up to the plate and fill us with just as much toddler happiness as we can handle.  Happy Birthday, Thomas!  We love you.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

quack quack

I hit a new low today.  I'm both impressed and a little bit disturbed by my creativity, but desperate times call for desperate measures. 

We came in from the park on the later side this afternoon, and I had neglected to give the boys a snack while we were outside.  Once we got in, they were begging for food and I still had raw chicken and unbaked sweet potatoes to deal with.  I'm also trying to clear out our cupboards before our move (more on that later), so our snack options are getting more and more limited.  All that was appropriate was a box of Cheerios, but even dry cereal required too much time - I had to get dinner in the oven for everyone.  This is where the desperation came in. 

"Boys," I said, "you are the ducks, and I am going to feed the ducks." 

Then I flung handfuls of cheerios on the ground.  William thought this idea was great, and folding his arms into wings he began pecking away at the ground.  Thomas was also thrilled with easy access food, and helped himself to a snack.  By the time they had eaten up all the duck food, dinner was cooking and the dishes were done.  The floor seemed even cleaner than before I threw the Cheerios down... I'm not exactly sure what else got eaten, but I guess ducks don't have discriminating tastes. 

I'll try not to resort to this tactic on a regular basis because it just seems wrong for food to start out on the floor, even though that's where it ultimately ends up.  In a pinch, though, feeding the animals is a wonderful new trick to add to my repertoire.

Friday, April 1, 2011

For this Lenten Friday

sorry if this video makes you carsick... the boys go crazy around the camera.