New Wheels

If rising jeans, shortening sleeves, and tight shoes are not enough indicators that your kids are growing you can also have them climb on their bike after a many months of winter weather. Even in the fall we had a feeling we’d have to get Abigail a bigger bike, but it got to the point where we wouldn’t even let Abigail try her bike out once spring started showing up. She was just too big.

This past weekend we decided to go ahead and get Abigail a new bike. It looks huge compared to her old one. But now that one is the perfect size for Sarah. We made Sarah’s “new” bike more exciting by buying her streamers to add to the handles.  IMG_7696 IMG_7697IMG_7673IMG_7680

Abigail is Five!

Our oldest turned five this past weekend. It is safe to say that five years ago our lives were changed in ways we would have never imagined. Who knew that raising a child (or three in our case) would be so challenging, draining, and rewarding all at the same time?!

We had a small celebration on Abigail’s actual birthday, which fell on Good Friday. We sang to her and let her open two presents that came in the mail. She got a doll wearing a beautiful handmade dress from her Great-Grandma and five books from her Papa.

IMG_7378 IMG_7390 IMG_7396 We celebrated with family on Sunday when we were all able to get together. The older girls have been into Legos lately (what they call “teeny tiny Legos”) so we went with that for the theme.

I made a Lego pinata out of a large fruit snack box. I had seen a similar pinata where instead of whacking at one with a bat (and risking injury to onlookers) each child would take a turn pulling at one ribbon. One lucky kid would end up pulling the one ribbon that opened the pinata. In our case it was the last ribbon, pulled by Bridget. I’m glad it was the last ribbon instead of the first one, that wouldn’t have been any fun at all.IMG_7527IMG_7534

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I made a Lego cake, which wasn’t perfect, but Abigail loved it-so that’s all that mattered. The kids had birthday cake while the adults had an amazing banana pudding my Mom made. Then Abigail opened presents.IMG_7602

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Happy Birthday, Abigail! We love you very much and are excited to be a part of who you will become as you make your way out of little girl-hood to becoming a young lady.

Easter

We had such a beautiful day on Sunday. I think spring is finally here! It was a perfect day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

We started the day checking out our little basket. The girls got candy, sunglasses, a personalized Lego lady, and a few new Legos.

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After the girls had a little fun, they had more fun helping me make breakfast. The girls helped me try out Resurrection Rolls for the first time. I thought it would be a good illustration and lesson for them. I didn’t get into the oils/spices/embalming stuff for the butter and cinnamon sugar. Instead I just told them that the marshmallow represented Jesus and the dough represented the tomb.

IMG_7448 IMG_7452 IMG_7453 When the girls were eating I asked the big question, “Where did the marshmallow go?” They noticed that it had disappeared, so I mentioned that the roll was like the empty tomb. Our oldest though, figured it out, she concluded that the marshmallow simply melted. Oh well, I think they still got the right idea.IMG_7460We headed to church for an awesome Easter Sunday service. The older two girls were with us instead of in the back like they would be for GENESIS Kids. I enjoyed having them both with us so they could be a part of it. Towards the end about thirty people shared their testimony with simple words written on cardboard. If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to check it out.

After church there was a massive Easter egg hunt for the kiddos. By massive I mean there were tons of kids and not quite a ton of eggs 😉 The girls still had fun running around in the gorgeous weather.

IMG_7469 IMG_7475 IMG_7470We headed to my parents’ where we had our own egg hunt, followed by bubble blowing and a yummy Easter feast. We also celebrated Abigail’s birthday, which fell on Good Friday this year, but that is a story for another post.

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Pre-Easter Fun

The girls got together with their cousin, Auntie, and Nonna to make their Easter baskets for this year. This is the way Nonna made her basket when she was growing up. All you need is a milk/orange juice carton, construction paper, and other crafty items to decorate your basket.

IMG_7355IMG_7357IMG_7358The day before Easter we colored eggs. I asked Abigail how many she thought we should make and she suggested twelve. I figured, why not? We had been doing the letter “R” in homeschool the week before, which included lots of rainbow crafts, so we went with rainbow colors (minus indigo-so sorry, Indigo).

Abigail and Sarah were doing fine and all was well until Lily decided to see what all the fuss was about. At one point she would grab a white egg, pretend to nibble on it, and then set the egg back in the carton. Then she decided to get more adventurous and grab at the spoons in our glasses. Finally she caught on though. Without us seeing it coming Lily grabbed another egg from the carton and plopped it into one of the cups of colored water. I’m sad I wasn’t prepared to capture it on camera.

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I’m glad my husband and I like hard-boiled eggs. I had a feeling the girls wouldn’t like them and I was right. Sarah took one “taste” and declared, “I don’t like these.” Abigail did eat the white of the egg and discarded the yolk, but I think she had to really work hard to swallow it all. Maybe next year?