Easter!

I can’t believe how late I am in sharing our Easter festivities! Ah well! Better late than never, right? Anywho…Easter was a wonderful day. Not only in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, but we got to do it with family! My parents, sister and her crew, and my grandma all joined us for church and lunch afterward. We had a really great day celebrating together, having lunch, visiting and letting the kids play a lot together. It was an absolutely gorgeous day on Easter, and we were all so thankful to be able to sit and bask in the sunshine! We also celebrated my mom’s birthday, a few days early, and had fun doing that too! I love my Lord, and I love my family, and I love that we, as a family, all love our Lord together! David did a great job preaching a beautiful sermon from the perspective of Mary Magdalene. For the first time ever we got the 2 older kids a few Easter treats to open in the morning. Cora was absolutely adorable. She comes into our room and at the top of her lungs, and with as much excitement as she can, she says, “MOM! DAD! COME QUIIIIIIICK!!!!!!! THE EASTER BUNNY WAS HERE AND LEFT US STUFF ON THE TAAAAAAAAABLE!!!!!” So. Precious. I love seeing these holidays through the eyes of my children.

Goodies from the Easter Bunny!

Goodies from the Easter Bunny!

Is this not precious?!?!?!?!?

Is this not precious?!?!?!?!?

I love these 3 so much!!!!

I love these 3 so much!!!!

She very proudly picked this dress out herself. And, she was tickled that it got glitter all over the house, church, etc. :)

She very proudly picked this dress out herself. And, she was tickled that it got glitter all over the house, church, etc. 🙂

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The kids with Great Grandma!

The kids with Great Grandma!

When did he loose his baby look?????

When did he loose his baby look?????

So grown up!

So grown up!

I love this photo...she looks so cute just sittin' there, playing with the tulips! Oh, and this pot did end up tipped over...

I love this photo…she looks so cute just sittin’ there, playing with the tulips! Oh, and this pot did end up tipped over…

Cora really wanted a "sister" photo. Her sister wasn't too in to cooperating... :)

Cora really wanted a “sister” photo. Her sister wasn’t too in to cooperating… 🙂

Cora and her cousins waiting for church to start.

Cora and her cousins waiting for church to start.

My beautiful niece, who is quickly becoming a young lady...isn't she beautiful?

My beautiful niece, who is quickly becoming a young lady…isn’t she beautiful?

Eh...it's an OK photo...I think we've taken better, but the kids are cute anyway!

Eh…it’s an OK photo…I think we’ve taken better, but the kids are cute anyway!

Cora and Haddie spent the morning at church walking around holding hands.

Cora and Haddie spent the morning at church walking around holding hands.

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WIth our mom!

WIth our mom!

My sister, Ruthie, and I with our Grandma

My sister, Ruthie, and I with our Grandma

One day they'll all say, "Why aren't there any good photos of us???" We just embrace the cuteness! ;)

One day they’ll all say, “Why aren’t there any good photos of us???” We just embrace the cuteness! 😉

I have no idea what that pink thing is or where he got it, but it was with him the rest of the time at church and his prop in all photos!

I have no idea what that pink thing is or where he got it, but it was with him the rest of the time at church and his prop in all photos!

Early Celebration

Last week my sister and her kids came over for a visit. I thought since it was close to Valentine’s Day we could have an early Valentine’s Day celebration! So, we did! I popped pop corn and made hot cocoa. I also got the 5 older kids a new mug with a stuffed animal in it! We had a lot of fun, the kids had a great time playing together and my sister and I got some time to chat! A good day had by all, I do believe!

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Cousins in Nature

Last week my sister and her kids came up for the day. My niece, Sophia, is in 3rd grade and my sister homeschools her. Going on a nature walk was on the agenda for the day so they came up here and we made it a whole family activity!  We live 2 blocks from our community park so we thought that would be a fun place to go, plus we could walk there and with 7 children it was just easier! We had a lot of fun, the kids got to see deer tracks and “beds,” look at water bugs, go under the bridge and throw rocks in the small creek. Our grandma went along with us, and she had just as much fun as the kids, I do believe!

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The Littles

We were blessed to have an unexpected visit from my sister and her kids over the weekend. While all the older cousins were playing outside the two littles, Micah and Rebekah, were inside being cute! I took a lot of photos but will only share a few! Micah is 5 months as of Thursday of last week and Rebekah will be 11 weeks tomorrow, which is interesting because Micah was 11 wks old when Rebekah was born! Micah is rolling now, and that was lots of fun to watch! I can’t wait to see them when they’re both mobile!

Now I have TWO handsome nephews!

Now I have TWO handsome nephews!

Look cute, you two!

Look cute, you two!

"So, I hear you can do this thing called 'rolling?' How does that go?"

“So, I hear you can do this thing called ‘rolling?’ How does that go?”

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"Here! Eat my feet! They're nummy!"

“Here! Eat my feet! They’re nummy!”

Legos & Tie Dye

This past weekend we were in the city my MIL and my sister live. My MIL had bought both of our kids new Lego sets, and they all had fun putting the various things together. My MIL kindly offered to get up with Rebekah during the 2 nights we were there so David and I could sleep. It was great to get 2 full nights of sleep in a row!!!!! I’m still tired, but maybe not as much!

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While at my parent’s house 2 weekends ago my sister and I did tie dye with the kids. They weren’t able to wear the shirts that day but since we were all getting together the next weekend it was OK! We met up with my sister and her crew (and my Grandma was spending the weekend with them) for lunch on Saturday and then walked a couple blocks to a grade school near them. There was a neighborhood festival going on so we had fun letting the kids play and do whatever was available for them to do. Our kids, however, were very tired and very “off” so it wasn’t as fun for them as I thought it would be. We all left early, went to a nearby ice cream place, and then our family and Grandma made our way back home. We had a good weekend but as always were glad to get home!

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Cousin Love

Rebekah was only hours old, and she got to meet her cousins, aunt and uncle. My sister and her family drove 3 1/2 hours (well, it wouldn’t have taken so long, but my dear niece kept saying she had to go potty…) to meet Rebekah and then drove all the way back home. We were touched by this, and I know it was stressful for them. But! We were able to get some cute photos and it was so great to share our newest addition with the family.

My sister, nieces and nephew with Rebekah. My BIL is there, but he was still getting over being sick so he didn't hold Rebekah.

My sister, nieces and nephew with Rebekah. My BIL is there, but he was still getting over being sick so he didn’t hold Rebekah.

Haddie kissing Rebekah. Haddie LOVES babies!

Haddie kissing Rebekah. Haddie LOVES babies!

Riley was so adorable with Rebekah. I loved how he kept shyly kissing her head.

Riley was so adorable with Rebekah. I loved how he kept shyly kissing her head.

And, Sophia is so great with the little ones! She's had lots of practice. She drew us a picture of our new family. So precious!

And, Sophia is so great with the little ones! She’s had lots of practice. She drew us a picture of our new family. So precious!

And, here's Micah! Interestingly enough, Micah and Rebekah had the same exact measurements at birth! How crazy!!

And, here’s Micah! Interestingly enough, Micah and Rebekah had the same exact measurements at birth! How crazy!!

Me and my sis! I have a photo of her with me after each of my children were born. I love her so much and am so thankful for her!

Me and my sis! I have a photo of her with me after each of my children were born. I love her so much and am so thankful for her!