Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Festivities

We had a great weekend together as a family. On Saturday morning we had our ward Primary Easter Activity and we just had a blast. When we first got there Vance went right over to the craft table where they had pictures of Easter eggs that the kids could paste colored rice onto. I don't have a picture of Vance with his picture because he was super fast and just threw a huge glob of glue and poured rice over it and he was done. Oh well it was cute. After the kids were done with that they recited the Easter story with beautiful pictures of Jesus and some great primary songs. Then there was a Peeps eating contest and Curtis decided to enter for fun, he took 4th place, and Vance decided to help him out. Then of course what would an Easter activity be without an Easter egg hunt! Vance loved it but would only pick up the blue eggs which was so funny. There were a couple kids that didn't get many eggs because they came out late and so Vance, my sweet boy, shared his eggs with them. After the activity we went and had a special picnic lunch as a family by a pond at one of our parks and Vance just loved it. Of course we had to have nap time but afterward we decorated Easter eggs, well I guess I should say Vance decorated Easter eggs and we watched and laughed and took pictures of him. Easter morning was great. We had hidden eggs around the house and Vance had to go and find them. It was a little difficult because now he knew that there was candy in them and wanted to eat it with each egg he got. What a goofy kid. We had a special Stake Conference and we were able to hear President Monson speak to us along with Elder Oaks. We then had some friends over to have a special Philly-cheese steak Easter lunch/dinner and to play some games. It was a blast and we are so thankful for the great friends we have made here. Enjoy the pictures of our weekend and especially the ones of our sweet boys in their matching Easter outfits. Sorry for the long story but since this is kind of our journal I thought I would note all that happened so that I would remember it forever.

Curtis and Vance listening to the instructions.
On your mark, get set.....

Wait for it, wait for it..

And drink.
The end, it was so close but in 4th they came! Rueben in the red shirt has won every eating contest our ward has had in the two years we have been here! It is crazy!
And so the hunt begins
Here's a blue one.
Oh what a sweet picture. He was having a ball.
And there's a blue one.
OH there is a green one, he picked up all the blue ones he could.

This is Spencer one of our best buddies. Such a doll!
Of course we had to do our special "Take the picture ourselves" pose.
Family picture
Dying easter eggs
Oh this is so much fun. Vance called the little egg scoop you use a diamond and kept saying "Here is the diamond"
So cute.
Adorable, 'nough said!
He did a great job on these eggs. This is what they looked like before he decided to put them all back in the dye again and again.
We obviously abandoned the "Diamond" and starting using our hands to get the eggs out of the dye. I know what you moms out there are thinking but even though his hands were dyed we were able to get most of it off by using a secret ingredient that I discovered while doing research on the internet...... Shaving Cream! I promise it works great, note the pictures the next morning of him holding Kael.
The little egg cups.
Dip and dip some more.
He was very gentle with the eggs 
In we go again.
Easter morning after coaxing him to find all the eggs we had hidden he finally got to open one up.
Oh look it is a marshmallow egg!

My sweet boys!! Vance is such a sweet big brother.

Holding up Kael's head.
A picture from a little further out taking in their whole outfits.
Just so cute I couldn't only put one on here.