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Happy Easter!

Apologies for the light posting this past week; I have been swamped with work, which is fantastic. But it has left little time for other endeavors!

Happy Easter to you all! What a wonderful weekend it was here for us. Friday night was a darling ladybug-themed birthday party for Jude’s cousin Amelia, which somehow I got no pictures of. My camera battery was dying. Then Saturday, we attended our church’s community Easter egg hunt in the morning. Jude, in the spirit of his aunt Carolyn (who as a child was considered very lucky by Simon as she won absolutely everything), won a giant Easter basket in the raffle.

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Check out Jude’s basket. He “made” it at mother’s day out. They had an egg hunt on Thursday, and each kid had a bunny basket made out of (ahem) a bleach bucket. I about died when I saw it. I had to sniff it to see if it smelled like bleach still, but nope, it didn’t. He was the envy of many a kid at the church egg hunt. I will say, it was pretty well designed, and extremely easy for him to carry w/ the handle the way it was.
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Afterwards, we hung out at the park w/ Amy & Luke.
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You know that if you swing over the bar, you turn inside out. 🙂

SWING!

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That afternoon, after a nice nap (well, a nap for Jude and a trip to the grocery store for me), I decided it was time for Jude to be introduced to the great art of egg dyeing. This was one of my alltime favorite things about Easter as a kid. That, and my dad creating special “traps” to catch the Easter bunny in.
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pLOP!

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He would barely let the eggs sit in their dye baths long enough, so our eggs were not very saturated in their color. I prefer them to be bright, but oh well. It wasn’t about me this year.
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Sunday morning. Time for church to celebrate our risen Lord & Savior! I love springtime. The weather was beautiful and barely any wind in the morning. Here’s J in his easter suit, admiring his new car that came in his Easter basket.
New Shoes & New Easter Suit.

Jude & Rachel. Or, Mr. Model & Momma

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All 3 of us, squinting in the sun.
Simon, Rachel, & Jude. Easter 2010

Jude’s aunt Carolyn & cousin Piper
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Posing with Simon’s parents, grandmother, and baby Piper.
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Finally, at the end of the day, a trip out to my parents’ house where we lounged and played with more cousins.
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See the elephant on the left of this photo? It was mine when I was little. My favorite animal was the elephant (I was obsessed), and this lady in my grandmother’s neighborhood had 2 cement elephants in her front garden. I saw them every time we went to Grandmother’s house. They were my favorite part of driving there. One day, my mom stopped and asked her where the elephants came from and the lady told her, so she went and got one to have at our house too because she knew how much I loved them. Now that’s being a good mom, is it not? Mom mentioned today that it could now come live at our house. 🙂 I don’t know how on earth she managed to buy the thing and get it home. It weighs a TON. Appropriately enough.
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The day ended sadly when he was stung by some kind of wasp or hornet or something. It was terrible. He screamed and screamed and had all these whelps on his tummy. A sad way to end the weekend, but seems no worse for the wear.

I hope your Easter weekend was wonderful, too. I love our family; these are some awesome memories we’ve made, and I’m thankful to have an outlet to share it all on here. Isn’t the internet amazing?

Besides, if it were up to me to print these photos and scrapbook them all, I’d have given up long ago.

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Better late than never – Easter 09

I know we’re already a week out (ack! it feels like it was 3 weeks ago!) but I wanted to post some of our photos from Easter. We hosted everyone over here at our house, and it was a lot of fun!

My easter eggs in the dye bath. Gotta love those little Paas cups.

I also glittered some papier mache eggs and that was super hard. The Loper boys helped me with them, and it was messy & fun.

Look at all the amazing desserts we had! Man, when we have a party, we have a party! Go big or go home.

One thing we always do is confetti eggs. A few years ago, my sister got a dozen of them from somewhere. They’re basically blown-out Easter eggs that are then filled with confetti and you can crack them on each other. The kids always think that it’s great fun. And secretly, I think the adults do too.  Jude was waaaay freaked out at this seeming act of violence. He doesn’t like too much raucousness; it makes him nervous. 

All in all, a good day. We’re having a marvelous week here thus far. The weather today was perfect. Jude and I sat outside for quite awhile while I worked on my BSF lesson. We also enjoyed lunch with my friends Julie & Christa, and Julie’s sweet little newborn Jameson. The weekend was nice, too; we’ve been working on organizing the upstairs spare bedroom and now we just need some guests to come stay! 

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Happy Easter!

Well, when it rains it pours.

Actually, that really isn’t exactly true. We’ve had the craziest week ever. Let me tell you, absolutely crazy.

Monday was our playgroup, hosted here at our house. Tuesday …. well, I can’t even remember Tuesday. It must have not been eventful. Wednesday was my dear sweet mom’s birthday, as well as BSF, and then I played mom to my 3 nephews + Jude. (the long & short of it: I picked them up from school and we got milkshakes from Johnnie’s, we glittered easter eggs, wrestled up in the bonus room –well, they wrestled, not me — then we went to swimming lessons, and then we ate pizza). Oh, this was also the day that my laptop decided to die. Again. ::sigh:: So if you have emailed me lately (Janet, I’m talkin’ to you, my friend – I’m not ignoring you!!! I promise! We have been oohing and aahing over your photos!!!), yes, I have received your email, and I have lots to respond to, but it’s just so exhausting to type on my iPhone when I have a lot to say.

THEN! Thursday! Oh wow, Thursday was CRAZY. I don’t know if you followed much of the news here in Oklahoma, but wildfires started popping up out around my parents’ house and within a matter of hours, about 100 homes went up in flames. My parents live out in eastern Oklahoma City, almost out in the country, if you will. They’ve lived in their house since I was born, and it’s the place where we all go back to. It’s, well, home. We love it there. Anyway, I talked to Dad as he watched the flames shooting up back behind the neighbor’s house, and he was nervous, and then the police came and told them to get out. So they did. They just got in their car, and drove to IHOP and ate pancakes. Because sometimes you just need a little pancake comfort, you know?

Simon and my brother in law decided they needed to go out and see about this and they did not know that the police had evacuated them. But by the time they got out there, there was a whole lotta fire going on, and they started loading up the computer and their GINORMOUS filing cabinet into the car. Pure adrenaline, they both said.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Amy had Jude and the boys and I was at the genius bar at Apple (grrrr — darn laptop). Simon and Eric sprayed down the house, ran the sprinklers, helped the neighbor across the way get some of the fires beat down, and shot some pictures on their iPhones in the process. If I was on my laptop or had htese photos, I would post them here. But I don’t. Grrr. 😦

The guys were totally awesome. We are still in awe of them going out in an act of love. I picked up Jude, and came home and watched the coverage on the news in tears. I just thought, “I really don’t want to watch Mom & Dad’s house go up in flames on TV.” Simon, meanwhile, was sad, too — he just couldn’t stand the thought of losing it. Yes, our families were safe, and yes, it’s just stuff — but really, it’s the memories & the family love that’s embodied there, you know? I guess that’s what makes a house a home.

He finally got home around 10:45. The fires were under control, and my little Smokey the Bear smelled verrrrrrry strong. HE was exhausted, but he was so brave! And they passed out bottled water to the firemen – how great is that? So now all’s well that ends well, and this Easter we had a lot to be thankful for.

As for Easter, we hosted it at our house this year and it was so great. On Saturday, we enjoyed working in the yard and planting some flowers (ok, really, it was Simon – I supervised). And then we got up and went to church and had such an amazing service (I LOVE our church!) and before we knew it, we were back here at the house, enjoying a delicious lunch.

Despite the rain today, it really was a beautiful day. I’m thankful for our family and friends who celebrated with us today, this most special, holy day to us, honoring Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. He is risen; he is risen, indeed!

So, after a crazy week, we are tired, but content. House or no house, in sickness or health, for better or worse, for richer or poorer – we have each other. And that is all that matters.

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