Thursday, April 5, 2018

Easter weekend with the little one - 2018

Easter weekend with the little one - 2018



Last Saturday, Emmajean had her BFF over to play while the dads and Grandpa went to pick up our "new" used playground. It was fairly yucky out so we decided to skip the town Easter egg hunt-- sad, I know! I had really been looking forward to taking Emmajean to her first Easter egg hunt, but we decided to dye our own eggs at home instead. 

Gima Dawn and I helped the girls dye eggs for the first time, and they turned out beautiful! It had been a while since I've dyed eggs, so this might help you, too!

For future reference, all it took to dye our eggs (per color): 
  • 1/2 cup warm water 
  • mug and spoon for each color
  • splash of vinegar
  • few drops of food coloring
  • several cold hard-boiled eggs 

I boiled and cooled the eggs while the girls napped. When they woke up (hence the crazy hair), Dawn and I prepped the mugs with water, vinegar, and food coloring to dye the eggs. The girls LOVED it!





The girls loaded up the mugs with eggs, which actually created a really cool multi-color dyed effect! 





I was impressed at how well the little ones did, and how they were able to handle most of the process themselves. They only needed a little bit of help from us. 


Didn't they turn out beautiful?



After they were done with dyeing their eggs, we cozied up for a movie and waited for the eggs to dry. They deserved a little break after all of that hard work. ;) Shortly after, the guys arrived back at the farm with a load of "new to us" toddler gear and a giant playground.  These two are sure to have a blast as soon as the weather warms up! Images of that coming soon! In the meantime, I'll skip ahead to Easter morning. 

This Easter Sunday, we managed to wake up in time for the sunrise service at Norway Lutheran Church. It was a beautiful service led by the youth. They did a great job! After the service, the youth served a breakfast to a packed church. We didn't get to stay for breakfast, but it smelled delicious! 

Instead, we headed home to clean up Emmajean's new play area (previously known as our dining room). I wanted to tidy up the house before Grandpa and Gima came over for Easter lunch. I never imagined our house would look like a daycare after having a kiddo... never say never! 


It's totally worth it. We'll get back to dinner parties and fancy things when the kiddo is bigger. For now, I'll cherish these moments racing around to clean up toys, crumbs, and markers, while the Easter Bunny stuffs the basket full of surprises. The Easter Bunny left E a chocolate bunny, Peppa Pig stamps, Peppa Pig bubbles, and a giant lollipop!


Note: The Easter Bunny has been known to leave a book or toy E already owns. For example, her favorite stuffed bunny hopped in to help fill out her basket this year. She'll never know the difference... LOL! 




I loved starting the day with the Easter sunrise service, then having time to clean up and prepare for grandparents while E napped. When she woke up from her nap, she didn't even notice that the bunny had been to visit her until after she ran to Gima and Grandpa for an excited hello hug! 



It warms my heart to see this little one run to her grandparents and to have them now living close by! After saying hello to them, we told her to take a peek at what the bunny left her....





She had a blast on her second Easter and we couldn't be more grateful to share these experiences with her and our family.

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday celebrating with your own family traditions!
He is Risen! - Something we are grateful for not only on Easter Sunday, but everyday. 



LOVE
  


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

SPRING SNOW


It's been quite the SPRING in Saint Olaf! :) 

It looks just like this today, even though I took these photos a week or two ago. It seems as though spring and winter can't make up their minds. Fortunately, this snow was finally warm enough to play in! Let me explain for my friends back in NC: it may snow multiple times throughout an Iowa winter, but when temps are in the negative degrees, we stay inside. BRRRRR, as E would say! For those of you who saw E pulling her sled around the yard with her garden decor fox a few days ago, you can bet she was excited for this snowy spring adventure. She got to ride in the sled while we pulled her around the yard. She had fun playing on her sliding board, and Dad even taught her how to make snowballs....






She didn't quite master catching the snowballs. It was a fun spring day in the snow!


Not only is it spring and already APRIL, but it's this guy's birth month! So you know, it's going to be a fun month. I'm just hopeful for some sunny warm days in the upcoming forecast! 

Cheers♥