Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday

Easter morning started off early. All three girls were up (on their own) by 6:15am or so. WHAT??? Oh well...I guess it's better that we didn't have to wake them up. They were so excited about seeing what the Easter Bunny brought. They had the best time digging through their baskets. Camden and Claire were very sweet to help Carlyle with hers.

Before heading to church, I tried to get some pics of all 3 girls in their pretty purple dresses. After many attempts, I finally got a couple of good ones.

After church we went to my parents for lunch. A few years ago my parents started doing a scavenger hunt with the girls instead of an egg hunt. Camden and Claire look forward to that every year.

Family picture

Let the scavenger hunt begin.

They found a clue and a treat in the tree (play doh)

The next clue was in the mailbox.

They found a clue in Papa's garden.

Carlyle got a treat.

Camden did so good reading all the clues.

At the last stop, they found their prizes! BIG WATER GUNS!!

Sweet Carlyle!

Trying out the water guns.

Checking out their Easter baskets at Marme' and Pops' house.

Easter egg hunt!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Egg hunt, Friends and Cupcakes

As much as I want my kids to know the real meaning of Easter, I also want them to have fun with Easter Egg hunts and the Easter Bunny. So, we went to the annual Easter Egg hunt at our church this morning. Last year, Camden and Claire didn't get hardly any eggs due to a huge number of people, which was a little ovewhelming to them. They were shy and ended up with just a few. This year was a completely different story. The crowds were fewer than last year and we had a game plan. Run straight to the back and then start gathering eggs. It worked!!! They had a basket full of eggs...and they were beyond thrilled!!! After the big kids hunted, it was time for the babies. Carlyle was so cute, although she wasn't really sure what to do. She picked up an egg and then just held it. She finally put it in her basket and would gather a few more. She was so sweet and even shared with her friend, Callen. After the hunt, I looked up and recognized a friend. Her daughter and Carlyle are only about a week apart in age. We've been meaning to get them together to meet and just haven't found the time. What a coincidence that we saw them today and Carlyle and Madelyn were able to meet. Madelyn is such a cutie! Hopefully, we can find the time to have a playdate very soon!! We couldn't have asked for a better day. The weather was overcast and breezy, which made for a perfect hunting day!!!

Camden, Claire, Carlyle and Garrett

Charley and Claire

Claire, Charley and Camden

Time to hunt!!

Carlyle's turn

Sharing an egg with Callen

Mommy and Carlyle

Meeting a new friend, Madelyn

After the hunt we headed to Nana's house where the girls decorated cupcakes with icing and sprinkles. They had the best time. After watching both girls lick their knives in between icing the cupcakes, I realized that I would not be tasting their creations. Although Carlyle didn't really get into the "decorating" part, she enjoyed the tasting part. She was licking her lips over and over!! Nana sent the cupcakes home with us and Camden came up with a brilliant idea. She thought it would be so nice of us to leave a couple of cupcakes for the Easter Bunny tonight. She was so excited about it that I just had to play along. She even decided that the Easter Bunny would enjoy a Capri Sun, too. Claire wasn't sure that he would know how to put the straw in, but I assured her that he could figure it out. We sure hope the Easter Bunny is extra nice to the girls for their thoughtfulness!!

The finished product

Cupcakes and a Capri Sun for the Easter Bunny