Friday, March 28, 2008

Eggs, eggs, everywhere...

So, Easter sure did come early this year. It only could have come another day earlier, technically speaking. It was kind of weird for us though. I can't remember an Easter in March. We love it though and had so much fun with the monkeys this year. We took them to the local Easter egg hunt in the Ranches and they all did great. I don't think that A got any eggs last year, so he was excited to get just one this year. N and T did really good too. They were in a different age group, obviously, and they each scored about 9 eggs. It was fun watching them. Parents weren't allowed to help, even though some did, but all our kids did fine just as well. We even got a prize this year in one of our eggs.

T out huntin' for eggs. N's just behind him.

Gettin' psyched for the hunt

A and his loot

Then it was over to Neil and Beckys to color eggs and roast weenies and marshmallows. Neil has some interesting stories from his Payson days. It's just funny what went on back then. The kids all loved the fire and I'm pretty sure had a lot of ash on their hot dogs. N kept wanting to roast it all by himself so I'd let him and the hot dog would surely dip down into the depths of the ash at the bottom of the fire pit. But they still ate them, so whatever pleases them. The coloring of eggs was pretty crazy. Ava Lyn was there and really loved getting her hands into the dye. None of the kids really grasped the concept that eggs can break pretty easily too. Neil was on clean up patrol for the broken eggs. We had a great time and are so glad we could spend time with family.

The goodies and the kiddies

Weenie roasting round the fire

These two crack me up

Ava and the STRAWBERRY

Red handed

N re-colored a few eggs

Luckily for our kids the Bunny found his way to our house. It's always funny watching them look for their baskets. It's like they don't believe us when we tell them that they are in the family room and start looking all over the house. They eventually succombed to our advice and found their baskets. Teeny is quite pleased with the kids baskets. They are pretty cute, and she has put their names on them this year with little white vinyl decals so they are even more cute than before. The kids loaded up on candy and then we headed to church where A finally got up in Sacrament meeting and sang with the Primary!! We couldn't believe it! It's amazing what he'll do when we tell him that he can't do it (reverse psychology goes a long way with him).

Look at that loot!
After church it was off to the Jensens. It is always the gathering of the masses. Kids, food, drinks, and candy everywhere. The kids had a good time again hunting for eggs and cashing in their slips for quarters from the uncles. Then Bob broke out the pinata, a yearly tradition. Why Easter and pinatas? I don't know, but it is one of my favorite parts about Easter. Nothing we do is more dangerous than being around a group of savage kids swinging a stick at a pinata. Then as the thing breaks it's the mad dash to get the candy while the kid who broke it is still swinging, fully unaware of the loot at his feet. We try to make it as safe as possible, and so far have avoided any injuries.

Busting up the pinata

N and rockstar Ashlyn
We were able to see Doug and Rach before we headed home that night too. All in all, what an Easter. On a side note, we got a new camera. Our lousy old one was like a vampire sucking the life out of batteries faster than we could put them in it. We got a Canon and have loved it!

T loved the bubbles...more please??

The boys and 'rockstar to be' Ava


nettifer said...

sounds like you guys had an awesome easter. Your kids are so cute!

Chambers Family said...

YAY! Loved the pics! I so wish I was there.... it was good to see that Ava was in good hands! you guys are the best! I love the pinata tradition :)

amy said...

your boys are so cute. I will have to think of some great stories to tell them since my boys are still talking about a New years eve blue dart that either you or nate told them about. I hope to see you all at flag day seems like that is the only time I see any of you anymore.

metromut said...

easter is turning into quite the marathon event. it was good to see all the pictures and we were glad to see that the fire pit was getting some good use. i hope neil taught the kids how to smoke barkies. maybe next year.