Sunday, April 14, 2013

Easter 2013 - Part deux

After church we went to my grandmother's for our annual Easter celebration.  If the weather permits, we do it all outside and this Easter was perfect for some outdoor fun.

Posing in their Easter dresses.  Not what I had in mind, but whatever floats their boat.

We love MiMaw's backyard. 

My cousin and her son.  She would kill me for putting this picture of her up (she's a poser), but I love the way he is watching her so intently.  So sweet.

Kinsley and MiMaw.

I can't get over how grown up this one is.  He was my first love.  My sister's first born.  When he was little he called me his son.  When I would walk in church he would yell, "Son!  You're here.  Come see daddy."  I even bought him a Father's Day card.  Now he's all grown up and won't let me squeeze his cheeks anymore.

After my grandmother's house, we went to my uncle and aunt's house to visit with my dad's side of the family.  They have the most amazing setup EVER.  They have a huge garage/shop/entertainment center...LOL. 

Grammy, my step mom, gets the girls something for every holiday.  They love getting goodies from Grammy.  Do you see that sky back there?  It was the big, bad cold front that blew through that evening.  We were trapped in the garage at one point.  The lightening was horrible. 

Grammy has a crown of flowers on her head.  So sweet.

Sarge and his 3 musketeers.

Me and my baby sister, Brittany.

Meg painting Kinsley's fingernails.

BB clapping.  She's so stinkin' cute.

Grammy with her girls.

My mom actually got a shot of me.  She likes to doctor up pictures.

Easter 2013 - Part 1

I love Easter.  I love blessing my children with small tokens of our love on Easter.  They don't quite grasp the concept of why we celebrate Easter; therefore, we do the whole Easter Bunny thing.  We do make a concious effort to explain to them in ways they can understand about the true meaning of Easter, but when you have a six year old that thinks death is a final thing and is scared of "ghosts", it's hard telling her about the resurrection without her telling me that I'm lying about ghosts (don't you just love that extremely long run-on sentence?).  I tell her that Jesus isn't a ghost, that he really came back, but then she asks why she can't see him.  It's a little frustrating for us both, but she'll come to the realization when she's ready.

Easter morning.  Kinsley is posing while Katie is wiping the sleep from her eyes.


So sweet!  She got Wreck It Ralph.  So loves that movie.  It was her first movie theatre experience.  She has watched it a hundred times since we got it on DVD.

She has been asking for Lego Friends for some time now.  She was thrilled to finally get some.

She got Annie from the big bunny.  She looked at it and said, "What in the world is this?"  Time to educate the youth of today about a "hard-knock life."

I had to break out my Lego building skills. 

Never again will I pay $10 for a box of Legos.  This is what you get with the Lego Friends. 
That is not $10 worth of product.  Wow!

They were ready to take off!

And they're off!

"Um, Momma.  My feet are so dirty!"

Sisterly love.

This picture will not post correctly, but I wanted to share it anyway.  We sat outside on the back steps and I read the story while the girls ate their eggs.

After all of our early morning Easter activities, we get dressed and head to church.

See Part 2 for the rest

Recap of March 2013

I don't know why, but I don't get a whole lot of pictures in January and February.  I'm thinking that it may be because from Summer through Christmas I'm constantly snapping pictures.  I think January and February are break time for me from having my camera permanently attached to my face. 

Once March gets here, I'm ready to break out my camera yet again.  Get ready for a ride on the wild side.  It was a crazy, busy month for us.
It's crawfish season!!!!  When spring rolls around in S.E. Texas and S.W. Louisiana, we break out the crawfish pots and crank up the Cajun music.  This is us at Larry's French Market.  Love it!

Spring Break is in March - a teacher's favorite time of the year.  Not only do we have a week off, but the countdown begins for the end of the school year. Here's what we did:

I brought the girls to Bounce Zone for some fun outside of the house.  I couldn't get them to both be still, so all of the pictures I have of them together, one of their faces is blurry.

They love the big slide.  It's Katie's jumper thingie of choice.  Kinsley got to play on this for the first time. 

Can you tell by the look on her face that she absolutely had a blast???  They ask to go back every weekend.

Worn out!

The next day we invited my niece, Breanna, over to go to The Heritage Festival, for rides and good food.

My other niece came with her parents.  Excited much???

This one cracks me up.  My niece, Breanna, the drama queen.

Both of my babies rode this thing.  I just knew that they were going to freak out and want off,
but they loved it.
My sister, Breanna's mother, showed up with her two youngest girls.  This is Journey, my sweet 1 year old miracle baby.  She gives the best slobbery kisses.

Kinsley and Chloe - 9 months apart.  Best friends for life.

The carousel is Daddy's job.  It goes way too fast for me and makes my stomach turn.  Plus, I'm too short to keep Kinsley up there when the horse goes up.

Kinsley's first time on the ferris wheel.  You can't tell by her face in this picture, but she LOVED it.  She kept standing up and hollering down to her Daddy to look at her.  It was so stinkin' cute.

The following Saturday, after Spring Break, we had a crawfish boil to celebrate my
dear hubby's 36th birthday.

Kinsley with my newest niece, Ava.

What we do to entertain 7 little girls.

We love our crawfish!

Eben's birthday present.  He got all kinds of goodies in this Bud Light box, plus a fridge full of beer. 

Eben's requested birthday cookie.  He likes the cookie and we like the icing.  We compromise.

That week of school was our Easter parties.  I got to sneak over to Katie's class and take a picture of her while my class was going back in after their Easter egg hunt.  I hated missing her party,
but what can you do?

Since we were off for Good Friday, my sister invited us over to barbeque and dye Easter eggs.

Once they were dry, they wanted to eat the eggs. 

The Easter Eve we always do our own Easter eggs for the Easter Bunny to hide for us.  I love this picture of Miss Katie.

Daddy's job is to help with the eggs while I sit back and document it. 
 Momma is always behind the camera. 

Miss Kinsley wasn't feeling good and ended up falling asleep before we started dying eggs.  I was so sad that she was missing it, but she really didn't feel good.

That was March for us.  I'll be posting separately about Easter.  I took 500 pictures Easter Sunday.  It's going to be so hard to choose the ones I want to use.