Due to Michael's National Guard schedule, he was gone a good chunk of April, so we decided to stay home for Easter this year instead of visiting family. It was so relaxing and I felt like we really got to focus on the true meaning of Easter with the kids. Using the timer on my camera, we managed to get one good shot of all of us smiling. A test in patience to be sure!The day before Easter, Hailey dyed a dozen eggs for our Easter egg hunt.
While we don't do the whole Easter Bunny thing, when the kids woke up Easter morning, they discovered that mom had filled their baskets with all kinds of games, books, videos, plastic eggs filled with loose change, and one Lindt chocolate bunny. The Resurrection eggs are in the center of the table to remind us of the gift of eternal life Jesus gave us by dying on the cross and then rising from the dead. I've always read the story to them, but this year, I let them tell us the Easter story after each egg was opened. I was amazed at how much they remembered.
Just before church, we had a photo shoot in the backyard. Hailey loved her dress. So grateful for beautiful hand-me-downs!
Josiah was looking spiffy in his shirt and tie. Oops, forgot to tuck the ends of his clip-on under his collar ;)
After a wonderful Easter service at our church, I hid eggs around our backyard and they hunted them just before it started to rain.
After giving him a little talking to, Josiah did a good job, letting Hailey have a chance. I was proud of him.
After the hunt, we played games all afternoon and had a low key dinner. We got Josiah this new game called "Hog Pile". It was a lot of fun. After dinner, Michael started teaching Josiah how to play cribbage. He seems to really like that game, too.
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter and were able to reflect on God's greatest gift to us. He has risen indeed!