All ready to start
Randi and her youngest Ben
getting into it
getting into it
everyone was concentrating so hard they wouldn't even look up for a picture
Julianne was the most excited about her egg matching her shirt (it's all about coordination)
James and Ben
finally smiling for the camera
Just to prove that Claire is not always happy, this is how she acted when I wouldn't let her eat an egg with the shell on it. She likes to throw fits. My friends don't believe me.
creating a masterpiece
Some of our works of art
After coloring eggs, it was time for some wrestling
This is a picture I took over 7 years ago of Abbie climbing on her uncle Shaun (Thanksgiving 2003)
What a difference 7 1/2 years makes (or not).
Uncle Shaun just seems to draw the kids in when he lays down on the floor
Claire was totally thinking about pulling Uncle James' hair
Julianne was busy "doctoring"
The next morning, we enjoyed homemade cinnamon rolls (thanks Randi)!
Claire enjoyed them more than anyone. The kid got her mama's sweet tooth.
Finger lickin' good!
The mess this kid creates when she eats is astounding...
Sophie was tired so she caught some zzz
Our beautiful eggs
Saturday, Randi and I got an all day pass while the guys watched the kids. We went shopping, did some more shopping, ate dinner, and then shopped some more. I have no pictures of it because we were too busy shopping!
The kids were so excited Easter morning. They came down the stairs hand in hand to see what the Easter bunny had brought them.
Julianne didn't know quite what to think
Claire knew what to think which was "how fast can I eat these Peeps?"
Her mama's sweet tooth I tell ya, she didn't care about anything but the Peeps!
Julianne liked her new microphone
Again, still eating Peeps
Checking everything out....very carefully. I've never seen a kid go through an Easter basket slower. She enjoys everything!
Julianne enjoyed a Peep too but she ain't got nothin' on Claire.
Ben was diggin into his candy also...
Julianne loved her new harmonica. She's become quite good at playing it.
Let the egg hunt begin. Jammies still on, jackets on, ready to go.
Julianne was so excited!
down the stairs to find the rest of the eggs..
This one is my kid too. She didn't want to get the one in the bush because "it was in the dirt". SO MY KID. I hate dirt.
Claire found one!
She was so happy. She just stood there shaking it (it had money in it)
I think she thought Julianne was going to take her egg
Claire liked the gnome more than the eggs
Claire found her golden egg!
Group shot (Julianne not paying attention)
Group shot (almost everyone looking at the camera)
Group shot (Claire is a thief and Abbie is on to her)
Group shot (Drew now realizes Claire is a thief)
Ben promptly put his money in his piggy bank
Claire had some one on one time with her buddy Sophie
They love each other.
We sat out on the patio because Easter was a spectacular day in Michigan! The sun came out, finally!
James and Abbie
Abbie is so good with the littles. Claire loves her.
Love this girl!
Randi was hard at work cooking so I figured the least I could do was keep the kids busy. We had a patio party.
Julianne and I did "cheers" while we were still shouting "party" so now everytime I pour a sippy of milk for Jules she clinks my glass and says "party!" Sweet.
It was a great patio party
The kids table!
Dessert...chocolate bunnies all around!
Even Claire got some chocolate!
What was I thinking?
Messiest eater ever.
After that mess, it was bath time!
Ben has the best mohawk hair, hands down!
After baths, it was time to party. We got to experience Just Dance on the Wii. So much fun! Jules and I showed off our moves!
She is so her mother's daughter when it comes to dancing. The girl loves to dance.
Abbie gave me a run for my money. She is quite the little dancer.