Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Sunday and Molly's Birthday

We spent a beautiful Easter Sunday in Pinehurst with Grandma and Grandpa Scribner and the Swansons.  Grandma Mary was in charge of the beautiful Easter Musical program for their congregation's Easter Sunday, taught a great Relief Society lesson, and fed us an incredibly yummy Easter lunch.   She is amazing! 

 We also got to meet this little guy.  Ryan very tentatively asked me if he could hold him.  Eli is a very strong and wiggly guy and I couldn't tell how Ryan felt.  But when we got in the car, he talked about how cute Eli is all the way home.

In case any of you are wondering why I posted 3 different pics of the kids instead of a group pic, here is your answer below.  This one of Ryan pretending to throw up is honestly the best one we were able to get. All the others are pretty similar. Or worse.  These three kids just have way too much fun being silly and laughing together to pay any attention to us or the camera.

My Ry-guy has especially started performing for the camera.  Not many people ever get to see this side of Ryan.  He probably would not be happy if he knew I shared it.

We also ate cupcakes down there in honor of Molly's birthday.

In the morning she opened her presents from us.  She was so animated and cute as she opened them, we ended up video recording her opening presents, instead of taking pictures, so I don't have many of those.  :(  But she did get Molly and Emily mini American Girl Dolls.  Molly's best girl friend's name is Emily.  And Emily wears glasses.  So Molly took AG Molly's glasses, and gave them to AG Emily.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Our good friends and neighbors hold a traditional backyard flashlight egg hunt each year, but could not do it in their backyard this year, because they had just planted grass seed.  So they asked if we would join them in our backyard.  We could not resist the opportunity to create new memories with friends.  And we definitely started a new tradition for our own family.  Flashlight egg hunts are here to stay!!!  Even if I couldn't get any good pictures in the dark.  (Did anyone else get some you can share)?

 I am so incredibly blessed with such amazing friends and cannot imagine our children not growing up together.  I cry every time I think about it, so I try not to think about it too much.  I am in denial.  As Mormons, there is no equivalent term to godparents, but I feel like these incredible children are so much more to me than my friends' kids, and I do not have a good name for it.   I love these sweet children as if they were my own nieces and nephews. 

Painting Eggs

We braved painting eggs in the basement while our home is on the market, but were a little too nervous to try out any dye this year.  We still had a great time and still ended up with colorful eggs, even if we did use washable paints. 

Easter Egg Hunt #2: Meeting My Cousin

We drove straight from the church party to my cousin Gina's house for an Easter celebration with my mom's family.  This year was especially amazing for a very special reason.  I got to meet my adult cousin for the VERY FIRST TIME!!!!  (He is in the top left of the pic).  My Uncle Billy died in a car accident many years ago, when my mom was a little girl.  Around the same time, his firstborn baby, my cousin, was given up for adoption.  Our family never knew where Billy's baby ended up, if he had a happy life, if he knew how much we loved him, how much my grandmother had wanted to raise him as her own.  My aunts and grandmother have prayed and searched for him many years, even hired a private detective to find him, with no luck.  Then a few weeks ago, my mom received a letter in the mail from a man who said he thought he might be her nephew.  They met and were able to piece together enough information to determine that he is my cousin!  He and his lovely wife came to our Easter Celebration to meet many of us who were able to make it there yesterday.  It has been such a comfort to my Nanie to learn that he has wonderful, loving, supportive parents and that he has had a very happy life.  I feel like this is a special miracle given to our family during this Easter season.  There have been very sacred experiences, that I will not share in a public forum, that have led my cousin to find our family.   I am grateful he was willing to search us out and meet our 94 year old grandmother, which truly was one of her greatest desires of her heart.  I am sure it must be a little overwhelming for him, coming into a huge group of strangers who have known about you and prayed on your behalf for many years.  But it felt yesterday like my cousin has just always been here, always been part of our family gatherings.  It was truly in a word, heavenly, or at least how I imagine Heaven must be.  There will be family members that I have never met in this life, but I will love, and know them, and feel like they have always been there, too. Great grandparents, aunts and uncles who have gone before.  Who have left a legacy of love, a heritage of hard work, strength, and compassion.  Who are part of me.  I am grateful for Jesus Christ, my Savior, who conquered Death, so that yesterday is just a glimpse of eternity.  I am grateful to know that Families can be together Forever.  And grateful for answered prayers.  God's timing is perfect.

We also had a cook-out and hunted for eggs.  We hid over 540 eggs this year.

Molly spent most of her time "hunting" around the slide.  She kept going down it to make sure there were no more eggs to be found there.  She did not end up with too many eggs, but she had a great time!

We really need to get Nanie Too-Too her own Easter Basket!

Notice how Andrew is carrying a bucket to put his eggs into AND the bag that I was trying to hold for him to dump his eggs into once his basket was full.  Not sure he quite got the concept...or maybe he just knows too well how much his mom likes chocolate.

Molly shared a LEOPARD egg with a TODDLER all on her own!  A huge deal for anyone who knows how much Molly LOVES leopards and barely tolerates toddlers.   I think she is growing up!

Andrew did not slow down long enough for many pics.

Ryan counting his eggs.

Aunt Annie had special prize eggs for all of the great grandkids.  Ryan is still grinning!

Easter Brunch at Church

We had the awesome opportunity to participate in THREE egg hunts on Saturday.  To avoid having a super long post, I have divided it into multiple sections, but we just had so many wonderful things happen on Saturday, I had to share!

Our ward used to have Easter Egg hunts every single year.  As activity chair and then as primary president, it turned out that I was in charge or involved with heading them up for almost all of the ones held during out first 9 years of our marriage.  The years we had no children.  Then once I had children old enough to hunt eggs, our ward stopped the tradition of egg hunts.  Until this year.  Our last year here.  And this year, was the best one ever!  Not only because I wasn't in charge and could just enjoy it, (LOL) not only because I had three of my own beautiful children to be able to watch hunt eggs, but because the committee seriously ROCKED and did a fantastic job! Way better than any I ever threw.   They served a lovely brunch, had a spiritual message, divided the kiddos up by ages for well planned out games, then because it was raining off and on, had the kids hunt in three different groups inside the building.  All three kids had a wonderful time, and so did Chad and I.    We are going to miss our church family so much.

Ryan's Favorite Things

Last year, Ryan would not give me a list of his favorites, but after Molly did hers tonight, he was willing to do his for his seventh birthday.  Here are his awesome favorites! 

Color: Sky Blue  
Book:  Land of Eylon 
Toy:  Legos and Stuffed Animals 

Best Friends: Cora, Bastian, Paul, Olive, Sisi, Sam, Allison, Ian
Video Game: Lego Star Wars PS3 
Game: Zeus on the Loose 
Animal: All of them besides vultures  
Scripture Story: Captain Moroni 
Primary Song:  All of them 
When I grow up I want to be a guy who can do anything he wants 
Song: Whatever Kills You Makes You Stronger 

TV Show: Studio C 

A Few of Molly's Favorite Things

Molly turned 5 today on Easter Sunday.  Here are my sweet little girl's favorite things.  

Food: Blackberries
Color: Pink
TV Show: Lego Chima
Movie: My Little Pony 

Book:  A Ball for Daisy 
Toy:  Legos 
Favorite Princess: Ariel 
Best Friend: Little Emily 
Video Game: Wii Disney Princesses Enchanted Journey Game 
Board Game: Princess Yahtzee 
Animal: Cheetahs 
Bird: Eagles 
Scripture Story:  Heavenly Father 
Primary Song:  Happy Birthday Song 
When I grow up I want to be a dolphin rider 
Song: My Little Pony Theme Song