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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

An Earth Day Adventure

The craziest things always happen to us, but at least we have great stories to tell!

Yesterday, Grant, Lily, Liam, and I headed to a nearby park to go for a walk.  It was warm and sunny, so we thought getting outside for Earth Day was a good idea!

We noticed some dark clouds in the distance, but figured we had plenty of time to complete the 1.3 mile loop.  WRONG.  As we reached the top of a big hill, the wind began blowing so hard that it took our breath away.  Our clothes and hair were blowing around like crazy, and the ominous clouds were rapidly approaching.

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At the bottom of the hill, we heard the first sounds of thunder. We knew we had to get to shelter, and our only option was to sprint across a huge field, toward a pavilion far off in the distance.  I wrapped my hoodie around Liam, who was in the Baby Bjorn, and took off through the field, in an attempt to beat the storm. Grant popped a wheelie with Lily's jogging stroller and took off next to me. 

It truly felt like a race against time.  The storm was directly over us, and all I could picture was lightning striking!

Fortunately, we were only a few feet away from the pavilion when the hail came down.  We sat down at the picnic tables inside, completely out of breath, and completely relieved that we made it just in time!  See those trees in the distance?  That's where we were!

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Lily thought the entire ordeal was hilarious and Liam didn't care one bit!

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We huddled together and watched as the rain poured down.

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The storm passed in less than 5 minutes and the sun came back out.  We continued on our way...to the car, because we didn't want to get stuck in another storm!

Nothing says Happy Earth Day like getting caught in a Spring storm in the middle of the woods!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baby Bunnies

It's the little things...

Liam and Violet were belly buddies and are now baby buddies. They are just one day shy of being exactly two months apart in age.  They were supposed to be closer in age, but Liam decided to come 3 weeks early and Violet decided to stay put until her due date.  I'm thoroughly enjoying watching Liam and Violet grow up together!

On Easter, our families spent the day together.  That evening, they ended up in matching pajamas.  Steph and I couldn't resist a photo op starring these two adorable bunnies! Liam was very vocal (he has a LOT to say) and Violet was very active.  The pictures are far from "perfect" but they sure are cute!

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I'm linking up with the beautiful Ashley from Words About Waverly for the It's The Little Things link up.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Kicking Off Easter Weekend

Easter is one of my favorite holidays!  I love everything about it...the egg hunts, dyeing Easter eggs, wearing our Easter best, Easter service at church, Easter dinner, and spending time with family and friends.

We had a wonderful Easter this year!  All the fun began on Saturday afternoon.  We met our friends at our local park for an egg hunt.  The weather was warm and sunny, so it was the perfect day for it!

It was a great event for the kids, but all the age groups had their hunts at the same time.  Unfortunately, our kids were at 3 different fields.  I stayed with Lily, Grant stayed with Lexie and a family friend's daughter, and Dylan stayed with a classmate and his mom.  I quickly ran from field to field and snapped a picture of each child before the egg hunts began.

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Lily's egg hunt was intense.  It was for ages 1-5, and the older kids snagged all the eggs.  It was over within 45 seconds. Lily only got 6 eggs, but she didn't seem to mind!

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We walked over to Lexie's field, and watched as she hunted for eggs. There were only 10 kids in her age group and only 5 in Dylan's age group, so their baskets were filled!

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After they finished, they all sat down to look in their eggs.  This was a candy free egg hunt, which I loved!  They got tiny action figures and animals, stickers, tattoos, and even ear buds!!! Lexie happily shared some of her loot with Lily and Charlie.

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The kids went down to the pavilion to get their goody bags.  They were filled with crackers, juice bags, and some candy, so they sat down for a quick snack.

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We don't usually see the Easter Bunny, but he was greeting the kids, so a sleeping Liam got to meet him.  Lily got to meet him for the first time, too.  She was very intrigued!

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The younger kids ran off to play, but Dylan declared that he was just too old for the playground (WHAT?!?), so we took Liam to a shady spot to play.

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Liam even joined the older kids on the playground!  I had to get creative...

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The girls played, the boys hiked through the woods with the dads, and the moms talked.  We ended up staying for about an hour after the egg hunt ended.  We attempted a group picture before we all left.  I love our group of kids so much!

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After the egg hunt, we visited with Grant's family for a few hours.  Some of his relatives were in town, and his cousin and his family stopped by, too.  It was a nice afternoon!

We dropped Grant, Dylan, and Lily off at home, and Lexie, Liam, and I went shopping and picked up dinner. That evening, our friends came over, and we dyed eggs together.

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The boys quickly abandoned the girls.  Audrey, Lexie, and Lily dyed 4 dozen eggs on their own. We love Audrey so much!  She is a beautiful young girl and is so good with the little kids!

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Liam watched the entire process and made sure everything ran smoothly.

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Our newest little "bunny" made the egg dyeing cleanup tolerable!

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We had a great day with our family and friends!

Dylan, Lexie, Lily, and Liam's baskets were placed on the table, and they headed to bed, excited for the arrival of Easter!