10 April 2012

Easter Sunday


My favorite song comes to mind during the Easter season: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.
See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.
I cannot put my feelings of the atonement and death of Christ better.

Nursery was a bit challenging with super hyper toddler, three transitioning 18 month olds, and a full moon the night before. At one point we were outside with five crying kids sitting around me and Justin chasing the boys around the parking lot. We called in reinforcements! There really is a correlation between behaviour in Nursery and the full moon. LOL.

We invited over the Grunig and Gallego families for an Easter dinner. I made lamb kabobs with a green olive tapenade, red pepper couscous, and cucumber/feta/mint salad. Madison brought over her famous bundt rolls and berry salad. Susan brought an amazing raspberry cake. Quite the spread! The lamb kabobs were amazingly delicious. Lamb is either well prepared or gross. We enjoyed a fun evening with everyone. Socializing with ward family made the holiday feel especially wonderful.

Easter Egg Hunt


Saturday is a special day! Saturday was a windy day too! I was worried we would not be able to do our egg hunt outside it was so windy. I took the kids over to the library egg hunt. There were so many kids there that half the kids never had a chance to even start looking. The ambitious ones ended up sharing the eggs with the kids who had no eggs. It was nice to watch the kids passing eggs around. Some teenagers escorted Amelia and Phillip to the courtyard and hid the eggs they found for my kids. It was a very sweet gesture.

The wind died down to a bearable speed once the sun started to set. The kids were so very excited that the Easter Bunny came to our side yard, even with me in the yard to help him out. The silly bunny planted candy carrots, hung some lip gloss in the tree, hid books in the tree, and planted some marshmallow peeps. We had a great time watching the kids race around finding all the eggs. Everett was flapping his arms while the kids ran around. His Easter snack was a carton of goldfish, Heaven! My favorite snapshot of the evening was watching the kids blow bubbles. Phillip ate the bubble wand while squeezing solution all over the ground. Amelia's face was a cute mixture of delight and concentration.