Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter!

If our level of exhaustion on Monday morning was any indication, we had a pretty fantastic Easter.  Sunday was a long, busy day, but we had a blast and in the process completely wiped ourselves out for Monday.  We ate a ton, Jacob got some great gifts, and we had some good quality family time.  Of course, somehow my camera never made it out of my purse for most of our time with Craig's family, but I'll give you the rundown nonetheless...

Sunday morning we were up bright and early to go to church with my parents.  Craig had returned from Calgary Saturday afternoon and we spent the evening watching a basketball movie called "The Mighty Macs".  Nice feel-good story.

Jacob was ready for church in time for a little Easter basket hunting--he had two to find!  He found grandma's first, and was very excited by its contents--a Lego base, a little Lego set, a solid chocolate hockey puck (Platters--yum!), and some jelly beans.  Here he is getting excited about the Lego base--more grass for his "lacrosse arena" that he and Craig have been building...

Then the hunt was on for his basket from the Easter Bunny (aka the one I put together).  It took a lot of directing (we were short on time, after all), but he got it.  Here he is bringing it out from its hiding spot...
He's very excited about the baseball egg that's in his hand.  The stuff on the chair is what we had to move so he could "double check" behind the chair (per our suggestions).

Checking out his loot--two superhero books, a Spider-man cup, Mr. Freeze and his freeze chamber (for his Batcave), a chocolate bunny, and a bunch of eggs filled with candy
We headed off to church and Jacob was actually very well-behaved.  We ate a delicious breakfast in the gym (pancakes, egg casserole, ham, assorted pastries, and juice) before heading off to the annual highlight of Easter morning, the Easter egg hunt.  Or, as I like to call it, the candy free-for-all.  Two years ago Jacob won a giant bunny because he happened to pick up one of the prize-bearing eggs.  But mostly it's just a room full of candy and every kid picks it up until it's gone.  It's quite the sight.
Picking up candy and looking oh-so-handsome in his Easter attire...

Happily eating his Nerds!  He pretty much left a trail of them through the church building, though we did manage to clean them up as we went.
Back at my parents' house to pack up, I snapped a picture of him with his Lego creation (from MY old Legos, this time!)...

And we got a decent family picture, which is a rarity...

We packed up and headed off to Craig's side of the family, stopping first at his Aunt Marie's house to visit with some extended family.  Jacob got a new baseball guy while we were there, which he loved, and I snapped this glorious picture of Aunt Marie's egg collection.  One of these years I'm going to start a collection like this.  They are so gorgeous.

We headed to Craig's brother's house for the main gathering, and we had a wonderful time.  We ate a ton--the food was fantastic!  We had ham, kielbasa, lazy pierogi (a pasta dish), cheesy potatoes, tons of fresh fruit and veggies, my favorite bread, and tons of desserts--Oreo pie, cherry pie, krispie treats, and more.  Jacob got a little remote controlled car (which he's enjoying a lot), some additions to his summer wardrobe, a Color Wonder coloring book, and a new Batman.  He spent part of the day in a Spider-man costume, and the other part in a Power Rangers costume.  I should have snapped pictures, but for some reason I never got out the camera.  Kicking myself now, of course.  He had fun as usual playing with his cousins, and did it all on a 20-minute long nap.  He just loves exploring his cousins' toys and being one of the boys.  He was still a handful at times, but overall it was a good day.  He fell asleep just a bit into our ride home and slept through our arrival.  He had some potty incidents in the middle of the night (he's still in diapers at night and tends to pee out of them all too frequently), but I'm guessing his extra tired state might have contributed to that as well.

Overall, it was a great weekend but these first couple days back have been a bear.  Now we're just left with some Easter treats to enjoy, and Jacob got that started with his hockey puck last night.  He bit right into it!  Don't worry, we didn't let him eat the whole thing...
But don't you think that smile indicates he *would* eat the whole thing if he could?

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