I've really been thinking a lot about holidays since we've had kids. How do we focus on Christ and not gifts, egg hunts, etc. At the same time how do we find the balance and let the kids have fun with the cultural traditions and let mommy have fun dressing the kids? Well God has a funny way of teaching lessons. O was sick for both Christmas and Easter this year. I didn't get to dress him (or A) up for either holiday, but we DID get to have lots of time with cuddles, snuggles, and time with just the four of us. It's actually refreshing to slow down, cuddle more, read books, and appreciate Christ's resurrection and sacrifices from the comfort of your couch =). (We watched an Easter service on-line, and it was a very special time for the four of us. By the time the sermon started, we were each holding a sleeping baby. A rare, sacred moment for sure!)
For Easter, Owen traded "green beans" (jelly beans) for vomiting and profuse...and I mean profuse....diarrhea. Mike was in the middle of another two week trip to MD, but he was able to swing home for the holiday weekend. Another gracious gift from Jesus. I really needed a parenting partner to start the week off b/c this tummy virus went the next 6 days. I digress.
We woke up Easter morning to a pukey O, but he did want to make pancakes.
He and Mike are great pancake making partners- you can see Mickey Mouse, in the corner, there.
He did muster up some energy for baskets, too.
Checking out his new Tattoo set
Carrot bubbles ($1 section at Target)
The Easter bunny made the egg hunt pretty easy, and the eggs were full, obviously.
This Easter bunny learned from the previous egg hunts.
While they were making pancakes I got O a fresh set of sheets and did a little hiding.
He was pretty good at looking in not obvious places as well..opening drawers, etc. Next year it will be harder, for sure!
That afternoon we did trek over to my folks. Mike had to catch a flight back to MD, and I wanted to celebrate in some way. It's always so hard to know whether or not to bring your sick kiddos to Mima & Papa's but O was able to relax some there, too.
Miss Millie loves her Mima.
Looking at the Easter Bunny's new toys. Turns out this Easter bunny went to spring training & brought back Cards gear!
Uncle Ryan brought his rescue Pitt, Monroe. She's as sweet as they come...though she leaks a little =) See her doggie diaper below! Mike Wade l.o.v.e.s. his doggies.
And apparently Amelia loves dogs, too. This girl has no fear!
This is slightly out of chronological order, but the Friday before Easter, we were able to celebrate with the Wades! Thank goodness the timing worked out this way, because you can't bring a vomiting kid to play with other kids. Here are the 2 'A' babies... and how sweet their relationship will be. We just know it!
The kiddos (minus Amelia) and their baskets. Owen put on this shirt and said, 'I look sharp'.
I couldn't get a great shot of Livi, Ava, & Carson all looking up, but they looked so cute I wanted to post it anyway.
The Easter bunny at Mima and Papa Wade's house is very smart. He hid different colors of eggs for the big kids than the little kids, and the big kids got money while the littles got candy. Each kiddo got 6 eggs. This Easter bunny really knows how to keep the competition at bay. Oskee had also figured out that the littles got candy, and she was just waiting for an m&m to drop!
We're hoping that Owen's illnesses won't be a theme for every holiday in the near future, but we will still have much to celebrate. We're so grateful for a good God who is Big, and Personal, and who LOVES us enough to send His only Son to sacrifice His life to save us from ourselves.
Happy Belated Easter! Love, The Wades