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He Is Risen Indeed

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

And then to finish off our Easter weekend festivities with the most important one...Easter Sunday...and the celebration of our risen savior.

Perry is learning the story too. He can verbalize what happened on the cross ("Jesus died") and "that he didn't stay dead but came back to life 3 days later." I pray that he continues to grow in that knowledge and internalize what it means and how much Jesus loves him.

The Easter bunny paid a little visit to our house Saturday night. Perry really wanted to leave some carrots out for him, so we did. And he was thrilled to see that they were partially nibbled the next morning, alongside his basket filled with goodies. His favorite treats were some joke books (he is really into trying to tell jokes lately). Clara got a little basket of sweet goodies as well.





We went to church and celebrated our Jesus and then headed over to the Eckleys for a family lunch.


After we all had our fill of ham, deviled eggs, strawberry salad and the likes...we retired to the porch and backyard where we did some egg hunts (and even a reverse egg hunt where the kids hunted the eggs for the 30-something aged parents to find) and the kids played with kites that Matt's parents had brought for them.



It was a Happy Easter Indeed.

Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail

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Monday, April 17, 2017

We had a fun and full Easter weekend. Friday and Saturday were filled with eggs and bunnies...all leading up to a Sunday of celebration of what Jesus did for us on the cross. It was a beautiful weekend of warm weather and sunshine.

Friday was Perry's egg hunt at school and class Easter party. Perry had a great time partying with his friends and finding eggs on the playground (while I chased him around and took pictures of the back of his shirt lol).






Friday night was spent at the ballpark watching Perry play t-ball. He had a crowd of family and friends there to watch...Great Grandma, aunt Karen who is in town visiting from Texas, Granna, the Towrys and the Garretts. He is one loved little boy. And a little kid sport game is some quality Friday night entertainment I must admit.

Saturday morning we went to Rivertree for the community Easter celebration - complete with egg hunt, food, petting zoo, balloon animals (courtesy of the talented uncle Matt), inflatables, etc, etc.






Perry got lots of eggs, but sadly none of them had a prize egg piece of paper inside. We dealt with that disappointment and Perry got to learn a lesson about not always winning. And was distracted with a sno-cone. This time next year Clara will probably be learning to toddle around and hunt her first set of eggs. Perry sweetly has declared that he will help hold her basket while she hunts eggs next year....he's going to be a good big brother!

We were all hot and exhausted leaving the church and came home for some much needed rest and air conditioning. Later that evening we dyed eggs (nothing like getting it in just ahead of the Easter deadline) and then had Granna and the Eckleys over for a simple dinner of pizza and games.


Talk about a busy two days...especially for a 9 month pregnant mama. We are counting down the days until we get to meet baby Clara and I am counting down the days until not being pregnant anymore. We also went to the OB on Friday and start weekly appointments from now on. No major news...all looks good and we are just waiting for her to come on her own or to get evicted in a few more weeks. Any time your are ready baby girl!

You have one play...

on
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Developmental t-ball is a pretty simple sport. Games last 45 minutes, or 3 innings whichever happens first. An inning ends when every player has hit the ball (with unlimited tries) and run all the bases scoring a run. There are no outs.

Clearly there is no score keeping...because with those rules the winning team would always be the team with the most players on a given day.

When playing in the field there is really one play. Get the ball. And throw it to first.

And even with those simple instructions....it is a bit like herding cats out there. They are really cute cats though.








Wordless Wednesday: and baby girls name is....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Aint No Party like a Batman Party

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We have officially graduated from the days when mommy got to pick birthday party themes and have moved head first into the world of a preschooler with lots of opinions. In discussing potential 4th birthday themes Perry through out a few options that I quickly vetoed (at least I still reserve that right...after all I do have to plan the thing), before suggesting Batman which sounded do-able and very fun. 

And fun we had! We had his party at the church again - which is just perfect for providing a blank canvas of a big room to decorate and let kids run around in.

We kept the food super simple...sandwiches, veggies, fruit, cheese and crackers, popcorn, rice krispie treats and of course cake. Heather at Slice at a Time hit it out of the park again on his cake/cupcake tower. The backdrop I made...crafted a city scene and bat signal on a large piece of cardboard that I simply propped up on the table....worked great!





The kids all sat at a low table (er large piece of plywood atop cinder blocks) in the middle of the room...a trick that I tried and loved last year. It is fun having them all together. Meanwhile the adults were left to duke out spots around a few high top tables sprinkled around. It was beautiful chaos.





For fun, the kids played with a smattering of batman toys we brought from home, took turns getting locked up in the city jail (complete with handcuffs), decorated their own super hero masks (foam stickers for the non-messy win) and played a beanbag toss game. 






Favors were flashlights that I had DIY'd little vinyl batman symbols onto the face of, so that when it shines it makes a bat signal. Super easy and cute. And of course we had everyone sign a batman book...a tradition we have been doing (having guests sign a book that goes along with the party theme) since Perry's first Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday.



Then...when everyone was playing and totally unexpecting...a set of villains came and crashed the party. We have amazing friends...who clearly love Perry a whole lot...that were willing to dress up with Andrew as batman villains and be totally silly...to try to steal the cake, money bags and presents...and be tackled and thrown in jail by preschoolers. Thanks Travis, Chad, and Jay...you made the party so fun and memorable! We actually got them together a couple weeks ahead of time and filmed an intro video...of the villains plotting to come and crash Perry's party to steal the presents. And we played the video up on the big screen as if it was a live feed from the villain hideaway...and had them come sneaking in about 5 minutes later. Just watch the progression. I love it!









Eventually a police man (ahem Jay) comes to the rescue and helps Perry toss those pesky villains in jail and hauls them off. Then they all come back in to take bows and pictures...and the Joker blesses the food so we can all start eating. Sentences you never think you will type. lol.







Batman and his Villains! Perry was surprised for sure...and it took him a minute to figure out these creatures were actually our friends just pretending (especially long for Travis there on the left...who is full on creepy in that white face paint and crazy joker hair). But once he did he thought it was hilarious. Success.

Soon enough it was cake time. We all sang, and Perry got very serious about blowing out his candles. 




So thankful for our village...all of our family and friends that came out to help us celebrate our little boy turning 4. I can't believe we have a 4 year old now...it seems and is soooo big! Happy Birthday Perry. I am so glad you enjoyed your party...as much as I enjoyed putting it all together. Seeing you love it makes it all worth it!








Photo Cred: Nathan Bivens

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