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Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Despite the seemingly never-ending wind and drizzle, it is springtime here in Alabama. Spring means flower blooms, the putting away the winter coats, breaking out those nearly forgotten shorts, and of course Easter.

The main Easter event is of course this Sunday, but with Easter comes egg hunts and we had our fill of egg hunt fun last Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Perry had his school egg hunt and party and little sister got to tag along for the festivities as well. Perry loaded his basket up with candy filled eggs and then feasted on chicken nuggets, cupcakes, and cookies. Suffice it to say he was happily in a full-on sugar coma for the rest of the day.

His sweet teacher even made each kiddo their own "hunting license"... for hunting eggs of course.






Then on Saturday we got to go to the Botanical Garden for their Bunny Bonanza where we met Peter Cottontail himself and both Perry and Clara got to hunt eggs. Clara got some assistance, but she kind of got a hold of it...at least the concept of picking up a colorful egg in the grass and immediately trying to eat it. They were smart and filled the baby aged kids eggs with stickers.



Perry on the other hand took his egg hunting very seriously and scored a grand total of 39 eggs. Needlesstosay if you need a sugar fix...you know a place that has a candy bowl you can raid. :)


It wasn't overly warm and springy feeling but that didn't stop us from getting dressed up and snapping some cute pictures of the kids in the gardens. We love being members of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens and can't wait for it to warm up a little more and spend lots more time there. They have an amazing Lego exhibit going on right now that you should totally go check out if your kids (or you) love Lego's as much as our boy does.



Cutest little bunnies there ever were right there! At least if you ask me. :)

On another note - I got a new toy recently in the form of a GoPro camera. I have been wanting one for a while to be able to capture our family's memories in more than just still pictures. We broke it out and gave it a test run at the Gardens on Saturday and I spent some time that afternoon creating the first (of hopefully many) video compilations. You can check that out here:

(https://youtu.be/lEfwAh8SuNc)

Easter egg hunts around town were all early this year because of the local school spring breaks, but I must admit I kind of like it like that. It is nice to get all the bunnies and eggs out of the way and allow us to focus more this weekend on the real reason we celebrate Easter - remembering our Savior to paid it all on the cross.

Happy Easter week friends!

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Perry: "Adrienne and Chad have dogs. But I want a more quiet pet...like a kitten."

Redefining Rush Hour

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Backpack. Nap mat. Work bag. Coffee. Travel cup milk and a pack of mini muffins. Shoes (yes I once got all the way to preschool and realized Perry did not have shoes...which resulted in an unplanned Target run at 7:30 in the morning...just keeping it real here). Outgoing mail. Tuition.

Mornings are anything but relaxed when you are trying to get out the door for work and preschool. And more times than not I find myself running 3.4 minutes behind where I want to be and am telling Perry to "hustle" and "what's our family motto?" (Answer: No Dawdling)

But eventually we get everyone and everything (hopefully) in the car and we head out over the mountain for preschool drop off. This gives me and my boy approximately 20 minutes (on a good traffic day) of dedicated one on one time.

Our favorite things to do on the drive are play games, listen to songs, and discuss upcoming plans. We plan trips and decide what movie we want to watch next. Our most favorite thing to do is play "I'm thinking of a Disney Character, that starts with the letter...." or "I'm thinking of an animal, that starts with the letter...." One person things of the item and the other person guesses and asks questions until they get it right. And we take turns back and forth.


The Disney Character category we are about evenly matched. But animals? That boy has me beat hands down. His specialty is sea creatures (thank you Octonauts on Netflix), and he has quite a knowledge base of all that lives in the ocean.

This week the letter W was brought to us by the Weddell Seal and the letter S was brought to us by the Slime Eel. No hints in the world were going to get me to guess those. When I ask for hints I get things like "well mom it lives in the twilight zone" (ok that is really no help...the twilight zone is deep right?). Long gone are the days where his animal repertoire stopped with Cat, Dog, and Cow.

Even though he schools me at the game, I covet those precious moments in the car where I get to see what all he knows and get to spend quality time with my kid. I know the day will come when he is way to cool to play games with his mom in the car - so until then I will choose to enjoy our rush hour commutes. And offer myself the gentle reminder that the more cycles of a light I have to sit through and the more crowded the traffic is - it is buying me a few extra moments of parenting gold.

What are your go-to games, topics, and activities for your family commute time? I could use some new ideas...that maybe require less sea creature knowledge!

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Perry: "Mommies do not get to hunt for eggs at Easter. That is a privilege that only kids get to do."

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