Apr 16, 2012

Easter at the 'Farm' House

A little late in posting this, but seriously, our Easter was so fun, I wanted to share ANYWAY.

{there are a couple of Young Women Easter handouts at the end of this post}


I got a few of the Easter decorations up.  On Easter day.
Last minute I thought it would be fun to spruce up our dining tables for our lovely big family dinner.


SIDENOTE: Best/Worst thing about the candy.
OMGosh I ***LOVE*** these!!!
The pic quality is rough due to it being altered in a rustic-it-up phone app 
that doesn't seem to translate to the PC.


Maddie got the boys goin' on dying eggs the day before. 
 That girl is a future crafter!  
What am I saying?  
She's a crafter NOW!  
She's always wanting to do some project or other.  
It's pretty awesome to get to turn the baton over to her on things like the egg-dying.  lol


It was unintentional that REVERENT was the word of the day chosen for Easter. 
I love that!


Ahhhh, the joy and anticipation of those Easter baskets waiting downstairs!

And there they are, in all of their simplicity.
Four baskets.
FOUR!
That's the least ever in our household on Easter morning!
Oy!


This year the baskets had candy only.
That's a first.
Previously Easter for us has been almost like Christmas.
Baskets filled with toys, money, gift cards, etc.
But I just could not get into that this year.
The kids weren't into all that either.
They were very appreciative of the candy and were not disappointed in the least
(I had warned them ahead of time).
I actually almost forgot to even buy the candy.  LOL!
See how much they are enjoying their candy?! 
Ohhh I love these guys!!!
Nothing can gross you out on Easter morning better than a big CHOCOLATE SMILE, huh?!



Another pic from a phone app that didn't translate to the PC.
Here's our lovely college daughter, Shelby, 
wearing her pretty and modest Easter dress that she chose herself.
I am so proud of her!


Our son Chris and his family came over for dinner and activities.
Dinner was FABULOUS!
We got a new Traeger grill recently and 
Cowboy has really been knocking it out of the park with his marinades and smoked meats!

Chris and Brooke make CUTE babies!
Here's baby Layton looking out the window.
He's not quite walking yet
but this time next year he'll be running around in the yard hunting for eggs with the big kids.


Let the hunt begin!
The 3 big boys, Grady, Trace and Regan, hid the {real} eggs in the front yard {LOTS of bushes}
 for our 3 grandkids Abigail, Craig and Laney.
Maddie was a finder-helper for the little kids.

It was an awesome coincidence that the kids each found the same number of eggs!
Funny story, I was positive that the boys had hidden 36 eggs.....a nice round three dozen.
The kids could only find 30 eggs.
We looked.
And looked.
And LOOKED!
Finally I got a brain and checked the packaging of the cardboard egg flat.
Uh, yep, only 30!  haha

CRAZY BUNCH!
See the rocks layed out on the path on the right?
It spells Laney. The big kids LOVE that little Laney!


Back to Maddie and her projects...
At school she learned about confetti eggs
and she really wanted to make some.
I taught her and Regan how to blow out eggs.
She cut up LOTS of confetti
filled the eggs
and stuffed the ends with tissue paper.
CUTE!
That first picture was taken with my phone looking down into the egg.
Amazing!


We found a dozen MORE confetti eggs at the store
and ended up with a nice basket of them.
We drew names.
Mwahahahahaha!
Who gets whom?
MADDIE GOT ME 
and she cracked her egg on my head FIRST.
You can see I was scared!  LOL.
Oh. So. Many. Giggles!

Oh hey, the dog wanted some confetti too!
We put a big tarp in the backyard to catch all the confetti.
Last thing our pool filter needs is getting clogged with all that mess.  haha.
SUPER FUN and everyone wants to do it again next year!

What a wonderful Easter our family had!
I hope yours did too!!!



Easter at church:
Since I am in the Young Women's presidency
I only teach on Sunday's about every four months.
Easter Sunday the other counselor and I split the lesson
and spoke about Easter.

I talked about events leading up to the ATONEMENT and the ATONEMENT itself.
Sister Gable spoke about the RESURRECTION.

I love visual aids!
(the first one had a sacrament cup in it, but I didn't have the cup yet when I took this picture)
And I love Sugardoodle where I found this wonderful object lesson.
12 plastic eggs, each filled with an object and a scripture.
Each girl was given an egg and took turns reading the scriptures
 and sharing what the object and meaning was.
The twelfth egg was empty.
As it says in Matthew 28:6, "He is not here, for He is risen".

Even if you never intend to use this object lesson, check it out. 
 It will only take a couple of minutes and it's a beautiful reminder of the things that happened
to the Savior leading up to that first Easter morning.

The Savior died for us and we can use the Atonement in our own lives everyday.

Here is the handout I gave each of the Young Women.
A little springtime box filled with candy and 
one empty egg.
"He is not here, for He is risen."



One more thing:
I am so grateful for our two children who are serving full time missions right now!
They teach of the Savior and His Atonement every single day!

Devin in Honduras!


and John in Peru! 


THEY BOTH LOVE THEIR MISSIONS!  :)


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