The Easter Bunny was good to the little girls. Emmie got her much asked for Cinderella doll and the Tinkerbell movie and Ellie got a Belle doll and the Beauty and the Beast movie. The girls both got Easter hats, little gloves, a necklace, a robe, a princess nightgown, socks, some books, a stuffed animal to go with the Dr. Seuss book and nail polish. They were thrilled with their presents. The dolls were definitely the instant favorite along with the dress up items. They loved their new books so much that I sat in the back with them on the way to church and read all our new books. Tonight we put them in their robes and nightgowns before leaving NC and they did NOT want to take off the robes when we got home.
|I love this picture of me with ALL my babies...including my furbaby...and everyone is smiling and has their eyes open...amazing!|
|I curled Emmie's hair this morning to give it a little more body and it looked so cute.|
After church we headed home and gathered up Franklin and all our things and headed up to North Carolina to do Easter with the Hedrick clan. Emmie has been talking for DAYS about going to play with the older girls (she makes you say all of them by name when you talk about them...if you leave someone out you have to do it again...lol) and so she was so excited that we were finally on our way! The drive up there was pretty rough. We were running late and the girls were super whiney and needed to be handed something every few minutes. We all cheered when we pulled in the parking lot!
We had a delicious Easter dinner and ate WAY too much.
The desserts I made:
Peanut Butter eggs...so good...I got the receipe from pinterest and they take just like Reese's eggs! They were quite the hit! Clearly my chocolate dipping skills need some work!
I love these little tuxedoed Peeps and they were SUPER easy to make!
After we ate the little girls had an easter egg hunt and the girls were delighted with all the stickers they got! This year they did a new kind of egg hunt...a scavenger egg hunt! They started with 1 egg that had a clue inside and used that clue to find the next egg. On each clue was the name of a child and that was the child that got to open the next egg and read the clue (oh so smart on Clyde and Suzy's part!!). The kids were running quickly from one clue to the next and poor Ellie would just catch up to them and they would run to find the next egg! Emma was so sweet and after a bit she picked Ellie up and carried her from egg to egg so she wasn't so far behind. At the end of the hunt all the kids got to pick an egg out of a basket and there was money inside. Emmie gave hers right to me but Ellie was NOT letting go of hers! I had to chase her around for a few minutes before I could finally convice her to give it up!
Riley, Laura Ann, Abby, Emmie, Emma, Ellie, Mary Jane
Getting instructions for the egg hunt.
Emma helping Ellie
Both the girls LOVE hunting eggs!
The scavenger hut.
Emmie's egg to open.
Emma carrying Ellie around so she could keep up with the big kids!
After the egg hunt we had a little shower for Emily and Blake. The decorations were super cute and it was a baseball theme...they had a baseball cake, cracker jacks, peanuts, and bottled Coke and orange soda. Everyone brought cash and rolled it up with a piece of advice and then Blake read all the advice...some of them were pretty funny.
I LOVE this picture of Emily and Ellie!
Ellie's face cracks me up!
After the shower the kiddos played some more and Ellie stumbled around like a drunk she was so tired (she only slept for 15min in the car on the way up there). When we got ready to leave we put the girls in their PJs and Emmie did NOT want to leave. She kept hugging everyone...it was really quite sweet. The girls were asleep 15min after we left and they slept most of the way home.
Poor Uncle Blake!
Ellie loved getting a ride...she's such a princess!
When we got home tonight Ellie went straight to sleep but Emmie took a while to fall asleep. I think the problem was that she was so hot but she wouldn't take her FLEECE robe off and she wouldn't come out from under her THREE blankets. I will be removing the blankets before I go to bed so the poor child doesn't sweat to death tonight!! (Franklin of course has been passed out since we got home!)
We had so much fun today (as always) and I just can't say enough wonderful things about the family I married into. They are such a fun bunch and they are just full of love for each other! They also raise fabulous children! Emma hauled Ellie around during the scavenger hunt. At one point I went looking for Emmie and she was in the bathroom washing her hands and Mary Jane was helping her...she had taken Emmie to the bathroom and after Emmie went to the potty she helped her get up on the little step ladder and was helping her wash her hands. Many times after Ellie got tired I saw Meredith carrying her and helping her with whatever she needed at that moment in time. Sweet Abby and Riley let Emmie boss them around most of the day and never complained...they were quite tolerant of bossy boots! Many times during lunch I looked over at the little girl's table and Laura Ann was helping Ellie. KJ and Kody (who are teenage boys and if I ever have a boy I hope he grows up to be like them!) were constantly looking out for the younger kids during the scavenger hunt and were so sweet to Emmie and Ellie. I just can't say enough good things about these kiddos!
The girls were also quite happy to see Suzy and Clyde. Ellie obviously remmebered that Suzy was the maker of her beloved fried okra...she was all about Suzy! When we got home Emmie asked me where Uncle Clyde's piano was. Whenever we go to their house he always plays a lot for her!