Sunday, April 8, 2018

Spring Break

We had a busy but fun spring break!
Easter Sunday we woke up early to see what the Easter Bunny had brought. The kids were all thrilled with their goodies!
My funny bunnies! They made these at Roo's preschool Easter party.

The girl's dresses and bows and JP's bowtie were from Eleanor Rose. It was the first time I had ordered from them and I was so pleased!

After breakfast we went to church and then headed to NC to do Easter with Paul's extended family. We always love holidays with them and this year did not disappoint! We had a yummy dinner, the kids did a scavenger hunt and an egg hunt and then we had the egg toss. Lots of fun!
Uncle Clyde giving scavenger hunt instructions.

JP got to find the first egg. Here he is listening to his clue. He was so serious about it!

Ellie listening to her clue.

Laura Ann and JP

Sometimes you just need a lift! Abby, Emma, and Ruthie.

Emmie reading her clue.

JP put Paul to work!
Cuteness overload!

Ready to hunt Easter eggs!! Riley, Uncle Clyde, Emmie, Ellie, Laura Ann, Mary Jane, Abby, Gin-g, JP, Emma, Uncle Sonny, and Ruthie

Emma helped JP hunt his eggs.

JP loves Uncle Sonny (one of Gin-g's brothers).

Paul headed back to Columbia before dinnertime and the kids and I and Gin-g and Fred stayed to spend a few days with the second cousins! We stayed with Paul's Uncle Clyde and Aunt Suzy.
Monday morning we woke up and Suzy and Clyde made us a delicious breakfast. Paul's cousin Karla and her daughter Laura Ann came over and we took the kids to the Greenway. They had lots of fun playing on the playground and throwing rocks and sticks into the river! We fed them a snack and then headed back to the house.
Paul's cousin Danny and his wife Jennifer have a small farm and they had us all over for lunch to meet their newest additions and celebrate their children Emma and Mary Jane's birthdays. We had so much fun spending time with them! They currently have chickens, llamas (Harry Potter and Jimmy Buffet!), 2 female goats AND (the best part) baby goats! One set of twins was 2 months old and the other sent was 1 week old. They were SO cute and so fun! The kids loved it. Emmie was a little hesitant but towards the end it was just Jennifer, Emmie, and me down with the goats and Emmie really enjoyed it when it wasn't so crowded.

JP was looking for one of the barn "tats" (cats). 

Found it!

Gin-g feeding Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the baby goats

the baby goats were so soft!

JP LOVED the baby "doats"! On Tuesday morning the first thing he said when he woke up was "see baby doats?"

(If you listen closely he says his new favorite phrase.."I don't know! No told me!"...makes us laugh every time!)

Harry Potter was peeking in the barn window.

Emma is a huge Harry Potter fan and Ellie and Emmie loved looking at all her paraphernalia. She even had a sorting hat!

Happy Birthday Emma and Mary Jane!

Love these sweet kiddos. Ellie, Mary Jane, Emmie, Ruthie, Emma, Laura Ann, JP. (We were sad Abby and Riley couldn't be there but they had a fun spring break trip planned to NYC!)

While the older kids played Gin-g and Fred took JP to the Gardner Webb campus so JP could see where PaPa and GiGi went to school. They had to check out the football field of course!

We met back at Clyde and Suzy's house where they fixed us hamburgers for dinner and the cousins spent the night.
Tuesday morning we got up and had another delicious breakfast and then we packed up and headed to Greenville for the second part of our spring break.
On Tuesday when we got to Greenville we had a lovely relaxing day of just hanging around the house. The kids enjoyed lots of outdoor play time!
Franklin in his happy place.

The kids thought it was really funny to put each other on the leash and play dog.

Wednesday my mom pulled out a big box and some paint and the kids enjoyed painting!

My parents were having their gutters replaced and JP had a great time "supervising". The workers were SO nice to the kids. They let JP "help" and showed the kids the machine in their truck that the gutters come out was pretty neat. Emmie painted a picture of them on her box and they ooh'd and ahh'd and totally made her day!

Wednesday afternoon after naps we took the kids to TCBY and my dad met us there and then we went up to his office. The kids always love going to Grandaddy's office...he has snacks and toys! JP loved randomly popping into office doorways and waving to people...he's definitely not shy!

Ruthie had started coughing from allergies when we got to NC and she was still coughing while we were in Greenville. By Wednesday night she was wheezing a lot and working pretty hard. My mom's neighbor across the street has 4 kids the same age as mine and so I was texting her Wednesday evening in hopes she had a nebulizer machine...thank goodness she did! Fallon to the rescue! Ruthie was pretty worn out and feeling bad on Thursday but so much better than if we hadn't been able to do breathing treatments!

Thursday morning it was a little chilly (or freezing according to my mom!) but we bundled up and headed to Runway Park at the downtown airport. This was JP's first trip and he (and the girls) LOVED it! We got to see LOTS of planes land and take off. There were a few pilots who pulled right up to the gate of the park so they thought that was really neat as well. We ate at Runway Café for lunch and Grandaddy came to join us. While we were there we ran into a few of my favorite high school fun! After lunch the kids played for a little bit longer and then headed out.

Ellie ate her lunch standing up so she could watch the planes.

As we were walking out Ruthie ran up to me talking about how Mary Ruth was there. I told her of course she wasn't...she lives in Columbia. Surprise! Mary Ruth (and Clara and Ezekiel) were at the park! So fun! Of course we had to stay a little bit longer to play/catch up with some of our favorite people!
We finally headed back to my parent's house for naps and everyone except Ellie and my mom took a really good nap!
In the afternoon we ran to get quick haircuts for the kids. We normally go to Jelly Beans but this time we just took the kids to April, who cuts my parent's hair. She was great with the kids and Ellie and Emmie loved sitting under the dryers to get dry their hair!

Thursday evening after dinner we headed back to Columbia. We were tired and some of us were worse for the wear but we had lots of fun adventures and loved our time with so many special people! (And we felt extra special because even though it is the middle of tax season Grandaddy made it home for lunch and dinner every day!)

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