Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter

We kept our Easter a little more low key this year, but it still ended up packed with fun.

We did make it to one play date that had an egg hunt, but other than that we didn't go to any of the big egg hunts this year.  I knew our church would have one after the Easter service, and we do one at our house.  That was enough.

We started our celebration on Saturday evening by making resurrection rolls for dinner.  Each part of the roll represents a different part of Jesus' death.  The roll is the cloth, the butter is the oils they put on him, the cinnamon and sugar are the spices.  All of that goes on the marshmallow, which represents Jesus (white, pure, sinless).  You wrap up the marshmallow in the roll, and put them in the tomb (oven) to bake.  When you take them out, the marshmallow is "gone" (melted), leaving empty cloths.

Everyone participated, and it was a fun way to kick off our Easter.

After dinner we dyed eggs.


The kids finally went to sleep and the Easter bunny came.
It looks like a lot, but half of it is edible or from the dollar spot.  We really don't need more "things", so I tried to do useful or edible things.

And Grandma Pryor hooked them up with some fun too.  They both got a chocolate bunny and a book, along with some toys.

We had to wake Logan up again, so he was a little grumpy at first.

But they both liked all of their things.

After Olivia freaked out about the Lil Woodzeez toys that she's been wanting, she sat down and promptly started reading her book. :)

I found out somewhat recently that play doh is the one thing that will keep Logan entertained for hours.  He will just sit in his own little world and play, create, and make up stories.  Usually he's not really a sit still kind of kid.  A lot of the play doh sets we had were girly, so he got a few sets of his own.  He loves making spaghetti, so he got some food sets.

Michael headed to church, and the rest of us finished getting ready.  Usually we serve on the same weekend (he does Teach arts--video, lights, sound, and I do kids check in), but he did extra help for Easter.

These kids were looking spiffy!

I tried to get a picture at church in better light, but you know...

After church we did the egg hunt.  There was a petting zoo, but we skipped that in order to get to lunch.  We just went out to eat, instead of me having to cook it all.

After lunch, we did our egg hunt in our own back yard.  Blue eggs for Logan and purple for Olivia. That way it was nice and even. :)


After the egg hunt, we did something new.  There is a Mexican tradition called cascarones, or confetti eggs.  Which, of course, is now a popular thing in Texas as well.  We've been here 5 years and never did it.  I thought the kids would get a kick out of it.

I was right. :)


We spent the rest of our afternoon playing with the new stuff, and watching a movie.

It was a pretty good Easter.  I don't think we could have fit more in if we tried.  I was worn out by 3 in the afternoon. ;)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Valentine's Day

Yep.  I realize Valentine's Day was nearly a month ago, but I'm finally getting around to blogging.
It was pretty similar to our other Valentine's Days (which makes it tradition, right?!)


We "heart attacked" the kids door when I got home from work Monday night.

And I decorated the kitchen table.
(The books are all ones we already owned that I pull out during the season.)

My mom sent the kids the gummy bouquet, a tin of chocolate, the Good, Good Father book, glow sticks, mini M&M's, and a gift.  Logan got hot wheel cars.  I knew they would be getting stuff from others, so I just did practical.  Logan got underwear. (No, he's not potty trained.  He refuses to poop in the potty.  I was hoping some new underwear would motivate him. Nope.)

Olivia got stamps from my mom.  Her tin was filled with some clearance accessories I found--a scarf, necklace, and headband.

Olivia woke up with great excitement.  Holidays are her thing!

It has become a tradition that she hand makes Michael a card (or 3), and he makes her one.  She was focused on reading what he wrote. :)

She loved her accessories!

Logan does not wake up with the same exuberance as his sister.  Michael was reading his hearts and told him that one was from him after he read it.  Logan said, "No. Mommy did this."  LOL!


We always have to add food into our celebration.  Heart pancakes, red raspberries (a favorite of my kiddos) and cool whip.

Olivia was very upset the day before that Michael had to work, because Valentine's is  holiday and he should NOT have to work on a holiday... to the point of tears.  Sweet girl just lovers her Boppa.  So he went into work a little later and enjoyed breakfast with us.


We made cupcakes later in the day.  Both of my kids love to help cook and bake.

I tried to keep lunch with the theme (because Olivia would have no less), but still simple enough for me.  Our plates were in the wash from breakfast, so I wrote on their plates. Then I cut a heart sandwich, pink yogurt, a heart peep, and some cherry flavored fruit--which was bought specifically to make into some pinterest something or other that I ditched for "it's red". Ha ha!

After lunch the cupcakes were ready to be frosted and get sprinkles!


Yum yum!

During lunch we got a special delivery of Cheryl's Cookies from Grandma Pryor.  YUMMY!
She also sent the kids a Barnes and Noble gift card, which they enjoy.  Books are a favorite around here, and being able to pick out your very own to keep is always special!

The rest of the day was mostly uneventful.  Michael brought Olivia and I home a rose and he brought me sushi for dinner and took care of the kids dinner.  That was about all we had time for before I headed to work.

Another holiday in the books!



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Logan's Birthday; Part 2

Since we did the special breakfast and gifts on Saturday, we skipped all of that on Sunday.  We got ready and headed to Grapevine for some fun.

First up was a lunch at Rainforest Cafe.  Our kids like going there for special occasions.




Then we headed to Legoland.  Obviously, this isn't the same type of Legoland that's in California and Florida. Those are full on amusement parks.  This place is just a little play place in a mall (and about a fourth of the cost!), but it was still memorable for a 3 and 5 year old.  Which is all we were going for!

Both of our kids love playing with Legos.



We went on a ride first.  There are only a few to choose from.  Luckily it wasn't too crowded, so we enjoyed them all multiple times.  You had to shoot the bad guys and spiders to save the princess.

Logan was just tall enough for the other ride.  The faster you peddled the higher you went.

Olivia and Michael were in front of us.


There was a lot of press for the Batman movie coming out.

There is a whole little city to check out.


There was a 4D movie to watch--which means it also has fans and sprays out foam on you.  How cute is this guy?!  We actually went twice, and thankfully it was a different movie each time.




That whole picture, including the light sabers, was made out of Legos.


You could make cars, and then there were ramps to send them down and a track where you could see which one went faster.  Logan loved this area, of course.

There was only one other ride, and Logan wasn't old enough for it.  Olivia did it, but even she had a little trouble staying on course.



And that was a rap on our little buddy's birthday.  He felt loved and celebrated.  We all had fun as a family, and it was the perfect weekend!