Hoppy Easter!

 He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”

-Mark 16:6-

We are so thankful that Christ not only died for us but rose from the grave for our redemption. We serve a Lord who conquered death and lives today!

Emmy was talking to me about how Jesus was on the cross and had all these “ouchies”. I explained to her that yes, he did. But, he didn’t stay on that cross. He rose from the dead and he lives in our hearts today. Her response to it all? “So, that’s why we give him eggs?” haha! We’ll keep working on that. In her defense, I was stuffing 150 plastic eggs as I was retelling the resurrection story. 🙂

Easter morning we woke the kids up with their baskets (and a lot of singing and dancing). I kept their gifts simple this year with one new book each, vacation sunglasses, peeps, and a new movie. Emmy also got a few art supplies that I had on hand and threw in at the last minute. The kid scissors ended up being the biggest hit ever. She would have enjoyed cutting tiny confetti pieces all day long if we’d let her. The kids LOVED their new books. The Perfectly Messed-Up Storhad Emmy and Tuck cracking up. We’d totally recommend it- so clever! We put on our new movie and started making our traditional Easter morning pastel pancakes. It’s always one big experiment. ha! We use this healthy alternative recipe with our magic bullet. Definitely worth trying!

IMG_3622IMG_3629Getting down. No music necessary. 🙂IMG_3662IMG_3626After breakfast, we joined the family for Easter service at the Bridge. The kids loved running all over the lobby, climbing couches, and not cooperating for pictures. We made the mistake of using all their “picture posing patience” up the night before with family photos. The kids were pretty “over” sitting still and performing by Easter morning. So, we opted for adult pictures with sweet friends. 🙂

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We love hosting the King/Juarez/Smith family Easter at our house. Our backyard is really coming to life with spring colors and just begging for a big egg hunt. We were disappointed with the chilly rain for what’s usually a fun day spent outdoors. We made the most of it with all 17 of us squeezed in the dining room and rain boots for our muddy egg hunt.

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These girls in their matching little dresses were so precious (from Jane). 
IMG_3640 IMG_3639 IMG_3641I can’t handle Norah’s face in this photo. She was WORKIN it! 🙂
IMG_3643and Emmy was trying so hard to copy! IMG_3644My favorite little group…
IMG_3646 IMG_3648 IMG_3617 IMG_3627IMG_3664Emmy has really grown up since last year and was all over that yard, filling up her big basket. Tuck was woken up from a nap just minutes before we started and was still in a pretty big daze the whole time. Little guy just stared off, eating snacks most the time. Norah and Jonah were big pros too and the kids made out pretty well with loads of goldfish, teddy grahams, and fruit snacks. Unfortunately, I broke my camera lens AGAIN just before the egg hunt so these photos aren’t great. How do I keep doing this!? So sad!

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After a long day spent playing hard and skipping naps it was early to bed for these cuties and clean-up duty for mom and dad. 🙂 We love days spent with good food, family, and celebration. Hope everyone had a fabulous Easter Sunday too!

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