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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Easter 2014

Hooray me for getting around to this post before the end of April!  I am giving myself a serious pat on the back.  

We spent Easter 2014 with my family.  Dan actually had to work in Charlotte on Tuesday evening, so we decided to go with him and stay for the remainder of the week.  I took a ton of photos so I'll try to keep the words to a minimum and I'll try to narrow down the photos (but let's be honest, we all know that both of those are practically impossible for me!).  

Mamas of little girls (boys too!):  Pinkalicious is one of L's current favorite books!  She loved reading with Mimi.
The weather was pretty nasty for most of the week, so we spent a lot of time going to visit Aunt KK at work in the mornings after breakfast so that Lilly could burn some energy.  I think we actually went to visit every morning we were in town!  We are very thankful that Aunt KK let us come play.

Arts & crafts with Aunt KK
Craft had fun visiting Aunt KK, too.

We were fortunate enough to get to catch up with Diana and her boys while we were in Charlotte!  They met us at Katy's facility one day and the kids had a blast playing.  Unfortunately we weren't able to get a good photo with Logan in it.  Maybe next time (when we go visit them at the beach!).  :-)

Emmett is a little ham, I could eat him right up!
My parents have season tickets to the Charlotte Knights, and on Friday night we took Lills to her first baseball game.  She was SO excited, she woke up from nap and said, "Mommy I'm ready to go to the baseball game!!!"

Ready for the game, wearing her pink Knights hat that PawPaw got for her.
 I will admit that I wasn't sure how Lilly would do at the game.  She is kind of at that age where I thought it could go one of two ways: either she'd love it or I'd spend the whole game chasing her around in the concourse (is that what it's called where the concession stand is located?) because she was bored to death.  We took the train uptown, and Lills was a little ham - she was so wound up and excited and in rare form.

I love these two pics!
I am happy to report that Lilly LOVED the baseball game!!!  My parents have amazing seats - only a couple of rows behind the Knights dugout - so we were close enough that she could see all of the action.  Or it might have been because we left her brother at home with Mimi and Aunt Sally she got to eat a lot of special treats.  Either way, she did so well and had such a blast that I see a Bulls game in our future for sure.

I swear.  The child ate nachos, a pretzel, some french fries, a cookie, some cotton candy, peanuts and I'm sure other things that I'm forgetting.  I am not sure how she didn't have a tummy ache!

As I mentioned above, we were very close to the dugout, so after every inning all of the kids around rush down to the fence with their gloves to see if the players coming off of the field will throw them a ball.  After the first inning, a little boy that was sitting to our right went down and got the ball.  Lilly was standing on my legs and watched the whole thing and then held her little hands out and scrunched her hands up and said said, "I would like a ball please!"  It was SO CUTE.  I told her that if she waited patiently maybe they would throw one to her, so for the rest of the inning she stood as still as a statue on my legs with her hands outstretched saying, "Ball please, ball please!"  At the end of the second inning Dan took her down to the fence and one of the players threw her a ball.  She was SO proud and was waving her ball all around, and was so cute that she made her first (of five) appearance on the big screen.

Lills and Daddy with her game ball

Thanks, Mom and Dad (and Jeff & Denise and Pat & Paul - whomever's seats we were in!) for the tickets!  C enjoyed some alone time with Mimi and Aunt Sally.  Thanks, ladies, for watching our sweet boy so we could have some fun with our girl!  L had so much fun, in fact, that for a week straight (not kidding) every time she woke up from either overnight or nap she said, "I'm ready to go to the baseball game, Mommy!"  Hilarious.

On Friday night, the Mills came over to grill out.  Our parents are BFF (for real), and their boys are like our brothers.  They hadn't met Craft yet and it was so fun to get the whole family together.  Plus, we got to see Jason and Becca's wedding pics and hear all about the honeymoon!  Becca was so sweet and brought Mason and Lilly some bunny ears, which have gotten a ton of use.

On Saturday morning, we went to an Easter Egg Hunt!  Katy organized a huge hunt at her facility, so we went to participate.  Lills had a blast.

Unfortunately, Mason was a little sleepy, so he was only able to hang in there for a little while but at least they looked cute in their Easter shirts.

Thanks, Mimi, for our cute Easter shirts!

Poor Mase.  Bless.

Mimi and Aunt Sally were nice enough to keep C for us again, and it looked like he had a blast, too.

And we got a visit from Miss Jane and Alex (whom I didn't get a picture of, ugh!).  Craft celebrated by having a poopsplosion all over Miss Jane.  He is sorry, Miss Jane, we promise!

On Saturday night, we dyed Easter eggs with the kids.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?  Mason wasn't too amused, but Lilly had a blast getting her hands dirty (see my post about getting dye off of tiny hands, stat!).

The Easter bunny came on Saturday night and I am not naming names but I know some spoiled kiddos (cough *Mimi* cough).  Lilly was very excited about putting carrots out for the Easter bunny.

On Sunday, we all went to church together.  Unfortunately, Craft and Mason were sleepy at different times so we weren't able to get a photo of them in their matching outfits (which coordinated with Lilly's, of course) from Mimi.  I am pretty sad about that, but we got some okay family pics!

The kiddies with Aunt Sally.  We miss you already!

We had a fantastic visit.  It is a rare occasion when my whole family is able to get together, because we are all going different directions all of the time, but we all enjoyed being together over Easter.  Hope yours was great as well!


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