Friday, April 5, 2013

easter weekend

The holiday weekend started off with a blue sky, colorful flowers, & friends for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. Besides a few spots in the woods still blanketed with snow it was the perfect early spring day.
This year, over 300 people attended the Easter Egg Hunt, so the limit was four eggs per child. The girls looked so hard for those four eggs, but Kennadie only found two & her friend found one. Tears were shed, but as we waited in line to recycle the plastic eggs a young boy saw the tears & generously handed over half of his candy to the girls. The tears slowly stopped & many thank-yous were exchanged. That boy's mama should be very proud.
These girls are growing up together & I love that. We have been friends with some of these girls (and a few other friends who couldn't make it today) since before Kennadie turned two & even though the kids attend different schools, are not the same exact age, & they aren't all in the same after school activities, our friendships work. We do our best to get together as much as we can & I believe these friendships, with the kids & us moms, are for life. I can see the girls down the road begging for sleepovers & talking about boys. And that makes me so happy. 

Since Kennadie is an only child I just figured she would have her picture taken with the Easter Bunny by herself, but as we walked in line to meet Erin & her husband, they invited Kennadie to be in the picture with their girls. They didn't think twice about it & they didn't have to do that & as much as it may not seem like a big deal, it was for me. It just reminds me how lucky we are to have some amazing people in our life who have become like a little family to us.

We headed over to pet & feed the bunnies & goats. After hanging around here for a while, friends began to leave, but Kennadie didn't want anything to do with going home. She moved from the goats to the bunnies & then back to the goats. So I stepped back & just watched her do her thing. 

I swear we were here for a good hour. The place became empty & quiet, but there she was still gently rubbing hay against the goats back to try to get his attention, still patiently trying to feed the goats hay & half-eaten radishes from the bottom of the crates.
And we hung out some more. She was mesmerized watching these goats. Happy & content. 

And then it was as if she knew waiting around would get her something good, the owner handed Kennadie his bunny so she could hold him.

After bribing her with a piece of candy from the Easter Eggs, she finally walked away from the animals & we went home to play outside. We soaked up the sun & cool breeze & had a relaxing afternoon hitting oversized plastic baseballs off of her pink Little Tikes stand.

Our Saturday night ended with the three of us at Ronnie's- our go to place in the spring & summer to eat ice cream sundaes while talking & laughing & making memories with family.

We talked about how we can't wait for Oma & Opa to get back so we can take them here the very first weekend they are home.

Josh shivered & complained about how cold it was & insisted that we should be eating the ice cream in the car, not outside in 30 degree weather.

But I made us all suffer through the chilly temps because it was our first trip to Ronnie's this year & it was not going to be spent in the car.

After eating half of her ice cream Kennadie snuggled up close to me, so I caved & we ate the last few bites of our ice cream in the car.

It was a good day.
The past few Easter's we have attended Sunrise Service & then breakfast over at the church, but this year we opted to stay home in the morning- making an egg & bacon breakfast in our pajamas, playing with a few small toys from her Easter basket, & lounging around the house. 

And just as we were getting ready to head down to my parents' house for the afternoon, I walked in the living room to see a floor covered in purple Easter basket grass. This stuff was everywhere. And for some reason, without even thinking, I raised my voice & asked, "Kennadie, why would you do that?"

She is four. Kids make a mess. It's what they do. I know this & usually it doesn't bother me at all, but for some reason, just for a moment, this completely annoyed me.

As soon as I did it I felt so horrible for raising my voice at her. Her big blue eyes looked up at me, her lips quivered, & the tears started pouring out. I got down on the floor with her & explained to her how sorry I was for raising my voice & that I made a mistake & we all make mistakes & that is OK. I gave her so many hugs & kisses & told her how it is really OK if we make a mess as long as we clean it up after, & to make up for it I started throwing the grass up in the air, smiling, & yelling, "Yay! Look, mommy is making a mess! This is fun!" She looked at me as if I were nuts, but then she got down on the floor with me & we laughed & threw the damn grass all over the room.

And then she rolled around in it.

All better :)

We spent the rest of the day at my parent's house with our uncle & cousins who we haven't seen in a while & we started off the afternoon with an Easter Egg Hunt.

The older boys even got involved because they knew my dad had $20 worth of quarters & dollar bills stuffed in the eggs. The little girls won though & found most of the money :)

The girls blew & chased colorful bubbles around for what seemed like hours. Madison did most of the bubble blowing while Kennadie ran around the deck trying to catch & pop each one.

Kennadie's funny- she is such a girly girl & hates getting dirty & screams if a teeny tiny fly is anywhere near her, so I was a little surprised when she picked up a dead, crunchy worm & carried it around as if it were her baby.

Josh put the kite together for the girls & they had so much fun chasing it around the backyard, taking turns flying it from one end of the yard to the other. I think he had fun too.  

Usually when Kennadie draws a picture she draws me somewhere in it, but when I saw this drawing & told her how much I loved it, she flat out told me that it wasn't me in the picture, it was her & Madison. Well then!

I don't take it personally  :)
We had such a great weekend & I think this was one of my favorite Easter's with Kennadie so far. I hope you all had a great weekend too! 


Kristin @littlemamajama said...

Gorgeous pictures! Glad you had a great Easter. Looks like so much fun! Love how you make it a point to make things memorable for Kennadie. :)

Andrea Balcunas said...

Thanks Kristin! Hope you had a great Easter too :)