Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Family Photo Shoot

Last Saturday, we did our last family photo shoot in Colorado with Bart (In Focus Denver). It was cold and very windy, but we braved it anyway and met our fabulous photographer at City Park in Denver for some pics. Ingrid hated the cold and generally has a rough time after about 20 minutes of family pictures anyway (that one photo of her screaming? Yeah that's what she looked like through about 2/3 of the experience), but otherwise the family was brave and cheerful, especially Kirsa, who flitted about in the 40 degree weather in her little sundress and sandals like it was perfectly warm.

I love basically every photo we got and want to paste them all around the house to look at every day, so I'm sharing almost all of them here! Also, the pose where Elijah and Kirsa are holding hands around Ingrid was Elijah's idea - so cute!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! We had a lovely day yesterday, celebrating at church and at home.

We dyed our eggs last Tuesday, because Daddy was home early in the afternoon so that we could do that before dinner. The kids had a great time and were very good, patient, and neat. Ingrid loved blowing on the eggs while they were soaking in the dye. They made a pretty little set of Easter eggs, and had a lot of fun doing it.

The Easter Bunny hid baskets on Saturday night, and the kids woke up eager to get dressed and find them on Sunday morning! Each got some candy, two books, and a stuffed bunny in their basket. I had made the ABC books for the girls, just as I made one for Elijah several years ago. Then we were off to church for the service and the Men's Easter Brunch at lunchtime.

The kids took good naps (only Ingrid slept, of course) while the Easter Bunny hid eggs in the backyard in the afternoon. There were yellow eggs for Elijah, pink eggs for Kirsa, and purple eggs for Ingrid. They had lots of fun finding those and eating the candy right away.

Right before dinner, we opened a few presents from Grandma and Grandpa S, full of fun spring-themed toys! Kirsa's bubble-maker was an especially big hit the next morning in the backyard, and Elijah was reminded several times not to bounce his new toy off the house. Ingrid broke her necklace almost immediately but loves carrying her bucket around the backyard and playing with all the other fun things she got!

Pastor came over for dinner, and we had ham, au gratin potatoes, homemade rolls with butter, peas, and fruit salad. The kids were exhausted and went to bed early. Elijah had the Monday after Easter off of school, so we spent it relaxing, playing with new toys, and reprimanding kids (mainly Elijah) for sneaking more Easter candy off the kitchen counter.

It was a lovely Easter this year, our last one in Colorado!