Apr 27, 2011

Easter Celebration Part Three

Easter morning we were finally able to just relax as a family and focus on Jesus. Our church is so amazing, and we love it there. Our pastor made a rare and bold decision to give every dime of the money that came in through the offering on Easter away to charities and organizations that help those in need. They did not keep any for the church or the the church's budget. I can't wait to hear how we were able to impact those in need. Thank you Jesus for your ultimate sacrifice. He is risen! Happy Easter!

Luke 24:1-7
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’

Apr 25, 2011

Easter Celebration Part Two

My family gathered in Oklahoma on Saturday to celebrate Easter together. We all went to my Aunt and Uncle's house and had so much fun. They have plenty of land for the kids to run around and play. They also have every kind of outdoor gadget you can think of  which kept us laughing and entertained all day. Scarlett did not want to leave. We started off with an Easter egg hunt! Pebbles, my aunt, hid eggs all over her property. There were lots of prizes for the kids too.

Getting ready for the hunt....
It was cold, windy and rainy most of the day, but that didn't stop us!

Ready, Set, Go!
I love this one because it shows London in action.
She really understands Easter egg hunting, but Scarlett, Lily, and Jaxon,
on the other hand, had to be persuaded more.

Jaxon, my cousin Sarah's sweet little boy

My Grandparents with Emma, Sarah's sweet baby girl

What a hoot!! My mom and Chris on the giant teeter totter....they're going to kill me for this!

Love this one of London on the rope swing!

If this sweet face doesn't give me baby fever, I don't know what will!!

Scarlett was in love with Emma. She wanted to be by her all day. She's been asking about her ever since.

Chris rode a dirt bike nearly all day. He was like a little kid out there.

As I mentioned they have all sorts of gadgets. Here's my mom and Mandy on the tandem bike. Shortly after this my sister fell off.  It was hilarious...I'm so mean!

London rode their donkey several times. Scarlett wanted nothing to with the riding of the donkey. Then on the way home she cried that she didn't get to ride their "horsey." You just never know with a three year old.


Scarlett with Uncle Jeff on the go-cart.

Again with the bike! This cracks me up. My uncle is giving my parents a boost.
I'm dead after this post....

But I rode it too! Unlike my sister, however, I did not fall off. 

This pic is funny because you can see Chris in the background on the go-cart, and London has the shovel she used to find the buried treasure my Aunt hid for her with a map and all. There was so much to do. It was like a circus out there!

See, I can make fun of myself too!

We had so much fun. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family!

Apr 23, 2011

Easter Celebration Part One

We've been enjoying celebrating Easter this week.  Scarlett loves for me to hide eggs in the living room over and over again.  On Thursday, we went over to my sister's house and had a mini celebration with all the girls.

First, Mandy made Easter cookies for them to decorate!

Then it was time for an Easter craft.  They made tombs using paper plates to help them learn visually more about Jesus's resurrection.  
They open up the plate to show a picture of the empty tomb.  
Jesus is alive! He is Risen! Death could not keep him!  
Great idea Mandy!

Of course we also colored and decorated Easter eggs.

 And then we had an egg hunt in their backyard. Scarlett only picked up about three eggs before saying she was done and wanted to go swing.