Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easter Fun!

I love egg dyeing. I'm pretty sure we've done it every year since we got married (thanks to Sterling's fam for always holding it at their house!) so it is the one thing we HAVE to fit in for Easter. Oh, on that note---I bought the 25 Days of Christ (which was originally made for Christmas) and we had two FHE's on it. While I had to keep things pretty simple for our kids' age right now, I LOVE the tradition (also, I'm super proud of my crafty skills, because I bought the cheaper, unfinished version--and they turned out really cute!) and I am super excited to have that to incorporate into all of our Easters from now on. I really like the idea of adding it into Easter, instead of Christmas. Christmas has a lot of tradition to help us focus on Christ, but I feel like Easter is much less structured, and it is so important. Basically it is 25 ornaments (that you can just hang up with string instead of a tree for Christmas) that tell the story of the life of Christ and His resurrection. 

I put a fitted sheet around our table so I could let the kids go to town more and not worry about it. They dyed eggs for about an hour and twenty minutes and all the spills were in the last five minutes. Of course, haha.
Glitter! It actually worked really well.

That row of all pink eggs is Molly's and that row of all blue eggs is Will's, haha. Surprise, surprise.
And on to Easter!!! The kids got books and had to find their baggie of candy. The night before was hilarious---they all went straight to sleep in anticipation of the Easter bunny coming because he can't come if you aren't asleep! Molly got Silly Sally (which she loves, but at first would turn upside down because she wants Silly Sally to be right side up haaahaaahaa) and a new We're Going On A Bear Hunt because it's her favorite but our old one fell to pieces.
Ruthie got two books by Astrid Lindgren--the author of Pippi Longstocking. We haven't started them yet, but she's sure excited!
Will got two books that are already loved. Fables has been SOOOOO loved. Not just by him, but by daddy! They can always convince Sterling to read a couple more pages because Sterling likes it sooo much, haha!

Ruthie's school put on an Easter egg hunt and it had a bunch of things--jump house, popcorn, shaved ice, decorating cookies, talking about the passover and getting grape juice and flatbread.

That ended on a not so pleasant note, which included me leaving two children unattended while I carried my heaviest, usually best behaved, screaming, kicking, hyperventilating child to the van. While I had contractions the entire time. And then had Sterling discipline later because I knew my temper had to calm down before I dealt with that mess. Isn't parenting awesome? 

That meant that on Sunday we had all day to focus on Easter, and that made me really happy. We spent the morning practicing a solo for Sterling (which he did beautifully and I spent the entire time trying not to cry so that I could play decently) and the afternoon bonding as a family over Mariokart, haha. Actually, Ruth has some serious skill in bowling and schooled Sterling--haha! Sometimes I think Sterling might be too tall for where our sensor is. Will can do the golf game now and watching him adjust his stance is the cutest thing in my life. Happy Easter everyone! Oh yeah--and I got released from the primary presidency!!! So I actually got to enjoy a wonderful, Christ-focused lesson in Relief Society after playing piano in primary (we combine so there is only one singing time). While we still juggle Sterling leading the singing while I play organ in sacrament meeting and leave our kids unattended on the bench, at least now Sterling is just a sub for Elders Quorum teaching and I only have to play piano in primary. We went from about six callings to two. It feels SOOOO relaxing and nice. The new primary presidency would have been AWESOME to be a part of (hello english speakers!!!) but I'm glad they've got it handled and I can just relax for a couple of weeks at the piano. 

Jacob's Aquatic Center

Sterling promised us a couple days of fun between classes ending and before his next set of classes starting--in the midst of his studying for boards. So the one day (a few weeks ago) we hit up the zoo and rode the bike. Then we waited until  Ruth was on Spring Break to have another day with daddy so that she didn't have to go to school in the morning to throw off the groove of fun! We drove down to Key Largo (about an hour away) and went to Jacob's Aquatic Center which we had heard was really fun--plus it's been on our list of 'Things to Do in Miami' since we first moved here, and we're almost moving away! Also----SOUTH FLORIDA IS CRAZY when it comes to pools and splash pads, and even though it's hardly ever below 70, most of them close and don't reopen until after Memorial Day, so our options were limited even though it is SUPER hot outside already. 

It's not heated, so that made the giant Pirate Ship a little bit of a let-down because with the little bit of a breeze, the water spray at the top of every slide was quite chilly and the kids got cold really quick. I have to say, they were awesome though! Molly's lips were blue and the kids were shaking before they'd get out and come warm up. So still worth it!
Ruth hitting the end of the slide. She LOVED it!

See that adorable grin?
The pirate ship
More fun playground
See all three of my kids up there? Driving the ship!
Ruthie was sooooo excited that she could go off the diving board! Will was not so happy that they wouldn't let him go off with a floatie, or let me catch him. It took a good amount of time to refocus him elsewhere, poor kid. In his defense, Ruthie is usually his best playmate and she spent a good portion of the afternoon just going off the diving board over and over and over again. And see that high dive behind her? My camera battery died before I got a picture of her going off the high dive, but I caught one on Sterling's phone later.

Here's jumping off the high dive!
 The pool behind the above picture is where we spent most of our hours. It was nice and warm. :)

Baby bump photo! And in future, remind me that if I am going to french braid my hair, to SUNSCREEN MY PART! Now, I look like I have dandruff.
Will would lay on his towel in the hot sun to warm up inbetween pool runs.
This girl won the heart of everyone at the pool. She was sooooo cold on the slides and splash pad that she spent the majority of the day in the pool---it felt a lot warmer once you were swimming around. Reminded me of Roy Aquatic Center in utah in August, chilly-haha. Anyway--Molly would jump in at the deep end, paddle across the ENTIRE pool, climb up the stairs at the shallow end, run around to the deep end to jump in and start the whole process over again. But she would paddle through EVERY SINGLE group that was congregated to chat. Specifically the 50+ yrs and older crowds. She'd smile at each person and say hi and paddle through their circle of fun. It was hilarious.

Since it was probably the last time we headed down to the Keys....ever....we stopped at the 4 for $10 tshirts stands (they have those all along the keys) and let the kids get a shirt. Their options were pretty limited---Molly had that ONE shirt in her size to pick, haha, but they LOVED it, so that was fun. Plus I got one for my mom, who bought one when she came in November but then she told me it shrunk too much in the wash so she wanted a size bigger. So that was pretty exciting.
I'm really glad we took the day and drove down there. The kids swam for almost five hours straight and it was really fun to have the slides and things to play on. They are still talking about the pirate boat pool! It was a really great way to spend an entire day with daddy and cross something off of our Miami bucket list!