Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
A mini-mini-mini version of Munich's clock tower!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
More Easter Pics for your viewing pleasure!!
Savannah helped this little one pose, but it took 3 tries to get her to listen to big sister!
The little man...what a bundle of love he is! No smiles this morning though.
After 3 days of intense yard work we accumulated 42 bags of leaves & a giant pile of dead branches. The dead branches are partly from our trees and partly from our little neighbor girl who has been vandalizing things around our home, including the pretty maple in our front yard. I caught her with hedge trimmers but not before she had trimmed off every branch up to her height and was starting to climb to get more. Poor little maple didn't hurt anybody. Anyways, we have really been getting the yard cleaned up.We thought we were so great, I was feeling good in Nov so we got our grass & flower beds all cleaned off from leaves falling. Then Thanksgiving hit and we had a big windstorm and our flower beds and grass were completely covered again. We decided to bag the efforts and wait until spring to clean it. SOOOO...we have been driving our kids mercilessly with rewards of popsicles, treats and even an evening at the local burger joint-Five Guys Burgers & Fries. 42 bags of leaves, that doesn't include the ones we did in the fall...we thought we were going to have to take the seats out of the van to get it all to the dump!
Thank heaven, we went to drop Dave's car off to be fixed today from his little hit & run accident (not his fault) and instead of bringing us a tiny little economy car they brought us a big giant pickup! YEAH! Savannah said "this is the funnest car we've ever had". So we made two pickup load full trips to the dump to get rid of all the yard debris, but as you can see from the Easter pictures, there are still leaves in the grass & flowers, but it is as good as it is going to get. And tomorrow we are taking the kids to Busch Gardens to celebrate & relax. Yeah for Spring break. Well this is a longer post than I thought it would be. Oh well...for those who are interested-10 days until we leave VA & 18 days until we are home!!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
We had a wonderful morning, the kids woke up to look for baskets which the bunny likes to hide-a wicked tradition that I had in my family and I have to say I ended up hating because the bunny got trickier the older you got. One year I was SO MAD at the "easter bunny" that by the time we got back from church and I still hadn't found my basket I totally gave up. I am sure I threw a huge hissy fit but just remembering going up to my room and saying that I "DIDN"T CARE". I don't know which of my sweet siblings ended up finding the basket but that was a holiday to remember. By the time I got out of bed the kids were busy enjoying their baskets and then one of them peeked out the window and saw there was an egg on one of the hedges. So we had to throw shoes on and run outside to hunt for eggs. They were so busy eating candy & hard boiled eggs they didn't even ask for breakfast this morning.
So we dyed eggs on Saturday night and this was such a good example of each one of the kids personalities. There were 9 glasses with colors in them. Savannah carefully selected the best color, carefully dipped her egg into it and then turned it over & over so it would be just the right color. Isabella also carefully selected her favorite color-PINK but spoons were just not doing it for her so she had to use her hands to roll the eggs in the color to get it just right. David lined up 2 rows of 3 glasses (we were coloring 6 eggs each) into perfect lines and plopped an egg into each glass. Waited all of 1 minute and then pronounced-I"m done! They are such characters!!
We had a devotional before church to talk about the real meaning of Easter which was really great. I love the stage of life David & Savannah are at that they are starting to understand scripture and also wanting to help the little ones understand. Savannah always asks an easy question for bella so she can participate in our lessons and they both pray for Ben in every prayer-that he will be healthy and learn the gospel. It is too sweet. As I was reading the scriptures this morning I felt really blessed to have the gospel and thought about my grandma and those who have passed recently. My friend Patti has really been an inspiration to me recently and if you want to read her Easter post you can go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/robepperson she is so amazing dealing with the tragedy of loosing a husband and still retaining her incredible faith in Christ and the resurrection. She is inspiring!
Friday, March 21, 2008
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
and we have decorated our little easter tree.
Easter trees are a bavarian custom, that I fell in love with. Obviously I need to make myself some more eggs for our little tree, but that will have to wait until next year when we are not in the throes of moving chaos. You hang eggs on a flowering tree and if it flowers before Easter it is a year of good luck. Bavaria and Germany in general had so many great customs and traditions that we have incorporated many of them into our family traditions now which is fun. Here is a pic of our first little Easter tree in 2005 and yes it did flower with pretty yellow flowers!! Frohe Ostern everyone!!