Monday, April 21

easter festivities!

what a wonderful celebration Easter is!
the kids are old enough that they are truly understanding that this holiday isn't just a holiday. we were able to spend several nights this past week reading the story of Christ's last week, watching a couple touching videos, and having some great discussions about why this "holiday" is truly something to celebrate and be grateful for.

and of course, we had some fun too! 
on saturday evening we headed over to Smith's for a big eggstravaganza!
there were bunny hop races, egg dying, egg races, the oreo game, and a great big egg hunt!

on friday we had the missionaries over for dinner. they shared a fantastic video with us and asked us if there was anyone we wanted them to share it with and jack immediately asked if they could visit his teacher. he's such a good missionary. i think if he could go on a full time mission right now, he wouldn't hesitate. hopefully he feels the same at 18. we gave them her address and after they left, we had a special prayer that his teacher would feel the spirit when the missionaries were in their home. later when talking about it with jack i asked "what if Mrs Floyd doesn't want to have the missionaries in her home?" and he said "why wouldn't she???". it was a good reminder for me to have simple faith like that. the missionaries did stop by, but his teacher was out of town for the weekend.

we did our traditional easter scripture egg hunt on good friday.

easter morning!
the easter bunny brought the kids books. and jack and ellie each also got a book lamp to read at night.
ellie is loving the Brownie & Pearl books right now.

this picture makes me laugh because charlie is shoveling in ellie's chocolate bunny and she is just about to realize its hers :)

this boy got the first harry potter book and was jumping up and down in excitement. thats my boy! 

he started it last night and couldn't stop laughing on the very first page when he read the description of Mr Dursley. it was a great mom moment for me. these books are still a little advanced for him right now, but he is determined to read them. out of nowhere he became obsessed with HP so we thought we better grab a broom and fly, er, i mean run with it :)


Rachael Garner said...

I finally am trying to catch up on everyone's blogs while I have a quick minute….a very quick minute :) Looks like Arkansas is treating your family very well! The grass looks wonderful, glad you closed on your house, Easter looked like a hit and your kids are getting too big!!! Especially that Jack who is for sure great missionary and very smart to be reading HP…even I had a hard time with it! Tell everyone hi from the Garners. We sure miss all of you!

Larissa said...

Go Jack!!! You can read all 7 buddy!! And that picture of Ellie about to realize Charlie is scarfing down her chocolate bunny is the best, ha ha! What a great Easter celebration you had!

Rikki Browne said...

Jack is a special little boy. Very smart he is!