I took Friday off because I desperately needed a day off (working from home while sick with a cold/bronchitis does not count!) and because daycare was closed. I left work a little early on Thursday so that I could go and watch Billa hunt for candy with her classmates at daycare. They opted not to stuff the candy in eggs and instead threw it all over the lawn and the kids had a blast hunting for it. Daycare Lady had made paper bunny ears for each of them and the kids were so stinking cute running around with their buckets and these paper ears!
Billa and her friend Justin pick up some candy.
The kids played with some soccer balls after the candy hunt; the weather on Thursday afternoon was PERFECT!
We're definitely a football family, as opposed to a soccer family! Billa kept carrying the ball instead of kicking it and would jump on top of it as pictured above.
Good Friday was better than good; it was great! The Marino family had done some garden boxes the previous year and wanted us to help them again this year. They are letting us use some of their backyard space to plant our own stuff (although most of it will be identical to what the Marino's are planting) and so we spent all day digging in the dirt, putting together garden boxes, taking a trip to Lowe's and spending some good ol' fashioned quality time with our families.
Taking a snack break
Daddy shows off his gardening handy work
We didn't get a chance to do much planting on Friday since building the boxes took all day, so Billa and I went back over on Saturday to finish up (Daddy had to work, boo). We also went to the Easter egg hunt at the capitol building, which was ok. There was no hunt involved at all! They just spread eggs all over a 20'x20' space and then let the kids swarm all over them, picking them up. The candy wasn't even that great either. Billa hunted in the 0-3 age group and I was shocked to find bubble gum in some of the eggs she picked up! Looks like someone mixed up some of the eggs for the older kids!
Billa eating her cupcake that she decorated. For some reason, she decided that it was better to eat out of Mommy's hand like she was a bird.
Before the hunt started
After the hunt started (which lasted all of 30 seconds)
There was also a cupcake decorating station, a fishing booth, face painting and some other activities for the kids, but we didn't really participate in much because Baby Hayden was not happy about his nap schedule being thrown off. All the kids passed out in the car on the way home, so we took the time to drive to Natural Gardener and pick up the rest of our planting. By the way, if you've never been to Natural Gardener, you need to go. It is one of the coolest nurseries I have ever been to! The kids woke up when we got there, so we got our plants and headed back home.
We finished up our planting and then Sybilla and I raced home about 5:45 to meet up with Michael so that we could go have dinner with his mom. We had a lovely evening with Gigi and Papa Carl and Riley the Beagle. Gigi had given Billa all sorts of fun goodies in her basket, including a light up wand that looked like an Easter lightsaber, which is Billa's. favorite. toy. EVER. Seriously, all the way home she kept flicking it on and off and waving it everywhere. Fortunately, she did not take it to bed.
Sunday, we went to brunch at my parent's house and enjoyed homemade waffles and bacon. Afterward, we watched the Princess and the Frog before doing an Easter egg hunt in the yard. Billa had a blast hunting for eggs and running around the yard. We got a couple of bluebonnet pictures which are out en masse this year thanks to some much needed rain we got in the fall. By the time we took off at 3, Billa was wiped out. She promptly passed out in the car and slept the whole way home. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with Boppa, Papa, Uncle Phil, and Paul (an ald family friend that comes to just about every holiday with my family).
Homemade sour cream waffles...yum!
Billa shares some waffles with Boppa
It's egg huntin' time!
Even Achilles got in on the action
My favorite egg picture
Mommy and Billa whiling away the hour by conferring with the flowers
All said and done, we had a great weekend and I am feeling so happy right now. I was so delighted to spend so much time with family doing simple things like gardening and visiting. I have to admit, I didn't even think about baking, blogging, or anything because I was so exhausted each day. Exhausted, but happy. It's definitely springtime!
We hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!
the Guerra Family