After we had been to church to celebrate our risen savior ~ nothing sweeter than the chorus of six little voices singing He's alive, He's ALIVE! ~ and enjoying Mama's delicious meal, it was time for the fun to begin.
It was about that time that Aunt CiCi and I "found" the note from the Easter Bunny that told where he had hidden the baskets. So we moved the baskets to the living room and called in the masses.
|amazingly enough, the EB found a dr. suess beginner book collections in each of my kids' favorite colors|
|i'm not sure she noticed anything else in her basket|
the big green book of beginner books
|and while he's studied his book mighty carefully, these may have been his most treasured Easter basket item|
Of course it wasn't too long after the treasures in the baskets were carefully studied before thoughts turned to other fun activities.
Like a pre-egg hunt bunny hop.
|we were short one set of ears and sweet dq gave hers to the wee one who was crushed that he ended up without a pair|
...to oldest they had a delightful time racing across the yard to find eggs.
Once all the eggs had been emptied to reveal their contents ~ stickers, coins, caramels and mini chocolates ~ our family should have hit the road to come home. But the combination of a few more minutes with family and the beautiful NC skies convinced us to stay just a little longer.
The girls happily became artists armed with a complete rainbow of chalk colors.
The boys hit the field with what started as baseball...
|with one hit a love for the game was born!|
...into something else entirely!
|(no daddies were harmed in the activities seen here ~ just a really strange angle )|
Then you wrap them in crescent rolls (grave cloths) and put them in the oven (the tomb). Bake the marshmallow filled rolls according to package directions and when they come out of the oven, the grave cloths are empty ~ much to the surprise of our seven and under crowd.
|my niece recreating her surprised face for her mom ~ we missed it the first time.|
All too soon it was time to actually get in the car and begin the journey home. But not without sweet memories of a wonderful time with family.