Our Easter was full of sunshine, surprises and splendor.
We enjoyed a traditional family brunch. This year our oldest requested I make his favorite homemade spinach quiche. Eating is one of his favorite things to do – probably because he’s growing about an inch a week ; )
The Easter bunny brought one tiny treasure for each child’s basket. Little guy shared his O.J. with his new wind-up robot.
FAMILY TIME IDEA:
After brunch, we tried something new. I printed out scriptures the night before and put them in a big jar. We passed it around the table and each child closed their eyes, reached their hand in the jar and grabbed one scripture. They read it out loud and talked about what that passage meant to them. It was really meaningful and actually pretty fun! I was shocked how much insight young minds have when reading a bible verse. It seems like a great way for children (and teens) to learn because it has an element of surprise and also gives them a chance to express their thoughts and share with others. I think we’re going to start doing this once a week.
Later we biked over to meet up with friends and their brood for a picnic and Easter egg hunt.
I love that he wore his gun holster during the mad dash for eggs.
Assessing the goods.
The Dads tossed the football with the kids. And there was some piggy back riding.
Of course Pip was in on it.
You may have noticed that our youngest recently lost his front tooth. Our boys are growing up!
Believe it or not, we managed to squeeze in horses after all that activity. It was a must because the day before I had quite a shock…our youngest daughter, the quiet, shy, not-the-least bit-interested-in-riding child, hopped on our trainer’s new pony, Giselle.
Within minutes, she started trotting and posting like a pro. My trainer and I had to pick our jaws up off the ground. I thought to myself, “where in the world did this come from?!?” Whenever we go to the barn, she never shows any interest in riding (no matter how many times we have offered to put her on a pony). She plays around the barn and quietly entertains herself while my oldest daughter and I ride. Her riding blew us out of the water this weekend. Guess it’s in her blood? This is blurred, but here’s a screen shot of the video I took of her trotting with big sis in front.
My husband didn’t see this performance on Saturday, so of course we had to go show him on Sunday. He was floored.
Naturally, our daughter fell in love with Giselle the pony. And I knew deep in my heart what was coming next. A set of big green eyes looked up at us and and out came a sweet little voice that asked, “could I have a pony just like sister? “ Gulp. Needless to say my husband will have his hands full (and pockets empty) if we acquire another pony.
NEVER thought I would see this scene. My heart was fluttering with my two little equestrians side by side.
Our children never cease to surprise or amaze me. It was an incredibly memorable Easter. Rich with family experiences and blessings. As a final note, I’d like to share a simple yet inspirational thought I recently read from a friend. Love it.
“God bless the world, no exceptions.”