Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Quiz

Spring break is the best because:

A. Sometimes your cousins drive 17 hours south to visit
B. You get to stay up late, sleep in and eat lots of candy
C. You get to celebrate Easter early and perfect your egg hunting skills
D. All of the above

Hip Hip Hooray!!! The cousins came down for their spring break to visit us!! We had a wonderful time complete with an early easter celebration.

The whole family came over Sunday and we started with hunting for our easter baskets. The bunny from grandmas house came early and left bags for each kid. I thought I was a kid but unfortunately this bunny does not recognize me any more.

Lily and Charlie are hunting everywhere. He was a tricky bunny. For some reason Lily felt it necessary to wear her lady bug girl costume and enlist the help of Charlies build a bear.
Owen had a hard time finding his as well. I think the bunny has gotten more clever over the years. Or maybe a mischievous Uncle has stepped into the role.
Ahh, digging through the loot. The best part.
I didn't know easter bunnies gave out mater teeth!

After a fair amount of candy was consumed it was time for dinner. We went a little untraditional and deep fried a turkey. You should have seen the vultures at the crispy skin. I am not kidding, that turkey was picked to the bone!
The kids barely made it through the meal before they were begging for the egg hunt. So much for the so cal great weather!!  It was really raining pretty hard all day, we even had to fry the turkey under the sun umbrellas so the egg hunt was located indoors.
The easter bunny was pretty clever to put initials of each child on the big eggs so everyone had a chance to find some. The little eggs were a free for all. Everyone got plenty of loot, even Gemma although she could care less and just wanted to eat everyone elses candy.
Owen was so good to let her near his loot. It was a really good thing we had a former girl scout on hand to help teach Charlie how to do all the moves on her new rope dealy. What are those things called anyway?
It didn't take Charlie long to master it.
The kids could care less about dessert with the new round of candy but the rest of us devoured a pavlova. I made a recipe and a half and we were seriously fighting over every last crumb.

Each night Owen would tell Lily a bed time story. He made them up and told them to her in secret so he would not have a whole audience. It was basically about a creature called a Gizzum who had magic powers, was invisible, could fly, and traveled all over the world. Then at the end of each story he would write a note to the Gizzum and they would leave some candy for him in the Gizzum egg. In the morning the Gizzum would write back and leave some candy to share.
I am not sure what we are going to do about story time now. I think we will have to skype the Gizzum stories. That and we have had about 20 more egg hunts with the empty eggs. It is going to be a long week until Easter for Lily. She could do this all day every day.
The mornings brought lazy kids in PJ's watching cartoons together. They had the computer, TV and ipad all at their disposal. It was a big sacrifice for the cousins to come stay with us considering we don't have cable  TV and it was March madness!!

If only spring break could last longer, and these kids could just stay this age for a tiny bit longer. It all goes by so fast and we forget so  much. We finished the last night off watching the video from Eric and Rach's wedding and then busted out ours too. It was hilarious and we could not believe how quickly time flies and how fast they are all growing up. So bitter sweet!

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