Saturday, April 20, 2013

Easter 2013 - and lots of egg hunting

Well, Easter was quite a whirlwind this year because it fell on Kinley's birthday weekend along with a million other things but, we definitely wanted to take time out to celebrate such a special holiday and celebrate Jesus' sacrifice.
I don't even know how many Easter Egg hunts that we went to...get ready for lots of egg hunting pics.

The first egg hunt she had was at school and Kinley  had to bring 12 eggs for each of her classmates.  But, I also had to make sure her lunch was full of eggs too.  She was surprised to get eggs in her lunch and loved it.
Egg lunch
The first was on Saturday at our church. It is a huge egg hunt with tons of people and over 32,000 eggs. I think every member of our church stuffed eggs at some point. Ben did it twice...with our small group one Wednesday night and with his men's bible study one night. Most of those guys don't even go to our church...and they did 1,700 eggs in one night. But, all those eggs were very appreciated.  It's kind of a joke that it's really not an easter egg "hunt," more like a gathering.
This is a picture of just the area for 2 and 3 year olds.
We loved hunting with some playgroup friends. IMG_3212 IMG_3235 IMG_3221 IMG_3225 IMG_3240 IMG_3241 IMG_3246 IMG_3247 IMG_3255 IMG_3250 IMG_3258 IMG_3265 They separate kids by age group and since I went with Kinley and Ben went with Ty, most pics are of Kinley...but, look at this cute little man hunting some eggs. IMG_3271 IMG_3277 IMG_3269 IMG_3280 Easter morning, our kids woke up to easter baskets by the front door. The hunt for the "empty egg" was on and Kinley was so excited when she found both hers and Ty's empty egg. I love this tradition. It helps us all remember the empty tomb of Jesus with such excitement. IMG_3340 IMG_3346

Then we cleaned up and had brunch at Aunt Jan's house with some more egg hunting, delicious food, and fun family time. IMG_3353 IMG_3356 IMG_3363 IMG_3354 IMG_3367 IMG_3369 IMG_3377
Look at how cute Amy is with Rilee and Taylor in there! They should be coming sometime soon...she is on bedrest now just resting and hoping they stay in there as long as they can. IMG_3365 IMG_3362 IMG_3358 IMG_3384

Uncle Matt, Uncle Bart and Aunt Olivia always make everything more fun! IMG_3370 IMG_3371 IMG_3372 IMG_3391 IMG_3394 IMG_3419 IMG_3416 IMG_3422 IMG_3400 We take lots of posed family pics at every occasion... IMG_3389 IMG_3402 IMG_3406 IMG_3407 IMG_3412

Egg hunt #3 was at Pops and Grams house with Minnie, Alex and Francesca. It was so much fun...but, I guess I was all pictured out by then...and we were probably on a sugar high. IMG_3423 IMG_3428 IMG_3425 IMG_3429 IMG_3432

It was such a fun weekend of tons of celebration and lots of eggs.  But, we were truly glad it ended with a focus on Jesus and his sacrifice for us.  I am always overwhelmed by the thought of it and so thankful for what he has done. 

1 comment:

Allison said...

Beautiful family!