Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Fun!

A friend and I took our kids to a local farm where the Easter bunny was hanging out. This was as close as Bella would go. Truthfully, I'm surprised she even sat with him at all. Guess she's starting to come out of her shell!

Overall, this has been a pretty difficult week for our Bella. I'll cut her some slack because she's still adjusting to being back at home and she caught that stomach bug that made her pretty miserable. But. . . Oh. My. Goodness. I was about ready to put her up for sale. I'll call this week 'Monster Phase 2' since it definitely rivals the phase we went through last summer.

Example: Bella wanted to color with markers. I set her up at the table with some markers and paper. These were not the markers that she wanted so she knocked the bucket off the table, spilling the markers all over the floor. I told her to pick them up. She refused and proceeded to throw a tantrum about how she didn't want these markers. (I gave her the washable ones and she wanted my craft ones, which are definitely not washable). Now imagine several incidents similar to this one each day, every day this week. Not fun. And, let's just say, you definitely did not want to be in our house on Easter morning when I was trying to get Bella into her dress. My ears are still ringing.

On one particular night, Bella had a grand mal tantrum right before bed. We knew that she wasn't staying in bed as we could hear her footsteps from downstairs. Both of us were too exhausted at this point to deal with her and figured that we'd just ignore her as long as she stayed upstairs. Which she did. When things got quiet, we assumed that she finally went to bed.

This is what we found at the top of the steps when it was our turn to call it a night.Saturday morning, our church had its annual Easter egg hunt. It rained all morning, so we had to hunt inside. Here's Bella and Daddy opening up her eggs to see all that she got.The slips of paper in each egg represented a prize to be redeemed. Bella ended up with a punch balloon, head bands, bubbles, stickers, books, nail polish, and of course. . . lots of candy. Graydon even got some bibs and his first Phillies hat.

In each age group, there was a golden egg secretly hidden. Look who got the egg for the little kiddies! She got a little egg trophy, a chocolate bunny, and a gift certificate to Rita's!!!
Check out this cutie pie! Jodi found this onesie that says "Mommy's little jellybean". It's perfect!
Easter Morning ~ The kids had a little program during the Sunday school hour, but after the morning we had with Bella, I had no idea if she was even going to participate. Thankfully she was totally back to normal by the time we got to church. Here she is doing her Easter recitation. She totally made up her own thing instead of saying the line she was given, but it actually made sense and was about Easter! Good enough for me.Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your STRENGTH! Bella singing with the other kids. In her Easter bonnet. We also have a hat contest/parade at church. This one turned out better than last year's. At least Bella wore this one! She won the prize for "Cutest" hat. Some of the other kids in their bonnets. Bella is in the middle.Our family after church. Isn't Graydon so handsome! Check out how much he drooled all over his vest. I should have put a bib on him; but I didn't want to cover up his cute outfit. I am so glad that Bella cheered up and allowed us to get some nice Easter photos.Graydon and his swing. Here's a few more random Graydon pics:

4 comments:

The Josephs Family said...

I'm so glad that you were able to get the Easter dress on Bella. She's ADORABLE in it! Mr. Graydon is quite the handsome man in his little outfit too! I hope that things get better with Bella. May you find the strength to get through these trying times! Hope you're all doing well!

Anonymous said...

Donnie's suit is too cute!! And little Bella looked adorable in her Easter dress!!! Good luck with the little princess.
Looks like you guys had a fun day. :))

See you soon!

Love

Auntie Mary

Anonymous said...

Karen,

You have a beautiful family!! The kids are so cute!!!!

Michelle Prescott

Mom Benetti said...

Graydon looked so cute in his suit,and Bella is a very pretty girl. Loved her Easter Hat!!!Hope you all had a fun Easter.