|Ha! Judging from this guy's smile, he thought he was safe, after making it through the potluck.|
David worked on Sunday, so we left the egg coloring for after church, to give the kids something to fill the time with - I wanted to give out baskets and hide eggs when dad was home, so he could get in on the fun, too.
I did not sew any dresses this year, and only bought these the day before Easter! While getting clothes together on Saturday, I realized the girls really had no nice springy dresses that fit anymore, they've grown so much. Emma had no nice shoes, either, so we found pink ones she really liked, then found the same pair in Amelia's size. Emma insisted we get them matching shoes. I love that she wants to match - I hated my sister so much as a kid that I never wanted anything close to matching. Makes me sad to remember. Both of us have been far more successful in raising kids who not only love each other, but like each other. Yes, there are squabbles, but there is far more friendliness, camaraderie, and affection.
|Most of my attempts to photograph Owen came out like this, he was darting around so fast!|
Back to Easter, I've learned to scale back on the basket goodies - for years we struggled financially, so I learned to start putting candy and toys aside and build them up. The night before Easter, I'd pull everything out to put the baskets together, and realize I had an insanely huge amount of stuff! Nobody needed that much candy, it wasn't Christmas, it was just nuts. This year everyone got one little toy and a bit of candy. Oddly enough, everyone was very happy.
On to other news, I'm going to be a grandma!! My oldest daughter and her boyfriend are having a baby in November. She had her first ultrasound yesterday and got to see her very wiggly baby. She is nine weeks along and doing pretty well physically. I am happy for her, because I get extremely sick for quite a while with each one. This was definitely not planned, but babies are to be celebrated, and I've seen more than one relationship start off the "wrong" way and do really well. Rachel's boyfriend, Martae is still rather new to us, but we absolutely love him. He is from Chicago and had a very rough youth. I am praying that we are who God needs us to be in his life. Why else would he have made it all the way to our tiny hick town, hahaha? He treats Rachel wonderfully, and is excited about their baby. I have to really laugh - my daughter finds a young black man from Chicago (not the usual logger/fisherman type you would find locally), and of all things, he wants to be a cop! To explain why that's funny, my dad is retired State Police, who comes from a long line of policemen, Rachel's dad met her stepmother at the State Police Academy (mhm, we were still married, he also drives trucks now), her stepmother is still with OSP, a detective now, and my husband has been in law enforcement since college (City Police,then computer/desk job with OSP, then jail deputy - this is the one he will retire with, he really likes it), and Rachel has said she is not going to marry a cop. Not that marriage has necessarily been talked about yet, but, who knows. No matter what, we are all excited for a new baby, and watching these two become parents.
|This is going to be a beautiful baby!!|