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I love to laugh and love with my family, read, exercise, cook and sew, all the while giving thanks to God for his immeasureable love and faithfulness to me.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easter weekend 2017

Rejoice!  We celebrate the empty tomb!  He has risen!!

What a glorious Easter weekend we had!

Good Friday, since J was off, we went Downtown to work on a project for the Noodle--she had to visit a historic sight and do a presentation about it.  It was blustery but the sun was out.
After a yummy pizza dinner it was time to decorate eggs.  We had gotten a different type of kit this year (hello last minute...oops!) and it had the gold foil paint included.
It seemed pretty cool, but perhaps because the eggs weren't completely dried when they painted it on, the stuff rubbed off pretty easily.
Saturday was low key and we just did some chores, cooking, etc. to get ready to host Easter on Sunday.

On Easter morning, the Easter Bunny always leaves a BUNCH of jelly beans hidden (or not) that the girls love to collect.  That was the first order of business.
After they had counted up their jelly beans they got their baskets.  All pretty standard fare, but this year the Easter Bunny went a little lighter on the candy--ha!

After a beautiful and moving church service, we took a walk around the block in our typical fashion.  Since we hadn't gotten any pictures before, we took a few after.  There was minimal grumbling ;)
We were blessed with an absolutely gorgeous day.  Bright sun, blue sky and warm temperatures.  Throughout the day, the wind would pick up, switch direction and then die down again.

Then it was time to head back home and get ready for Grandma, Grandpa, Lollie and Papa to come over for Easter Brunch.
Ham, cheesy potatoes, egg/broccoli/asparagus casserole, kuggelhoff coffeecake, fresh pineapple and mimosa, because of course!  Delish.  Lala brought these adorable bunny cakes that we use to always get at Easter growing up.  They were as delicious now as they were 30 years ago.
After all that eating, it was time to go out and hunt eggs!  We did it super classy this year with plastic bags and plastic eggs #targetforthewin

After all the festivities were over, the kitchen was cleaned up, the girlies had gone to bed, J and I decided to chill and enjoy the last few minutes of daylight.  Isn't it wonderful to have the longer days?  Even better was not having any bugs to deal with while we were sitting outside!!
 It was a great Easter weekend, but more importantly than being with family and all the hoopla that went with it, is the understanding that we serve a King who defeated death and is ALIVE!  He defeated death and rose 3 days later...all for me and for you too.  That's the real reason to celebrate!

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Catching-up...picture style

I guess it goes without saying that if the last time I posted was back in February, and it was all about Christmas Eve, then things are a bit cray here.

For anyone still popping in, here is a wrap-up of our life from the past few months.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves!

Cozy backseat riding!
Ugly Christmas sweaters for the win
The Noodle's birthday celebration
Fancy restaurant to ring in the New Year
2017, we're ready for ya!
Dumpling making--yum
A stop at Starbucks is always a treat ;)
Happy Year of the Rooster
Snow day!
Happy 3 year Gotcha Day Mei Mei
Trying out a new pho restaurant--delish!
Big smiles and happy bellies filled with noodles

Beauty and the Beast play
Chopstick skillz
Snuggling and reading with Daddy
Happy Birthday Papa
Attempting roller skating...and NOT being a fan
Happy Birthday Grandma!
A feeding frenzy with hot pot and alllll the food!
Exploring out and about
Big hugs for this guy!
Noah's Ark musical for church
More skating!

Shootin' hoops

Friday, February 10, 2017

Christmas 2016--Christmas Eve

One of the things I love most about Christmas is keeping all of the old traditions alive.  This year was no different!

We started off Christmas Eve heading down to the Market.  First stop, to a local brewery to pick up a last minute gift.
Then we hooked up with Lala, Papa and Uncle, who were also down there!
We can't go down and not get a treat...
...even if it is bigger than someone's head!  Ha!
So many yummy, interesting and even strange foods to see.  Need some pigs feet?  Check.  What about a Hungarian torte?  Yup.  Perhaps some Polish sausage, Irish soda bread, hummus, imported French cheese or sheep's stomach?  They have it all!
After we got back, we spent some time chillin' and then it was time to get ready for Christmas Eve service.  This year we went to Papa's church.
This picture basically sums up their two personalities!  I die...so fitting
Afterwards it was back to our house for our English tea.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!