Saturday, April 17, 2010

My sweet baby

Every night when I put Gavin to bed, he turns on his CD player, and I rock him for a little bit.  In the CD player is a CD of some of my favorite lullabies that I put together when he was a baby.  He has listened to that CD nearly every night as he has gone to sleep.  The first song on the CD is the Alison Kraus version of “Baby Mine” (from Dumbo).  I love to sing this song to him and cuddle with him.  Lately, I have had a little boy join me in on the singing.  It is so sweet to hear him sing the sweet words in that song.  I just love it.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Easter fun!

I just love Easter!  It is a fun holiday that the kids just love.  To me, it signals the start of spring, which I just love. 

I tried really hard this year to have a little more focus on the real meaning of Easter instead of just the candy, eggs and Easter Bunny.  Don’t get me wrong, that stuff is so much fun, and I love doing it, but I wanted to make sure that they no WHY we are celebrating Easter.  I found this little lesson on the internet.  We did it the Monday before Easter.  Mikayla had a lot of fun going through the eggs, seeing the symbols of Easter,  and learning a little more about the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. IMG_4685 After our lesson, we made Resurrection rolls like we did last year.   It is an easy object lesson that really hits home with the kids.  You take a marshmallow (Jesus) and roll it in butter and spices (the oil and spice used to anoint Jesus’ body).  You wrap the marshmallow in crescent roll dough (the cloth used to wrap Jesus’ body).  You place the rolls in the oven (the tomb) and bake them.IMG_4691   After you remove the rolls ( and make sure to let them cool!), you open the rolls to find the the marshmallow (which symbolizes Christ) is gone.  It was a good analogy for what Mary saw when she went to Jesus’ tomb on the day of His Resurrection. IMG_4693 On the Thrusday before Easter, Mikayla land I dyed Easter Eggs after Gavin went to bed.  It was fun to have a little alone time with her.  We had a lot of fun writing on the eggs and mixing colors to make new colors. IMG_4701 IMG_4703 On Saturday, we went to my in-laws house to have some Easter fun.IMG_4717 “Silly Aunt Ashley” go the kids these cute bunny masks.  Gavin particularly liked these.IMG_4718 Mikayla also got to dye some more Easter eggs!IMG_4721 IMG_4726 After these activities, we headed outside for our Easter Egg Hunt.   The weather was perfect and we had a great time running around with Gavin and Mikayla.IMG_4739 I love this picture of Gavin and his Nana – so sweet!

On Easter morning, the kids woke up and we went down to see what the Easter Bunny had left them.IMG_4743 IMG_4744 Mikayla was excited to get some gardening stuff – she loves to help daddy plant flowers.IMG_4745 Gavin is always wearing Mikayla’s sunglasses, so we are happy that the Easter Bunny brought him some “boy”ones.IMG_4748 On Sunday afternoon we went to my parent’s house for dinner and another Easter Egg Hunt. IMG_4767 IMG_4769 IMG_4773 We had a great Easter weekend and really enjoyed spending time with all of our families.  I really cherish these memories with my children – they are growing up way too fast!