On Easter we had our little traditional hunt at our house in the morning before church, then the kids got dressed up in their Sunday best.
I always try to take the same shot every year so I can see how the kids grow through the years. So here it is, in front of the couch with Easter goodies and messy hair. So fun to add Nora to the group this year! Can't believe next Easter she'll be running around with the others :)
Nora's first Easter:
This kiddo is a nut, I tell ya. He loved his bow-tie. I think his outfit was a little old man-ish.
She is such a tenderhearted, sweetie.
Handsome Bennett; getting too old and grown up!
The gang; this is the best I could get...
....and just keeping it real. This is really what I got :)
We had a wonderful "Easter Saturday" with the traditional egg hunt and pinatas in my grandparents' beautiful yard. I'll let the pictures help tell the story of the day~
Getting ready and lining up:
(The picture with Mylie's pinata hat is a little out of order. The kids usually try to find pieces of the broken pinatas for awesome hats that they always beg to keep...
I have the prettiest nieces! I can't believe how grown up they all are getting!
More pretty nieces. And my pretty mom with Nora.
Gathering around for the pinata. I just love Mylie holding hands with Coy.
Here's a closer shot of it :) Darling!
Turn around and smile!
Fun to watch how the kiddos grow through the years. Coy was too busy chewing candy to smile.
I love these pictures! Here are all of my parents' grandkids! Not a single one is missing!
More sugar to end the event. Isn't my grandparents' yard just beautiful?
Family picture! Are those really all my kids? I guess I have the receding hair line to prove it! (Side note: I always lose a lot of hair after I have a baby. This is when I was at my "baldest." I truly get a receding hairline! I look like Russ :) Now it is growing back in and I just have patches of short hair bordering my hair line. It is lovely! Good thing the babies are worth it!
More sugar. Love the fly-aways in Mylie's hair.
And I know I've said it before, but I LOVE those freckles!
These two both did so well at their piano recital last April. They earned a certificate for memorizing their song and Bennett got a medal for accompanying in a group setting. He played Away in a Manger for the primary to sing to and he did it flawlessly! I am so glad these two are developing their talents in piano. Mylie is still catching on and maybe doesn't love it as much as Bennett, but Bennett has really taken to the piano and is really excelling! ...Although this week Mylie did exclaim-since her piano teacher gave her an easy version of Zippity Doo Dah- "Maybe I DO like piano!!!" I think she likes it for the most part, I just don't think she likes having to be tied down to practicing sometimes!
Bennett started up with new teacher this year and she is really pulling it out of him! I am so excited to see where he goes with the piano. In some ways he is already better than me. He grasps the theory of it all so well and has learned things I never did. It's been fun to learn along with him.
I must admit, it gets hard sometimes. I try to sit down with each of them after a lesson and go through everything they learned or were assigned and make sure they are grasping it and doing it correctly. This takes a lot of time sometimes (especially when they are new at piano) but hopefully it will be worth it in the end.
This little lady has captured all of our hearts. It is so fun (and sad) looking back. She has grown so fast. Where has the time gone?!! These pics were when she was a little bit over 4 months. I'm slowly catching up! (These days she is getting near 10 months old...and is already saying little words. Crazy right? She already says uh-oh like a pro, and is starting to mimic little words...Like today it was "click" because that was what I was saying as I'd clip each of her fingernails. I think we might have an early talker on our hands like Mylie was, but I guess time will tell!) So anyway, back to when she was 4 months old....
I've been married to Russell for 13 years. We've been blessed with four beautiful children! I absolutely love being a mom and spending time with my family every day. I take way too many pictures because time just goes by way too fast and I love capturing all those special, fleeting moments!