Monday, April 24, 2017

Easter 2017

We had a great Easter this year.  The girls really make all of the holidays so fun!  It's awesome to see the holiday magic through their eyes.  I mean, look how excited Abby is in the picture below! That was taken just as she'd found their Easter baskets in the toy room.

Hazel was perfectly happy to find 1-2 eggs and then sit down to enjoy her candy.  She left all the other eggs for Abby to find...she had what she needed (sugar) and nothing was going to stop her for enjoying each and every piece of it.

This Easter we headed back to Freeport for the day to spend it with my parents, Joey and Andy (and family) and my Aunt Peggy.  Dan and Ellyn had planned to join us as well, but decided last minute to stay home because Ellyn wasn't feeling 100%.  So, since we wanted to get going on the road, we did a quick Easter hunt here at home before loading up to celebrate with the family.

Unfortunatetly it was a little rainy on Sunday morning, so we couldn't do an outside egg hunt.  Since moving here to Marengo, we've been loving every single inch of our yard and I was particularly excited to do our egg hunt outside this year.  Maybe next year....

Hazel and her "treats".  This kid....if there is one thing I've noticed, it's that the second kid gets WAY more treats than the first ever did.  Abby would have had eggs filled with Goldfish or Animal Crackers at this age...but trying to tell Hazel that she can't have the same candy as her sister just is NOT a battle I'm willing to fight. So, sweets and candies for both peanuts it is.

After letting the girls enjoy a few candies and pick a toy or two from their basket we quickly got dressed and loaded up to head to Freeport.  Of the MANY reasons we love our new house is the proximity to both my parents and Ryan's.  We are about 45 minutes away from Ryan's parents and about 1 hour 15 minutes from mine.  Meaning that day trips are totally doable. So, off we went to Freeport to join everyone else for Easter lunch and yet another egg hunt.

Like at our house, Abby and Kayden did the majority of the egg hunting.  Hazel found her 3-4 eggs and plopped down to munch her way through the treats.  Abby and Kayden had so much fun driving around the new power wheel truck my parents bought to spy out egg after egg after egg.  These little kids are so dang spoiled...and they are so lucky that they have so many people that love them.

Peggy came down to join us for the weekend and we were so glad to spend the day with her too. She's been making the trip from Milwaukee to Freeport more often in the last few years and we're so thankful for the time we get to spend with her!!

As with most holidays, we ate too much, had a few drinks, some laughs and of course, did a little work.  I'll be blogging about some upgrades we've done to the house since we moved in, but one of the big ones is installing a wood burner that will heat our house, the pool and Ryan's shop...meaning we will relay very little on propane but, it means we have a LOT of work ahead of us as far as wood cutting goes.  So, on Easter Sunday we swapped out our nice clothes for work clothes and loaded an entire dump trailer full of wood, destined for our house.

All in all, it was a great weekend and we're so thankful we got to spend it with some of the people we love most in the world!

Friday, April 21, 2017

1 Family x 12 (April)

Guys - I've been terrible at blogging these last few months.  It's like I forgot I had a camera and a blog to keep track of our lives.  But, I promise I've got some posts coming at you in the coming week including updates on some house projects we've been working on, pictures from Easter and just some random things I think you'll enjoy!  But, for now, here's our family picture for April!!!