April 30, 2011

Blowing Kisses

April 30, 2011

This is my sweet little 11 month old learning to blow kisses!
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Muah!

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Beauty in God’s Creations

Colton and I were out walking around the other morning and saw this beautiful butterfly.
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Whenever possible we try to use moments like this to teach and tell Colton (and Claire) about the wonders of our wonderful God!
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Colton said “mommy its so pretty”
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I ask him, “do you know who made the butterfly and who made it so pretty?”
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In typical Colton fashion he thought for a minute…“hmmmm…. yeah um… God!”
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April 29, 2011

Easter Sunday Photo “shoot”

April 29, 2011
Sunday’s can be rough sometimes.  Sunday School technically starts at 9:45am and we make a conscience effort to be there by 10am when it usually really starts.  Claire normally naps from 10am-12pm … we only have about a 10 minute drive to church so she no longer (in her old age) falls asleep in the car when going from home to church.  She falls asleep best in her own bed and not with anyone holding her or rocking her (Colton at this age would take his pacy and fall asleep right on me) so… she is generally awake the entire time were at church.  Our services usually last until 12:30pm so as you can imagine she is pretty tired.  Usually I make her a cup of milk between Sunday School and Church and she will drink it around 11:30 and then she does fall asleep in the car on the way home because she is so exhausted!  We carry her in and on a good day she will sleep for a couple of hours.  Colton generally hangs in there pretty well … except for last Sunday – here is our attempt to get an Easter Sunday family photo:
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Nice huh!?
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Yeah, he was give out (he usually eats lunch around 11:15 and is in bed for a nap around 12 noon) and he was tired of everyone messing with him so by the end of church he was not compliant at ALL with getting a picture taken.
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My sister in law was behind the camera and we insisted she go ahead and take them so one day we can show Colton just how he was acting ;).
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At least we were able to get a good photo of these two… well sort of!  Ahhh gotta love trying to get everyone to look at the camera and smile at once!

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Easter Egg Hunt

I had originally wanted to do an Easter Egg Hunt at our home, but when I started making the invite list I realized it was going to be huge… we ended up doing one at our church and it worked out perfectly.
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Colton enjoyed looking for eggs, but one of the first things he said was “where are the chicks?” … I thought it was so cute!
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It took a few minutes, but he finally got into the fun of the hunt…
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Checking out how many eggs he had found…
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Then he became more interested in pushing the stroller than collecting eggs.
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So Daddy carried the basket and Colton “helped” push the Claire Bear…
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It was hard for me to pick and choose which pictures to use in this post… so I used almost all of them :)
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Claire does not mind the grass at all… when Colton was this age he hated being in the grass …
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She really did not mind sitting in her basket either.
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The funny thing about these 2 pictures is that neither one of my kiddos have a clue what candy is… and nope they did not get to eat one piece … I know I know … I’m a terrible mom, but trust me – they did not know that they missed out on anything.
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Love… pure love!

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April 28, 2011

Easter Baskets

April 28, 2011
I love the idea of Easter baskets…. I’m not really sure why, but nonetheless I do.  Of course we always want our children to understand that Easter is about the death and resurrection of Christ, but we still want to have a little fun too just like at Christmas we do not want them to be wrapped up in all the gifts, but we still buy a few.
I never remember getting an Easter basket as a child, but I do remember doing various Easter Egg Hunts.  Chris told me the same thing – he said he did not remember Easter baskets or even Easter Egg Hunts, but he does remember his stepmother always doing fun scavenger hunts!  Mamma Dale is pretty creative so I can totally see her doing scavenger hunts and making them super fun for her bunch!
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So Easter morning before breakfast we went down to check the Easter baskets!  And no, we did not say, “look what the Easter bunny brought you” … did you read my Santa post!?
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The two loved their gifts, but I think Colton was more interested in Claire’s books than the other goodies that were in his basket!
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See… he’s a bit of a book worm and we love it!
Sam’s Club has the best selection of books!  They sometimes get in sets of 3 Dr. Seuss board books – the small ones like you see Colton reading here.  He LOVES them!  They are honestly our favorites because they’re easy to take with us to church or on errands and Colton quickly memorizes them so he entertains himself by “reading” them.
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Claire like her books too!  I found some cute plastic Sesame Street books in the dollar bin at Target!
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We play with sidewalk chalk almost daily so I was tickled when I found egg shaped sidewalk chalk!  Colton has already been playing with them outside – I also found those in the dollar bins at Target!
When I first saw the colored bubbles I was so excited and though how neat they would be… well then I heard through the grapevine that they are icky and messy and stain bad so we have not broke those out yet and not sure it we will!
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All in all it was a great morning and we actually made it out of the house on time!!

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