Monday, May 15, 2017

The Smith's Easter Weekend

Our ward's Easter Brunch is always fun and we've learned that we have to arrive early so that we can be there for the Easter Egg Hunt. Taryn really wanted to wear those cute little bunny ears the whole time and I loved it! 
 I was also super proud of Taryn. There were lots of kids who came later and didn't get a chance to hunt for eggs, so Taryn hid her eggs from some of them and also put her eggs in the little children's baskets. My mama's heart was super proud. 

Haddie enjoyed collecting her eggs and instantly eating half the chocolate in them. And that skirt?! Yup, couldn't leave the house without it on :)

Olivia and Haddie are such great besties! 
(Colin and Ethan are pretty cute too!)

There are two days a year that I REALLY like to get a family picture with everyone dressed in their Sunday best. Easter and Mother's Day. 
This Easter was HOT! Very unusual for early Spring and the girls were melting down but I was so happy we got my photo!! 
I requested that we go to the Netherlands Carillon near the Arlington Cemetery because the beautiful tulips were in bloom. 
When we arrived Tyson instantly understood exactly why I wanted to go there. I love him so much. He understands how much I love a good photo! And I have to say that he is really good at taking beautifully framed photos of our family too! 

Tulips and the Washington Monument. 

Taryn and Haddie were troopers! They really did love all the beautiful tulips we saw during this quick outing. Taryn enjoyed wandering on her own through the flowers and taking them all in . 

Each girl picked their favorite color of tulip and asked for me to take a picture of them with their specify tulips. 

Letting them take a break from smiling. Also taking a break from the sun. It really was hot hot hot. 
See their red faces?

Taryn had a blister on her foot, Haddie needed food and Tyson & I both were trying to get back to the car without everyone falling apart. Tyson even took to recording the girls and their complaining, which we listened to back in the car. It was pretty funny once all was said and done but man, getting to the car was like walking 5,000 miles for the girls (and it was only 5 minutes in reality.) 

We had Easter Dinner at our house with the Mellings and the Haleys. I love having them over for dinner and how the kids all play and have fun together. 
Brittany and Seth were asking about our girls scooters (Mini Micro scooters are simply the best ever!) so we all headed outside to test out scooters and have fun. Our neighbor was kind to take our picture. Such a fun group! I'm thankful I have a sister who lives close and such a great friend like Lynne! I'm one lucky girl. 

I love the kids table! Cute little kids having their own conversations and cracking me up! 
These kids are the best. 

Taryn and Haddie had a so much fun dying their Easter Eggs this year. We did it outside (thanks to my friend planting the idea in my head. ) It was so much better for my nerves to not have to worry about the dyed water spilling or glitter & paint getting every where. 
I was able to really relax through this process and the I could tell the girls loved it. 

Tyson did a great job at incorporating the real reason we celebrate Easter into Easter week.We read daily scriptures and watched special Easter videos made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I loved the Spirit it set for the week and teaching our girls the great gift Jesus Christ gave us by dying on the cross for us. We're grateful for the Atonement, the Resurrection and the ability we have to Repent. 
I'm thankful for Tyson and his desire to help our family each and every day be more like Christ. 

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