Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Eve

On Saturday morning, we got the kids up bright and early and headed into town for the annual Easter Egg hunt at the Pioneer Museum.  

This was our first time to visit the museum.  It is such a neat place with all sorts of historic structures, authentic objects from the early German settlers that migrated to this area of the Texas Hill Country and all sorts of old photographs.  I look forward to going back and visiting again some time when it's not so busy and crowded.

It was a little chilly on the morning of the Easter egg hunt, but that didn't deter anyone from coming out for the event--it was packed with families.  The kids had a great time running around with all the other kids and hunting for eggs. 

On the way home, we stopped by this historical marker and read it to the kids.  It's about the Easter fires and pageant that were once held here in Fredericksburg. Such an interesting story about the early German immigrants who settled here in Fredericksburg and how they were able to forge a peace treaty with the Commanches...if you'd like to read more about it, click here
Later that day, Noah and I started making preparations in the kitchen for dying and decorating our Easter eggs while Taylor and Gavin had fun playing with their blocks (and mama's table decorations). :-)
They are such best friends I tell ya...they were giggling and belly laughing up a storm the entire time.  I love listening to them talk and am so grateful for the special bond they share.  I have felt on so many occasions in my heart that the Lord wanted these two to become brothers and sisters in this life through adoption.  I hope and pray that their sweet and tender relationship will continue to deepen as they get older and that they will always be there for each other to help one another through the good times and bad. They are very blessed also to have such a kind and loving big brother.  Noah loves them so much and is always watching out for them.  I'm so thankful these three have each other as siblings. 
Sweet Lola sat at the table the entire watching the kids play...she is the best kitty ever!  Most cats would prefer to be hiding somewhere and sleeping amidst all the chaos and noise like we have in our house---but not our Lola--she likes to be right in the middle of all our family gatherings.
After Noah and I finished getting the eggs boiled and while they were cooling, we had a little lesson on the holy week leading up to Christ's crucifixion and his glorious resurrection. We had been discussing it all week by doing this nightly activity here.  I also found this cute little matching activity here and we reviewed and discussed all the things Jesus did the week leading up to his death.  We then cut and pasted the matching pictures to the daily account of his final days on earth.  They really seemed to enjoy this activity and it was a great way for us to remind them of what this special day is really all about.
After our little lesson about Jesus, it was time to decorate the eggs. Wowzers!! It's pretty wild and crazy around here when we tried to decorate eggs with a 2... 3 and 8-year old!!  We only had a few spats over the crayons and eggs, but other than that, we survived.  :-)
Miss Tay-Tay always loves to wear mama's reading glasses....
Lola watching it all from the sidelines...

Special memories were made as we decorated our eggs and talked all about Jesus and the Easter bunny.  They were so proud of their colorful eggs and couldn't wait for the Easter bunny to come to our house to leave some treats and hide their eggs! 

We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner, family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships LOVE is really spelled T-I-M-E.  Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. 
— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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