Saturday, April 24, 2010

Guitars and pjs

Just give this boy a guitar and he's happy!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Easter Sunday, finally

Well, it's taken a while but I am finally going to finish my last Easter post. Between sickness, baseball, preparations for my surgery, and surgery I just haven't had time (or been able to for several days).

We had a great Easter Sunday! I woke Max up a little early so we could make Resurrection Biscuits but first he had to visit the basket the Easter Bunny had left him. It was nice to get to see the boys go through theirs one at a time instead of together.

Looky, looky! Someone visted Max
and Wesley!

Dennis the Menace on DVD!
No more rewind the VHS!

Got to have that chocolate bunny!

I had seen several friends post about making empty tomb biscuits on their Facebook pages and blogs and wanted to make them this year. I decided to do them on Easter Sunday for part of our breakfast and talk about the real reason we were celebrating Easter that day. Max, in true form, loved making the biscuits and did a wonderful job as always. I am sure Wesley will make huge messes when he gets big enough to cook, since Max always does so well! :)

Flattening out the biscuits to
make the tombs

The marshmellows represent The
Body of Christ.  Dipped into butter
which stands for the oil that was
to annoint his body in the tomb.

Doing the work on his own.

The body in the burial spices
(sugar and cinnamon).

The body was place in the tomb.

The tomb was sealed.

When they came back, the tomb was empty!
When we broke open the buscuits we said,
"The tomb is empty! He is risen!"

After we put the biscuits in the oven I got Wesley up so he could see his Easter basket. He of course wasn't as excited as Max but did like the bag of gummies that were left for him.

Hmm. what's all this?

Not too sure what to do. Just looking.

Finally, he gets into it!

After church we headed to my parents for lunch and more egg hunting. Wesley got bored very, very quickly so Max did most of the hunting. He liked the eggs filled with money the best!

And he's off!

Serious egg hunter!

Why would I want to hunt eggs when I can ...


and use it upside down?

Still on the hunt!


Why not end the day with a friendly
game of Uno?

It again, was a wonderful Easter! Just the most beautiful, perfect spring day to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I hope yours was a wonderful as ours. I truly hope that if you have only celebrated with the world's idea of Easter that you will come to know the true meaning of this day so you may celebrate in a whole new way next year! Lots of love!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Day at Dollywood

I, for the first time, along with most of my family went to Dollywood. I have been to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge countless times in my life and have never been to Dollywood. We had to opportunity to get some discounted tickets so we seized it.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day. It was sunny and warm but not accompanied with the usual humidity we get to experience here in the south. I was very impressed by how clean the park was. It wasn't overly big and there is a ton to do there. One of the first things Max wanted to ride was the water rapids ride. He talked my dad into and they both got soaked! Max couldn't talk me into that one! We then did the 50's antique cars. Wesley loved being able to drive. He laughed and laughed the entire ride. I was once again impressed about the fact they have booster seats and are self propelled so that the little ones can drive. The boys had to ride the train and we all got covered in coal soot since we were towards the front and it’s a real train run on coal.

The only down part of our day was lunch. Boy, did we choose the wrong place to eat. This is truly the only negative thing I can say about the entire day, though!

We headed to the carnival town after lunch. Max loved the bumper cars, chickened out of the ferris wheel, but did ride the kid’s roller coaster. I was so proud because he wouldn't ride the kid’s roller coaster at our local amusement park last year. Wesley road every one of the kiddy rides. He loved the bees, which I had to force Max onto. He didn't not want to ride the baby rides and was not happy about having to ride it! My dad, sis, and I did the giant spinning top ride and it was A LOT of fun. I took Max on the Lemon Twist (tea cups) while dad took Wes on the flying elephants.

We walked around and checked out some more of the park and did a few more things. We didn't even make it to any of the shows this time. I was surprised at just how much there is to do there. We decided to upgrade to season's passes while we were there so we will be able to go whenever we make our trips up to Gatlinburg. Max is ready to head back up there and I wouldn't mind going again soon myself. It was a great day with the family. I love having a close family that likes doing fun things together!

Uncle Joe was sitting outside Aunt Granny's
with his guitar. Max loves to pick and takes
it very seriosly!

This little one loves it, too!

Max and PawPaw's drying off in the dryer.
Dad said it was worth the $3!

Wes riding the Lucky Ducky

He kept looking for the man making the pig noises.

Wes, ready to fly.
Max, ready to die.

At least Max is upright at this point.

Wes loved it! It wasn't that bad for Max, either.

Getting ready to ride the roller coaster.

The Dollywood Express

We had to watch it take off. These
boys love trains. Max isn't sun burnt, he
just turns very red when he's hot!

Even Wesley sat patiently waiting for the train
to take off.

Monday, April 5, 2010

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cookies and eggs

I said we werent going to do it but we did it anyway. Don't get me wrong. I like making cookies, decorating, them, and sugar cookies with butter cream, it doesn't get much better than that.  Max always wants to make cookies but they are so time consuming and he usually gets bored after two cookies and I end up doing all the work. I pre iced the cookies so they would be ready to decorate and Max did almost as many as I did. He made a special cookie for everybody in the family. So, I am really glad I decided to go ahead and make them this time. If you notice several repeat patterns it's because I would finish a cookie and Max would say, "Mommy, that is so pretty! Can you do another just like it on this cookie?" How can you say no to that?

Piping expert in the making.

These are mine.

Most of these are Max's

He had to put "Jim" on Paw Paw's cookie.

He is going to leave one of the bunnies for the
Easter bunny to eat.

Max's favorite thing to do for Easter is dye eggs. He starts asking as soon as we start talking about Easter. Since we were going to Dollywood on Thursday, I decided to go ahead and do them on Wednesday. He had to use every color they put in the package and we only dye a few more than a dozen so they are pretty much all different colors. We always dyed eggs when I was growing up and I love carrying on some of my childhood traditions. We do hunt with our dyed egss, too. I bring them with us to my mom's on Sunday and we hide them along with all the plastic eggs. Then on Monday, I normally make a big patch of egg salad.

I try to let him do as much as he can on his own. He will put the deocrations on them, color them with the invisible crayon, put them in the dye, and then turn them over every couple of minutes. We let them sit for a while becuase I like them bright and bold. He can scoop them out of the containers but it's hard to put them in the cardboard container to let them dry. He did a great job and didn't even make a big mess!

Fixing to dip the first egg

All the fiinished eggs