Monday, April 8, 2013

Easter--He has risen indeed!

Anyone else confused how it's already APRIL!?  Where did it come from?  March flew by (probably because of all our Easter fun) and we are already into the 2nd week of April (which is flying by because our fabulous family is visiting almost every weekend)!  Last year we started Easter week with acting out parts of the story each morning.  It was so fun, we made it a tradition.   
Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord!

"My House is a House of Prayer!" (with Ty our friend we watch)
 "This is my body, which is broken for you..."   

"The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find." And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 
(They also received wedding garments, hence the "beautiful robe")
The crucifixion is a little more difficult to act out but we read the story from the Jesus Storybook Bible (so good) and they Andy and girls went upstairs to our dark attic to hide (like the disciples did after Jesus died, but before He rose again).  Easter morning we made Resurrection rolls....more on that later.
We colored Easter eggs almost 2 weeks before Easter because the girls were so excited.  This our blurb from last year about coloring eggs:
When our family decorates eggs, we compare the colored eggs with the plain ones and remember that when we believe in Christ and what He did for us on the cross, He makes us a New Creation (2 Thess. 5:17).  In God's eyes we're no longer like everyone else, but we're beautiful and set apart because of Christ's righteousness.
The paint wasn't dry and the girls were already anxious to eat their creations.  Here they are both intently peeling their eggs.
YUM :)
Leavenworth had a town egg hunt which we thought the girls would enjoy.  It wasn't quite what we had in mind and they did have fun but we will NOT be doing it again.  Way too many people, not very well organized, and the egg hunt was over in 14 seconds.
Chicken Toss
Kung Foo Panda...yeah because when you think of Easter he comes to mind.
They had a tiny petting zoo....2 rabbits, a chicken you couldn't touch, and a donkey.
A few games.
???  No idea.
So the idea was that the kids line up and then all go at once and get some eggs.  There were age dividers so the girls got ready in the 0-5 year section.  Andy coached the girls to run to the other side and get the eggs from down there so he walked to the other end and waited.
Not sure if you can see them but the girls are right in the middle front.....white shirts, pink and purple pants.  Andy took this picture from the other end.
 Then they said and go and it was a mad dash, mad I tell you....parents, big kids, everyone running, Joni started crying, parents started scooping up eggs, little kids getting pushed was horrible.  Hadley made it to the other side and did well, but it was over and all the eggs gone before Joni and I even made it to the end.  We won't be doing that again ever but the girls walked away happy so that's what counts.

"Oh, see what a morning, gloriously bright,
 with the dawning of Hope in Jerusalem.
  Folded, the grave clothes, tomb filled with light, 
as the angels announce, "He is risen!"  
Resurrection rolls are biscuits (tomb) you bake with marshmallows (Jesus) inside, and when they are done the marshmallows have melted and Christ is risen from the dead!  The girls love making them and they are delicious too :)
Sweet Easter girls.
Sweet Easter family.
Cheesy but cute :)
For Easter lunch we had some of our favorite church friends over for lamb.  We ate a lot of food.
Waiting for lunch to be ready....Joni loves her Judson. 
Sarah, Andy, and Mr. Cole hid our Resurrection eggs in the backyard for the girls to find.
Which they enjoyed much much more than the day before.
And then, we ate! And ate!  And ate a little more.
Our feast:  lamb, spinach souffle, rolls, broccoli salad, herb potatoes, and ranch carrots.
Then while we let dinner settle, Andy went through each egg we talked about the Easter story again.  It was so awesome.  Also amazing to hear how much the girls remembered from their lessons throughout the week. We are truly blessed by a magnificent Lord.
Joni and Sarah opening the last one (which is the tomb)!...except for that tiny piece of paper that Joni put in the egg when she found it.
And for dessert:  Swedish cream with berries.  
Our cups overflow!  Love to you all!

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