Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Family Day 2009

This past weekend was a busy, but fun one. It was full of cleaning, moving, unpacking, and playing.

We started out the weekend with a quick meeting with our social worker to update our homestudy. It has been two years since our last update, and we hope it's our last update before we travel to China.

On Saturday, we helped Michael and Jessica move into their new house. The weather was perfect, and things went very smoothly. We love their new house and know that they will enjoy all of the extra room they have now. Merrill will especially enjoy the swingset in the backyard. Nicholas and Anna Kay tried it out, just to make sure it worked okay.

After the move was complete, we loaded up and headed to the Family Day celebration that our company has every year. This was the first year any of our grandchildren were able to go with us to family day, and Nicholas had a blast. He jumped in the air jumpy things, rode the bumper cars twice, the roller coaster, the bumble bees, the ponies, and slid down the really big slide with me and Pawpaw Bo. Anna Kay and Nicholas both rode the carousel and the train. The food was great, and we all went home completely pooped!

It was a really fun weekend, and we look forward to many more Family Day celebrations with all of our grandchildren.
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

This year's Easter celebration has covered a couple of weeks. It first began last Sunday with our grandkids', Tyler and Brianne, second annual Easter party. Bo was working and unable to go with me, but we had fun just the same. We had lots of good food and a really cute Easter bunny cake with ice cream. After lunch, the kids hunted eggs. Due to inclement weather, the easter egg hunt was held in the garage, but plenty of eggs were found by everyone.

Let's go find some eggs!

Tyler finds some eggs

Brianne finding her share of eggs

Look what was inside my egg!

The next part of our Easter celebration came on Thursday when my mother went to Birmingham for CT scans to see if the cancer treatment is working. We were told in February that it could take up to a year to see any change in her tumors and to not be disappointed if we did not see any improvement, since my mom just started the treatment in January. Well, on Thursday, the CT scans showed that the lesions on her pancreas are shrinking and that the other areas the doctors are watching are still stable. We are so thankful for this good news and answered prayers. What a better reminder that Jesus rose from the dead and is with us everyday, where ever we are.

The third part of our Easter celebration took place over the weekend. On Saturday, Tim, Michele, Nicholas and Anna Kay came to spend the weekend with us. We had so much fun! We played with Playdough, drove the golf cart, drew on the sidewalk with chalk, planted flowers, and hunted Easter eggs. On Saturday night, Michael, Jessica, and Merrill came to have dinner with all of us. Merrill is growing up so quickly and is just adorable.

Nicholas with his sweet little smile

Pawpaw Bo and Merrill~Look how big she is getting!

Anna Kay, Pawpaw Bo, Merrill, and Nicholas
(This one will look great on Pawpaw's desk, don't you think?)

Did the Easter Bunny come visit everyone on Saturday night? He knew exactly where to find Anna Kay and Nicholas, although they were not at home. He came to Pawpaw and Bebe's house! Nicholas and Anna Kay got lots of great stuff, especially the chocolate candy :)

Look at all of the loot that the Easter Bunny brought to Nicholas and Anna Kay

Mmmmm.....Reese's Peanut Butter egg
The breakfast of champions!

After breakfast, no we didn't all eat Reese's peanut butter eggs for breakfast, we all got ready and went to church. It was the first time any of our grandchildren have ever been to church with us, which was very special. Nicholas was so handsome in his Easter outfit, and Anna Kay so pretty in hers. After church, my parents, sisters, and family came over to have an Easter/Birthday lunch with us and to hunt Easter eggs. The birthday celebration was for my mom, whose birthday is tomorrow, April 13, and my niece, Amy, whose birthday is April 23, and for Nicholas, whose birthday is May 6. We really enjoyed having everyone over this weekend and hope to do it again very soon!

Waiting to go to church~How sweet is this picture?

Did anyone see which way that bunny went?

Anna Kay found some eggs!

The new way to hunt Easter eggs
- have Pawpaw carry you to the eggs

Found an orange egg!

Basket is getting full!

Wonder what is in this egg

Found another one!

Come on Pawpaw! It's my turn to drive!

Amy, Emily, Beth, Mom, myself, and Brenda
(nieces, sisters, and my mom)

Anna Kay, Tim, Nicholas, and Michele resting
after the weekend festivities