This is what we did Saturday. This is John. He was the egg hider, extraoidinaire! And I should also mention Zach, AND myself! You think hiding 800ish eggs would be not such a big deal. Welllllll... it is! We were to the point of just bowling those eggs all around the ground in all directions.
Oh my gosh. THis is the cutest kid! Seriously! And these three. I can see this being Maddi, Ellie and Gabbi Girl in a few years. Emma in middle, with Kylie and Anna Claire on the sides. This is a motley crew. When the hunt was over, they decided to THROW the eggs at each other in a friendly game of "tag" and "who can give each other a concussion with a hard boiled egg." Precious!
I don't really know why , but Staci and Veronicia decided they would throw a big Easter bash this year. So, they started checking out all things Martha and made the cutest little things, only to have this one... wake up with a raging case of nose/sinus funk!
She was NOT a happy camper. But she tried to hang in there. I mean, it is hard not to, when you get home from the Weekend clinic and getting a SHOT to see THIS in your backyard! The smart mom remembered to bring fun little things for Gabbi to also enjoy her time at the party. THis is Robin, of MMPT and blog follower, discussing world policy with Gabbi.
And these old crows just hung around the outdoor grill as they always do, probably discussing something important like ....ummm.... I can't think of anything they'd talk about that would be important!
The crowd grew as the burgers and hotdogs came off the grill. Todd a) thinks we live here. b) thinks this is HIS grill and c) is the ONLY one he thinks should ever touch this grill!
I was laughing at Don as he sat there "resting". He said, "hey, take my picture. It looks like Todd is my personal chef." Just as I postured to take the picture, Todd leaned over and actually wiped the sweat from Don's brow. Lord have mercy! He made these little miniature burgers that the kids loved. They patties were about 2" across. They were so cute. You know, as cute as a hamburger can be! So, the day started with the little kid hunt. These were the little squirts and the section for them to hunt was small. Note far right... the curly headed kid in brown without a supervising parent! SHe is so self-sufficient. Actually, her PawPaw was close behind with camera in tow!
She really could have done this by herself. She definitely "got it" when it came to picking up the eggs and placing them in her bucket. If it looks like a purse, she is all over it!
She thinks she is about 12. You should have seen her chasing after those "big girls". She just ran after them rather they had time for her or not!
Here is a little campling of Veronicia and Staci's tables. The chocolate bunnies were for prize egg winners.
This is Robin's son, Jackson. He DID NOT want anyone touching his eggs! He had a really big stash, and I think he had them memorized! Look at the care he is taking to keep them all tucked in place in his bucket.
And then came time for the BIG KIDS. LOOOOOOK OUT!
The eggs were probably spread over about 2 acres.
Steven Spielberg didn't have nothing on this crew. There were cameras flashing everywhere. But, we all knew that a big thunderstorm was coming on Easter Sunday, so this would probably (and turned out to be) the only hunt many would have this year!
And there she is... Little Miss Big Shot down there with the big kids looking for eggs. See her in the brown?! "Hey, kids, wait up! Wait on me. Hey emma. It's me, Ellie!"
Robin's middle chld, Lydia, found one of the prize eggs.
Emma Claire found the other. They were pretty pumped!
This is Veroinicia's niece, who gets the, "I drove the farthest for the egg hunt" prize... all the way from Houston!
There was a station just for dyeing Easter eggs. It was a hit. As was the cookie decorating station. Emma kinda went berzerk with the sprinkles! Cousin Maggie enjoyed this area too! And just so we cover all cousins while we are at it... this is Masie, enjoying her some fun with the sweetest little angel here. And then there is Cousin Madison who seems to just love babies, and who is my newest employee at MMPT. Part time and in our new Monroe clinic. And you know, I am forever looking for a "sign" from Jake. And you know I love it when I see it! I especially love when he says hello on a holiday. I sat down at the computer in Staci's den, and this is what I saw. I mentioned to someone sitting behind me that Jake always says, "hello", and pointed out that it was the 11th. I said, "In fact, where is a clock? I'd bet it is "11" something." I am not even lying when I tell you that IF I am talking about it, it IS! ANyhoo, at the bottom of the computer, I saw this... 1:19! (add it up!) Hey Jake! Now let me introduce you to a few of our visitors. First, this is our youngest guest, Madison, who is, I think, is 2 1/2 months old.
And this is one of Staci's BFF's from high school, Jennifer, who came over from Shreveport for the bash. Actually, her baby girl, Andi, had a 2 year old birthday party on Easter Sunday. Yes, we did take pictures of that too! Andi has two big sisters, Abby and Ava. This is Ava. I think we need a big sister. If anyone hears of a "situation", let ol Mel know. We have added a fourth bedroom to our new house plans! Hint hint.
This is Bronwyn, her daughter, Jansen, and her niece, Annalee. I think Jansen may possibly be the only kid I have met in a while who can keep up with Ellie Sue. I hope those two are NOT in the same class in school. I'm just saying!
Have I mentioned how sweet Ellie Sue is? Here she is with Aunt Bonnie. Since we have actually no blood relation, but somehow all feel like we are related, She refers to me on Facebook as "my sis in law in law". It works.
well, there was no way I was gonna see that big slide in the yard and not try it out. No way! My sister Sue is so adventurous! She was ready and rarin! Check out her expression. She LOVED it. And when we made it to the bottom, ....SHe was ready to go again. This is a STEEP ladder! She insisted on trying it. I couldn't get her up there! I had to get one of those young bucks to tote her up the ladder since they are lighter than me and they didn't need TWO hands to pull themselves up the blow up ladder. I met them at the top! And when she insisted on trying it again by herself, she seriously held up progress! A couple of our spectators... Uncle Eddie and our hostess with the mostess... Veronicia.
While Ellie was outside acting a fool...
and LOVIN every minute of it...
Sweet Gabbi Girl was inside chillin with Uncle Chris, as in brother in law in law in law, in the recliner.
And that concludes our fantastic, wonderful day of Egg huntin, burger grillin, chocolate eatin' fun!
Whew. ANother long one. I am glad the holidays are over so I can quit taking a gazillion pictures, then NOT being able to choose which ones to use. Just FYI, I took 232 at the egg hunt, so actually, I DID cull for this post. It just seems like I didn't! HOep you have a happy Tuesday. Melanie