We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend. We kicked off the weekend with a massive parent/child Easter egg hunt and wrapped it up with a big family dinner. The girls are still a little too young to really get it, but they had fun just being outside. It's all just training for next year.
We brought home most of Meg's mom dining room set and Meg was able to set up our table with the same china she grew up with at her house--a tradition that she wants to pass on to our girls.
Aunt Mary painstakingly took the time to create name tags for everyone. The best part is that we can use them for every dinner we host.
Meg made Easter baskets (lower right) for each of her little cousins.
We held a staged egg hunt in our back yard, which allowed me to get some great shots of the girls.
Sophie and Maddy
Meg and Izzy
The "real" egg hunt was a completely different experience. Tons of parents of 1-2 year olds, lined up along both foul lines of a baseball field, waiting for someone to blow the whistle. I never would've imagined that a bunch of sub-two-year-olds could clear an entire field full of eggs in less than 90 seconds. The truth? They can't, but a bunch over-eager parents sure the heck can. I have never seen so many adults going so absolutely crazy that they didn't even take the time to let their kids pick up their own eggs. C'mon people. Let your kids have some fun and learn to do it themselves.
In the end, we got a couple of eggs for each girl then hung around and waited for everyone to leave so the girls could run around the field without the risk of being scooped up by another parent and put into their kid's Easter basket.
Maddy and Izzy
Besides Izzy's slight meltdown (captured below), the girls had a ton of fun even though they all had a constant stream of snot running from their noses to their mouths.
Sophie, trying to catch up to Maddy to share her egg.
Maddy, running free and looking for any overlooked eggs
Sophie, opening up her first egg
Izzy, looking for someone to come wipe her nose.
Meg, Izzy, & Maddy
This little lady has been nothing but smiles lately.
After dinner, Meg decided to give Sophie some chocolate. Dad was not consulted. As you can see in the series of shots, below, chocolate can be directly connected with meltdowns in children (for what it's worth it can also be directly connected with some awesome memories and photos, too).
Sophie's reaction when mom tells her it's all gone
The other girls were being held by other relatives, but Sophie was fully committed to trying new foods. Not only did she try chocolate, but also had her first whipped cream fight with Kelly (by the way, Kelly, thanks for being Sophie's whipped cream canvas).