"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." Deuteronomy 4: 6-9

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday

We had a jammed packed day on Good Friday! Hannah was out of school, and my Mom was off of work, so we planned a fun day with the kids. We started off our morning with a trip to the park. The kids love to swing, and when Nana is around, they don't want anyone pushing them but her! Makes for a nice break for Mommy! After we got rained out of our park fun, we went back to Nana's house to start our Easter crafts, delicious treats, and egg coloring. First came the egg coloring. My mom thinks of everything! She had a table on the porch all set up, dropcloths on the floor, and "smocks" for the kids.Surprisingly, we had no spills, and no permanently dyed hands, feet, or other body parts! Tanner did prefer to "slam dunk" the eggs into the cups of colored dye, but we wiped up the splashes quickly. It definitely helped being organized, and a roll of paper towels close by. The kids loved seeing the eggs turning colors. Then it was on to our Easter cross craft. We've been talking about what Easter means to Carson. We explained how Jesus died on the cross for us, and rose again and went to heaven. He has been able to explain this to others as well, except he throws in that after Jesus died on the cross, he went to heaven in a rocketship just like the Backyardigans space jet! Gotta love a 3 year olds thinking! I made a cross with masking tape on their papers, then had them paint on/around the cross. They all love to paint, so they did a great job sitting there and painting with all different colors. Once the paint dried, I took the masking tape off and the cross was revealed. It looked really neat!After crafts and lunch, Papa took the boys on a lawnmower ride. Carson and Tanner have been riding the "tractor" as they call it since they were babies! Papa is so good to them to always stop what he's doing to take them for a spin. Next we attempted to make Easter egg rice krispie treats. These were so easy to make and so delicious! We made a batch of rice krispie treats, then molded them into egg shapes by stuffing spoonfulls into actual Easter eggs. Carson and Hannah both got the hang of it, but Hannah was not sold on all of that stickiness! Needless to say, I finished the rice krispie treats later that night, along with marshmallow Easter pops, and Easter bark. All were incredibly yummy and easy to make (thanks Pinterest!). Our final activity of the day was decorating the Easter eggs we colored earlier in the morning. We had lots of stickers! They each picked out several stickers they liked and decorated away! I'm not sure who was more worn out, me, Nana, or the kids! Movie and naptime was a must by 2pm and all 3 slept like rocks! Thank you Nana for spending the day with us and making such fun memories for me and your grandkids!

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