We had a small intimate Seder supper with the kids on Holy Thursday, and we left for the mountains to visit family on Good Friday.
The older girls went skiing on Saturday with their Dad, Uncle and cousins. When we went to pick up their rentals skis, we ended up buying used skis for the older girls to use next year. Extra Easter Bunny present. Only 70 bucks for used rental skis, polls, and boots at Sports Authority. It was quite the end of the ski season deal!
Late Easter Eve after the 11th child finally fell asleep (or we thought), my sister-in-law and I set up the Easter baskets and a scavenger hunt for 11 kids. Yes 11 kids! I made Dave sort, match and hide all the plastic eggs, much to his dismay. We were exhausted after we got everything set up....every year it gets to be more effort as we add more kids to the crew. LOL .We even had some unexpected Easter bunny spies. So, the cat is out of the bag for a couple of the kids who still believed.
I was worried about how Jude would do with all the Easter baskets after our Christmas fiasco, so I was prepared to get up with him to prevent any Jude collateral damage. He actually did amazingly well. He was actually excited about his own basket and was not trying to hoard and take everyone else's Easter stuff. Talk about progress. Alleluia! I even caught him sharing his candy with his siblings. Wow Jude!
Grandpa was awoken by the noise of the countless pounding of tiny footsteps from above.
Gia kept her Holiday record and finished off all of her Easter candy by 9:00 am. Then, she went looking for candy in others kids baskets. She is still working on a little thing called impulse control. Advice welcome!
Then, we headed to mass where my nephew was baptized on Easter Sunday! God bless him.
Keeping 4 kids under 5 quiet for 2 hours in the pew was challenging to say the least, but we survived without being too obnoxious of a family.
They had a lovely reception for my nephew afterwards.The kids had a blast running around the church basement playing with their cousins and friends of cousins.
Happy Easter 2014 and Baptism little nephew!!