Jeb had a few days off in a row, so we spent Easter in Tuscaloosa. We went down on Saturday and came back Tuesday. We filled up every mealtime with meeting various friends at the big city restaurants. :) We also got to go to NRC to church and all 3 kids stayed in their room the whole time. We got to sit through a virtually uninterrupted church service (EK’s CI fell off one time, so I did have to take care of that).
We stayed with our friends Michael and Jesse, who are more like family than friends. Saturday night we got into town and met the Kings and Whitworth at Moe’s, which is where Caden drew some interesting pictures which confirmed we should begin bathing EK and the boys separately. Sunday we went to church, then after church we ate Easter lunch at the Reynolds house (who are also more like family than friends) and hunted eggs and visited with everyone. JL referred to Dean as “dat boy wif de yewwow shiwt” the whole time (and continues to do it to this day)…why would he still be talking about dat boy? Because “dat boy wif de yewwow shiwt says butt in da face butt in da face.” ha! I love that Dean solidifies to me that my boys are just being boys when they do that same stuff. :) I love that he plays with them and loves on them. They sure do look up to dat boy.
The kids were worn out after Easter at the Reynolds’
After lunch we went back to Michael and Jesse’s and hunted eggs again. Caden became a well oiled machine when hunting for eggs. He had fire and determination in his eyes. He was a man on a mission. He would not stop until every egg was found.
“Jesse, I no yike dis.” (JL)
When we finished there we met our friends the Connells and the Guys at McAlister’s for dinner. We love those guys and always have a blast with them. They always are so much fun.
Monday I had a doctor’s appt. because I haven’t found a new doctor yet. After that, Carol came to pick me up and Jeb and the kids met us at CFA. I had intended on us talking, catching up, and getting/giving a little encouragement to each other…I believe that happened but it was peppered with interruptions, some teachable moments, ice cream, maybe a meltdown or two, and so on…the kids always add a new layer of fun to everything. After we left there Jeb put the kids down for a nap while I went shopping…by myself! It was so fun! I rewarded myself with a free snack attack icecream cone from CFA. Every day that week they were doing a free snack, and Monday was ice cream. Yes, I believe I will have some of that.
Monday night was the night I had been looking so forward to. The Youngs were having us, The Carters (and their 4 girls), and The Simpsons (and their 2 boys) over for dinner. 8 adults and 11 children 7 and under (7, 5, 5, 4, 4, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1)…2 ended up not being able to come though. The injuries stayed at a minimum….just a couple of feet related injuries occurring when feet flying through the air connected with faces sitting still (someone was swinging and kicked a kid on the ground on accident…twice). Nothing belonging to the Youngs was broken, which is a miracle in itself. We had loads of fun, good conversation, good food, and the kids got to run off some energy on the Young playground outside. Wonderful evening!
Caden was hiding eggs and Scott was following him and “not looking”
Oh, I almost forgot, before we went to the Youngs, we went to Dirt Cheap…we hit the jackpot with Zhu Zhu pet parts. Caden was in Zhu Zhu heaven. The toys wee 80% off, so we got parts for $2 and $4. It was great! I even got a lot of zhu zhu pets we already had, so i could take their wheels off and replace some of ours with bad motors. It’s amazing what you’ll do for your kids isn’t it? (tangent…this week I keep thinking about how much I want to just give our kids everything they ever want and then I am reminded of the verse in Matthew that says “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!…that kind of love blows me away.)
Back to my timeline of Easter weekend…Tuesday it was time to say goodbye. On our way out of town we had dinner with 2 of our favorite Tuscaloosa-ians (is that a word? i have no idea), Scott and Lori. We enjoyed spending some time with them and the kids were soooo good, so we got to have some wonderful conversations. Love love love those 2 (and Ariel and Dean too. (: ). After lunch we left Tuscaloosa thinking we’d be back in 3 short weeks for Ariels graduation. We nonchalantly drove out of town, not having any idea we’d be back in a mere 3 days and we’d come back to destruction and devastation.