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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

I'm sleepy tonight, so this is going to be a huge picture blog plus a video. And whatever writing ensues will probably sound a bit drab if it makes sense at all. It would have all been pictures except for some unexplainable reason, some of our Easter pictures got lost after we downloaded them, so I had to post a video instead. Sadly, we completely lost the cute Easter basket pics. But perhaps I should begin at the beginning, which was last Sunday afternoon.

We decided to pack a picnic supper and explore. The first state park we went to was closed b/c all the trails were flooded...in the middle of a drought. So, we went to another place I have wanted to check out on the hunch that it might have a nice paved running trail. It was even better than I expected! Miles of paved trails through woods, past lakes, branching off in places. The joy! Now we have a gorgeous place to jog with that double jogger!

Rhianwen proving she can multi-task by eating her supper and throwing rocks over a log.

Watching the sun set over the lake (she deigned to turn around for us to snap this pic).

The first 2 days of the week were basically spent reading Where in the World Is Henry, a fascinating book examining the concepts of state, country, continent, universe etc. while including children and a lion. This book was confiscated by mommy a couple of months ago b/c mommy was going to go insane if she had to read it one more time. Well, mommy decided it was time to pull it out again, and thus 2 days of reading resulted. It has now resumed its hiding place...to be pulled out some other time.

There's Henry!

Rhianwen did manage to take a few breaks from the book. Here she is helping mommy file some things.

"Well, if you ask me, PSNC Energy should just go under Gas and not have it's own separate folder."

Rhianwen got a cute Easter card from Grandpa and Grandma Nanny Kim. Here she is pointing at the Easter Eggs and Chicks.

"How's my mommy-look?"

Wednesday, playgroup had a little Easter Egg hunt, and this is where Rhianwen experienced her first foil-covered chocolate Easter egg. Yum!

One of Rhianwen's friends came over for most of the day on Thursday, and they had lots of fun although sharing the swing was a bit difficult.

Rhi's friend about to dance to the radio. (I'm trying to keep her anonymous which is why you can't see much of her ;0)

Last Sunday we took some pictures to send to the grandparents and great grandparents. This one reminds me of an illustration you would see in Eloise Wilkin books.

This is the one we sent with Happy Easter written on the bottom via Shutterfly (I should let them pay me for this ad).

We took some this morning before we went to church, but the morning sun was shining a little too brightly, so it's hard to see how CUTE Rhianwen's dress was. Oh, she was so adorable!

I've always made fun of hollow chocolate Easter bunnies until I thought about Rhianwen's Easter basket. Then I decided, hollow bunnies are a fabulous idea! Big bunny, not as much chocolate overdose...brilliant! So, Rhianwen got one along with 2 little eggs with a piece of Gusher candy in each. She ate the ears off, then we hid it for later enjoyment. We also hid Easter eggs in the yard, some with special Gusher candy pieces.

After we found all of the eggs, we dyed some real ones. The first one ended up dropped and cracking, but we'll eat it anyway.

Rhianwen doing a great job.

The finished product.

We ended the day with a fun Easter dinner at Mary, Brian, and Hannah's house. It was delicious, mommy ate way too much and felt fat for it, and we had fun enjoying each other's company to the point that a last minute picture was taken of Rhianwen and Hannah playing before we called it a night.

Once back at home, Rhianwen got to say "Hi" and "Easter Egg" to Grandpa and Grandma Nanny Kim who had called to chat with us and who probably thought she'd be in bed. Wednesday, we'll be dropping Rhianwen off at their house and then going to FL on Thursday for Wally's brother's wedding. This will be the first time that Rhianwen spends an extended period of time without us. I just hope she'll do well and enjoy being with Grandpa and Grandma Nanny Kim!


  1. Nice pictures--glad you discovered the state park--that sounds so nice and lakes!! We once had one like that near Tulsa. We enjoyed some breakfasts and lunch picnics beside the Lake. It looked like Rhi was having fun with the hunt.--

  2. ps. How dare you hide Where in the World is Henry!!!! But I am glad she loves it.

    This coming weekend will be really really strange for you all--I remember the first time I left you guys with gram--I kept worrying!! Worrying how you all were doing since you had never been apart from us for any length of time.And Dad and I kept talking about you all!! It was just so weird.

  3. Beautiful pictures! I love the ones beside the tulip(?) tree. You look great by the way. Rhianwen looks so serious in the pictures. She's a cutie!

    Wow, I had forgotten gusher candy existed. It has been years since I have had one of those.

    No candy for Katelyn this year but I look forward to giving her some next Easter. She hasn't had any sugar yet at all but I am planning to let her 1 year birthday cake be her introduction.

  4. The bit about the book reminded me of Calvin and Hobbes. He always wanted his dad to read the "Hampster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie" story. Now, someone's ripped off that idea and published a real book by that name. Ugh.

    Anyway, if you don't want Rhianwen to ask for that story, you can always do what Calvin's dad did, which is to have the lion eat the little boy "and his remains were never found again..."

    Heh heh.

  5. I must consider hiding "John, Paul, George and Ben." I could quote the whole thing to you right now. Want me to? "Once there were four lads: John, Paul, George and Ben. Make that five lads. There was also Independant Tom, always off doing his own thing."

    OK, I'll stop now.

    Rhi looked stunning in her Easter atire, as did Mommy and Daddy. What the heck is gusher candy?


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