Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter Weekend

This weekend was the best! We had so much fun celebrating Easter with our family. The weather was gorgeous for March, and we have so much to be thankful for.

On Saturday morning, we let the boys dye Easter eggs! They were careful not to spill (too much), and they loved using their spoons to drip the colored water over each egg. 

My boys must have double-lashes. Do you see this? Let me zoom in . . .

These come from their daddy, definitely not me! :)

Ephraim is in his "terrible twos" in that he throws a fit every single time we do something he disagrees with. He cried hard when we were done coloring eggs!

I think our little chickies did a great job!

Every Easter, I eat a Cadbury egg in memory of my sister Hannah! She loved these!

On Saturday night, we had dinner with the Zimm side. It was us, Steve's parents, Steve's brothers Josh and Dave, and a family from church. Ephraim was the first to sit down at the table, and he was holding up his plate for those yummy strawberries!

Grandma bought them a couple of games, including "Don't Break the Ice" which is a big hit :)

Relaxing on Saturday night with some episodes of The Office.

 On Sunday morning, N and E were so excited to see their Easter baskets! Nolan held up every single thing to show us.

Happy to find chocolate bunnies!

They have now been playing with their baskets for two days! Nolan pulls everything out and does "inventory" on his candy and toys several times a day. :)

Bismarck Easter egg donuts are a weakness of mine!

Steve had to go to church early to practice music, so the boys and I got ready quickly and headed out the door for church at 9:30. The music was wonderful! We normally have one or two musicians play on a Sunday, but for Easter, we had them all play together. I wish I could have recorded it!

After church, we had a big lunch at my mom and Don's house. I bought Nolan and Ephraim matching blue Easter shirts, and they looked SO cute. (Thanks to JCPenney's awesome $10 coupons, I got each shirt for $2!!)

Be still my heart!!

I made chocolate cupcakes for dessert, and this was E's preferred way of eating it :)

Mormor bought them some super cute books, so they cuddled on the loveseat together to read.

 These three guys are my whole world! I am so grateful for our little family, and for a Savior who came that we may have life and have it to the full.

"Oh praise the One 
who paid my debt,
and raised this life
up from the dead.

Jesus paid it all!
All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain,
he washed it white as snow."

Friday, March 25, 2016

This Week

Things have been good around here this week. Once we all got over our colds (Steve's was more flu-like), the days went by more smoothly. We are ready for an Easter weekend hanging out with family, dyeing eggs, and remembering that our Jesus won us victory over sin when he rose from the dead. Sunday is coming!

Here are some of our favorite moments and photos from the week:

Nolan is always showing us new things that he's built out of Legos and new configurations he's made with his train sets. He impresses me so much! I love this figure 8 that he made out of his Thomas tracks with all of his cars laid out on it. :)

Chocolate chip cookie baking on one of the last super-chilly days of the year!

On Palm Sunday, Nolan was happy to wave his palm branches down the aisle at church. I tried to get Ephraim to wave his branches, but he literally hid underneath a long coat in the closet. Once all the kids were done, E was willing to walk down the aisle and set his palms down in front of the altar.

I have been receiving some sweet cards and little gifts after our loss at the beginning of the month. I am SO grateful for the happy mail. . . It has made March much brighter for me. My friend Danielle in Chicago sent this one. I have wanted Essie's "Ballet Slippers" for the longest time, and somehow she read my mind, so it was the absolute perfect gift :)

We've been making a lot of Easter crafts and desserts around here. Nolan and I made paper eggs out of colorful strips of pretty scrapbook paper. My mom did this with her 2nd graders, and she had extra for us :)


TV watching faces. This is Ephraim's kissy face, and I hope he keeps it forever. ;)

I trimmed Ephraim's hair, and he looks like such a big boy!

We've had some gorgeous days lately, and many afternoons have been spent digging in the garden. 

Keeping the weeds at bay!

On Wednesday, I shared the Easter decor around our house. Having fresh pink tulips in the house really makes me happy.

We made these cute Milano bunnies the other day!

They were fairly simple to make! First, cut ears out of the sides of thin white muffin wrappers. Melt white chocolate or white Candy Melts. Dip Pepperidge Farm Milanos into the white chocolate. Stick the ears behind their heads. And then add jumbo nonpareils for the eyes and nose!

Yesterday, I pulled the water table out of the basement, and I filled it with 10 pounds of rice. Just like last fall, they LOVE it. And I'm making peace with rice all over the kitchen floor. 

This was Ephraim's face after Daddy scolded him for pouring rice out. :) :)



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