Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, Wesley Methodist had their Easter Egg Hunt. It was chilly, but it was clear and sunny, so we were happy. It was from 11-1 and we ended up getting there a couple of minutes before it officially started. We met up there with another twin mom and her girls and ran into several familiar faces from church, which was fun. We started off with the egg hunt. There were two different areas, one for older kids and one for toddlers and preschoolers.  They had a big area sectioned off and full of eggs. When you go in, you get a sheet with 6 eggs in different colors on it and the kids have to find those eggs. When you were done, you took your basket to the front and they checked it and if you found all your eggs you dumped them in a box (for the volunteers to spread back out for the other kids to find) and then you got to pick a prize from the prize table. I loved how it was done--all the kids get eggs and it's not the fastest get all the eggs. Plus, the boys loved having their little lists to look at.

We packed a picnic lunch for the boys, which is what Greg is carrying (even though it looks like a "murse") But, they had free hot dogs, chips, and drinks for everybody, so the boys ended up having that instead, so Greg carried that bag around for nothing.

Finding all the eggs on their list.

The boys both picked candy as their prize, Evan got these sugary twizzler type things and Carter picked sour Skittles. They were ecstatic about this candy. There was a guy taking pictures of all the families together after the egg hunt, so I stole this picture of us off Facebook.

There were several inflatables and the boys had to try out each one.

He can't just slide down, he has to jump down!

The Easter bunny was there taking pictures. Evan loves hugs, kisses, etc. so he always immediately runs up to characters like this and hugs them. Carter doesn't like that so much, so he goes over and says hi, he'll stand near it, but he doesn't like to get all touchy feely with anybody.

But, they were both equally excited.

And the boys did great when I said to look at me and smile.

This was right before they came back over to us and I love how Evan is snuggling on the Easter bunny.

Then, it was time for more bounce slides.

They also had cookie decorating stations set up (which we skipped) and a craft table. There were several crafts, but it was so windy, they gave all the kids one craft to make there and then gave us the packages of the other ones to bring home and make when we wanted.

The boys and their bunny masks.

We ended up staying the whole time and we were on our way out when the boys found a big pile of balls. So, they had to play catch with Greg before we left. Evan's goal was to throw the ball as high as he could.

Haha, still working on catching.

Greg and Carter played for awhile. It's been a few months since we've been out and playing catch with the boys and Greg couldn't believe how much better they've got since the last time he's played with them.

After the egg hunt, we went home and watched a movie and napped on the couch. It was so cold and we all just wanted to get under some warm blankets and be lazy. I had big plans to work outside in the yard, but that didn't happen. After we woke up, we did do our grocery shopping and made a trip to Home Depot--we're so exciting.
The next morning, we went to Sunday school and then after that Greg took the boys to the gym and pool while I ran some errands and then came home and studied for a test I have on Wednesday. The boys and I are on spring break next week and I am definitely looking forward to it!
It was another cold morning, so I tried to get a picture of the boys before dropping them off at Sunday school and this was the best I could get. :)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kites and Hoppy Feet

On Wednesday, when I picked the boys up from school, they all had plastic bags with yarn tied to them. They had made kites out of the plastic bags. All the kids were obsessed with these bags! It's so funny how something so simple, that we'd consider trash, can be easily turned into something that just makes a 4 year old's day.

They were so excited to show me how they worked.  

It was starting to sprinkle and so I didn't get a good picture of them really "flying" them, but they loved those bags.

On Thursday morning, before bible study, we had to go run some errands. Normally we're pretty rushed on Thursdays trying to leave in time for bible study, but this morning we got up early and left the house about an hour before we normally do so we would have plenty of time to get everything done. We went to Walmart to get some things for the boys school Easter party next week. They were working on the parking lot and so the boys had to stop and watch.

I tried to get my weekly before bible study picture. Evan is all about giving kisses but Carter wants nothing to do with it.

We went to bible study and then ran some more errands and had lunch at Chick-Fil-A. I've been selling the boys clothes and things on an online yardsale through Facebook, so we had to meet somebody before bible study and then another person after bible study. I have a couple meetings set up for next week. It is a job in itself selling their old stuff and I don't sell it for very much, but the little money I do get for it is really nice to put towards buying them new clothes and things.

Friday afternoon, we went to Hoppy Feet to meet up with a friend. We ended up getting there about 2:30 and didn't leave until 5:00. The boys played hard! They were exhausted when we left. There was a very sweet older boy who played with them when we got there and they played for quite awhile until he had to go. The boys love playing with the older kids and it's nice when the older kids are sweet to them.

The boys have no fear on these things. They get to the top of the slide and then jump instead of sliding down. They love it, but you get a group of boys with no fear and full of excitement on a bounce house and somebody is bound to get hurt. There were tears and bumped heads, and legs, and arms and anything else you could hurt, but they still had a great time.

Such goobers.

I wanted a picture of them with their friend, Cooper, that we met there, and it only took about 9 takes to get this picture.

Evan started acting crazy half way through, in one picture, Carter is scolding poor Cooper for "not smiling enough" haha, they're all a mess.

After Hoppy Feet, we picked up pizza on the way home and ate dinner while watching part of a movie. The boys love their pizza and movie night, even if we don't have time to watch the whole movie before bed.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Riding Around and Picture Outtakes

Last week, my parents were in Texas, so today, we went over to go visit them and catch up. It's been a week or two since we've seen them. My dad got a new "toy" that he couldn't wait to take the boys for a ride in. The boys were equally excited. The boys are still small enough that they can both sit up front and share a seatbelt. They only went slowly around my parents property.

The boys LOVED this thing.

I love how Evan looks a little scared about something.

Happy boys.

I finally got my nice camera out after months of not using it and I can tell a difference between those pictures and the ones I take with my phone, like this one below.

After the boys ride, they decided to play in the front yard with some bubbles.

They rode their bikes and colored with chalk. Then, they helped me decide on what props to use for our Easter pictures. Easter came out of nowhere, so was scrambling this morning to get a few things so I could take their pictures while I was at my parents. It's calling for rain most of this week and the days it's not, it's going to be cold and it's on days that we have things planned. So, we decided to just take a few pictures of them for Easter, but I'm saving the big photo shoot for our Lemonade stand we have big plans for.

Evan drew Greg for me because he said "I love him and must miss him so much" awww...

There was some jumping rope.

Then, while we were headed out to go home, the boys convinced Papaw to give them one more ride, but this time, they wanted to sit in the back.

They had a blast. On the way home, evan said "it was the funnest thing he's ever done, ever more funner than LEGOLAND. He thought LEGOLAND was the best, but this is the best" haha. It was so cute hearing this conversation. Carter also agreed with Evan that this is the best thing ever, even better than their bikes and sidewalk chalk.
I just snapped a few pictures of the boys. I just wanted a decent one to have to send family Easter pictures. But, as you know, photo shoots with twin boys don't always go as planned. Here's some outtakes of our tiny little session today. Evan's expression in this one cracks me up!!!  

Carter kept getting lower.....

And lower.......

I thought the arm around each other would be sweet, but it's only sweet if it's not a chokehold.

Or uncomfortable looking

A sweet kiss on the cheek was my idea--how sweet is that? Well.....

Carter did not feel it was sweet and did not want anything to do with this kiss.

I tried to get a couple of Carter by himself, but he snarled up his nose at me.

More of the escape!

Yeah, Carter was not having any of that.
These boys are a mess, but they did have a blast at my parents this afternoon. They played outside, played in the sand box, rode on the porch swing, rode their bikes, blew bubbles, etc. I'm sending a few family members some Easter cards. After they've received the Easter cards, I'll post the rest of this little Easter session we attempted today.