We had an especially nice Easter this year, since we got to spend it with family. Grandma Mary was here for a few days, and then Doug's sister Erika's family came down from Everett Sunday afternoon. The kids loved having more people around to play with!
We went to a friend's neighborhood egg hunt Saturday morning, but I had also dyed a few of our own eggs, so I put those out after we got back from Church. Gotta get the Easter basket photos, right?
Andy helped. A couple of the eggs got slightly cracked as he threw them into the basket a bit exuberantly.
"How many eggs are in the basket, Andy?"
When I was growing up we once dyed some eggs using onion skins, and we wrapped carrot tops around them (tied in place with string) to give them a cool leafy pattern. (I think my mom saw the idea in a church magazine or something.) I thought I'd give it a try this year (not the onion skins, but the leafy part). I forgot to get carrot tops, but I went over to the woods and picked a few fern leaves to try. I wrapped them around a couple of the eggs and then tied nylons over them to hold the leaves in place (found that suggestion online). I did get a little bit of a pattern. Probably would have worked better if the fern leaves hadn't been so dry. I'll have to try it again another time!
Aunt Erika and family arrived in the afternoon. (Yay!) Kate enjoyed playing outside with Chloe...
...while Sabin got Doug's crash course in beginning fencing. I've watched Doug do this with a few of the neighborhood kids before. He's really good at it and the kids just eat it up.
We had a super-fun game of Apples to Apples (where Sabin won by a landslide). The kids stayed overnight, camped out in the living room, so they could leave with Grandma in the morning and go back down to their dad's house in Portland. Kate was a little too excited at having cousins sleeping over, but we eventually got her settled down. (And then Sabin was looking for something to read so I hooked him up with Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians... bwa-ha-ha!)
Doug started a new quarter and was back to class bright and early in the morning. The kids had a little more time to hang out, and then we got some pictures together before they had to go. (Andy looks suspicious.)
Hugs! Awww! We all loved having some Cousin Time and Grandma Time. We're having a reunion (and Erika and Lee's wedding!) in July, and then we get to see all the other cousins too. It'll be great to get everybody together.