Monday, April 25, 2011

Obligatory Easter Post - I'll Try To Make It As Painless As Possible

Morning, peeps!  Hope yall had a great Easter weekend.  Ours was a ton of fun. 

A few pictures for you........a hand full are from last weekend.  Please forgive.

Doug took this great shot of the 2 punks watching Carter surf.  Love it.

Surfing is hard work, yall.  While the pay off may look fabulous and fun......

Getting there involves hauling the board back out into the crashing waves, setting up and doing it all over again.  Carter must go through this process 100 times each day we go to the beach.  Only way to learn!

Lainey prefers less work and more fun.  Bouncing the day's favorite stuffed animal is her new thing.

What a motley crew these guys are.  Carter loves hangin' with the big boys.

Then, Lainey shows up and they have to act like kitties.  Pretty good sports.  And, yes, Blake is going to kill me for posting this one.

The boys assembled a new arbor for the back yard.  We'll paint the existing one this coming weekend and then add it to another trail that works its way back to the fence. 

Egg dying!  One of our favorite traditions.

Always messy fun, resulting in 3 kids with blue hands.  Small price to pay, I suppose.

Had an eventful beach visit on Saturday.

Carter found this guy washed up in the sand.  We've seen them before at the aquarium in La Jolla and they're oddly one of my favorite exhibits.  They bury in the sand and poke their heads out.  Awesome to see it in person!

Some people on vacation were hard at work on this castle.  Thankfully, none of our children destroyed it while it was being built.

They waited until the family packed up and left.  Then, the family came back for a walk on the beach to see the sunset.  Damn.

Another group made this mermaid.  So cool.

Easter morning arrived early, as always.  Doug and his dog, Brody, were staying with us again, so the Easter Bunny hid eggs in the back yard. 

Sweet Brody didn't know whether to help or not.

California is in full bloom.  Even on a dewy, misty Sunday morning......the colors are fabulous.

The fam......prior to heading out for Aliso Viejo to visit our California family.  Notice the dinosaur trend this year.  The Easter Bunny brought Jack 4 of these guys and he hasn't put them down since.

Had a lovely visit with Aunt Donna, Uncle Bob and family.  We're so lucky to live close to them! 

Lots to do this week.

*Prep for Jack's Un-Birthday party.

*Jack's "official" day of birth celebration.  Cupcakes for his classmates and a visit with Holly + kids that evening.

*Maybe buy a new phone since mine is only recording 20% of my voice mails.  And, I can't really hear people when they call me.  And, it's still mysteriously still in limbo and somehow thinks it's linked to our Kansas City phone number.  Blake's been asking me to buy a new one since December.  Guess it's about time.

*Exercise!  Still going strong and feeling great.

*Water for Elephants.  Heard it's fantastic!

*Finish 2 books and start another. 

*Thank You Notes.

*Overhaul Lainey's pig stye bedroom.  Terrified of what I'll find under her bed.  Who knew a 3 year old could be such a mess?

*Laundry.  Lots and lots of laundry.  Mostly beach towels.  But, I won't go into that again.

Happy Monday, bloggies!


Becca Jane said...

Beautiful family picture!!

Ooh, those french're making the prego lady hungry! Maybe I'll swing by Wendy's this afternoon!

LOVE the Lainey jumping on the surfboard pictures!

Dee Stephens said...

Carter's Easter outfit is so very CALI! Trucker hat, button down and cargo shorts. WOOT!
Lainey is getting so big! Looks like a GREAT Cali Easter extravaganza.
Also, I LOL on that kitty photo. Seriously hysterical.

donatelli98 said...

Looks like lots of fun!! Love the family pic on Easter - you look great. And the kitty pic of the guys - Blake is pricelss!! Love it!! What a good dad he is!

Monica said...

Great Easter pics!

Pam Bowers said...

Happy Monday.

I loved the family picture.

The Lenzers said...

super cute fam pic! happy easter! in was fairly painless

Kristen said...

LOVE your Easter outfit... you looked sensational. And the pic of Lainey making the boys act like cats is epic.
So... Hann and I were just chatting on the phone whilst stalking blogs at the same time because that's what we do. And we decided we want to move to San Diego and be your personal assistants. You don't have to pay us- but we'd like permission to pop a tent in the backyard and live there since we have no money and more student debt than we'll ever be able to pay off. We plan to take the kids to Disney every day and allow you and Blake 4 date nights per week and/or alone time so you can each reclaim any lost sanity. We can send references and a formal resume if you so require.

Momma to the A's said...

LOVE the family photo!! Such a good pic of you all!

So jealous that you guys get to spend so much time on the beach! Looks like you guys have such a blast each and every time. You all have hit the jack pot moving to CA!! Nothing better than spending Easter weekend on the beach.

Glad you all enjoyed your Easter!

Jodee said...

It looks like you had loads of fun on Easter! As always, I especially love the beach pictures!

starnes family said...

KS - No resume necessary. You and Hann are accepted on the basis of terms presented alone.

See you soon!

Kim said...

Good to catch up with you! Love the egg dying in the back yard and all the pictures from the beach. Your dress is adorable as well.

Sara said...

First things first - let's talk about Blake. And that hat. For real Blake????? Let's also talk about how thrilled he looks while the kids are dyeing eggs. Loving that.

That first pic of the punks watching Carter surf is awesome. Way to go, Doug! You need to get Carter on video surfing. Can't wait to see his skillz! I bet he's getting good.

Easter outfits = presh. Glad y'all had a good day!!

p.s. No pics of the deck. You must come to FWT and see for yourself. Book the trip. Now.

lauren said...

Can I have your life? Please? except that I have the fairest skin possible and would burn to a crisp every day at the beach. But other than that....

And a Happy un-Birthday to Jack!

Brittny said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!!!!!! You remind me of my Christopher and so that means you have a special place in my heart... even though we have never, ever met. Oh the train tracks the two of you could build!! I hope you have a great time at your party!!!

Brittny said...

(Just realized I wrote that under the wrong post. Oh well!)