Before going to bed on Easter Sunday, Brooklyn told me, “Mom, I want to get a time machine for Christmas, so I can go back to Easter again.”
In other words, Easter weekend was pretty great.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures on Easter Sunday. I must have been tired or busy or both.
But it’s true that the kids had a great weekend. Oddly, our kids look forward to listening to General Conference. They like to color and listen and the older kids like taking notes. They like the fun breaks in between sessions when we try to do something very active together to get the wiggles out. They’re not perfectly attentive, but they do well. And the little ones always ask me to replay conference on the Monday after so they can sit and color and listen like they did before. There is a special spirit in our home during these meetings, and they feel it and want to replicate it after the big weekend is over.
Like at Christmas time, we had a lot of different visitors over two weeks. Four different groups came and went with only a day or less in between to wash sheets and towels and prep for the next set of guests. We were happy to have all of them, but having many visitors along with the work of a brand new puppy wore me out.
The week before Easter, our kids had Spring break. And two days before that, Rick and Ricky went to Disneyland.
While they were at the “happiest place on earth,” we got Winter.
The first day of spring break consisted of us cleaning, shopping, and preparing for guests. We also took Winter on her first outing/walk.
This little outing turned into quite an ordeal which probably deserves its own post entitled, “Ricky Gets Lost and MacGyverMom Saves His Life.” It’s a great story that is probably better told in person with exaggerated hand gestures and facial expressions, but maybe I can do it justice with written word. Maybe in a few weeks I’ll get it on here.
The day after I saved Ricky’s life, Chelsey, Kenzie, Riley, and Jake came for a few days. We so enjoyed spending time with them–even if we mostly hung out in the backyard with the puppy and practiced sweet Ripstick skills. Again, I wish I had taken more pictures.
I was super grateful to Chelsey for getting me to the top of the Seven Falls hike, finally!
I love to hike, but don’t get out on hikes too often. First of all, hiking with small children is slow and painful. It’s nearly impossible to get more than a half mile in without more adult help. Second, I’m too scared to go on my own–what if I got lost or hurt? So, I either get Rick to watch little children and take older children or plan on not going very far very quickly.
My guess is that this particular hike was about 6-7 miles round trip, so it took us about 4 hours. It was harder and longer than I thought, but it was worth the view at the top and worth it to say I actually made it. I tried to get the older kids to the top last fall, and we tried with some of the kids the day before, but both times we left too close to noon. Hiking at noon in Arizona–even in the fall or spring is unpleasant. But Chelsey got us out the door around 9 am and we persevered. Coming down at noon was pretty hot, there were a few good trips and slips, and both Chelsey and I turned our ankles, but we did it!
The evening after our hike, we all headed north to Mesa for the Easter Pageant.
The pageant was a lot different than I thought it would be. After attending the Nauvoo pageant for years, I expected something similar–a live show. This one was awkwardly scripted and seemed out of date. I know some my wonder how the story of Jesus Christ’s life can seem “out of date” but it’s the presentation, telling, and musical numbers that seemed antiquated–not the actual story or quoted scripture. This was the last year for the pageant for the foreseeable future, so I guess it was good for us to experience it. I’m hoping if they begin the tradition after the Mesa temple reopens, the program will also have undergone remodeling and updates.
That evening, we brought Anjee’s kids, Kelsey and Josh, home with us to spend the weekend while Anjee and Jeremy prepped their house to go on the market.
They had a great visit with us–just playing with the puppy, swimming, playing basketball and soccer and football. On Saturday, we watched General Conference and balanced going to basketball games.
Sunday was Easter. I made a nice ham dinner which we ate for lunch. I was completely exhausted because a few of the kids hardly slept with their excitement over the Easter bunny’s arrival. I think I have said this before, but holidays never truly feel like holidays to me because there’s just so much work involved–planning, decorating, making food, cleaning, gift giving, etc. Maybe it’s just the life of a mom. I guess I rather be busy than bored.
So, Easter was great. Anjee’s family left during the afternoon session of General Conference. I had finally gone upstairs for a nap so missed them leave.
That afternoon, we took Winter for her first family walk. It was slow with many, many stops.
I’m learning a lot about raising a puppy. I assumed dogs naturally like walks. I had no idea they have to be taught–same thing with playing fetch. I’m definitely in over my head.