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Gracen & Grandma Sue

IMG 9950Gracenbelle and Grandma Sue… Love these two!

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Gido & Grae

IMG 9977Gido  GraeA scene that doesn’t happen often enough, but we’re very thankful that Gracen’s Gido was able to meet us in the Okanagan for the weekend.  

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A Morning Egg Hunt

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This morning we all gathered at Grandma Sue’s house for a big Sunday brunch and a backyard egg hunt with all of the cousins.  

IMG 7455IMG 7470Now before I go on, I must admit I was totally clueless about the fact that the Easter Bunny is the one who hides eggs for kids to find.  Seriously – what?!  I knew he (or she) was in charge of leaving Easter baskets, but i guess I just thought parents hid eggs in the yard for kids… Is that crazy?  Anyways, I’m glad I had this epiphany last night in the company of my brother and sister-in-law, because I totally would have been the terrible Auntie to ruin it all by saying something like, “Okay, guys.  Your daddy and I need a minute to hide all of the eggs” after breakfast this morning.  

IMG 7458IMG 7474Knowing what I now know, we asked all of the kids to go downstairs and play while we tidied up the breakfast dishes, and Gary and I snuck out to quickly stash the eggs around the yard.  That Easter Bunny sure is a smart rabbit…  He (or she) left a baker’s dozen of one colour of eggs for each child, thus allowing the slower ones enough time to uncover their treasures (and us to make sure Miss G got all of the eggs filled with Gracen-style treats).  

IMG 7450IMG 7480The hunt went really well.  The boys’  eggs were hidden well enough to keep them busy for almost the whole time, the kids were great about only collecting their colour of eggs, and everyone was excited about their goodies.

IMG 7484IMG 7499Grae’s eggs were filled some of her favourite snacks (trail mix, sunflower seeds, healthy banana chips, cashews, dried pineapple, and seedy crackers), my homemade healthy crispy rice treats formed into egg shapes, some fun glitter glue, stickers, and mystery capsules.  She was pretty excited to say the least.

IMG 7492IMG 7500I know that there are a million perks to going and that we’ll be home for 3 months of summer each year, but mornings like this make me a little bit sad that we’ll be taking Gracen away from her cousins and grandparents come August…

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My Babies.

IMG 7438Perhaps my favourite photo of the entire weekend… This bunch has my heart.

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Easter Dinner on the Farm

Tonight Brad’s parents had everyone, including all of my family, out to their place in the country for a big Easter dinner.  The Okanagan has been blessing us with some amazing weather, and because of it, we spent almost the entire night outside in the backyard.  Barefooted babies, football tossing, and ridiculous amounts of delicious food made for an absolutely lovely evening.

Here is our night in photos…

IMG 7389Anxiously awaiting the arrival of her cousins.

IMG 7404Grandma Sue and her girls.

IMG 7413Dinner outdoors.

IMG 7393Girl talk.

IMG 7409Little performer.

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Let’s Get the Party Started

As of 3 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, my brother had officially told my mom that he and his clan would not be making it to the Okanagan this weekend.  I had no idea, and when I spoke to him later that night I talked about a big Easter dinner with the whole crew, a big backyard egg hunt for the littles, and the amazing weather that was supposed to be in store for all of those in the Okanagan.  The conversation started at 8:07 p.m. and by 8:15, he’d committed to packing up the entire crew and hitting the road by 10 a.m. on Friday.  Now that’s the persuasion of a big sister.  ☺

We all gathered at my mom’s place tonight and celebrated with a big dinner, the kids running around the backyard barefoot, and Gracen staying up way past her {usually very early} bedtime.

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A Morning in the Sunny Okanagan

IMG 7240A book tent in Grandma and Poppop’s backyard…

IMG 7241Running on the grass…

IMG 7243Swinging in a tree…

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IMG 7254And Bella hugs.  

Add all of these to the list of things we’ll miss while in Kuwait for round 2.

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Surprise, Surprise

IMG 7188This afternoon we made the trip up to the Okanagan to spend time with our families for Easter.  Upon our arrival to Grandma Charlotte and Poppop’s house, Grae discovered this MASSIVE toy horse in the living room.  I should really be {at least a little bit} surprised, but I must say, I’m not…  Icing on the cake?   There are cowgirl boots and a hat to go with it. ☺

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A Surprise Package

IMG 6467IMG 6472IMG 6469IMG 6473IMG 6475Is there anything more fun than receiving a surprise package with your name on it?  Probably not.  

This morning Miss G woke up to a great big box from her Manmaw Sue and it was like she had won the lottery.  While some kids her age might tear through the package, throwing opened items aside to make way for new ones, this girl does not.  She carefully unfolds the paper around an item, takes a moment to figure out what it is and what it does, and then sets it aside before carefully selecting the next. I love that about her.  She genuinely appreciates each item.  Glitter? Amazing!  Shiny eggs? Awesome.  Stickers? Even better!  Everything is special.

And she didn’t waste any time putting her new Easter supplies to good use, either.  We took out a big bin, added some of our homemade coloured rice and a few of her new Easter goodies, and she instantly had a scooping/dumping/egg shaker making station.  

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“Reindeer” Food

IMG 4182IMG 4183IMG 4187Afternoon walks with Grandma Charlotte have become a routine around here… Each day, G returns with a lapful of hay for ‘Santa’s reindeer’ (a white-tailed doe and her fawn) and sets it out on the snow-covered lawn so we can watch them eat it up in the evenings.

Just one of the perks of being out in the country…

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