Sunday, April 4, 2010

He Is Risen!

Happy Easter everyone! So far, it's been a pretty great weekend. I am grateful for my DVR, because if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have been able to watch conference much at all, but I've been able to watch every talk. Listening is another story. It's hard to pay complete attention when you have little ones begging for it constantly. But I have loved hearing conference this weekend. I love when Easter falls on conference weekend. The last time I remember this happening was when I was a kid and I have very fond memories of us all lounging in our pajamas and eating Easter candy while we watched conference. Actually, I think it was the same year mom decided to try all sugar-free candy. Needless to say, there was a lot of trips to the bathroom that weekend.

Anyway, this morning Sam was VERY excited to get his Easter toys and Easter candy from the Easter Bunny. We just got the boys a few little cheap toys and then had a mini Easter egg hunt in our backyard. Sam LOVED it and was getting so excited, but Josh wasn't too thrilled. He still doesn't like being on the grass, so he just stood there and sucked on an egg while Sam found them all. I have been trying to remind Sam all day what the real reason for Easter is, and that Jesus was resurrected on this day, but I think all that's going through his mind is money and candy.

Oh, we also had eggs filled with money. He loved that almost more than the candy I think. He loves putting money in his piggy bank.

Then between sessions, Dave and I went shooting with Wes and Mandy Schultz (great way to celebrate Easter, right??) while their daughter, Naomi, watched our kiddos. It was fun, but it just made me realize how much work I still need. Practice, practice, practice.

In about an hour we are going to have Easter dinner with the Schultz's, and if it wasn't for them, we'd be warming up leftovers for dinner tonight.

This last week we had the New Beginnings program in Young Womens and it went well, considering how little time we had to plan it. It was rusty in parts, but the girls really benefited from it, I feel, and that is the most important thing. I really love our girls and love my calling and as they were singing their musical number, I was just overcome with the spirit at how special they are and I realized how much love I have for them. It was so spiritually edifying for me and I'm grateful for serving in the YW program...even though 98% of the time I feel completely inadequate.

I am so grateful for my Savior and that he was resurrected for me and atoned for my sins! I love Him and I am grateful for this holiday that we have to think of Him and remember what He has done.

On Friday, to take advantage of Dave's day off, we spent a lot of the day in Jerome (about 30 mins. North of Prescott). It's an old mining town, so it's "haunted" (ooooooh), and it's such an old, cute, fun little town in the mountains. We ate at a little old place called the Haunted Hamburger and though it was crowded and we waited forever for our food, the food was great. It was a fun day, just for the fact that it was something different from the norm.

Josh is starting to talk now (kind of). He will say mama if I ask him, and dada, and perhaps the cutest is when he says "Hi." It's ADORABLE.

The boys with their Easter baskets, before the eggs.

Dave leading the kids in the direction of the eggs (he had just changed the oil in the car, hence the jumpsuit).

Josh in his permanent place on the lawn.

Staring to cry because he wanted to move...

Chewing on his Easter elephant.

Sam on our new ottoman/coffee table/chest.

Josh at the Haunted Hamburger.


Travis'wife said...

Happy Easter to you too! Love you're ottoman/chest/coffee table. Yay for new furniture!

Coltharp Golden Years! said...

How darling my grandsons are! I'm glad Easter was so special for you and them! I love you! Mom

dmaismith said...

Easter with sugar-free candy? Yuck!

And Sam is looking so much older suddenly! Very fun facial expressions too; lots of personality.