Sunday, April 27, 2014


For teacher appreciation week, I was asked to decorate Ella's teacher's door. No prob! We love Miss Biggs, and we wanted to treat her right. After scouring the internet for ideas on the theme given us "Superhero teacher," I found one I thought I could reasonably replicate. Except that I wanted to add a little special touch: photos of all the kids. The children were so curious as to what I was going to do with their pictures. I even took one of M LeGrand.


 Wonderful Miss Biggs:

Easter Sunday

 Oh boy, when Michael comes over, the children are prepared for lots of fun! I think they may be prepping him with a little warm up of his back.
 We hosted Easter dinner. Ham, scalloped potatoes, veggie tray, deviled eggs, fruit kebabs, rolls, jello, and lemon cheesecake bars were on the menu.

 I was darn proud of this Jell-O. Not usually a huge Jell-O maker, I decided to go for the gold. Maren makes this every year for Easter. And it does look pretty.
 We were also celebrating Janna's birthday.

 Dig in folks!

 Michael's first Jell-O, I think he said.
 We got cozy around the table to enjoy our meal.

 After dinner was the Easter egg hunt. Since Micah would not be participating (due to his candy war), we let him be the one to hide the eggs. And there were a TON! He had a great time doing it.
 So fun to watch them scurry around, eager to find as many as possible. And even though we were sure they'd all been found, we found a handful still hidden over the next few days. Who doesn't love a surprise Hershey's Kiss?


 One of the whole group:
 Amber prepared some Minute to Win It games for us. They were so much fun! Passing Smarties from one spot to another with a straw, moving marshmallows with chopsticks, don't blow the Joker, keep 3 balloons up in the air at once... Not to brag, but I *am* the champion at the Smarties and marshmallow games. We were in stitches watching Grandma Barnett attempt to keep up three balloons. Sure, she held two of them in her arms, but hey, they weren't touching the ground!

Easter Eggs and Baskets

 While the children were off for spring break we colored Easter eggs. Because there were only five colors in which to dip eggs, they were vying for the chance to get their color of choice. Although difficult to wait turns, they had fun watching the eggs turn bright colors.
 I helped Matthew by writing his name or fun pictures on his eggs with a crayon before he dipped them. He loved to see what the end result was.
 Looking pretty serious there, Colin.
 Miss Ella
 I can't remember what this egg said, but Micah sure enjoyed writing ridiculous things on his eggs.
 Little Miss Mira

We love the pretty colors!
 Ella tried to make an egg that was a bizarre color, and then wanted me to take a picture so that it looks like she's actually eating it.

 On Saturday morning, I really pulled out my bag of tricks with this dandy. Bunny pancakes! Easy, and the children enjoyed them, of course.
 The hunt for the baskets was on. We had the children line up (oldest to youngest), and traipse around the house, in search of their baskets. When Colin found his, he moved to the back of the line with his basket so that Micah could lead them in the search for the next basket. It worked well.

 All the baskets were identical...jelly beans, peeps, chocolates, Cadbury egg, silly string. But Micah got an entirely different kind of basket. He decided to have his own "candy/sugar war." The deal originally was that he would go without treats for one full year. If he could accomplish that, we would pay him $100. After some more thought, he opted for the 6 months/$50 plan. That way, he says, he'll be off the hook for Halloween. What does he plan on doing with the $50? He thinks he's going to spend it all on candy! Lol.