Sorry for the lack of posting! I suck, I know!
Really though, we have been Go, Go, Go for the past few weeks and it's hard to find a moment to sit still. I guess, that's the first sign that summer will be here before we know it.
We had a wonderful Easter. What could be better than being surrounded by family, friends and more food than we could possibly shovel into our bellies and then chase down with wine, juice and lots of water. While the weather wasn't too lovely the days before or after, the day of it was gorgeous. It got a little chilly in the evening, but not too bad at all.
We hosted at our house and Dusty made his yummy turkey to match the ham and gazillion other sides we had. I ended up filling 300 plastic eggs for Kaitlyn, Camaryn and Samantha to hunt. Although, when you have that many eggs, even in a decent size yard, it isn't much of a hunt... I set up the camera with the remote control so the girls could take picture after picture of themselves. We were together and it was nice.
We started Easter on Saturday. The Easter Bunny came on Friday night and brought Matthew's basket along with a note (reminding Kaitlyn to be good) and some magic jelly beans. On Saturday, we visited the cemetery to take Matthew his goodies and then went out to a yummy dinner together. It was wonderful, except for when Kaitlyn slammed her fingers in the door, but some chocolate cake cured it pretty quickly. We went home and dyed Easter Eggs. I learned that Kool-Aide works so much better than the dye kits and from now on, that's so what we are going to do! After eggs, we planted our jelly beans (which, Archie came quickly behind as soon as Kaitlyn was distracted and ate all up!) to turn into lollipops the next morning.
Sunday morning, we had to hold Kaitlyn off a couple hours before we went and woke Samantha up to open her basket and hunt for Eggs. Samantha loved her basket, and so did Kaitlyn. They both got what they wanted and way too much more.
We hunted for Eggs, we showered, we dressed and we cooked.
After everyone arrived, and we had chatted and finished cooking and eating, we convinced Samantha that her chocolate bunny was not a toy, but food. I think she fell in love with the idea.
After everyone went home, and Easter was all cleaned up, it was time to start packing! From Saturday to Thursday, we went to Alabama to visit family on Dusty's side.
Unfortunately, I didn't take a lot of pictures :( So, I don't have many to share.
This was a last minute trip, we actually booked our tickets 13 days before we left. That is so not how I normally do things, but it was necessary. Dusty's grandma has not been doing well for a while, and was doing worse. Since she hadn't met Samantha yet and the last time we were out to visit was nearly 2 years ago, we wanted to be sure to visit and see her. We had an amazing trip with such wonderful people and as always, it was hard to leave.
Samantha hated the plane ride on the way out there and did better on the way back, but that was when I hated the plane more than words could express lol. Terrible pilot, too tiny seats and a strong desire to punch someone the next time I heard the annoying "Fasten Seatbelt" sign come on quickly came over me.
Samantha also proved that she is a creature of habit and much prefers to sleep on her terms, in her bed, with her blanket and nothing can change that. After sleeping terribly while we were there, she bounced back as soon as we got home. :)
While we were in Alabama, Kaitlyn got an awesome call that brought her so much excitement! We won a private, Build-A-Bear party with Victoria Justice from the Nickelodeon show Victorious. She is over the moon excited. She gets to invite 15 friends, they will be filming and shooting a promo while they play and have fun! The only drawback is that it is in Glendale, but, it ends up being a positive because we will get to meet up with some awesome friends that it's been far too long since we've seen! So, Sunday, Kaitlyn is going to party like a rock star!
Saturday, we get to March For Babies! Woo-Hoo!! What an exciting day this is for us every year. It's a day we get to share our son with the world in a very special way. It's a day we get to give thanks for the research that not only gave us time with him, but also give back for the research that gave us Samantha. It's truly a great day. And so far, our team has raised $10,505!! What an accomplishment!!