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Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter weekend

The twins were born the Friday after Easter last year, so this year was actually their first one to celebrate (outside the womb, that is)! We hit the road on Friday for Brian's grandparents' ranch in La Grange and stayed there until heading back home on Saturday afternoon. 

The last time we spent the night at the ranch was for Thanksgiving, which coincidentally was when Colby's sleeping issues were at their worst (and therefore so was my attitude about life). So we were all very thankful that both babies napped and slept great while we were there this time! 

We also decided to buy a couple of these portable high chairs to bring with us and they quickly proved a worthy investment:

You know what would also be a worthy investment? A chain that kept these sippy cups permanently attached to my children's hands so that they wouldn't throw them on the ground EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY TAKE A DRINK. Seriously. If I have to pick up once more intentionally grounded sippy cup, I might lose my mind.

Anyway, the twins had a lot of fun playing with everyone and being the center of attention, and Brian and I had a lot of fun letting other people hold them and entertain them for a change. Holidays are good for that kind of thing :)

Brian's sister very kindly snapped a few family pictures for us on Saturday before we left. Something about the lighting makes the babies' hair look reddish but I assure you it isn't in real life:

Love how they are looking at each other in this one!

Clara inherited the "easily amused" gene from her daddy, which is very helpful for pictures!

Smiles from all 4 of us… an Easter miracle!

We made it back home in time for the 4:30 service at our church on Saturday afternoon, and decided to make a quick stop at Chick-fil-a for dinner after the service. 

Don't they look like they're having a pleasant time? Well don't be fooled, because the next 10 minutes were terrible. They were both yelling, Colby refused to stay in his high chair, Clara ripped a napkin to shreds and then cried after stuffing some of it her mouth (because apparently napkins don't taste awesome), neither of them would eat much of their food, they threw their sippy cups onto the ground no less than 15 times each, and Brian accidentally spilled their chocolate milk (which they both refused to drink anyway) all over the table.

I think I inhaled my chicken wrap in about 3 bites and stuffed my waffle fries in my mouth while walking out to the car. Clearly we have some work to do in teaching the children about the joys of dining at Chick-fil-a. 

The Easter bunny came on Sunday morning and left the babies some essentials: matching stuffed bunnies, personalized labels (for daycare), new sippy cups, puffs, (HEB brand, because we're fancy like that), and "A Very Veggie Easter" DVD set.

We enjoyed Easter lunch at Pappasitos, which was great because the service was really fast, it was loud enough to drown out any of Colby & Clara's yelling (do you notice a theme here?), and the food was yummy as always.

We followed lunch up with Easter cookies from Whole Foods so that we could sit outside by the fountain and enjoy the pretty weather:

Sissy sneaking some of Colby's cookie

Love these two little midgees

And there you have it. I don't even want to think about how long we have to wait until the next 3-day weekend… so I'm not going to. Hope you all had a happy Easter!


the blogivers said...

I'm glad the sweet moments seemed to outweigh the disgruntled ones on your long weekend! But would have been even better if our gremlins could have spent it together!

Erika said...

Awww those family pictures turned out great!! So cute!! Love Clara's little Easter dress, too!!

Brittany Sciba said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful weekend! The babies look so precious in their Easter outfits! So do you and Brian! ;) Also, you probably know this, but you can buy a strap that holds the cup to the chair, so that when it falls it doesn't touch the floor. Not near as convenient as attaching it to their hands, but at least you don't have to worry about germs from the floor!

Amanda said...

Next holiday is five weeks from today... ughhhhhh! The babies were particularly cute this Easter!

Brittnie said...

I love Clara's easily amused face!! Best smile ever!

My Clara has just started the intentionally throwing food and cup on floor 456,732 times a meal so yes. . . fun times.

Amber Massey said...

HAPPY babies you have!! So blessed. Totally loving these pictures :)

So glad ya'll had a great Easter!

Amanda McD said...

Such great pictures of y'all! I love how happy Clara is in every picture you ever post of her. One day we will take a picture with all of us looking and smiling.
Oh and Carter is almost two and still throws his cup on the floor multiple times each meal. So special.

Laura Darling said...

They are adorable! They look so happy!!

Natasha said...

I love the family pictures. Sam and Rachel are 5 and almost 3 and going out to eat is still less than enjoyable. And yes, I well remember the "throw things on the floor until Mommy goes nuts" stage. Thankfully it doesn't last very long.