Since I had the entire weekend off, my parents visited for Easter. I'm not sure who was looking forward to it more, me or my mom, but I know Allison had a great time because I took a photo almost every time she inhaled.
It's never more apparent than when I review a few days worth of images. Maybe once she's old enough to protest, I'll remember that there are plenty of other things worth capturing.
Bunny, Bear and Grandma. Life is good.
On Saturday, we pulled out Alli's
wagon and took her to the park.
Where the slide is a huge hit.
And the swings aren't too bad either.
Jerry, of course, made friends with the other kids there.
Although the park clearly has a sign stating "NO DOGS ALLOWED,"
we like to think of Toby as a little furry person on four legs, so we
ignored it -- much to the other kids' delight. This girl even ran home
to get her frisbee. And Toby happily made it worth her while.
That night, before bed, we showed Allison how to color Easter eggs.
Although she didn't need much of a tutorial.
She quickly started dumping all of the eggs
in the cups, piling them on top of each other
and rotating them through the different colors.
I think her hands will be orange for a week.
It got ridiculously messy. She even ripped one open and tried eating it.
Then, when I stopped her, she put both halves back in the dye.
But one turned out really cool.
Easter morning, she discovered the bunny had left her a bunch of eggs.
And a few toys that needed to be turned on.
(Allison thought bubble: DAD ... GET THE LEAD OUT!)
We had an Easter brunch at church, and the girls thought
it was hilarious that she wanted to play with the grass in her basket.
Before the egg hunt, we got a group photo of the kids.
Allison did NOT want to stand there, but somehow she
knew she was supposed to. Then again, she couldn't resist
holding her arms out and shouting, "MOMmomMOMmom."
After laughing, I eventually summoned her over to me.
She only managed to get three eggs while the other
kids flew like a swarm of bees around her, but
a few of the older boys noticed she didn't get any
and unloaded some of theirs into her basket.
Inside, where it was much warmer, she happily inspected her bounty.
After church, we all went back to Jerry's mom's house, where
Alli got an awesome red crab sandbox for our back yard.
After dinner, we had another egg hunt with her big cousins,
and Toby just couldn't resist the smell of chocolate permeating the air.
He nabbed a few eggs of his own, but thankfully couldn't open them.
Nate was the only one tall enough to
get the eggs we hid in the trees.
And Allison spent the rest of the afternoon passing him cans of
Pepsi she discovered in the kitchen. If he went into another room,
she'd grab a can and yell "NAAAYYY" until she found him.
She had a good time playing behind the crab
with Emily when it was upright, too. Although, frankly,
I'm not sure how she was even standing at the end
of the night because she never napped. Oh, yeah, how
could I forget? CHOCOLATE. (And the pie in her hair.)