Sunday, April 6, 2008

My Past-Due Homework Assignment

After much poking and prodding from my older sister, Stephanie, I've finally gotten around to posting about our Spring Break. I don't know why I always put off vacation posts for so long. To be honest, I avoid them like a bad homework assignment. I guess I just don't like the travel-log feel, it squelches my creativity;). Anyway, without further adu:

One of my favorite Easter traditions is dying eggs. I was really excited that Ezra was finally old enough to really participate, so I made sure we did it, despite the fact that we weren't at home. Spencer's family didn't mind. Leslie and Kyle (Spencer's younger siblings) even got into the action.

So...when I pasted this picture, I didn't realize how bad it was (I think Ezra may have been throwing a fit). However, as it's the only picture we have of him decorating eggs, it'll just have to do.

The finished product.

My beautiful baby girl (who actually kind of looks like a boy right here with her blue shirt and no bow :P). I just have to brag-doesn't she have the prettiest eyes ever?

A couple of days after arriving in Utah, we drove down to Bryce Canyon for the annual Ruby's Inn Retreat. It's honestly something I look forward to all year (now how many people can say that about their in-law's family reunions?) and was one of the reasons we scheduled our visit when we did. One of the main events while there was a big breakfast (thanks Bob and fam!) followed by an Easter party.

Mommy helping Ezra make his egg during the Easter party. It seems Ezra was concentrating to hard too bother smiling at the camera.

The Easter Hunt ended up being a big success. Despite my original worries that Ezra would throw a full-blown tantrum when we had to take away any chocolate and other unsafe candy it was actually not a big deal at all. Honestly, I don't think he even noticed when Spencer went through his candy and tossed all the "contaminated" kinds back into their original hiding places. Ezra had so much fun and had plenty of candy to keep him hyped up for the rest of the day.

Ezra looking for spoils during the grand Easter Hunt. Note the choking hazard in his right hand, he hung on to it like there was no tomorrow.

Ezra looking oh-so-cool in his upside-down pink glasses from the Easter Hunt.

Ezra playing with his Play-Doh airplane "up in the sky".

In the area around Ruby's Inn are several good hikes. Unfortunately, once one has children, the only "good hikes" available are leisurely strolls around the neighborhood. That's why, when the opportunity arose to visit Mossy Cave, which is a pretty easy 1/2 mile hike (one way), we jumped at the chance to go. Both Ezra and Georgia thought the icicles (that's truly how you spell that word-I promise) were pretty cool.

Georgia cheesein' it for the camera (unlike Ezra in all of his pictures).

We got a chance to hang out with the family for another day and a half after we got home from Bryce Canyon. It was a nice break before the traveling rush.

Ezra and Grandpa bonding while doing the very manly task of feeding the fire. This was a favorite job of Ezra's as he's a bit of a pyro.

We fully enjoyed our vacation, but it was good to go home and get back to normal. One of the best things about trips is the relief at being home once again.

Georgia was absolutely exhausted after all the traveling the day after we came home. Poor little thing could barely keep her eyes open throughout the day.

I just threw this one in to attempt to even up the Ezra/Georgia picture ratio. The fact that it's super-cute is just a bonus.


Aubrey said...

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Your kids are so photogenic - and Georgia does have beautiful eyes - just like her mother. :)

Aubrey said...

I looked at the first comment and thought to myself... I don't remember posting a comment... my mommy brain got to me once again! You're children look like they had a great time during Easter. And I absolutely ADORE that picture of Georgia in blue... she is beautiful!!

The Jones Family said...

Looks like you guys had quite the vacation! And yes I think those big blue eyes are gorgeous! Watch out boys :) And one more thing - about those wrinkles, I've got them too!

Gretch said...

Glad you guys had a nice time on your vacation. I was sad to miss the Ruby's Inn Retreat. I heard it was a lot of fun. Your kids are darling!

The Wright's said...

We sure loved having you guys come to Utah! It made me realize just how much we miss you both. And yes, Georgia does have the most beautiful eyes.

Nathan and Esther said...

It was fun to have you out here! I'm so sorry I didn't make the time to spend more time with you! Georgia does have beautiful eyes.

Steph said...

Thank you for following through with your homework get an A+ (humor goes far with me ;))
Your little ones are sooo cute. I'm such a lucky Auntie!! Ezra's glasses were laugh-out-loud and Georgia's eyes are beautiful-just like her Momma's. I love and miss you all so much. Give Ez and Georgia a big, wet kiss from Auntie Steph.

Zachary said...

It was so good to see you. I really appreciate that you planned your vacation around my schedule:)

Love you guys!!!

Megan said...

What a fun little trip! Your kids are so cute! And Georgia's eyes really are unbleieveable. She looks so much like you, and Ezra looks so much like spencer:)

Craig Lifferth said...

It was fun sitting around and talking and listening to Zach and his crazy stories of Grandpa. Overall I would have to say it was an amazing weekend and retreat.

Kika & Trevor Windhorst said...

It seems like you had an awesome time during Spring! I love the canyons! can't wait for the weather to STAY warm here so I can go hiking and camping :)


camille said...

YEAHHHHHHHHHH1 I am glad you are back and I am happy you guys had a great time with family! loved the pics.

The Lund Five said...

That was a really fun getaway. It was good to see you and your family. I am already looking forward to Ruby's Inn next year.

Kika & Trevor Windhorst said...

So as to the eye make-up remover, I decided to use the vaseline, it really works!1 :)

Alabama Apples said...

So, you need to write and new post!!! I check it daily and you need to throw your poor lonely sister a bone!! You know I'll start to resent being far away (just kidding!). I love you and can't wait to see you in May. Give my neicey and nephew loves from Auntie!