Monday, April 08, 2013

"It was a really good Easter and then it was a really bad Easter"

The good part was all the usual Easter festivities, the bad part was me scrubbing barf off the floor of a public restroom.  No I lied, the REALLY bad part was me digging dirty paper towels out of the public toilet after I clogged the toilet after I scrubbed up the said barf.  And then as Maddox is standing there in his skibbies in the middle of the church bathroom with throw up dripping into his shoes he looked at me and said, "it was a really good Easter and then it was a really bad Easter."  But let's be honest,  nobody wants to hear stories about throw up.  Carrying on.....I haven't been feeling too pinteresty lately and dying eggs is one tradition I wouldn't mind falling through the cracks.  Maddox was not about to let that happen, and after his frustration that the raw eggs were not changing colors with his water and food dye bath then I decided I better get off the phone and help him.  I half heartedly asked the other kids if they wanted to color eggs but was secretly relieved when they opted to be couch potatoes instead.  We dyed a half dozen eggs yellow then checked that one off our list.

Since the kids had Friday off, Jason decided to take them on one last snowboarding trip.  They got a hotel Thursday night and ended the season with a bang.  Jason had a proud dad moment when they went on their first black diamond.  Even I avoid black diamonds. He said it was so fun because for the first time he wasn't teaching them, they were all just riding together.  So proud of them, there were many tears along the way but I love that they stuck with it (pshh, as if Jason gave them a choice) and now it's paying off.  Can't wait until I can ride with them!  When they got back Friday evening we set up the tent and movie projector for a backyard campout and our own little drive-in theater, except way better since you can't get PB caramel popcorn at the drive-in. 

And then we totally switched gears on Saturday and spent the day at the lake.  It felt so good getting back out there after hibernation. The water was still freezing, but it didn't stop the boys from getting out there and wakeboarding (Jayden is such a mini clone of Jason).  Jayden had 3 boatfuls of girls that cheered for him and he dutifully threw out his trademark peace sign.  And then his head proceeded to grow about three sizes. That boy is the cat's pajamas. I love all the memories we've made on this lake, they're some of my favorite.

By the time we got back from the lake I was exhausted and still had to set up Easter.  I accidentally spilled the beans about the EB with Jayden, I could have sworn he knew already, oh well, it makes my life easier.  So now that they were both in the loop I jumped at their offer to help and gave them full reign on the string mazes while I made cupcakes for my primary class.  They went a little overboard and it took us about an hour to get through the mazes the next morning, but they were pretty proud of themselves.  Ryder kept going back to the same cupboard where his basket was hidden in hopes that more candy would magically appear.

And then I put Kylie to work again as she made most all of the crepes for breakfast.  It was fun having her in the kitchen with me and she was such a great help.

And then there was church and then there was "the incident" and then there was pictures, which was almost as bad as "the incident".  I made sure Jason threw Maddox's clothes into the washer when he came home early from church so it would be clean for pictures.  Except he believes you can't wash ties in the washer and I strongly disagree, but the fact of the matter was Maddox was expected to wear a tie that smelled like puke and he was not having it. And Ryder with his late nap was not having it, and I'll spare you the details because I already did that ten fold with the bathroom story, but atleast I got my favorite worst picture out of it. I mean, come on, that face. And the barf streaked tie. And I promise I won't use the word "barf" again.

We had dinner at Shawn and Melinda's house then ended with my favorite, our Easter FHE lesson and testimony meeting.  We may not have had a detailed egg decorating session, I may have gone really simple on their baskets, I may have scaled it back with the brunch, I may have had the kids do more work than me, I may not have made my traditional carrot cake, I may not have slaved over the stove for a gourmet Easter feast, but this may have been my favorite Easter yet.  We had an awesome weekend filled with some quality family time and all the other stuff is just fluff, so who needs pinterest anyways?


Hollie Hanson said...

I swear I'm not laughing at the "bad Easter" parts :) SO been there!
But to me it looks like a pretty kicka$%& Easter! I do way less. Ha. Oh, and I accidentally spilled the EB reality to Cherry. I mean, seriously? at 8 yrs? Oh well!

Janessa said...

Puke stories dont' even phase us seasoned veterans, they just make us laugh! You are one good mama to clean up the mess and even fish the paper towels out of the clogged toilet with your hands! I think I would have gotten Ricky in there somehow for that one. That first easter pic of the kids cracks me up! Poor little Maddox! I'm glad you were able to get some smiling ones too. The individual pics of the kids turned out great! Oh, and I'm so impressed with your kids and all their skills. Seriously, sking a black diamond at 8 and 10 years old! Amazing! Proud parents for sure! Love those kids and love the amazing parents that are raising them!

nicole said...

Welcome to the dark side. I've also given up pinterest for a while because seriously, it can just be too much. The Easter pictures made me laugh out loud. Miss you guys!

Chelsea said...

Dying over the "best worst picture"!!! Maddox's face, and Ryder screaming/ nearly jumping out of Kylies arms, while Jayden and Kylie perfect the look of 'trying to please mom but cmon this is ridiculous!' and can I add that I think I would have had to make jer break the rules and enter the women's restroom to clean up that mess! you are a trooper!

Jodee said...

Oh man, that sounds like a doozy. I am thinking you recovered quite nicely though. And you got some adorable pictures. Maybe next year you can just stay at the lake, sounds fantastic to me ;)