This year marked the second! Fast forward to 2014, and it’s fun to spot the changes – most notably the fact that three of our nieces pieces are now sweet little ladies, and “Baby Molly” makes an adorable fourth addition to the bunch. There are a few key similarities, though – the Munchkrennland setting, eight egg-cellent (and ageless) adults and – perhaps only amusing to me – the fact that Uncle Bobby and I are wearing the exact same Easter attire in both photos. What can I say? We are nothing if not
Bobby and I arrived on Good Friday, squeezing in a few stories before an action-packed day.
First up on the list: a return to a familiar farm! The whole gang took an updated photo by the big red barn: Claire, Adam, Barb, Jim, Caroline, Cara, Kelly, me, Molly, Bobby, Susan and John.
Caroline, Claire and Kelly had a lot of fun feeding and petting the goats.
Grandma Barb and Uncle Bobby got in on the action inside the dairy barn.
Molly loved watching both animals and humans interact. She has a megawatt smile!
After ringing a few cowbells, we headed home for lunch. Later on, we enjoyed one of many park excursions during the trip. There were both bike and piggy back rides available.
It was fun to see the “triplets” back in action. Cousins are the best!
The California nieces pieces were super attentive to “Baby Molly,” sharing countless hugs and toys.
As you can likely guess, it was a big treat for this aunt to be able to hang out with all four ladies.
Once the younger crowd was in bed, the boys kept the tradition of birthday mojitos for Jim alive.
We played a few games before calling it a night. After all, there was more fun to be had on Saturday morning, some of it in the form of that infamous word of 2013: the selfie! We opted for silly over serious – with hilarious results.
One thing I learned: Uncle Bobby, Claire Bear and Kelly have much more flattering selfie poses than yours truly. I can’t stop laughing when I look at these though – good times.
The wind was in our favor that morning, so we decided to make another visit to the park in order to give
the boys the girls a chance to do some kite flying! This activity was a huge hit – the ladies loved it, and I’m fairly certain the gents did, too.
When we returned, Easter Bunny Susan had some egg-stra special activities planned. First up: dyeing Easter eggs! Uncle Bobby helped with the initial setup while donning a smart sun hat (I just had to post this picture, haha).
The older girls did a great job coloring the eggs while a certain Golden Gopher supervised!
Once the real eggs were taken care of, the girls moved on to hunting for the faux variety.
To the victors go the spoils! They were delighted to find a variety of goodies – “wow, necklaces!” “wow, undies!” “wow, stickers!” – inside. It was a very successful hunt, to say the least.
The next day, of course, was Easter. The siblings – Kelly + Caroline, Molly + Claire – were fashionably coordinated in chambray and mint green eyelet dresses, respectively.
A photo session was required. Plus a few more hugs for baby Molly…
…and one for Uncle Bobby, too.
When we got back from church, the Easter Bunny had paid us a visit.
The girls had a great time perusing their Easter baskets – and the adults did, too (thank you, Susan!).
The term “bunny whisperer” certainly applies – but really, how could anyone resist these smiles?
Too soon came the goodbyes, first to the Californians and then to us Arizonans, too.
HUGE thanks to Susan, Adam, Claire and Molly for hosting – not to mention putting together a fantastic Easter feast. I’m still dreaming of deviled eggs and cheesy mashed potatoes.
Can’t wait for our next get together with the whole family later this year – miss everyone already!