Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!  

First, attempts at Easter photos of the girls.  They are cute, but not quite what I'd envisioned.  

In all fairness, the best place to take photos is supposed to be in your open doorway and it was pretty cold... Also, they were done being dressed up after being in church and LittleL.G. was hungry.

After getting some food in their bellies, the girls opened easter baskets.

And after a nap and a rest, we had our Easter Egg Hunt!

It was a really nice low key Easter.  Thanks to Gram and Grumpy for coming to celebrate with us (and bring us lots of food)!


The Day Before Easter

Today was Saratoga's Egg-stravaganza.  Easter bunny, egg hunts and lots of Easter activities were promised.  Fortunately we got there at the very beginning because the mandatory egg baskets sold out within an hour, and the egg hunts every half hour were cancelled after the first two.  At least it was something to do and we were done after an hour or so because it was very cold and windy.

MiniM.E. surprised us by asking to sit on the Easter Bunny's lap.  So unlike her.  She insisted LittleL.G. sit with her, but as you can see, she wanted no part in it.

The carousel was open, which was exciting for both the girls.  LittleL.G. was almost jumping out of my arms to get in to see the horses, but then refused to ride one.

MiniM.E. got to sit in a fire truck.

And there was the egg hunt, which both girls loved.  Unfortunately, there were only frozen tootsie rolls in the eggs- not a LittleL.G.-friendly food and MiniM.E. insisted she didn't like them.

It was nice to get outside for a while.  AND it kept us busy while we were waiting for Gram and Grumpy to get here.  It's always hard to wait for something exciting!!


Happy Early Easter

Yesterday we went to Healthy Living at the mall to see the live bunnies from Eagle Ridge Farm.  We went last year by mistake since we just happened to be at the mall and saw the bunnies.

This year we got there early to avoid the line and were in and out in half an hour.  The staff from Eagle Ridge Farm was really great and brought bunnies around to pet while the kids were waiting in line.  LittleL.G. was a bit intimidated, but we got some cute photos.

We were even famous on instagram!


Trip to VA: Day 4

Yesterday was playground day.  Auntie Jen took us to a place called Fort Fun- easily the biggest playground we have ever been to.  There were tons of people there but it hardly felt crowded and there was plenty of climbing and sliding and swinging to do.  We took a break to feed the geese and ducks and then played some more.

In the afternoon we stopped back at Auntie Jen's to see her kitty again and play on the swing in her yard.

Then we went back to the beach we went to on Monday. The weather was so much nicer and the girls walked the beach and put their toes in the water.

And then it was time to say goodbye to Auntie Jen and Virginia.  MiniM.E. was so sad and kept asking why we couldn't just stay.  We all had a great time and it was hard to leave to come home.

We left a little earlier than we planned, which was a good thing because it ended up taking us about 3 hours longer to drive to the hotel we planned to stop at and we had to drive until almost 3am to get there!!

Needless to say we are all exhausted today and were so glad to only have two and a half hours to drive home.  It's going to take a few days to recover!

Overall the trip was a huge success! I definitely see more road trips in the future!


Trip to VA: Day 3

Because the time change has the girls waking up an hour later anyway, and because everyone was so tired from the road trip and staying up late last night, this morning we really had to scramble to get down to breakfast since it only goes until 9.

Auntie Jen met us and ate breakfast with us and then she took us to her work- a Petco that just opened a few weeks ago.  MiniM.E. has been so excited to go to Petco with Auntie Jen because we got to hold a lot of the small animals that Jen has been sending us videos of.

We touched a turtle, and a snake, held a lizard and a chameleon, just looked at the tarantula (eek!), and held a really furry mouse.

The girls played dog trainer with the mascot puppy in the training area for a while.

After Petco it was time for the zoo!

The Virginia Zoo was AWESOME.  There was hardly anyone there and the weather was beautiful.  Sunny and warm enough.  It was just the right size to see everything in a couple hours.

snack break with a goose

photo with a peacock

playing on the stage
 There were 10 week old baby tigers to watch play and a playground where the kids could play with "tiger toys".
looking angry by the baby tigers

riding the turtle statue

The girls had a great time and we had to drag them away when it was time to leave to beat the traffic home.  We picked up Jen's boyfriend Dan and headed to dinner at Cheddar's.  We had some great appetizers, but our waitress had some difficulties and we never ended up with our dinner. Fortunately the appetizers were hugenormous!  We went back to the hotel for another swim and the girls stayed up late.  Going to be another scramble for breakfast tomorrow!