Thursday, April 27, 2017

Happy Easter!

Saturday morning, we headed down to Prattville to celebrate Easter with my family. We met up with them, at their church's Easter carnival event. Jake immediately wanted to go off with Marrell and her family, so my parents & I took Hollon around to some things we thought she'd like to do. She refused to play any games😒. She finally agreed to go down a slide. That helped loosen her up.

Hollon & Gran
We waited forever for her to ride the pony (which she kept calling a cow). I was so scared we were going to get up there and she was going to decide she didn't want to do it. Thankfully she hopped on and enjoyed it.

Meanwhile, Jake was off having fun with Marrell. Doing things, like....

Eating cotton candy

Digging for treats

Playing carnival games

Meeting Spiderman

These 2 have the sweet little relationship. Here are all their Easter pictures from over the years...

Hollon & Marrell

After the carnival, we headed to Nana & Gran's house

My mom had some of my grandmother's old costume jewelry. My grandmother wanted all the granddaughters and great granddaughters to have it. Hollon had no problem going through it picking out what she liked.

Hollon Extended Family Easter Egg Hunt

Big kids Easter egg hunt

My parents did a little kids Easter egg hunt area. Hollon has loved egg hunting at her school parties. So I was excited for her to hunt eggs at my parents. 

She of course wanted to do everything but hunt eggs.

My parents got 2 Batmobile cars and Hollon has cared nothing about them for months. But today was the day she decided to she wanted to play with them instead of egg hunting.

I finally convinced her to at least act like she was egg hunting

They are all running trying to find the eggs with money in them

Hollon heard there was money involved in the big kids egg hunt

Sweet Deacon was a good sport and actually hunted eggs in the little kids area

Hollon found an orange egg. She was either mad that it was orange or it didn't have money in it.

She did get a special egg that had a Minnie bracelet it in

She played with this singing bunny most of the afternoon

Sunday morning Easter baskets

On our way home from church, I turned around and saw Hollon sitting like this

The more desperate I am to take a picture, the worst my kids act. Hollon was actually in a great mood, but refused to smile or stand for any pictures.

And even less cooperative with Mimi & Granddad

I tried to get a picture of her & Jake, and she kept trying to hide behind him

Or climb on him
How do people get these beautiful pictures of their kids on Easter?!?!?!?

Then Hollon got mad that I asked her to put down the bright lime green slinky 

And Jake complained that the sun was in his eyes

Still mad (even though she still has the slinky)

Finally a smile! As she tries to run off.
I gave up and let them change clothes.

We headed over to Mimi & Granddad's to eat and hunt eggs a little more

Hollon got her first lego set (that wasn't jumbo legos), and Jake was excited to help her put it together. 

It was sweet for about 15 minutes. Then Jake got aggravated that Hollon wasn't following the instructions and was just randomly sticking pieces together. But it was sweet while it lasted! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Week in Review - Week Before Easter

I had to go to Chattanooga for a meeting, so Hollon stayed with the Bush's on Tuesday. I got back Tuesday night and Wednesday was the first of her 2 class Easter parties. She was very excited to bring her Easter basket.

She had to bring some eggs for the egg hunt. She had to examine each one carefully.

That afternoon, once Jake got home from school, we went to see the Easter Bunny. They take the goofiest cheesy picture before you can go see the bunny. By this point, Hollon knew something was up and was getting nervous.

She initially cried when we sat her in the bunny's lap. She finally stopped crying, but would not take her hand out of her mouth.

Afterwards, I let each one pick something they wanted to do. Hollon choose the carousel. 

Jake choose the lego store. Jake has always loved legos. I guess it rubbed off on Hollon, because was was obsessed with the store.

Thursday was another round of class parties (Some kids only go 2 days a week Tu/Th or W/F. So Hollon and a few other kids, who go 4 days, get to have 2 parties. One with their Tu/Th friends and another one with their W/F friends.)

Hollon loves Tinkerbell. She sings a song to the tune of "Jingle Bells", but instead of saying jingle bells, she says Tinklebells. The video is not the greatest, but the only time she sings it, is in the car. 

Jake had a game that night. Hollon was playing with another one of the little sisters. Ella was showing her a video. (Funny story - Ella (who is 3) thinks that Hollon is my sister. She always asks me where my sister is.)

My offices were closed on Friday and Hollon didn't have school, so we ran a few errands. Hollon was mad I wouldn't let her wear her swimsuit to run errands. (In her hand below)

Or maybe she was just mad that I had her bow placed awkwardly on her head?

We were walking through a food court and an employee handed Hollon this Burger King crown. Hollon thought it was the funniest thing.

That night, we were hanging out with our neighbors (I finally let Hollon wear her swimsuit). We did a little Easter egg hunt for them.