Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Andersen Easter Festivities

We had a fun and busy Easter week. Here are some photos highlighting the various festivities.

The Saturday prior to Easter weekend, our Ward hosted a Breakfast and Egg Hunt.

Chloe getting pumped for the big hunt

Daddy helping Ryan with some of the trickier hiding places

The kiddos examining the goods

Chloe with friends, Abby and Kayla & Ryan with little friend, Carly

Not a couple hours after were home, our dear friend, Cindy picked Chloe up and whisked her off to an Easter Egg Hunt at her work. No pictures, but from what I hear, she had the time of her life.

This last Saturday, while watching the morning session of General Conference, Chloe painted Easter eggs. For the last two years I'd planned to start this tradition with her, but never got around to it. This year, I was determined, and succeeded. As a result, I had one happy girl!

So dainty...

...yet such a ham!

I'd say she did a pretty good job!

And then of course there was Easter morning. Here's Ryan and me just after we'd rolled out of bed. Not too flattering, I know, but he was being so snuggly that I demanded Neil grab the camera. It is so rare that I get a picture like this, as I'm usually the one behind the camera. I am grateful Neil captured this sweet moment.

Chloe was exploding with excitement to wake up to a trail of eggs in her room leading to her Easter basket.

Ryan's Easter stash was a little easier to find...

The Easter Bunny was very good to us, as were Grandpa(s) and Grandma(s). New clothes, games, balls and plenty of candy.

Later that morning some of our good friends came over to watch the remaining sessions of Conference and enjoy our traditional Easter dinner. There was so much food, we hardly knew what to do with ourselves. It was a wonderful, wonderful Easter!

I continue to find myself just amazed by and grateful for the opportunity I have to celebrate Easter with those I love, and for the knowledge I have of Christ's love for me. Each year that passes somehow brings me a greater sense of tenderness for and understanding of that knowledge. I am truly blessed. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter too!


Rebekah said...

love these pictures! those eggs turned out so pretty!!! looks like you guys had a great holiday!!

Rachael Jill said...

What a great Easter. I am in love with that photo of you and Ryan. You are so beautiful, and that moment! So tender.

Mama/Gma Jill said...

Sooooo very happy that you captured these precious moments and sent them along. How wonderful to share in all of it with you. You got some great pictures - look at those little dolls! LOVE the one of you and Ryan - snuggly early Easter morning and all the love that goes with it. Love the one of Neil and Ryan....and of all four of you....and all the others too.

You are such a good mama to record everything! They will appreciate this so much in years to come. everything you said about your growing knowledge of Christ's love for you and the tenderness it brings. Sooo beautiful.....

Happy Happy Easter!
Love you alllllll......

Wendy said...

Chloe did a great job with the eggs! I've never actually tried painting them - we've always just dyed them. We'll have to give it a try one year. ;)

Looks like you guys had a fun Easter. Love you guys!

Anonymous said...

It looks like you guys had a wonderful weekend. I love the pic of you and Ryan. It's priceless!

Cristi said...

that photo w Ryan is adorable!!!

Nells-Bells said...

they are growing so fast!! love all these pictures. looks like such a fun, easter weekend. it is definitely one of my favorite times of year. :p

Coates Family said...

Ryan's jammies could not be cuter and that picture of the two of you is adorable!