Easter didn't feel overly "Easter-y" this year, probably because we didn't hunt for eggs or have a special program in church or anything. You know what? It was kind of awesome. The boys and I had a good discussion on the Resurrection (Isaac protested that Christ wasn't really dead for three days, since he died mid-day Friday and was alive again by Sunday morning. See, he's got a math brain...). Mark had later meetings, so we had a more relaxed morning to get ready for church. The twins sang and played beautifully, and the choir sounded good on their musical number. P.J. brought us Cadbury eggs in Sunday School. We had a yummy ham dinner with the Clawsons. Honestly, even if that didn't feel as traditional to me, it was probably the best Easter I've had in a long time.
Okay, so this is my embarrassing confession: the water heater wasn't broken... I did a bunch of troubleshooting and then gave up and headed to bed. The error code on the water heater had said the issue was with the gas, and I didn't want to mess with that (Mark was out helping some friends with a home repair at the time). While trying to fall asleep I started to wonder whether the air intake was blocked - isn't that what everyone would be thinking about after climbing into bed? Long story short, at 11 pm, I was out in my pjs checking on the intake for the water heater. Turns out, it was blocked. By what? This is the more embarrassing part... See, Mark had taken the cover off of the barbecue grill a few days before the issue, and the wind had blown it over the intake for the water heater. We hadn't gone out the put the cover back on because the grill was still hot, so we forgot about it... Guess what? As soon as I moved the grill cover, the water heater "magically" fixed itself! And I felt pretty stupid... BUT, I'm really glad I was the one to discover the issue, and not the water heater repair guy!
Alright, with that off my chest, on to the pictures!
We decided to try sidewalk chalk painting - it's just cornstarch, food coloring, and water. The boys LOVED it!
(This was before St. Patrick's day, so Isaac decided I needed to help him paint a shamrock. And ROY G. BIV - for those who need a reference, look up the They Might Be Giants song called ROY G. BIV)
Our last crocuses!
Gabriella and Aaron came to visit again. We went out to the tea house for dinner again. I tried to snap a picture of the kids all looking at the koi (just like in July), but they have gotten too big to all fit on the bench!
I'm not a card-maker. Really. I stink at it. BUT I made some for Easter for my visiting teachees that I thought were cute, so I took a picture.
Easter baskets from Grandpa and Grandma Bailey:
Included in the baskets was a can of spray string for each boy. I let them go out and spray things in the backyard. They loved it.
We went to the park. If you look REALLY close, you can see the boys...
Getting ready for gardening season!
Every Friday is pizza night over here. Isaac doesn't like sauce. Or toppings. And sometimes not crust... So, I've been spraying the end of the pizza with oil and just cooking it like that to make it like a cracker. This is Jon's pizza compared to Isaac's.
Jon loves it.
He also loves getting his picture taken.
To motivate the boys to pick up the other night, I told them I'd post "before" and "after" pictures of the rooms on the blog. Yes, this is really how our house looks on a daily basis...
Isaac's picture of Jon, who was making Baby Bull and Baby Turtle snuggle.
Mark and I have been reading over past blog posts, and when I mentioned that my blog posts used to be better, he replied "Yeah, back when you actually tried..." *Sigh* It's true. I don't try so much any more. I'm blaming it on exhaustion. So, if anybody wants to take my kiddos, do my laundry, and wash my dishes so I can sleep for a few days, I'll make it up to you with better blog posts