Easter 2016: MN with Cousins...

This year, both sets of parents were wintering in warm places so the Malins and us planned to take the opportunity to get together for Easter.  We hadn't seen each other since Christmas and we are all dying to hang out.  Our kids were over the moon to be with their cousins!  We had a rocky start leaving Thursday afternoon when Solon puked just 15 minutes into our car trip, we turned around and waited for a couple of hours before deciding to brave it and hope it wasn't a tummy bug.  Turns out he was just fine and the rest of the weekend was great with no more puking, phew!

The next morning (since we arrived very late), the kids were excited to get up and play, play, play with their cousins.  The girls played under the stairs with the american girl dolls, the big boys played with legos and Jude enjoyed pal-ing around with Uncle Scott.  

After we had a delicious breakfast (Malin's are great cooks), we got ready and headed to a local nature center for their Easter festivities.  There was an egg hunt, scavenger hunt, games, face paining, real bunnies and chicks to pet, a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny and we could watch the whole maple syrup process...it was a fun morning!

 We headed out for a quick bite for lunch before heading back home for more play time for the kids and card games for us adults.  That night we tried our best to cheer ISU on in a victory in the sweet 16 but they lost.

The next day we got up and decorated Easter eggs before heading to a delicious lunch at a local ice cream and hot dog parlor.  We let the guys watch more March Madness while we took the big kids to see Zootopia at the movie theater.  WE never get to go since we have Lucy, so it was a real treat.   Our chairs even reclined which we all loved.  The movie was so cute (albeit a few jumpy parts).  We finished off the night with more playing and yummy food :).

The next morning we got up to see what the Easter Bunny brought us!  Solon got a lego set and Vera a little Elsa castle for her mini princesses.  Lucy got a bubble machine!  They also got lots of fun candy and little treasures.  They all had fun hunting eggs the Easter bunny left both inside and outside of the house.  We all got ready and in our finest Easter attire.  We enjoyed a lovely Easter service at their church, the kids even came home with more candy from a LARGE Easter egg hunt at church.  We enjoyed a lovely brunch before having to take off and get home.  We enjoyed have a nice 3 day weekend with them.  We all enjoy being together and our time always goes so fast.  We can't wait to see them a few times this summer for lots of fun in the sun!

It was so lovely to celebrate our Risen Savior.  Happy Easter 2016!