Monday, April 25, 2011

Family is Here!!!

This past Friday I was so excited to welcome my older brother and his family into our home in TN. He, his wife, and their 3 amazing kids made the 10 hour trek to spend Easter with us. This has been nothing short of a glorious visit and pretty much nothing I can say will do it justice. It has just all in all been perfect. I didn't realize just how much I really missed being around family until they came here and I know that tomorrow when they leave to go back to NC it is going to be a bit lonely. Chloe and Brody will certainly miss their cousins! Emma and Brody are just 1 month apart so they are both 2.5 years old, Nicklaus is 8, and Brandon is 15. And with Chloe being 4 we have had the whole gamut of ages here. FUN!
So, what have we done? Well, on Friday we kind of just chilled out because they were super tired from their drive. The kids all played outside for a long time though and we enjoyed the nice weather. On Saturday, we all went to Chloe's soccer game where SHE SCORED HER FIRST GOAL!!!! She was super proud by the way. And I think she was really excited to have her cousins there watching because she kept looking at us and smiling during the game. After that, we ventured to grab lunch and then headed to RiverView Mounds Farm for their Easter Egg Hunt and other events. That was a total blast!!! We go there every year, but they have really changed it and there was TONS more to do this year. I will save the details in words and instead post pictures below to show you all that we did there. And then on Sunday we all worshipped together at our church. That was simply glorious as well!!! Thank you Lord for that resurection day! Because of that, there is HOPE that never fails. After church, we came home and had a fantabulous meal of fried turkey, deviled eggs, green beans, macaroni, yeast rolls, and pie. Sounds great, huh? Guarantee it tasted even better than you can imagine! And then we went to our friends' house for a big Easter celebration. There were probably 20 adults and 30 kids?!? It was crazy organized chaos. Truly that is the best way to describe it. The kids had a blast hunting easter eggs and playing with their friends and we had a great time hanging with our friends.
Today, we are heading down to Nashville to do a bit of sight-seeing before they have to leave tomorrow. I think our main stop will be Opryland Hotel and the Ryman Auditorium. And then we will head down to Broadway and walk around downtown. Maybe show them the Titans Stadium, Vanderbilt University,  and the famous Gigi's Cupcakes. I would not be a good sister/sister-in-law/aunt if I did not let them in on the wonderful secret of Gigi's!
OK, on to pictures now.

Let's go hunt eggs mom!

Yes, I know I'm cute!

Baby Goat at the Farm. Brody loved this!

Nick rode the pony. Pretty neat!

Brody found a farm set to play with and LOVED it!

River View Mounds Farm

Sandbox fun!

Nick coming off the slide

On the hayride...Chloe is more concerned about a hangnail.

Corn-pit. There were kernels all over the place when we got home!

Seriously he has the best eyes!

Emma observing the corn-pit from a slight distance.

Brandon and Nicklaus stuffing corn kernels down Brandon's shirt!


Oooh, I see an egg...nevermind the 2 behind me!

Dropping in the basket while continuing to search the ground.

Brody on the barrel train ride. He was steering with a mission!

1 comment:

Kimberly and Jordan said...

J and I both thought that Nick looked hysterical on the Pony!