Two weeks late, but finally…the Easter post!
We spent Easter in Pittsburgh with Bob’s family. It was a really special weekend since our niece was baptized AND Bob’s sister shared some exciting news!!
However, it was an exhausting couple of days!! We stayed with Bob’s sister, Leslie and her husband, Kev and because of traffic issues on Friday night, we didn’t get in until a little after midnight. Clark slept the whole drive and must have thought it was morning when we finally got there because he refused to go back to sleep until we brought him in to bed with us! Not fun!
Saturday we woke up pretty early to take care of Bruno and then went to Bob’s parents’ house for breakfast with a bunch of the family. Which also included our sister-in-law’s family (her sister and brother-in-law and their 2 kids). Bob got to spend most of the rest of Saturday at a Penguins hockey game while I was on baby duty with a kid too exhausted to take a nap!! At least I was in good company!
Saturday night, Bob and I got some adult time with some high school friends of his for a couple hours while grandma and grandpa put Clark to bed on the dining room floor. (not joking, he passed out on a blanket and was more than comfortable there until we brought him back to Leslie and Kev’s house)
Sunday came with so much to celebrate!!
The Julius family has an easter egg hunt tradition. This was the first year that I’ve experienced it AT the Julius house. Here’s how it goes:
- Each kid gets assigned a color egg to look for. You only collect your color!
- Once all the eggs are collected, we open the eggs to find numbers inside.
- The numbers coincide with our gifts. For example, if your egg has number 3 inside, you open the gift marked #3!
- There’s also special multi-colored eggs that have candy or some other kind of treat inside. Those eggs are anyone’s game!
It’s really a TON of fun!! Plus, I was lucky to participate after an unfortunate incident of accidentally posting pictures on Facebook of my mother-in-law that she had not pre-approved.
After the hunt, we all had breakfast, took some pictures and got ready to head to church. (Bob, Clark, and I headed back to Les and Kev’s to let Bruno out first and Clark took that opportunity to catch some ZZZ’s)After the church service, our niece, Taylor Rose, was baptized. I can’t think of a more perfect day to perform this sacrament than the day we celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice for our salvation!! And it was so sweet to have so many family members there to witness it.
We headed back to Leslie and Kev’s to pack our things and pick up Bruno, then went to Bob’s parents’ house again for a huge Easter lunch with most of Bob’s extended family.
When the aunts/uncles/cousins/etc. had left, I insisted we get a Julius family picture. This was the first time all of us were together since Taylor and Clark were born. There were a few complaints, but I think everyone is glad we did it! Right?!?
Back: Kevin, Leslie, Earl, Mary, Brian, Jason, Taylor
Front: Bob (with Clark), Kara, Lauren
We drove home that evening with full bellies, full hearts and REALLY tired eyes!! It was a wonderful weekend!
…And who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. Romans 1:4-5 (NIV)