"Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to you, each other, your children, your grand-children and others throughout the generations. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events." --President Spencer W. Kimball

April 10, 2010

Easter Fun!

What a fun candy-filled weekend!  This weekend was extra special because not only was it Easter, but it was also General Conference.  A spiritual filled weekend with so many needed-to-hear messages from our leaders along with celebrating the greatest thing our Savior did for us...his Atonement.  I made sure in our FHE to teach my kids the real meaning of Easter, so they can know and understand that even though it's fun to have Easter Egg hunts and candy and the Easter bunny....that's not the real meaning of Easter.  It's hard getting the message across to little kids, but I hope that if I continually teach them that one day they'll really understand!  Our Easter started on Monday night when we had our monthly Makai FHE.... this month was me & Ova's turn so everyone gathered at our house.  We had Grandma's famous tacos for dinner, an Easter FHE lesson, an Easter Egg Hunt for all the kids and we celebrated Dad's 59th birthday.  It was a fun night, as always for my side of the family to get together.
The Birthday boys w/ the "59" cake Marie made!

Makai came home with a flyer from his school saying that Jumpin' Jacks was having their 1st annual Easter Party....the admission was $3 and there was supposed to be lots of activities and games for the kids.  I decided to take my boys and oh my goodness, it was SO MUCH FUN!  They had tons of stuff for the kids.... rock wall climbing, games, a band, mickey mouse, the Easter bunny, face painting, a raffle...and of course all the jumping things because it was at Jumpin' Jacks.... I was worried that it was going to be way too packed, but there actually wasn't too many people there.... probably because this was the 1st annual one, next year when the word gets out I'm sure it will be crazy!  They had a huge egg hunt at the park across the street... they said they hid over 6000 eggs.  They divided the kids into age groups (which was so smart) and let them go wild.  Both my boys filled their baskets FULL of eggs.... and inside the eggs were not only candy, but some had free meals at Bajio, gift cards to Walmart, tons and tons of prizes.  We ended up coming home with 10 free meals from Bajio's and tons and tons of candy.... it was so much fun!  In the raffle they were giving huge prizes like the WII and xbox 360.... too bad we didn't win this year...maybe next year!  hahaha

Right after Jumpin' Jacks we headed to another egg hunt... my good friend Mel Moleni puts on this awesome Easter Egg hunt every year.  She just does it for her family and friends, but it's always so much fun!  She does a potluck and everyone can bring a treat and then all the eggs are just laid out on the grass and the kids get to find them.  She had like 14 prizes for the kids who picked the right egg.  It was good times catching up with everyone, but it was F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G cold so we all cut the egg hunt short after the kids opened their eggs to see who won.  It was short and sweet!

The last egg hunt was on Saturday at Papa & Barbara's new house.  That egg hunt was so much fun!  Again, it was just family and close friends....but there were TONS of kids there!  Barbara is so creative and she totally went out of her way to make sure the kids had a good time.  She bought cute little bunny shaped cookies for the kids to decorate, paper bags and easter stickers and stuff to decorate...and just all these cute little activities.  Papa was on the bbq and all the boys kicked it outside w/ him.  The singles hid the thousands of eggs that everybody brought and all the wives kicked it in the house with the kids.... the food was the bomb, and even though there were so many kids there, they all got tons and tons of eggs which means tons and tons of candy!  After the party was over, all the couples decided to go catch a movie together....so everyone left to drop their kids off and met up at the District to watch Clash of the Titans.  I opted not to go because Ova had to work, but it's all good cause they all said the movie sucked!  hahaha 

Barbara's fun activities!
The Egg Hunt (front & back yard covered w/ eggs!)
Good company!

Like I said at the beginning, a great weekend.... lots of candy, lots of food, lots of family and friends!

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