Wednesday, April 11, 2012


We had a fabulous Easter this year.  On Friday morning we headed out early and I got my cast off!  Then we hit the road and made the drive up to to Kansas to see my mom.  My sister and her family drove down from Chicago to meet us there.  My mom was spoiled having her 5 granddaughters together for Easter.  On Saturday we were joined by my Aunt Iva, Uncle Cole, their son Bryce, and my Grandma.  We went to Kansas City and visited the Independence Visitors Center.  We enjoyed a wonderful presentation on families and had four generations present for it.  It was really powerful. They also had an exhibit of Liz Lemmon Swindle paintings depicting the life of the Savior.  Afterwards, we headed to lunch and then to visit the Liberty Jail.  

The highlight of Saturday was attending the open house of the Kansas City Temple.  It is truly beautiful, and has beautiful murals throughout painted by local artists. I love that Kirsten is old enough to remember being there.  As we were leaving the sealing room, she told me that she could "feel the Holy Ghost stronger than ever in my whole life."  She is such a special girl.  Katie was even relatively well behaved and went silent when we entered the Celestial Room.  It was a wonderful experience to share with my family.

Sunday morning we woke up early and gave the girls their Easter Baskets.
 Then everyone else joined us for an Easter Egg Hunt in my mom's front yard.  Here are Kirsten, Bryce, Emily and Katie all lined up and ready to go!
 Kirsten and Bryce were very patient and gave the two little ones a few minutes head start.
 Katie kept trying to talk to the different sculptures in my mom's yard and wanted to share her eggs with them.
 Kirsten started collecting her eggs, but stayed very close to Katie.  She said that she wanted to help her sissy.
 The adults out numbered the kids 11 to 4, so we had plenty of people to keep them corralled and take tons of pictures.
 Sarah and Kaley did not hunt for eggs, but they had fun watching the little ones enjoy themselves.  It was so great to see my nieces.  I can hardly believe how grown up they are!
 Katie came right inside to show my grandma and me her spoils.
 After the egg hunt we got the girls dressed for church.  My mom bought matching dresses for Kirsten, Katie and Emily, and I had matching bows made.  They sure looked beautiful.  We took over 40 pictures of them, but here are a few of my favorites.

After church on Sunday we made a ham and twice baked potatoes for our Easter Dinner and enjoyed a quiet evening with my mom.  Everyone else left that morning, so it was nice to have some one on one time.  We headed on Monday morning to start the long drive home.  We pulled U-haul trailer back with us with the piano in it, so it took 13 hours to get home.  We were all tired of the car by the time we made it back and were relieved to back in our own beds.  We had such a wonderful weekend and were so happy to share the temple and Easter with my family.


Nancy said...

Fabulous pictures!

Janet Adams Starnes said...

I was so happy to have all five of my granddaughters here at the same time. I admit it was a little wild and crazy--but a whole lot of fun!!! I am so glad everyone made it home safely, and that the piano made it too. Love you all bunches! MOM