Monday, April 8, 2013


best. day. ever.

the kids were at a peak of adorable in their easter gear.  that bradley alone dressed them in. i bought ayla jo this super cute flouncy and layered pink polka dot dress on zulily and she really rocked it with some sweet slightly high heeled sandals, and weston's undies.  i had a wedding shower saturday, so brad was on his own getting the babes in their easter finest.  i worked on friday evening and what with the shower and the work and all i simply had not folded laundry enough to supply my blue with actual girl panties.  so she wore bear's and didnt mind at all.

we went to church saturday evening and found the zoerhofs reserving a couch in the cafe area so we could celebrate easter together with the children.  after standing in a long line for the promised cinnamon rolls for the darlings, we discovered that the cafe was out.  so we rushed downstairs and purchased some from the commons.  hallelujah.  we settled in and heard the awesome story of saving grace.  it never gets old.  in fact, His mercies are new every morning.  praise the lord.

because this morning i needed mercy.  after a leisurely easter of togetherness and pajamas and lots of fam devotion time during which i asked questions and the adorables received candy if they answered correctly, this morning we headed out of the house for a super ambitious day of playdate and aldi.

maxer's friend from school, basillio, hosted the playdate.  well, his mom did.  they are new to the area and recently built a gorgeous home nearby.  my considerate and thoughtful plan to bake some homemade goodness prior to arriving morphed quickly into whipping some break and bakes into the oven while urging boys and girl alike to get dressed. 

well, we made it.  the adorables all poured through the door and began wreaking havoc.  bear started yanking on the door to the parents' bedroom.  ayla jo began screeching in delight and then terror while getting aquainted with their huge dog jojo.  maxer raced with basillio downstairs despite gretchens pleas not to go in the basement.  once the whilwind calmed a bit, grethchen mentioned that baby oscar had thrown up this morning.  whoa. 

i am a stomach flu phobe.  because eew.  and when i was pregnant i threw up enough for 7 lifetimes, so enough is enough.  and when the babes get the flu, i get overwhelmed.  i despise seeing their bodies ravaged by convulsions of throwing up, their little faces all exhausted and confused, their laundry piling in endless piles of disgusting.  so it took all my self control not to flee the scene immediately. 

instead i kept the children far away from baby and sanitized at every chance before making a less than graceful getaway to aldi.  there was a small period of time where bear was lying on the floor in the throes of a tantrum, but the rest of the trip really went quite well.  once i fed the darlings some cheese danish for lunch, and unloaded that van full, i began preperations for the evening event.

brad had a chiropractor appointment, so the littles and i headed to family video to get some entertainment since this week of spring break is reminding us so much of winter break in terms of temperature.  we then met my dad and naomi for supper at jets where they presented some easter goodies to my loves. 

max was soon bored but found entertainment in taking pics.

i savored food i did not make.

bear crabbed because he felt that bunnies were for girls.

we ended the evening with a quick stop at vanhill to look at a replacement couch.  because ours has holes.  i mean, the adorables are a bit, i mean a lot destructive and once the couches started down the slippery slope of disrepair, it was not long before the disrepair became disgusting.  anywho, we were helped and a bit hounded by a nice lady while max drove the younger two in a double cart shaped like a firetruck.  wow.  that was dangerous.  the saleslady mentioned our "active" family like 87 times in her attempt to make a sale. 

we made it out without major harm.  just a wee bit of damage done to a floor lamp that brad was able to bend back with little to no problem.

whew.  amidst the chaos of the monday, the blessed assurance of easter sunday remained.  the forgiveness undeserved flowed.  the sacrifice unsurpassed covered monday, and tuesday, and every day.  may we live this day in response to the beautiful gift of easter.

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