Wednesday, April 10, 2013

'Twas the Night Before Easter

This year we luckily had some gorgeous weather at Easter time so we got to have fun dying out eggs outside on Grandma/pa Potts' patio. The kiddos had a blast helping to choose which colors to drop the eggs into. In years past we tried fancy egg dye kits, but this year we went back to the old original dye and we have never had such fun brightly colored eggs before  The kids were thrilled with the fun colors they came outs as. For a little extra fanciness they even got to add glitter glue, sparkles and sequins to their creations. 
After dying eggs we took the kids to the local Elk's Club where my parents are members to have an Easter egg hunt. Well, the eggs weren't really hidden to hunt down, but they still had fun running to grab some. They had different age groups and limits on how many eggs everyone could grab, which actually made this the nicest public egg hunt I have ever been to!
Sophie was in the first group to get their hunting one and they had a limit of 2 eggs, which was plenty since Sophie really only showed interest in picking up one egg, I had to do the second for her. The rest of the kiddos were in the second group and I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE this pick of all the kids in a dead sprint out to get their 3 eggs. They ended up having a few extra the kids could hunt so Phoebe got more like 6 eggs.
The Easter Bunny hopped in for a quick visit, but only Phoebe was up to going to visit him, the rest were too busy eating their free lunches. Phoebe called him the Santa Clause bunny, because he looked just like Santa so she decided it is Santa working double duty in the bunny suit. After the bunny hopped off they began to have raffles for Easter baskets and they had a TON, 25 for each age group. Three of my kiddos ended up winning baskets, only Phoebe didn't win. She was incredibly sad at this especially because she was the only one in standing with me as all the raffle numbers were read off , after each one she would ask, "Is it me mom?" Poor girl! She found a little solace however, in the  fact she collected the most eggs outside.
After the hunt we raced home to catch a few afternoon Zzzs before dinner, which we ate picnic style in the sun & followed up with a fun Easter craft. Then, as is Fergy family tradition, we made our resurrection rolls the night before by placing the Jesus mallows in its dough-y tomb, or in Sophie case, her dark tomb like mouth.
We then did all the kiddos VERY favorite part, plant the magic Easter beans. This was the first year that Cami understood the bean concept and kept asking every minute of the beans had grown anything yet, It was Phoebe who then explained over and over that no the beans needed time to grow over night and that tomorrow we could see what they grew.
My kiddos were surely a bit wound up when it was time for bed so we took a few extra minutes to just talk, sit together & read Easter stories before closing our eyes for the night.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Playing Oregoians

The weather in the end of March was the best EVER, no literally, the Willamette Valley set a record for the warmest weather! The day before Easter we were the second warmest place in the country outside of Miami. With that warm weather we have donned on our finest and hit the town!
We made new friends that live next door and gone to the park. This was a pretty cool park too, well not really a park but the playground at the new elementary, they have way cooler play equipment than we ever did!
We met up with some friends and played at another park and rode the carousel, Sophie even rode the Larry pony in remembrance for her grandpa Larry.
I can't believe our time in Oregon is coming to a close and we only have a week to fit in the rest of our Oregon fun, stay tuned, because there will be more rainy day fun crammed into this trip yet!

Pizza! Pizza!

Coming to Oregon I have made one meal mandatory and that is Walery's Pizza, it's absolutely the BEST! The kiddos have a blast riding the animals & driving endlessly crashing cars in the old arcade while I get fat of their divine pepperoni pizza, it's a win win for everyone!
This trip we also decided to make a stop for the kiddos first ever trip to Chuck-e-Cheese, someplace they have been begging to go for months. Well, let me tell you the place is not as magical as I remember it being as a kid. It has an immediate mustiness & foot stank and NO ball pit, which use to be my FAVORITE! Not to mention the pizza is way over priced for it's way sub-par cardboard taste. The kiddos, however, had the time of their lives playing there and we had over 300 tokens so the games were literally endless & the kiddos loved getting tickets and picking our worthless treasure trinkets at the end. Phoebe even got to meet Chuck-e-cheese himself which was extra fun for her. I most likely would never voluntarily return there, especially just Cory & I, luckily this time we had me my parents and Uncle Rob & Aunt Lucy a perfect kid to adult ratio...but, I have a feeling we will be drug back again for more nonstop fun where a kid can be a kid in the future.