April 30, 2009

Easter Eggstravaganza 2009

Our Easter festivities this year began Saturday afternoon with an Easter egg hunt hosted at our church. This was Ava's first Easter egg hunt and it took her a bit to figure things out. When the whistle blew, she began running past all the eggs while the other kids began filling their baskets.

Eventually she figured out what she was supposed to do.

Despite her slow start, she managed to at least cover the bottom of her basket. As far as she was concerned, she did great.

Next we went over to Granny O's house for Easter egg painting.

Despite having a large assortment of dyes, stickers, and other decorative adornments, Ava just wanted to dunk all of her eggs in the blue dye.

The next morning we went to church and Ava wore a lovely Easter dress from Granny O.

She also got to wear her new shoes, which she was quite fond of. In Ava's nursery class, they made paper cut-outs of the resurrected Jesus, the tomb, and the stone which was rolled away from in front of the tomb. Ava is still carrying it around and telling us about the resurrection story.

That afternoon we went back to Granny O's house for another Easter egg hunt. This time Ava knew exactly what to do, although she still seemed to end up with the least number of eggs. Apparently she just wasn't much of a match for newlyweds Betsy and Owen.

Ava was most excited when she spotted her Easter basket.

Easter 2009 was very fun and we look forward to celebrating next year with the addition of baby Jellybean.

April 19, 2009

Back to Chocolate World

Once again my parents have allowed this blog to fall into neglect. So, I am here to resuscitate it. While we were vacationing in Pennsylvania, we went to visit Hershey's Chocolate World.

While there, I got to make some Hershey's Kisses. Here I am pushing the button to make some Kisses come out of the chute and into my bowl.

Next we all went on the Chocolate Tour to see how chocolate is made. I sat with Grandpa Furr while my parents snapped pictures (some things never change).

I was amazed by all the candy being whisked here and there throughout the factory.

Then I imagined what it would be like if I could live in my very own chocolate factory.

By the time the tour was over I was pretty tired and decided it was time for a nap.

I slept in the car on the way home from Hershey, after which we went to visit Great Grandpa Furr. He must like chocolate too because he had a whole bowl of chocolate and let me have one. Then mommy wanted to take some "four-generations" picture thing, but I was too busy looking at Great Grandpa Furr waiting for him to give me some more chocolate.

Once I realized that I wasn't getting any more chocolate, I was ready to go.

On the topic of Hershey's Kisses, we'll be posting a picture of either a blue or pink Hershey's Kiss here later this week to announce whether Jellybean is a boy or a girl. Please leave a comment with your guess.

April 10, 2009

A Lesson in Meteorology

After our trip to North Carolina last month, we drove up to Pennsylvania to visit with Larry's family. It turned out that our friends Brooke and Christina were also in town visiting family. So we got together and visited the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.

Here's Larry and Brooke with daughters Ava and Isobel.

Ava wasn't as impressed by this war helicopter as we were. So we headed into the museum for warmth.

Having concluded our tour of the museum (which had tons of great WWII memorabilia), we drove to downtown Carlisle for some lunch. After lunch we stopped in front of the library to take some pictures of Ava and Isobel. Ava decided to forecast rain, while Isobel pondered the clouds.

Based on Ava's weather prognostication, Isobel decided to dress warmer, her eyes fixed on the sky waiting to see raindrops.

Alas, it did not rain and Isobel laughed at Ava's folly. All the while Ava sipped on her drink, cursing the rain gods for making her look like a fool.