Monday, April 9, 2012


Our weekend was quite the Easter Eggs-travaganza.  Grandma Liz and Grandpa Mark came down on Saturday afternoon.  The kids woke up from their naps and flew into Grandma and Grandpa's arms.  Cullen coaxed Grandpa into the yard for some batting practice and my mom and I took Simone to my favorite shoe boutique, "Kick".  When Simone saw Grandma take off her shoes to try on some new kicks, she thought she should follow suit.  Off came her pint size shoes and socks - too bad there were none in her size!  That night, we took Mark, Liz, Bob and MaryAnne out for a nice dinner (it was a treat our Mothers/Fathers Day treat for the best parents ever!)

In the morning, everyone got dressed in their Sunday best - Cullen, Dirk and Grandpa all sported starched Khaki's.  Cullen also wore his new sport coat "just like dad".   We attended mass at the Roncalli Newman Center.  The marble floors were a bit too polished and Grandma actually slipped and fell as she tried to corral Simone back into the pew (don't worry, she's okay!).  Simone proceeded  to escape, giving us the evil laugh as she ran through the back of church (the joys of toddlers at mass).  Next, we traveled to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe  Cullen loved walking on the trails - acting like the lead explorer leading the pack.  It's a beautiful atmosphere and the brunch was amazing.  In fact, Grandpa Mark went back for seconds and got the exact same plate of food - nothing different, nothing more, nothing less (he's kind of like a Seinfeld character).

That afternoon, Cullen participated in two Easter egg hunts.  The Erickson's included him in their hunt (Swansons and Ericksons - the next generation).  Finally, we headed to the Clark household for another awesome meal and another Easter egg hunt!  This time Simone joined in the fun. Mimi and Bobby hid 9 eggs for each little one.  Cullen and Jameson were the pros - helping out the two younger ones when needed.  We were also graced with a few special guests:  Janie, Matt, Grandma the Great and Debbie and Vernon (all the way from Louisiana!).  The celebration was capped with birthday treats in honor of Quinn's first birthday.

Whew - What a day.  We can't wait for next year!

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