Happy Easter! We are so grateful for this week that we are able to focus our time on remembering the life and sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. We had a pretty simple celebration this week. We moved our scripture study to reading from the New Testament each night about the life of Christ. Eliza has enjoyed looking at the pictures of Christ’s last week. We’ve been putting a picture on the wall each day after we read and using that to help us talk about Christ during dinner.
As you probably know (I hope :)) Sarah and I both had our birthdays this week. It is fun to have them on the same week but makes it so we end up having way too much candy in the house. This was compounded this year by all of the candy that we got for Easter. Oh well, we’re going to eat poorly this week and then try to repent. Sarah made me delicious fajitas for my birthday and an awesome German chocolate cake from scratch. At the suggestion of Rebekah I finally agreed to let people come over and celebrate with us. We had two of our good friends from church come over and have cake with us. It is fun to have good friends.
Sarah’s birthday was on Friday and we had a bit of a celebration. Sarah wanted Olive Garden so we ordered it out and I picked it up on the way home. The night before her birthday she made a decadent chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. It was awesome! It had a brownie crust and reeses all throughout. We still have a ton in our fridge!
Friday night we also had our ward Easter egg hunt. Eliza had a great time gathering eggs and playing on the playground. She is fearless on the playground. There was a tall rock-wall like climbing thing and she really wanted to climb it. I spotted her once and then she was climbing that thing like a champ.
After the ward activity, the Larsens took our kids and let Sarah and I go on a date. It has been a long time since we went on a real date without the kids. We went to see Cinderella and had a great time together.
Saturday we watched the morning session of conference and then decided to go look at a van that we had our eye on for a few days. I didn’t expect us to actually end up buying it but we liked it and it was a good price and in good condition so we went ahead and became the proud owners of a Toyota Sienna. Yep, we’re a minivan family now. . . I’m adjusting alright.
Today we watched conference all day. The Larsens came over and watched with us in the morning and the kids slept for most of the afternoon session. We loved conference and it was great to hear from the prophet and apostles. It is always rejuvenating to hear them speak and to hear their testimonies.
Our big event this week was our stake Easter choir presentation. I sang in the choir which has been rehearsing for the last 6 weeks or so. We have a fairly talented group of singers in our stake and they are fun to sing with.We had a rehearsal for our performance on Tuesday evening and were supposed to have a rehearsal on Wednesday also but it was called off. Thursday and Friday evenings were the performances. The first night was pretty good but Friday was great. Sarah and the kids came and watched the performance. The kids were good as gold and I was proud of them. We sang well and the spirit was beautiful. I love sharing my testimony through music and this was such a fun opportunity for me.
Wednesday night, because my rehearsal was canceled, we decided to go look at a car at CarMax. We saw a car online that we thought we liked but it was overpriced by about $4000. I was hoping that if we liked the car that I could talk the guy down. We were looking at a Honda Pilot and actually got to test drive it this time which was nice.There were two problems. First, it smelled like urine (sorry there’s no nice way to say it). Second, the guy wouldn’t even talk about price. I know that CarMax has a “no haggle” policy but I was hoping that it wasn’t real and that it was just there to catch gullible buyers. I went through all the comparable cars and online price listings and then made him an offer. He wouldn’t even talk about it. He just kept saying they have a “no haggle” price policy and that was that. We obviously didn’t get that car!
Saturday I went with the youth to the temple. We met at the church at 7:00 in the morning and drove down to San Antonio. It was a really good trip. We had lots of youth with their own family names and I was proud of them for all the hard work they had done to find them. We did around 400 names and it felt good to work in the temple. I got to baptize for a while and that was a treat.
Saturday evening Sarah went to the General Women’s Meeting with her friend Katie Larsen. I talked her into letting me keep James and Eliza so she could just go and focus on the meeting. I kept the kids and we had a good time. I mowed the lawn while Eliza watched and James was napping and then James woke up and cried so I bathed Eliza and got her to bed and then James and I had some quality bouncing time while I tried to get him to go back to sleep. I love these kids. They are both so good and I’m so privileged to be their father.
We’re looking forward to conference this weekend and are trying to get Eliza excited about watching the prophet. She loves to look at our picture of the first presidency and point them out.