Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Easter Fun Part 2

 Finally, I'm sitting down to write out the second part of our Easter.  On Good Friday our church held an Easter Conference that both Marko and I were involved in.  I had nursery duty, while Marko was the worship leader for the second meeting.  And to add to all the fun my family was on their way over for the weekend.  It made for a bit of chaos on Friday but we got it all figured out and everyone was happy.

We finished up our stuff at the Conference and met my folks at our place. We had a lovely time of just chatting and catching up and then my folks headed back to their room at Lane's Cottages.  We got to keep Trooper at our house which the kiddos just dearly love and we all enjoyed walking her in the morning before breakfast.

My family popped in around 10 and we were all just standing around talking and trying to figure out what to do with our day when my friend Laura who lives on a farm called and asked if wanted to see some sheep get sheared.  Everyone was game so soon we were on our way to the farm.  We all just loved it.  The kids love it because they enjoy playing with their friends and getting to see the animals.  Gramma and Grammpa just LOVED being on the farm.  So many sweet little lambs to hold and pat.  And watching the sheep shearing was really quite interesting too.  Laura and her husband Robert are great sources of information on everything agriculture and beyond so not only did we get to see animals but we also got a better understanding of how farms run.  We could've stayed all day but we needed to get back home to get the turkey in the oven.

I think Gramma would have liked to take this little guy home!

Sheep shearing--what an amazing job!

Just such sweet little animals.

Nate giving kisses to the lamby.

Grampa Hope has always been kind of the "special" one in the family and this day he was in fine form!

Once we were back home and the turkey was in the oven Gramma and Grampa had a few Easter treats to share with the children.  The kids were delighted!

At first glance they thought they were getting lightsabres!  They were just as tickled to realize they had bubble wands in their hands that they could easily pretend were lightsabres.

They did blow a few bubbles before reenacting scenes from Star Wars.

Marko's mom and sister joined us for supper and we had a grand time talking and enjoying one another's company.

We don't do the Easter bunny here but we do hide some chocolate eggs for the kids to find.  We shoo the kids upstairs while we hide their colour coded eggs all over the kitchen and living room.  So funny to watch them scamper about looking for their eggs and when they discovered someone else's they would start yelling for that person to look over there.

Mr. Nate going in for the green egg on the lego roof.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

My Thoughts and Prayers

Are with my Hope family again.  My Uncle Barry is in the hospital and we've been told he isn't going to make it.  I'm not sure how much time is left.  My heart goes out especially to my Aunt Mary Jane and cousins Mark and Kent as they go through this difficult time. My mom and dad and sister too, all send their love and prayers to the whole family.  Its so hard to be so far away and not be able to help, if only to be a shoulder to cry on.  Just reminds me just how precious every day really is, may we take the time to be thankful for each moment we have with our loved ones.  Love you all so much.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Easter Fun Part 1

 This Easter I tried changing things up by dramatizing some of the important scenes leading up to and including Jesus' death and resurrection.  It was a bit of work but so much fun.  The kids really enjoyed being a part of the scenes.  Before each scene we would pray and after every scene we'd sing a hymn.

 His triumphal entry.  The kids made their palm branches and threw down their garments for the "donkey" to walk over while shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!  The King of Israel!"  We played this out a few times.

 During the Last Supper Jesus washed the disciple's feet.  So I washed each child's feet. The kiddos thought this was quite the thing.

 Our version of the Last Supper.

The betrayal by Judas.  The money bag and a note from the Chief Priests.

Jesus and his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus is depicted by the white cloth and cup at the base of the tree and the pillows are the sleeping disciples.  The angry mob (the kiddos with their clubs and swords) came for Jesus and led him to his trial.

 Here the priests tried Jesus and condemned him to death while Peter watched from the warmth of a fire.

 Here are the children warming themselves as Peter did.  They role played being Peter and denying Jesus.

 Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate.  Pilate offered the angry crowd either Jesus or Barabbas--The crowd wanted Barabbas and what of Jesus?  "Crucify Him!"

 He was scourged, mocked and beaten and finally crucified. 

He was laid in the tomb and a large stone rolled in front.

For His resurrection we made resurrection rolls.  Using crescent roll pasty dough, marshmallows, melted butter, and cinnamon and sugar.  The marshmallow represents Jesus, with the butter as the anointing oils on his body and the cinnamon and sugar as the spices. The marshmallow is wrapped up in the pastry tomb.  Place it in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

The finished product. Open it up and the white marshmallow is gone!  He is not here, He is risen!!