Easter Week

Well, I was hoping to do an Easter post right after Easter. But it turned out to be a disastrous week and I haven’t had the energy to write until now. I’m over a week behind, so I guess I’ll just include everything from the past week instead of doing a bunch of separate posts as planned.

Easter. Ugh, Easter was a disappointment. In the middle of the night the Friday before, Caden woke up with the flu. Seriously, why do people always get sick in the middle of the night? And why when one person in a family gets the flu does everybody else HAVE to get it too?? I knew right away there was pretty much no way all four of us were going to be healthy on Easter. As it turned out, both Shepard and I got hit pretty hard late on Saturday night. It wasn’t pretty.

I always feel so bad when Shepard gets sick because he gets hit hard and it always lasts so long. He’s usually a pretty good tempered kid, but you could tell he was really miserable this time around. Fortunately, everyone at least felt well enough to hunt for eggs around the house on Easter morning.

Caden has been so obsessed with numbers and counting things lately. He kept lining up his candy by type and counting them over and over again. It reminds me a lot of how I used to be at holidays!

Jack, who usually steers pretty clear of the boys, was trying his best to cheer Shepard up. It was pretty cute. πŸ™‚

After the egg hunt in the morning I don’t have much else to say about Easter! Greg still felt fine and Caden was feeling better, so they headed off to Greg’s parents’ for Easter lunch. I think Caden had a lot of fun getting all the attention to himself! Shepard and I spent the entire day laying on the couch watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

On Monday, Greg was sick. I don’t even remember the specifics of each day anymore, but Shepard threw up many more times during the week. I still don’t feel totally back to normal. Caden got sick again at some point. Everybody that came near any of us during the weekend got some version of the flu too. We were all extremely cranky and exhausted all week and it was NOT fun.

Wednesday was Jack and Rory’s 8th birthday. I can’t believe we’ve had our cats for eight years already! I wasn’t really feeling up to preparing a big celebration like we had last year, but I did manage to throw some presents together for them.

Angel food cake with fresh strawberry sauce. The cake was so delicious! I actually made a second cake the next day it was so good!

Yesterday we had an Easter redo with my family. It actually worked out a lot better this way because my brother and sister-in-law weren’t able to come last week anyway. This Sunday we were all feeling better and the entire family could be together. It was our last time together before my brother and sister-in-law move to California. Bittersweet, but good to be together.

The boys got a new water table to play with at Grandma’s. I bought them these cute matching shirts for Easter and this is the only picture I got of the two of them together!

At least Greg and I were able to get a nice picture together! We don’t get many of those these days.

I’d just like to point out that we match because GREG picked his shirt to go with my dress. He’s learned well. πŸ™‚

It was decided pretty quickly that they were better off playing with a water table without their clothes on! They always prefer to be in their underwear anyway. No matter how cold it is.

Opening our Easter baskets from Grandma. Shepard got Ditty Kong, Caden Bowzer, and Greg Princess Peach – that completes their collection of Mario related stuffed animals.

Always a dog around trying to sneak some food!

Poor Shepard is at such a disadvantage in the egg hunts being so short!

He learned how to get help. πŸ™‚

Time for some relaxing with Uncle Tyler.

It was still pretty cold out, but everyone played outside for most of the afternoon. Shepard was thrilled to get back in the sandbox!

Juno was being very antisocial because she thought someone was going to steal her bone.

Caden’s idea of playing ball is just laying on top of it so nobody else can touch it.

Shepard throwing a tantrum. He’s gotten very good at it this past week. 
I’m still bummed that I missed out on real Easter and I’m trying to forget how horrible of a week it was. At least we were able to end it with a nice family get together. Hopefully with the start of spring (maybe?!) our illnesses will come to an end. I think Shepard has had five or six flus this winter (plus multiple colds and ear infections) and we are sick of it! 
Happy (belated) Easter!

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