Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Weekend 2016

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. I know I sure don't deserve for Him to have given his life for me so that I can spend eternity in heaven, but that's a sacred gift that I receive, whether I deserve it or not. How's that for true love?

We were blessed with a very beautiful weather weekend!

We took our camper to the RV dealership Saturday morning to get it looked at and "tuned-up" for spring. I'm telling you, we're packing up and hauling out at the very first sign of a warm-ish and dry weekend!

Saturday afternoon, we took the boys to the easter egg hunt put on by our church. They had the kids split up into age groups. Hendrix's group was by far the largest, and those kids were fierce. He only came away with four eggs, but he wasn't too dejected. Jameson got about 14, I think.

We went back home after the hunt and played and relaxed.

Sunday morning, Matt had to fly out to Minneapolis for the week for work. He is helping bring on a small set of stores our company has acquired. So he didn't get to go to Easter service with us. So the kids and I went. It was so packed, in true Easter fashion, but that's ok.

The Easter Bunny brought kites for the kids, so after church, we had a quick lunch, then hopped in the car and drove about 45 minutes west to a secluded beach on Lake Michigan. It took us 51 weeks of living in Michigan, but we finally got to the beach!

 My co-worker had told me about this beach that's really un-crowded. It became very obvious as to why it's not crowded after about 1 flight of stairs up the dune. Ha.

At *almost* the top of the dune, there seemed to be a section of the stairs missing. Hendrix thought they might be buried, but I'm pretty sure they just weren't there. It was probably a 40-45 degree incline. We dug our feet and hands in that dune and scaled it. I expected Jameson to whine or struggle, I'll be darned if that sweet boy didn't just jump right in and climb. He was a rockstar.

We made it to the top of the dune, then descended down the 6+ flights of stairs to the actual beach. Then we laid and gasped for breath for 10 minutes. Ha! I'm kidding, but it was quite the workout!

 Hendrix's octopus kite was really easy to get going, but Jameson's rainbow delta was a bit trickier. We flew the kites for only 20 minutes or so, then Hendrix wanted to get close to the water. Then Jameson joined. Long story short, they ended up pretty wet. Ha! They had so much fun though, and it did my heart so much good to watch them play tag with the little Lake Michigan waves.

We hung out for about an hour and a half, then started the journey back up and over the dune to the car. Going back down the wall-o-sand that we scaled up on our way there was SO much easier! You basically slid down it, and it was awesome. Hendrix was actually doing somersaults down it.
(You can imagine the amount of sand we brought into our house when we got home.)

After the kids changed clothes and we cleaned up a bit, we decorated cookies, then I made pancakes and breakfast ham steaks for dinner. After dinner, we played a card game, and we were all in bed by 8:30!

I wish Matt could have joined us at the beach, but it was such a cool experience, and I know we will be going back, as soon as we can!

I'm now in survival mode for the next four days (Matt gets back Thursday evening). Here's a little look at my week:

* Today, leaving work early for the dentist, so I have to make up that hour of time.
* I only have tomorrow, basically, to make up that hour. But I can't stay at work too late, because I have to pick up the kids when Hendrix gets off the bus so I don't have to pay for after-school care.
* Wednesday, I've got offsite training for work from 8-5. I'm normally off work at 4, so I don't have a choice but to pay for after-school care on Wednesday.
* Each night when we get home (no gym for me this week), I need to take care of all the laundry so that we have clean clothes to pack for our mini road trip this weekend. As well as the dishes and general picking up so my house doesn't look like a tornado ran through it.
* I have to get myself a shirt made for Marvel Universe, Live that I'm surprising the kids with on Thursday night. I cut the heat transfer vinyl this morning, and I can hopefully iron it on tonight.
* I have to call and follow up on our tenants' rent payment. (Yes, it's the 28th and they haven't paid rent yet. I'll just leave that right there.)
* I need to call and order Jameson a new Dexcom transmitter, because we got the "Low Battery" message on his receiver yesterday. Hopefully that doesn't cost a black market kidney.
* I also need to call and make 4th of July camping reservations. (Not an emergency, but I don't want to wait until the last minute and have everything be full!)
* Wednesday evening I need to pack the car as much as possible, since Thursday evening will be spent with Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and IronMan. (Ohmygoodness I'm excited.)

Sigh. I'm exhausted already.

BUT! It'll be worth it. We are heading to western Illinois this weekend to spend time with my mom and my grandma. It should be very enjoyable, and hopefully somewhat relaxing!

I hope you all have a great week!