Luckily, Mary E didn't mind when Lucy decided she wanted to swim as well.
Then we came inside to rest up. But first, a trip to the potty. A trip that resulted in... nothing. Well, unless you count about 18 verses of ABC's and scribbles on a chalk board. Gotta have something to pass the time!
That afternoon we headed to Florence. We enjoyed a triple date with these two (my sister Betsy and her boyfriend Chris)
as well as my brother Adam and his wife Ashley. We ate dinner at Texas Roadhouse. Mary Ella had a date of her own with a mouse named Chuck. Yep, my parents took her to Chuck E. Cheese for the first time. She had fun riding all the rides, but her favorite part was the band and all the characters. And of course the pizza.
By late Friday night my feet were so swollen! I should have taken a picture. It was horrible! I never really swelled with Mary Ella, other than the obvious swelling of my stomach, face, butt, etc. So this was new for me. My sandals left indentions on my feet! Needless to say, they were aching pretty bad so Chad told me I should go and get a pedicure the next day! (Yippee!) I went to a place that was just a few miles from my parents' house. A man did my pedicure and I guess he felt sorry for me because he only charged me half of what the actual price was, and said "Dis my pregnant lady discount, since you can't reach your feet." Ha! I was pretty pumped. The hot water and the massage felt sooo good, too. I think it really helped with the swelling. I've been drinking about 4 liters of water every day to try and keep it down! I am going to the bathroom about once or twice an hour but it's worth it!
The Easter bunny ended up coming on Saturday night since we knew Sunday would be so crazy. He left baskets for both of my babies!
Mary Ella took one egg out at a time and cracked it open to check for candy. Sorry! Not at bedtime, my dear!
But she knew she'd heard somewhere that the Easter bunny brings CANDY, so she was determined to find some. So she proceeded to shake her basket...
and pull out every last inch of Easter grass. Still no candy. (Don't worry, she'd had her share of chocolate that day.)
Then we made her clean up her mess. :)
The next morning we all got ready and headed to my grandparents' church for worship. Mary Ella wore her Easter dress, smocked by Carolyn Stephens. She is the sweetest, most giving person I know. We LOVE the dress, Miss Carolyn! Thank you so, so much!
After church, we went to visit my grandparents (my Dad's parents) who gave Mary Ella a sweet little bunny and allowed her to run through their house and drag out anything she wanted! Thank you, Lanie and Bubba!
Then we went back out to the compound for Sunday lunch with my mom's side of the family. This is the only decent family picture we were able to get all day. It was HOT and Mary Ella was exhausted. (And I am HUGE!)
After lunch we let the kids run free and we tried to snap as many pictures as we could get. Addie Jane and Jack had a smocked dress and bubble to match Mary Ella's and they all looked so cute! I didn't get any pictures of Jack but the girls had a good time playing together and hunting Easter eggs.
We drove home late Sunday afternoon and spent the evening with Chad's parents. Mary Ella was able to entertain her great-grandaddy Ace and have free reign of the front yard.
We finished off the night by playing "kitchen." MeMama (Chad's mom) bought Mary Ella this apron to wear while she pretends to cook. She looked like a sweet little housewife.
All in all, a fantastic Easter weekend! So thankful for the beautiful weather, the blessing of family and sweet children, and most importantly, the Savior's gift of the new life we have in HIM because of what He did for us on the cross. The words to "In Christ Alone" have been on my mind this weekend; it is one of my favorite worship songs and we had it in our wedding, so I'll end with these lyrics:
There in the ground, his body lay - light of the world by darkness slain.
Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory, sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine - bought with the precious blood of Christ!
No guilt in life, no fear in death! This is the power of Christ in me.
From life's first cry to final breath - Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell nor scheme of man can ever pluck me from His hand
Til He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I'll stand!