Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Easter Weekend!!!

Jenn singing

Easter weekend was also BYU graduation weekend, and it was packed full. On Friday Nathan, James, and I went to Provo to support Cory, Jenn, and Bryan as they graduated from BYU. Jenn did a fantastic job by the way singing during commencement, that was the highlight. We enjoyed a lovely celebratory dinner at the Cheesecake Factory after the ceremony thanks to Mom and Dad Manwaring. You really can't order anything that isn't delish from that place. Friday night we spent the night with Grandma Hiller and enjoyed watching basketball and talking with her.

Karissa, Jenn, and Nathan, all BYU Grads!

Saturday we went back down to Provo, where Kristie and I hung out with the kids while Tom and Nathan went out on a bike ride to continue training for their half-ironman in June. It was rainy and cold, but we still had an egg hunt for Lilah and James in their living room with hard boiled dyed eggs. Once James got the hang of what was happening, he really enjoyed finding those eggs. Lilah was content for awhile with her brightly dyed pink egg.
After our egg hunt with the McConnons, we had a dinner with Cory's family and the new BYU grads and Mom and Dad Manwaring. Though it was a quick trip, it was fun to visit and make memories, and just be together as a family!

James searching for the eggs

Easter morning we attended church, and helped with a special musical number in sacrament. The ward "choir" wasn't very big, and we were reduced to a musical number, but we did it! After church we had dinner with my older sister's family the Kutterer's in Clearfield. James' only cousins on my side are older than him, and Tanner (almost 12) loved making a little candy egg hunt for him.
Even with the big age gap, they have a very special bond.

James with his arm around Tanner

Piggy back rides

James and Daddy reading a new bunny book

We enjoyed trying to teach James about Jesus on Easter, and we know that it is a very important responsibility we have to teach him about our savior. I think he is getting it, and he even said his first prayer that week!

Daddy, James, and Mommy on Easter

Jenn and Bryan came and visited us the day after Easter before they left Utah for AZ. We had a good time talking and then finding a yummy new Thai place for dinner.

It was so nice of them to make the trip up here, we love it when family visits! (so there is an open invitation 24/7 to anyone who wants to stop by)

James learned to hit his Uncle Bryan in the head with the ball, he loves you Bryan!

Now wasn't that a packed few days?!