Sunday, April 16, 2017

Celebrating our Joy and Hope in Christ...

I love Easter...and not just because I have the cutest bunnies around :)! 
I love being able to retell the story of Christ, celebrating an empty tomb, and rejoicing in the hope of Christ with my family and faith community. Daniel and I have recently began a new adventure that I look forward to sharing with you in the future, but today's post will be a bit of a teaser. Today we spent the day seeing God's love here on Earth, loving among diversity, sharing in joy with a variety of God's children from all walks of life. We began with a sunrise service at 6:45 am...
The kids were amazed that I woke them up in during the night (5:30 am...eeek!) and we drove to Westover South to begin our worship in the dark.
After worship, we shared breakfast together...
before setting up for the afternoon. The building is used by Westover South and by Travis Heights Christian Outreach...so Westover South helped throw a carnival for Travis Heights and the neighborhood. Men from Travis Heights smoked hot dogs and burgers...
while Westover South brought sides, drinks, and desserts for everyone.
We also set up bounce houses for the kids to play in...
 had snow cones and popcorn...
face painting, egg dying, confetti eggs, a cake walk...
and of course, the main event...the egg hunt! 
We had all the kids hang out indoors, while the adults hid the massive amount of eggs in the field before letting them loose!
 Zoe and Kason just had the BEST day with their new friends!
 Max had an awesome morning, but began to get cranky as the day went on...so don't let this smile fool you, ha!
I ended up spending the entire carnival hanging out with Mr. Max on a mat before we did end up leaving a little early. But, I was so blessed to spend my day getting to know new friends and sharing in the beauty of Christ's diversity.
 This Clayton Crew wishes everyone a Happy Easter and our prayer is for you to find hope this next year in Christ!

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Hunt is On...

Easter is upon us and my little bunnies were so excited for their egg hunts at school! In mommy fashion, I boarded the Hippity Hop Express to visit each school. My first stop was for little lady...
 She was all smiles racing her friends to find her eggs!
 The smiles grew when she opened them up to find goodies inside!
 Before going back to class, they took a picture with a bunny. As you can see from Zoe's distance, she wasn't too interested...haha...he kinda creeped her out.
Next stop, Kason's class!
Let's just say, his hunting skills just got real!
He was all over the place following his teacher's scavenger hunt looking for his eggs.
This silly group of bunnies finished their Easter party with popsicles... 
 My third stop was to pick up my last little bunny. Max's class had their own private egg hunt, but his awesome teacher sent me pictures so I could watch him go!
Love holidays with these three even if they keep me busy on a Hippity Hop Express train!

Daddy/Daughter Dance...

Zoe has been asking Daniel for awhile now when they were going to get married and go dancing :). He was so excited to escort her to the Daddy/Daughter dance at Westover last weekend. Zoe was thrilled to get a mani/pedi with Nana the day before, have a makeover with real makeup, and have a fancy up-do. We decided on a side braid that went into a low, side pony tail with a huge flower...she was simply gorgeous!
 Daddy even got dressed up to take her out for a night on the town!
This girl right here felt so, so special. She was all smiles as she loaded the car, delicately waved goodbye, then blew me a kiss...
The group met for dinner before dancing the night away!
 These two melt my heart...
Zoe is so fortunate to have such a Godly man to love her and treat her right, while Daddy is blessed to have a sweet spirited daughter that brings so much life to our home. I look forward to watching their relationship blossom throughout the years!

Home Away From Home...

Why yes, we have become camping junkies! These Clayton Cuties of mine are always begging to load up our PUP and head out of town for a camping adventure. For spring break we did just that, but met up with the rest of the Clayton family. A week full of cousins, aunt/uncle, and grandparents...oh my! We camped in the small town of Perrin, TX at a super fun campground full of activities for the littles. The cool thing is, we have a pop-up, Nana & Pops have a travel trailer, and the cousins have a RV...so we were able to park in a "U" shape with a place to chill and eat together in between us. I must confess that I felt a little guilty because I spent a lot of time doing this...
 while the kids ran around playing and making new friends. Max pretty much hung out with my the whole time. He LOVES camping because he gets to be outdoors the entire day. We have a large mat we set up and he enjoys playing with his toys right next to me :).
The guys played a lot of golf during the day...
There was plenty of downtime for them too...
 Once everyone was finally at the park together, we took the kids to play putt-putt one morning...
 but all they were interested in was playing!
 I'm sad to look through my pictures and realize I didn't get a single one in the volleyball sandpit where Thane and Zoe spent most of their time. They were covered in sand each day as in I couldn't get all of it out of her hair, haha! On St. Patty's day I was trying to keep her out of it so I could take a picture of everyone matching and when we were finished she asked me if she could finally get dirty now :)...lover her! The kids also rode bikes...
especially Kason. He thought it was so cool to even ride at night with the big kids. It's fun to be able to give him a little more independence at these campgrounds because they are safe and confined. One day the guys tried to go fishing, but it was so windy we ended up just skipping rocks...
One day it warmed up in the afternoon for the kids to splash around and play with bubbles!
 These two cuties were best buddies all week :).
Max was just a little excited about the water, ha! Every evening we celebrated someone's birthday...
 My top three from the week were: 
1. Getting to snuggle with this adorable 3 week old...
Kason and I couldn't get enough of sweet Larkin!
2. Getting to relax and have down time while watching these cousins become the best of friends...
3. Dance party night!
It would probably be a huge understatement for me to say that the Clayton Crew had a fun week. It was an absolute blast spending time with family!
Friday was St. Patty's Day, so I even had matching shirts for all the kids...
I had leprechaun bait to snack on...
the kids and I hung clover lights and cling-ons to the side of the camper...
we made sure no one was getting pinched that day!
 To top the week off, we were able to celebrate Nana & Pop's anniversary! So thankful for these two passing on a legacy of love and the blessing of spending a week with family in the relaxing camping atmosphere. Looking forward to our next adventure together!