Easter was an especially hectic time for us this past Spring as it happened to fall on the weekend we closed on our house. After the stress of 2013, things seemed to fall into place, if anything, a bit quicker than we had anticipated.
List the house ourselves while we take our time finding the perfect place for our ever growing family.
What really happened:
Stuck a sign in the yard. Got an offer 2 days later. Boxed, packed, cleaned, and moved 27 short days later.
John traveled a bit during this time, which made things that much crazier, yet somehow we survived. Despite the clear need for a bigger place, we were so sad to leave our friends and neighbors and especially our amazing ward. We definitely made some life long friends in our Country Park 5th Ward and are so grateful for the experiences we had there.
After an exhausting week of packing most of our belongings into storage, the day before Easter we officially became basement-dwellers. Thankfully John's parents have a beautiful home with an awesome basement apartment we have been able to stay in while the home hunt continues.
So between truck loads, boxing and un-boxing, and cleaning like mad, we squeezed in some Easter festivities...
Every year we drive past the neighboring So Jo park and witness literally hundreds of kids seemingly having the time of their lives hunting an endless supply of candy-filled eggs. Every year our kids whine and cry that they are missing out on the apparent life changing adventure. So we caved.
As we awaited the start of the hunt, Macie was filled with trepidation as evidenced by the above and below photos.
Want to know what she's looking at?
Like I said, HUNDREDS of screaming children on a mad dash for candy. I don't blame her, I'd be intimidated too.
Somehow they survived and made off with a piece of candy or two.
(Not even kidding, pretty disappointing event on all accounts).
Despite the fact that it was over before it really began, we did see a few familiar smiles on display...
Fortunately for her, Tessa missed the entire flop, instead catching up on some much needed Z's.
Then it was back to the house for more last minute packing and cleaning, before we were off to color eggs. John's face in the following photo pretty much sums up what moving over a holiday weekend feels like.
Despite our near-collapse like state, the kids had a blast as usual...
Coley seemed to be in a particularly good mood and enjoyed coloring himself just as much, if not more than the eggs themselves. He even earned some dinero from Papa Lynn for consuming the nastiest thing I've seen, before or since.
Believe it or not, the endless task of moving wasn't complete and after the kids were tucked in bed, it was back to the house to continue the work.
The next morning, by some miracle, the Easter bunny fulfilled the kids wishes...
We wanted to visit our old ward one last time and headed to church before stopping off at our house for one last family photo before officially saying goodbye to our home on Winford Drive.
What a day. What a weekend. After all the craziness, it was great to relax, think about the Savior, and enjoy time together as a family...
However, I'm not certain Tessa enjoyed herself all that much...
After some coaxing...
Our new yard, A.K.A. Papa Lynn's pride and joy, made for a great egg hunt.
Macie's sweet and spunky personality is always a blast to photograph...
The boys on the other hand love to make things
difficult interesting. After plenty of outtakes, I asked Wyatt to just look handsome...
So under pressure handsome, or even normal, isn't quite a possibility.
Maybe I'm biased, but candid moments seem to be another story...
I love these two handsome boys and their beautifully sweet sisters.
Though the many emotions and stresses that come with moving were overwhelming, we survived and had a nice holiday weekend despite it all.
Now we are feeling settled in our new place and are taking the time we need to make sure we get this upcoming decision right. We've already had some excitement and disappointment come our way in the long process of finding our next home. At times it is overwhelmingly stressful to try and figure out where we will end up, but I'm confident God has a plan for our family.
We are excited for the next adventure in life and can't wait to see what will come our way.