Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Easter 2015

We had a fun and full Easter this year. After being up all night with a puking Brooks, we had to rally for the Easter Bunny's visit, church, lunch at the Jansen's, and the famous Easter Egg Hunt! We were happy to have the Sloothaaks here to enjoy all of our Easter traditions with us! 

The boys were anxious to hunt for their Easter Baskets the second they woke up. So they quickly got dressed and ran downstairs to start looking! 
Heath found his under the TMNT blimp in the office! He got a MLB 2015 sticker book, some candy, Nike socks, and a NFL Lego guy. 

Trey found his in the front room cabinet. He got a MLB sticker book too. 

Rowan's was behind the living room chair. She got a new lamb Beanie Boo…her favorite! 

Nolan's basket was hiding in the dining room!  
He got Nike socks, a Dinger Lego guy, and a binder to organize his baseball, football, and basketball cards in! He had been wanting one for awhile now. That Easter Bunny is GOOD! 

And Brooks' was in the ball basket. 

He was still a little under the weather, so we helped him find it and check out what the Easter Bunny brought! Brooks got a Big Hero 6 DVD, some Tiny Teammates, Nike socks, and candy too! 

When we were all dressed and ready we headed out to church. It was nice to bring the Sloothaaks to the church we have called home now for almost 12 years. It was also nice to be able to celebrate our risen Savior together. It's because of His great grace that I have this amazing girl to call my friend. God has shown His love to me so awesomely through the true friendships I have been blessed enough to have throughout my entire life. Friendships that love and support, friendships that challenge and uplift, friendships that are honest and thoughtful and FUN. 

These two handsome gentlemen rocked on the front porch for awhile after church. 

And Heath got straight to work on his MLB sticker book! 
He was thankful for his beautiful assistant! 

Then we headed over the Jansen's for lunch. 
Brooks was feeling better and rehydrated! 

Eating lunch in the sun! 

Snapping Selfies with my girl! 

My two gnomes ready to hunt eggs!

Oma giving the rules! 

On the hunt! Brooks loved the sports eggs! 

Uncle John helping Brooks spot his next egg! 

So proud of his findings! 

Crazy legs on the run! 

His favorite color…ORANGE! 

This guy doesn't need any help anymore! 

We take this picture every year. Nolan loves his Oma! 

Another Selfie with my other girl! Love this sweetness! 

My main squeeze! 

Can you tell it was a gorgeous day?! The kids were all red and sweaty by the end of the egg hunt. 

Sorting out all the eggs at the end is one of Nolan's favorite parts. He was a good helper! 

The boys LOVE their baskets from Grandma! 

Silly basket heads! 

Oma gave them these cross stones too. Pretty cool! And thank you Oma, Opa, and Auntie Sue for hosting such a nice afternoon. We are so thankful for these traditions that make Easter one of our very favorite holidays of the year. 

When we got home Nolan and Mark got to work on his new card binder. 

And Heath put a few more stickers in his book. 
That evening we got Papa Murphy's pizza and just enjoyed a relaxing night together. It was such a nice day! 

We even managed to get this great pic of our family! I love it! 
He is RISEN! He is risen INDEED! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Trey's 8th Birthday!

While the Sloothaaks were in town it also just so happened to be TREY'S 8TH BIRTHDAY! 
We were SO happy to be able to celebrate with him! 
Trey requested his Mom's homemade donuts for breakfast! Which, by the way, were AMAZING! I can't believe that I had never had them before AND I can't believe that Jill knows how to make HOMEMADE donuts! They were so delicious and very impressive! 

Of course, if you have a birthday in a Johnson-Jansen house, you get a BIRTHDAY CHAIR! 
What a cutie! 

Trey loves maps and geography, so we made him a WORLD themed birthday chair. We got him this new Rockies shirt and some baseball cards and Tiny Teammates too. 

The boys threw the football around a bit. 

And then we headed to Roxborough Park for a little hiking. 
This was another spot that we had not visited before but had heard was a nice hike with pretty views. And it was just that. 

The kids all had fun running ahead. 

And we had fun walking and talking and trying to snap photos of our busy kids. 

Love this girl! 

We came across this little stream. 
I was nervous Heath was going to fall in…because if anyone would…it would be Heath…but we walked away dry! Phew! 

Love these guys! 

Brooksie walked off and on, but enjoyed his ride on Mark's shoulders too! 

We thought that tree in the background was pretty cool! And check out the blue sky…it was just beautiful! 

After our hike we were all hungry so we stopped at Chic-fil-a for lunch. A fun spot for the Sloothaaks because they do not have them in Michigan. 
The cow just happened to be there too! See Heath's tongue out. He learned that from his big buddy Trey! He LOVED Trey and thought he was so cool! He wanted to be just like him…even copying his every move! 

After some yummy food and playtime at Chic-fil-a, we headed downtown to take a tour of Coors Field! 

We saw a lot of neat things. Some of the information was boring or over the boys' heads, but they still had fun checking everything out! This little stinker was full of one liners in the group too. He shouted out, "NO ALCOHOL!" and "BOO CUBS!" at two different times! We were so proud. Oh my! He keeps us on our toes! 

Up on the Rooftop! 

Posing with the Dinger costume! 

Heath wanted his picture taken by all of the cool things he saw! 

In the visitor's clubhouse!
Of course I had to snap my picture with the Cubs jersey! 

We got to walk out on the warning track. 

And sit in the dug out! 

The boys thought it was super cool to be sitting where the players sit during games! 

Dug out views! 
It was a very fun activity to do with all of these boys. And Rowan was a trooper to go along for the ride! 

Later that evening we had dinner at IHOP…Trey's restaurant of choice and my boys were VERY happy with his choice! It's their favorite too! 

And then I baked Trey these cupcakes for dessert! 
Nolan picked out blue and orange for "the Tigers or Broncos or Bears". 

I'm pretty sure the kids all loved them! 
It was a very full and very fun day to celebrate one of our favorite 8 year olds!