Friday, April 29, 2011

Princesses and Easter

We had such a great Easter weekend! We drove over the mountains to spend Easter with Jared's family. Jared was able to get off work early on Friday, and we had a beautiful sunny day for driving. I had found out about a local "Cinderella Tea Party" that was going to happen on Saturday, and made reservations for Ellie. I wanted it to be a surprise for her, so I didn't tell her anything about it until Saturday morning, when I gave her a hint: "You get to dress up as a princess for something today." She was very curious, and got a few other hints out of people throughout the day.

After lunch she got into her Belle dress and I curled her hair. She got to wear Grandma's pearl necklace, which made her feel even more special! We drove into town, and by then she knew that she was going to some kind of princess party. We went into the tea house, and it was decorated beautifully. There ended up being 17 girls at the party, all dressed up! They got to meet Cinderella when they arrived. Then they all went into the "ballroom," where Cinderella told them the story of how she met her prince. Next the girls had a treasure hunt, and then they danced to some of the Disney princess songs. After that they came inside and decorated their own cupcakes and drank their tea (Ellie put about 5 cubes of sugar, plus sprinkles and frosting in her tea!). They played another game and danced some more, and then the party came to an end. Ellie said that it was the best surprise ever. She had such a wonderful time!

Ellie with a few of the other girls

Ellie dancing with Cinderella

I had to get a picture with my beautiful princess:)

The rest of the weekend was a lot of fun, too. We had an Easter egg hunt at Grandma and Grandpa's house and went to another one at church. We had a yummy Easter dinner. And best of all, we got to spend a lot of family time together:)

Parker and Ellie had perfect weather for searching for eggs in Grandpa and Grandma's yard!

They had fun opening their Easter baskets, which were full of goodies.

We got to the church Easter egg hunt late, but they each still found a few eggs.

Grandpa helped Parker a little!

It was a great Easter!

I always love Easter time! Although I believe we should remember Christ and His death and resurrection all throughout the year, Easter is a wonderful time to set aside time to remember. We have a loving God. A God who sent His only son to die a horrible death, so that you and I could spend eternity in Heaven with Him, rather than in hell. I hope you believe this. I hope you have accepted His gift of eternal life. He is risen!

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