I've been away!
We headed down to Glamis on Wed evening for Easter for 4 days. (For those of you who don't know - Glamis is in the Imperial Sand Dunes located pretty much where the CA, AZ and Mexico borders all meet.) We joined my entire family and had a BALL! But 3 of the 4 days were so windy - the sand was blowing as high as your head and it HURT when it hit you! So while the guys rode, it was indoors for the ladies, catching up and talking, eating, playing games, and playing with my great niece Baby Taylor of course!
We celebrated Easter morning on Saturday because four of the kids had to leave.
So we lined up the tables end to end ...
And laid out a big brunch buffet style...
Lox and bagels, pastries and muffins,
fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes,
Mimosas and Bloody Mary's were on the menu!
Then we all got together for a family photo!
And then, because the kids dragged me out into the middle of the desert at the end of April where it was HOT - I gave them an ultimatum. "I have a surprise for you - but you must make or buy an Easter hat and wear it when I tell you to." (hehehe)
The girls looked adorable.
l to r - Heather (niece) Staci (niece - pregnant with #2)
Jessica (niece-in-law) Jennifer (my son Brandon's girlfriend)
The guys didn't look too bad either - wearing whatever their wife, girlfriend or cousin made them wear!
And not a complaint out of them!
l to r - Justin (mine) Steve (nephew) Brandon (mine)
Andy (nephew-in-law) Cedric (Heather's boyfriend)
All the kids!
"You are going on an Easter Egg hunt!
Ready, set, go!"
And then they were off!
"MOM! Get out of the way!!
I gotta hold onto my hat!" says Brandon.
Don't I look like a giant Easter
egg in my tie-dyed shirt?
Justin found a pile...
Heather found one!
Jessica is telling Cedric
"You better up!"
He is from a small country off the
coast of Africa, so I am not sure
he'd ever been on an Easter egg hunt before...
and never with our crazy kids!
Yes, Cedric you must RUN!
I hid the eggs EVERYWHERE!
"Run Steve, RUN!" my sister says.
Everyone was scrambling.
And the wind was blowing them all over!
"oh boy - oh boy - this is fun!"
Andy looking hard...
"I got it - no! I got it!!"
Then it was back into our
coach to tally them up.
Oh...bummer. Jess got a rotten egg.
Heather loved the money!
"Boy Auntie! I remember when we used to get quarters! Now we get DOLLARS!"
Her and Cedric are moving to London
in July so they need every dollar
they can get!
Steve got a "pick a box"
In fact he got two of them -
so he gave one to his wife.
What a guy!
And we were only missing two.
Heather said "How cool is that
if you find an egg out in the middle
of the dunes and open it up and find a dollar!"
Miss Taylor and her Mommy
opened our gift to her.
She wasn't too thrilled with the
ceramic bunny basket I made.
But Mom was happy with the college money!
Auntie Heather and Taylor.
She isn't going to be here
when the new baby is born
and is VERY sad.
We had such a good trip - except for the wind. But it made for good indoor time with each other. Crowded but perfect. I learned how to play a new game called
"Settlers of Catan". It's HARD!
I hope everyone had a happy Easter too!
See you soon!