We started April off with a bunch of surprises – and not just any surprises… ones that had been in the works for MONTHS!
On just a typical Wednesday afternoon, Avery and I went out and instead of heading to a friend’s house (Kate, I used you as a cover!), we went to the airport to pick up MiMi’s birthday present.
Months ago, Grampy and I were talking about what to do for MiMi’s big 50th birthday and we decided on a dinner of close friends. While we were running names, Mina’s name came up (she worked with MiMi as a teacher here in VT, had a baby last summer (Charlie), and moved back to Reno, Nevada), and we knew Mom would love to have her here, so I wung it and asked Mina if she would like to come (and Charlie too), and they accepted our invitation!!!
So, sneakily, Avery and I picked them up from the airport, and brought them home to surprise MiMi! We had been planning for months, and the weekend before, I got to buy baby food and diapers for Charlie’s stay!
They arrived and we headed home! MiMi was so very happy when we arrived – there were tears :)
Mina and Charlie stayed with us for a week. We converted half the finished basement into a room for them – and thanks to hoarding all of Avery’s baby stuff, we had everything they needed!
I had the pleasure of making Charlie and Mina breakfast and lunch a couple days – he was so cute eating finger foods like hot dogs, scrambled eggs, and mac n cheese.
On Friday, Avery got a surprise – his 3 (second) cousins came over to play! My cousins had a death in the family and asked me to watch their kiddos for the afternoon. Avery had fun playing outside with them and later having pizza and a movie (our Friday night tradition).
We got snow Friday night, so Saturday we played outside with Charlie – it was his first real experience with snow!
Avery and Grampy had snowball fights and Charlie took a sled ride.
Saturday morning I took Avery to the town common for the Easter Egg Hunt – we met our friends Joayn and her son Caleb there. After they gathered all the eggs and got bags of goodies, we went to their grandparents house so the boys could play and we had coffee and chatted – so fun.
Then it was back to surprise plotting because I had to pick up more supplies at the store (I got most of them the weekend before) for MiMi’s surprise party that night!
Mina made an excuse to get Mom out of the house with them, and then the party planning began! Grampy made four different yummy meats, Sarah and Jonathan and their friends Kelly and Amanda came with decorations and gifts and desert. I made appetizers (I tried to keep it healthy with fruit and veggies and dips) and Charlie approved…
The guests came with a dish each (thank you everyone!!!). When MiMi got back home, we had a house full of people, and food! MiMi was surprised and we all had a great time celebrating her big milestone with her.
Avery helped her open presents… some socks, gift cards, lottery tickets, and lots of wine!
Sunday we celebrated Easter, and it was Charlie’s first! Avery got a basket from the Easter Bunny filled with goodies.
He got new underwear (The Easter Bunny must have known his current ones were getting tight!), chocolate eggs with characters inside, a ball set, and eggs that grow animals!
Avery was very excited about the chocolate eggs – he bit one and got the toy from inside and didn’t want the rest of the chocolate. These eggs were months in the making – Avery always watches these youtube videos of eggs with tiny characters inside, but they don’t make them in the US, so we found them in China and had them shipped here a month ahead of time. It was worth it, because so far Avery has opened two eggs, both cars from the Disney movie ‘Cars’ were inside and he loves playing with them.
Charlie got shaker eggs and a bunny rabbit! And two packages arrived with Easter books for the boys!
He seemed to enjoy them, just not the bunny ears – they barely lasted long enough to take this picture!
MiMi and Grampy made a big Easter Linner (Lunch+Dinner, served early afternoon) and we got all dressed up for our family and friends to arrive.
I was so proud of Avery, he kept his tie on even though he complained ‘its hurting me!’… it was a clip on, and the shirt collar was big on his neck, so dramatic!
The kids at the kids table…
The kiddos had a fun egg hunt downstairs…
And Avery worked very hard the two weeks before Easter making the Egg Piniata…
He kept asking every time we put a layer on if he could smash it… well he finally got his chance to!
Charlie even took a few swings – and after two rounds, there was candy everywhere!
The surprises ended when on MiMi’s actual birthday, Grampy gave her two handmade aderondak chairs with their names engraved. I was sitting in them this afternoon actually… oh see all the snow is finally gone!!!
Now that all the surprises are out, I’m back to the blog. So much sneaking around took lots of time and effort! Next up… the plan for saving for our house!!! It’s already in the works, just gotta bring everyone up to speed and get back on my monthly updates for it :)
Oh and a big thanks for everyones congrats on paying off my loans – so exciting and glad to share it with everyone!