Easter was incredibly fun this year! I love being festive and couldn't help but have a blast with all of the baby activities for Leilani. (Come on! I didn't go through pregnancy for nothing! JK!) On Sunday we didn't attend our usual 9:30 am church, since we were going to church in Annapolis, and I have to admit that it was wonderful to have a relaxing holiday morning together as a family. (Sunday mornings are usually pretty hectic for our family.) Instead Leilani woke up at 7 am and we started the grand hunt for her plastic eggs.
Wow, where are the eggs? They are hidden so well...
Leilani wasn't really interested in the eggs this year but wanted to go for her toys instead. Of course. Plastic eggs or toys? Hmmm.
Baby bed head in all of its glory.
After the "hunt" for eggs we showed Leilani her first Easter basket. There was definitely a little bit more excitement surrounding these gifts.
This year the bunny brought her some books and a puzzle. Leilani LOVES all of her books.
Mike showing Leilani her basket.
Leilani and her Easter bounty.
After the Easter egg hunt I made breakfast and we had a nice relaxing morning. Later that afternoon we left for our drive to beautiful Annapolis. We attended our family's ward for my cousin Va'a's mission homecoming and a delicious Easter dinner. I was so excited to get Leilani all dolled up. She looked so sweet! (Thank you for the dress Grandma Marie!)
My cousin Va'a faithfully served his mission in St. George, Utah. First, Uncle Ken gave a wonderful talk about the Atonement and repentance. Then Auntie Barbara gave an amazing talk. She mentioned that people have asked her for these last two years how she has handled the hardships of not being able to see her son during his mission. (I think that it is particularly hard for many non-members to understand this.) She stated that it was definitely difficult and a sacrifice but it was her and her son's way of showing that they love the Lord and that it was a privilege to make such a sacrifice for Him. I loved that! Serving a mission really is a sacrifice for the whole family but the spiritual growth and service is priceless. We are all so proud of Va'a and grateful that he was able to spread the Gospel in southern Utah.
Here are a few photos from Va'a's homecoming at the airport last Wednesday. Precious moments!
The family reunited.
Va'a gave a really powerful homecoming talk and the spirit was so strong. He shared a few touching stories about the people that he had met and helped and there were many wet faces in the audience. It was so amazing to see his transformation in the last two years. There is nothing better that a young man can do with his life than serve a mission! This was really the spiritual high that I have been seeking for a long time and Mike was kind to take Leilani into the hallway so that I could listen to the talks. (It has been a long time since I've felt spiritually renewed and inspired at church since I'm usually trying to tame a wild 10 month old. Haha.) We had such an amazing Easter day!
Well little Lele is crying at my feet so I better go. Hope that you had a nice Easter too!
He has risen!