Evan and I changed that routine up though for an outing to watch Kelsey and Courtney's last volleyball game. We felt like the game time would allow us to come home, get dinner put together for Conrad (Evan and I grabbed Burgerville), and then it would end at a time where we would get Conrad to bed at a decent hour.
By the time we made it though, we had missed two of the matches, so our time watching the game was short lived. Grandma Conrad and Linda were there, so they fed Conrad his dinner and then Garrett helped Conrad with his new skill...assisted walking! It was nice to see the family on the spur of the moment trip and I know everyone enjoyed seeing Conrad mid-week too.
A few days later was Easter, it was early this year, but we lucked out on really nice Spring day. Courtney purchased little items for everyone and hid them around the yard at my mom's house. I did the same thing, glass bottles of Coke for the guys and gum and other goodies for the ladies. Most everyone had little treats for Conrad, but Courtney had a whole basket for him hidden among the rose bushes. Don't worry, we watched for thorns.
Here is Conrad discovering the items in his basket:
Conrad discovered the yellow chick eggs that Courtney put little beads in and sealed the shell shut. Conrad instantly took to them as they fit perfectly in his little chubby hands.
Probably one of my most favorite pictures of the day. Conrad's facial expression sums up what he was probably thinking, "Hmmm, why can't I get this thing open to see what is making all that noise?"
Then we took some spur of the moment family pictures, but somehow Conrad ended up in all of them!
Cute picture of Linda and Rick, Rick, Rick!
Cute moment between Jillian and Conrad.
Love this one of Darcy and Conrad.
Our cousin Nolan and a rugby buddy if his, also joined us for the day as they had come down for the weekend for a rugby tournament. It is always nice to have him at family things (his siblings and parents live in California) and he hadn't seen Conrad since he was two weeks old at Courtney and Garrett's wedding.
Courtney and Garrett housed Nolan and his friend for the night and also went out on the town with them on Saturday night.
Our friends Zach and Tricia (who were with us for New Year's) also made a pit stop to say hello. They were traveling back from Southern California after buying a new car and made it in time to have some Easter linner (lunch/dinner) and for me to give Tricia and early birthday present. I found my old pink ceramic Christmas tree, with holes for marbles or plastic bulbs on the branches, tucked away among my mom's Christmas decorations. Since I have a complete one that I bring out each year, that I got when our family friend Esther passed away, and Tricia and I had had a conversation about her wanting to find one, I felt that she would get more use out of it than me. It looks much like the picture below, only pink. My only contingency was that when they get old and are starting to get rid of their personal belongings it comes back to our family!
One of the presents my mom gave to Conrad was a pinwheel. On the back she wrote Easter 2013 and we have quickly discovered that this thing will entertain Conrad for a while. Yay! He loves it. Love that such a simple, classic, and cheap item is good enough for him!
Finally, geez what a busy day, we celebrated Aunt Kelly's birthday! A homemade lemon merguine pie, where Grandma Conrad actually juiced lemons for their juice (because as she said, "How else would you do it?"), was made by Grandma. We were just missing Kelly's March birthday buddies, Aunt Coni and Kristin's fiance Troy.