Sunday, April 08, 2012

Happy Easter!

Working for a church, you rarely have the luxury of celebrating holidays like Easter with your family. This was the first (and probably last for a while) time we've managed to get everyone together to celebrate Easter on the Gafford side. Though Addison's morning started off rough, (adjusting to a new church/toddler room after an hour drive to church), it got a whole lot better when her three big cousins arrived! We got a few shots of her in her Easter dress and then you'll see we quickly switched to play clothes for the real fun.

We decided to pull out an old Grandma Cox tradition of hiding the Easter baskets and giving each child a trail of yarn to follow to find it. We kept it pretty simple for the younger two, but made Emily and Lauren work a little harder for theirs! Here are all four girls lined up with their sticks and yarn ready to go find their treasures!

We had them spread out so no one's yarn would tangle. Addison kept yelling, "Hey everybody; over here!" I don't think she realized that the others were following their own yarn trails elsewhere.

Thank you Grandma for my Easter basket!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Allie's 8th birthday

Last Tuesday we celebrated Allie's 8th birthday. For some reason it has become a tradition to treat her to ice cream every year. Fortunately the weather was just nice enough last Tuesday to head out to Sophie's Ice Cream shop in Gas City for a cone. Allie ate hers like she'd stolen it from us, which is how she tends to eat it every year. She ate it so fast, it was clear she was suffering from frequent brain freezes, but I think it was worth it for her.

Of course the rest of us had to indulge as well. After all, we were celebrating a birthday. It's only polite for everyone to partake. Right?

Sunday, April 01, 2012

The Indianapolis Zoo

We took the whole Gafford crew to the Indianapolis Zoo yesterday. David's sister's family will be moving away to plant a church in Denver at the end of May, so we're trying to make the most of the limited time we have all living in the same state for once! It was a cool day, but the animals were all out and fairly active for the most part. We brought along our resident photographer David to capture the day.

Addison and Daddy riding the train.

Addison and her cousin Lauren

Riding on Daddy's shoulders

Carousel ride with Mommy

Addison came face-to-face with a (stone) lion.

She didn't want to ride in the stroller. She didn't want to hold Mommy or Daddy's hand.
She wanted to hold Aunt Julie's hand. :-)