Thursday, April 28, 2011

On This Day Just One Year Ago...

We got the wonderful call that we were approved to travel to Korea and get Isaiah.  Throughout today I have found myself remembering all the beginning planning details of ACTUALLY going to Korea.  I am continually amazing at how God matched us with such a handsome, smart, sweet baby boy that seems to be a perfect fit for our family.  We are so blessed to have been Isaiah's parents for almost a whole year!  We love him more and more each day.

Coloring Easter Eggs

Travis and I had talked several times throughout the weekend about coloring eggs with Isaiah, but we just never got around to it until Easter day.  The coloring of Easter eggs ended up being while the boys were napping and Travis was working on homework. 

My poor family missed out on fun, but I still had fun while they were busy.

The Easter egg dying crew-left side of the table.
The Easter egg dying crew-right side of the table.
Per my request Dan made a humming bird on an egg for me.  It turned out awesome!
Pops had fun making Easter egg bugs!
  Elise made a Lightening McQueen egg for Campbell.
Then Dan one upped Elise's Lightening McQueen.
Three eggs Elise colored.
I was in the process of coloring an egg half yellow and half another color...but after the yellow I accidentally dropped the egg.  Then Elise requested Dan draw a chick coming out the egg.  The writing on the egg says "It's Gross in There!"  Later Elise was showing the egg off and then she dropped it. Ha, I guess this egg just wasn't meant to be.
Elise and Dan having fun coloring Easter eggs.
Somehow we even convinced Nonna to decorate a few eggs!
I made the Go Blazers egg for Travis.
I also made the Go Ducks egg for Travis.
Here are the finished beauties!
Coloring Easter eggs is such a fun tradition so we saved one egg for Isaiah to color once he woke up from his nap.
 Continuing to wake up in Pops lap.
 Pops is showing Isaiah the egg that I made for him.  He isn't so sure yet.
Once he realized I put letters and numbers on the egg he was pretty into the egg! 
 We let him hold the egg, and guess what he thought he should do with it...
 Yes, spin the egg!
 He had lots of fun spinning the egg with Pops.

 After spinning the egg we moved to coloring the egg.
 I think he kind of was getting the idea.
 Pops was teaching Isaiah patience while coloring his Easter egg

Isaiah was pretty happy to see the egg change colors.  I think coloring Easter eggs was a success and it is exciting to think that next year he will do even better with this fun tradition.

Isaiah's First Easter Basket

Easter is our last "FIRST" holiday with Isaiah.  It is so wonderful to have him home!  We had fun watching Isaiah enjoy his Easter basket.

 Isaiah's pretty simple Easter basket, but he still LOVED it!
 Daddy and Isaiah coming downstairs...oops a little blurry
Checking out his basket...the videos tell it best.
Excited about his new book...Brown Bear, Brown Bear although he calls it Polar Bear, Polar Bear.  He already owns Polar Bear, Polar Bear and Panda Bear, Panda Bear.

Counting the chocolate bunnies!

Isaiah loves talking about his toothpaste!

Enjoying his first chocolate bunny, and for breakfast!

 Full mouth...yes!  I think he must have been thinking I better jam this chocolate bunny into my mouth quickly in case they change their minds about letting me eat chocolate bunny for breakfast!
Chocolate bunnies sure do make you thirsty for milk.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"He Has Risen!" Rolls

Hopefully "He Has Risen!" Rolls are the start of a new Easter tradition for our family.  I had a lot of fun making them (and eating them) and I can't wait for Isaiah and future kids to help me make them!


  • 1/2 stick of butter (melted)
  • 1 can of large refrigerated rolls

  • Large marshmallows (8 of them, do NOT use stale marshmallows) 

  • A bowl of cinnamon and sugar mixed together

Directions to follow:

Take the white marshmallow. Jesus was pure and sinless like this marshmallow.   

Isaiah 1:18  “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.  

John 3:1-3  Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.  He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

Roll marshmallow in butter and then in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. The butter represents the anointing oil and the cinnamon-sugar mixture represents the spices--both items were put on Jesus' body before they laid him in the tomb.


Wrap the biscuit around the marshmallow and seal the dough around it. This part is very important--make sure the dough is completely sealed around the marshmallow. After they put Jesus in the tomb, they rolled a large stone in front of it to seal it.   

Matthew 27:57-60 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Roll the ball of dough in butter and then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Place the tray of rolls in oven (350 F) for about 10-12 minutes or until done.
Let the rolls cool and then serve.
Break open the tomb to look for Jesus. Where is he? He has risen!
Matthew 28:1-9  After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

Easter is a time to celebrate the sweetest gift of all--our salvation through Jesus. Although he was blameless, he died on the cross for our sins; was buried in a tomb from three days; then rose from the dead.