Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Can you tell which one is the chicken-whisperer and which one just wants to put the chicken down?

Annual Neighborhood Egg Hunt

3 boys + 7 girls + 108 plastic eggs + one jungle-of-a-backyard = a whole lot of running and squealing and egg hunting. It was that time again yesterday: The Hodge Lodge Annual Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt!  What started out seven years ago with two dozen eggs and two little girls (Amber & neighbor Madi) has vastly grown as new families have moved in to the 'hood. Each year we add a kid or two and another dozen eggs. It's one of the highlights of my Easter weekend, not because of the plastic eggs filled with toys. It is a favorite event of mine because it is one way we reach out to our neighbors, old and new. I smile as I watch the dads and moms chit-chat, some of them barely even knowing each other before the egg hunt. I also love "loving-on" the little kids. Here's some pictures of the fun morning.

The kiddos armed (with baskets) and dangerous!

Lined up in height order!

And the hunt is on!

Back in the house, opening eggs and discovering treasures!

Eric got the last egg...a real one from the chicken coop!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Stanley: Then & Now

Amber & Stanley: August 2009

Autumn & Stanley: March 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hodge Humor

As we ate lunch, Amber said this:
"I'd rather go to the library than Disneyland. I LOVE the library! Ah, the smell of fresh books!"
Maybe this doesn't belong in the "humor" category because she was serious.

I saw a torn-up check on the coffee table where Eric was working on his work budget. He said it was a voided check, and Amber said, "Is that one of those bouncing checks?"

We were driving in the car, garage sale-ing, and we passed a sign, and the street, of another garage sale.
I said, "We just missed one. Let's turn around."
Eric said, "Let's just skip one garage sale."
Amber said, "Dad, when we're on the boat, you don't just skip one of your fishing spots."
As convincing as that argument was, he still didn't turn the car around.