Well, amongst all of the excitement and festivities, Mr. Eli took a
ride on the "Ollie" down G & G's steps. You know, that yellow duck toy with wheels that we all had as toddlers long ago?
It was an
overwhelmingly scary few minutes, but we were SO lucky.
I was in the dining room and there was the normal calm chaos that happens with 13 people in the house. When suddenly I heard a thunk and some cries in the kitchen, followed by another thunk and crying. I sprinted from my chair knowing that someone had fallen down the stairs and if anyone was going to do it, it would be Eli.
I got to the top of the stairs in time to see him on all fours at the bottom of the stairs, screaming and the Ollie on it's side a few steps away. I ran down, freaked out about what I might find. His mouth was really bloody, but he had all of his teeth. I scooped him up (which in hindsight I shouldn't have done) and ran him to the tub, since blood was starting to pour out. After several washcloths and wet paper towels we were able to stop the bleeding. We stripped him down and checked out his whole body. He has just two bruises on his legs and a scratch near his eye, which is the slightest bit purple.
We did take a trip to the ER, just to be certain and he checked out fine. Needless to say, we were all a little shaken by the whole event. Everyone had been so diligent to be sure that the door to the basement was closed, but somehow Eli got out there with the Ollie and made his way down those stairs. 13 wood stairs with a cement floor and wall at the bottom. Oh my, we were SO lucky!!
And finally, here are the pics of the kids in their Easter outfits. Nothing too fancy. In fact, I think I spent $9 on both outfits. Gotta love the thrift store! Best place to get amazing dresses cheap. Somehow I just can't seem to catch both kids looking at me and smiling these days?!
Love this goofy girl!!
You might notice two things about our family photo, 1) I look tired because I am tired! and 2) Eli has a big old fat lip and a scratch/black eye...I'll tell you more about that tomorrow! Oh my!!
Even though all of the aunts, uncles and cousins were on their way home, we got to spend another day with Grandma and Grandpa to celebrate Easter.
Good news, the Easter Bunny knew where we were! The kids were so excited to check out their baskets in the morning. They got sandals, swimsuits, candies and puzzles. But the highlight was the TIC-TACS! My kids are crazy for tic-tacs. All day long, all I heard was "Mom, can I have a tic-tac?" from Em and "I'na tee-taa!" from Eli.
After flying kites, the kids napped while the adults hid eggs for an Easter egg hunt. It didn't take more than a second for the youngest two to figure out that it was a good thing to grab lots of eggs and quick! Em was quiet and determined, while Eli would stop at each egg, crack it open and holler what he got. I had to quickly edit the loot once we got inside, since Eli thought he was entitled to eating everything he got in about four minutes flat.
We had so many fun things to do at Grandma and Grandpa R's this weekend. The excitement began with kite flying. It was the perfect kite flying day, with plenty of wind to keep the kites flying easily. Em and Eli both held kites, though Eli thought it was hilarious to let go a time or two, of course! We had four kites, one for each of the kids. I don't think I've had so much fun flying a kite. (Click on photos to make them bigger.) More Easter fun to come...