Monday, 28 April 2014

Ella's First Easter Extravaganza!

So not only was last weekend Ella's first Easter celebration, but it also coincided with her first trip to England (the homeland!)

and since there was a lot of sunshine involved, she thoroughly approved!

 To be fair she's never really been out in the sun in Scotland before, not because we keep her locked up inside but because there really hasn't been enough warm sunny weather to just let her lay out on the grass! So it was very cute to see how happy it made her!

She also got lots of cuddle time in with Granny and Grandad Jones which she was a fan of!

 Ellis also loves his Granny time! I love this picture of the two of them together having a right old laugh - share the joke guys!

 On Good Friday, Grandad suggested going to a nearby garden centre that had a miniature train - so we hopped in the cars and off we went! Well, after getting slightly lost, we pulled into this 'garden centre' and parked in someone's garden just in time to see the little miniature train spectacularly derail!! It was just someone's house, and they had planted tons of flowers and things in the garden they were selling and then made this miniature railway! It was pretty random! and after laughing pretty hard about the derailing we went to explore!

We discovered there was a properly miniature railway track too - how cute is that bridge!

 I had to snap this pic of the babywearers of the family!

and we finally got a family pic of the 3 of us! Trust me...Ella is in there under all that fabric!

We made our way to the 'station' and hopped on board!

We thought it was pretty funny that we were doing it for the kids, because the 10 week old and 9 month old really knew what was going on!!!

The Braithwaite's got the comfy seats in our own private carriage!

Mom and Arne - the "big kids" loving it! At this point, we were about 3 rides in and Mom was trying to applaud the train driver who said he wasn't finished yet! It wasn't very busy and I was beginning to worry that he was having so much fun that we were never going to be let off!

Back in Hodnet, we chilled in the sunshine and soaked in some of that amazing sunshine that we have been seriously lacking up here!

Auntie loving!

Are those eyebrows not the cutest?!

We went to check out the baby lambs at the farm down the lane...

I'd like to say Ellis was loving them...

but in fact these smiles were for his crazy Auntie Alli who keeps him entertained by doing all kinds of crazy songs and dances!

Little and large! It's so funny seeing these two together!

Saturday was mainly a yummy foodie day around Shrewsbury involving delicious Nutella cupcakes!

Ella has been to her fair share of cupcakeries in her short lifetime already! This one was a new one we tried out, Empire Cupcakery, and it was pretty good!

On Easter Sunday, Ella put on her special bunny dress!

and had her first taste of chocolate!!! She wishes!

When we got home from church and were sufficiently full up on a delicious lamb roast, it was time to slip into something a bit more comfy for the egg hunt in the garden! so Ella sported her special first Easter onesie! which came all the way from some lovely friends in America!

Check out her cute bunny feet! She was a bit slow off the mark at searching for eggs...

Cousin Ellis had to show her how it was done! Don't waste time peeling the paper off - he eats his paper and all!

Auntie Mel found some gourmet seagull eggs! that actually were rather tasty salted caramel flavour, yum!

Ella eventually found her haul with a little help from Mommy and Daddy!

She seemed unimpressed by her bunny ear get up...

So we gave them to the poser in the family who got much more into it! His scrapbooking mum has trained him well!

The egg hunt almost ended in tears as Mel and Arne got a bit too competitive about finding the last eggs! Luckily Mel didn't end up in the pond...but it wouldn't have been the first time!

Mommy and Daddy also bought Ella a little prezzie so she can always remember her first Easter...

by reading Spot's first Easter! I was a big Spot fan when I was little so I'm hoping Ella will be too!

It was a tasty fun filled weekend with all the family, minus Auntie Mara who was checking out Gothenburg! and a lovely way to celebrate Ella's first Easter!

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