There was something velvet-y good about having my parents around at Easter-time.
I mean, it’s always so great to have them around, but it seemed like it had been a big gap since we had seen them last.  They were in Australia during all Max’s mission send-off hoopla and we hadn’t seen them since well before that so we were so glad when they decided to head on down to the desert for a visit.
I mean, there’s nothing like having your Grandma to help you make a giant “cell” for science at school:

…or having your Grandpa around to run by your side while you ride your bike to the bus stop and on a Saturday when you decide to wear your pj’s all day:

Nothing like bringing your mom along to pack and drive for the organization you volunteer for each month…

And having them both meet your children at school for lunch:

…and take them out on a few dates:

They got to watch Elle and Grace play tennis:

Have some fun discussions around the dinner table:

…and breakfast table too:

I loved that my Dad made his famous popcorn with Claire and her friends one night:

(He likes loads of butter on it which the girls thought was quite exceptionally delicious.)

I loved having my mom share my passion for painting Easter eggs:

They got to be there to watch Claire play soccer (along with Josh):

And we played a little tennis and got together with our great family friends.

 I think this is our new tradition with these guys since it seems to be the same drill each time.

 Love catching up with them!

We got to go get sushi with some of our sweet friends who recently moved close-by:

…and we went to see a movie.

It was “Eddie the Eagle,” has anyone out there seen that?

We LOVED it.

There was one part I thought they definitely should have left out, but other than that I would totally recommend this movie for a family movie.

I love when a movie can have everyone on the edge of their seats and create tangible emotion.

We went to the Easter pageant:

…and last but not least, celebrated Easter together (all about that back HERE).

A couple of the things not pictured that I want to remember:  1) a grand bike ride my Dad and I took while discussing the world, 2) a nice conversation sitting with both my parents basking in the sun by the pool, 3) my children adoring every second with my parents and thinking up any new way they could get them one-on-one.

Yep, I know I’m biased but I think I must have the best parents on the whole planet (right up there with Dave’s:)

Love this funny picture Claire took from the car when I was dropping them off at the airport.

So grateful I get to call them mine.

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  1. Shawni,

    Looks like y'all had a nice time together. I was just listening to your parents podcast yesterday about "family narrative" and spending one-on-one time with their grandchildren. Let them know I enjoyed that talk.

    Have a great week,

  2. Completely OT, but I'm curious where you shop for pants and skirts. I'm built tall and thin as well and it's always an adventure finding the right length.

    1. Hi Sarah, I shop anywhere that has "tall" sizes and even they are not tall enough most of the time. Elle and I found some jeans at H&M that were long enough while we were shopping for something for her to wear in her senior pictures. I found one of the skirts in this post on a great sale at Banana Republic when I was shopping online a while back and one at Gap that was on sale for $3.99. Pretty great right?

  3. Your momma exudes beauty…she just glows! I love how your dad seems so fun and totally comfortable being himself! Beautiful examples of what great human beings look like.

  4. I was just looking in the church news and saw that Elder and sister Teh will be Max's new mission president. They live in my ward here in ut and we love them. some of the nicest people I have ever met!! I am sure Max will love them.

  5. So fun to see all the fun we had! Thanks for taking such great care of us and for inspiring us at Easter time! That was a wonderful few days to remember!

  6. A long time ago you recommended a book that would be good to give as a gift to a child getting baptized. I was wondering if I could get the name of that book. I thought I wrote it down but now that I need it I can's find it. Thanks

  7. Thank you for your beautiful posts and uplifting advice. I love reading your blog. I have a question for you about your awesome dining table. What are its measurements? We are searching for one and I love yours. Where did you get it? It seems to fit the whole family and some visitors comfortably. Thank you again! 😀

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