Last week, as I mentioned previously, Phil was away for a business trip. He surprised me by coming home one night early. I was putting the kids to bed when I saw an unfamiliar car parked in the driveway. I checked to see if the door was locked and as I was walking away I noticed Phil in the back seat of the town car! He was able to get back early and surprise me for my birthday! But before he came home we had a busy day with visitors. Nonna and Auntie Steph came over in the afternoon, and then Grandma, Auntie Christy, Uncle Chris, and Andrew came over in the evening.
Jillian has been doing really well with tummy time, always lifting her head very high. She also loves standing and sometimes demands that you help her stand instead of sit. So we put her in the exersaucer to see how she'd do and she loves it! Joey likes showing her all the toys on it too. He's even reverted to putting most of the toys in his mouth again too.
Saturday was another family day for us. Since Auntie Christy is due any day now, we weren't sure if we'd be able to do our usual Easter tradition of making homemade ravioli at Grandma's house Easter morning. So we decided to make them ahead of time this year (sans mimosas). Andrew enjoyed helping with the dough, and Joey was more interested in coloring eggs after the raviolis were done. He prefered using the dunk method of sticking his hand in the colored vinegar water instead of using the egg spoon. Joey and Andrew had a lot of fun cooking, coloring eggs, playing outside, and hanging out inside.
After going home and taking a much needed nap we headed to Nonna and Grandpa's house for dinner. We got to meet Zino and Irma and spend more time with Auntie Steph, Uncle Don, Uncle Kevin, and Uncle Mikey. Of course Joey was showered with attention which he loved, and was worn out by the end of the day.
Finally, on Sunday we attempted the Easter Bunny. It was not a very successful attempt, but we can say we tried. Andrew was hesitant, but at least Uncle Chris was able to hold him and take a few good pictures. Joey was fine up until Phil walked towards the bunny and then Joey grabbed him tightly and started screaming, so Phil pretty much did a walk by and wave to the Easter Bunny. And Jillian? She had fallen asleep in the stroller. We were anticipating Joey having a hard time seeing the Easter Bunny so we let her sleep. When we got home Joey was playing with all of his (and Jillian's) bunnies, so we put them around Joey E.T. style.