Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Easter!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! We have had a lot going on, which means I have lots of great pictures, but no time to post them! I plan to play a little "catch-up" this week.

The day before Easter, Virginia brought over this adorable bunny cake for the kids to eat. The babies thought it was interesting. Ironically, Kaydence, the girl who usually tries anything, refused to even touch it. Ryder, my carb/sugar addict loved it and the rest of the babies tasted it, but thought it was more interesting to smoosh it in their fingers than to actually eat it.

Kaiya and Riley, who loved the cake :-)


Saturday night we dyed Easter Eggs with Riley and Kaiya. I must admit that when it comes to messy art projects, like this one, I usually spend the whole time paranoid that someone is going to carelessly knock over the cups full of dye and stain everything in sight. I think when the quints are old enough to dye eggs, we will have to do it outside wearing old clothes! Fortunately, we made it through spill-free and Riley and Kaiya had fun and ended up with some cute eggs too.

Kaiya and Riley: Ready to "dye"

Riley's favorite creation, a bunny

Kaiya's favorite egg---I think that her name is written on it

Kaiya and Riley display their egg masterpieces!

Easter Morning the kids woke up to find that the Easter Bunny had made a visit. At our house, the Easter Bunny color codes all the eggs, that way everybody gets the same number and the difficulty of the hiding spots can be changed according to age. This year was the first year the quints could really participate in an egg hunt, and I was surprised at how quickly they caught on. Kassidy was the first one to get it, and the rest of the babies would follow her as she ran around the house looking for the eggs. It was so cute to watch!

The hunt is on! Kyndall, Kaydence, Ryder, Kassidy and Riley




Kaydence (who was more interested in the baskets than the eggs!)




After the hunt: Rustin, Kyndall, Kassidy, Ryder and Kaydence

Kaiya and Riley

All the kids looked so cute in their Easter Sunday outfits, that I decided to get out the backdrop and take some pictures before church. None of the babies wanted to cooperate with that idea! In fact, I have started to wonder if I will ever get a really cute picture of all five of them at the same time ever again! Maybe when they are old enough to bribe... I may not be turning any of these pictures into poster prints to hang on the wall, but I did get a good laugh out of some of them!

Group shot with all the kids: Kaydence, Riley, Kassidy, Ryder, Kaiya, Kyndall and Rustin. This was the best one I got with all seven kids! I love the mischievous expression on Ryder's face.

Just the babies: Kyndall, Ryder, Kaydence, Rustin and Kassidy

Kyndall, Kaydence, Kassidy, Rustin and Ryder. I finally got desperate and pulled out the portable DVD player--it was the only way to get the babies to sit in one spot for more than a second. The downside is that everyone was too interested in "The Wiggles" to smile at the camera.

Kaiya and Riley (who are old enough to be bribed) did get a few cute pictures!

This pose is reminiscent of High School Dance photos, but I still thought it was cute!



Annie said...

Looks like fun. I like all the pictures, they look wonderful im their outfits.

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

Adorable! I never thought I'd be a bribing mom...but it works so well. :D

Selene said...

Kaiya's hair is getting so long. It looks so cute.

Bloggy Mama said...

Totally awesome. Looks like a great Easter.

MDtripmom said...

I'm glad to hear the Easter Bunny was in on your color coding system! The kids are just adorable, as usual.

Queen B said...

Cute Pictures! I miss your kids!

Spence Ohana said...

Great pics! The quints are getting so big!

ShEiLa said...

Such very nice Easter photos and fun and I still am amazed every time I visit your blog.

I try to imagine myself in your shoes... but I can't. So I just take joy in watching your ablilities.


Emily said...

Adorable pictures!! =) Looks like a fun Easter!

I just have a question. At all the blogs of American families I've visited, in the Easter egg hunt pictures the kids are picking up what look like plastic eggs - is that was they are? Is there candy inside or are they just toys? Here the kids usually search for actual chocolate eggs (wrapped in foil of course). Just wondered, it got me curious!

Love the colour coding of eggs idea, by the way! The easter bunny did the same thing at our house growing up (I was one of five kids) and it definitely saved bickering.

Rachelle said...


A lot of families use plastic eggs here in the US. They are usually filled with candy--like jelly beans or the foil wrapped chocolate eggs. Sometimes they have little toys. I sometimes put a quarter in a few of them. THis year, the babies eggs had little bunny shaped crackers in them.


Arnold Quads said...

The kids are getting so big. I'm glad you guys had a great Easter.

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness..that group pic is hilarious!!
They all looked so cute dressed up!!

The Queen Vee said...
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The Queen Vee said...

Kaiya and Riley look sooooo grown up in their prom pose. Love Riley's western boots and argyle sweater, a man with a sense of style. Miss Kaiya is growing, growing and so very pretty.

Quint egg hunting pictures, great viewing. Would love to have been there in person to watch all the hunting and scampering around as they looked for their eggs. Your great photos have made this fan of your blog feel a part of your Easter Morn action.

Samantha and Audrey do the color coded egg hunt for their kids too. Every one gets their share with no hurt feelings.

Emily said...

Thanks Rachelle! I had never heard of those eggs before, they sound like fun. (And a lot more flexible for the parents too, if they don't want the kids having too much chocolate at Easter! :)

Mandy said...

I LOVE the photo with all 7 kids!!! It shows how things really are :)

They may start to sit for photos when they're close to three--then you'll be battling the cheesy grins! The photo of the older two is beautiful. Can you come do my kids? (just kidding of course)

Anonymous said...

We used to dye eggs with 5 girls (cousins) about the same age. Our mothers just set it up outside and until we were old enough to trust we dyed in our underwear/diapers. Worked pretty well......

C. Beth said...

Oh, my gosh, that last pic of Riley and Kaiya is ADORABLE!!

Happy Easter!

Kelly said...

Hi Rachelle! How did you have the black background on the photos? Great pictures! I missed seeing you at your ward's enrichment night on Thursday. Greetings, my friend!

Rachelle said...

Hi Kelly--

With all the pictures we take at our house, we figured a backdrop was a good investment, so we got one after the babies were born. I have always enjoyed photography, and having seven kids just gives me more subjects (even if they are un-willing ones!) :-)

Sorry I missed you on Thursday!


Janice said...

A lot worse things could happen than a few stains from egg dye..relax!!!!!!!

pinkmorning said...

i love your blog. you are such a cute mom. i found your blog after i had miscarried and was trying to find peace and your blog always made me smile. i love to check your blog every few months to see what you are up to. i am glad you got a vacation to see your family. i think i may have to invest in a backdrop of my own. that is pure genius.