Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Much to the boys' delight the Easter Bunny did make a stop in Oxford this year. To answer a question from Gramma and Shell, "Just where does the Easter Bunny come from?" Sources point to the desire of early Christians to intigrate Pagan traditions into Christian festivals. In second century Europe, the predominate spring festival was a raucous Saxon fertility celebration in honor of the Saxon goddess Eastre (Ostara), whose sacred animal was a hare.

Here are the boys coloring their fertility symbols in honor of their soon to be baby brother or sister :)

Wanting to ensure that everyone at Church knew that they colored eggs, they dyed their hands as well.

Here are the boys the next morning diving into the spoils of their hare-hidden baskets.

They also took in a little protein by eating a colored egg.

And here are the two gentlemen in their Easter finest.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Springtime in Oxford...

We recently had a little bit of snow here in Oxford.

Here are the boys before they held-up the local gas station.

Here they are making their getaway.

The had a blast playing in the snow.

The next day we went sled riding at a local park.

Owen & Luke were adventurous. They had to try every sled available. Here they are after one of their numerous wipe-outs.

Owen loved flying down the hill as fast as he could.

Luke was a bit more cautious.

Dad wasn't going to let the opportunity pass him by...

he made sure he went down the hill with both his boys.

Here's dad, Luke, and Owen with our friends Katie, Angie & lil' Luke.

Here are the boys in their St. Patrick's Day gear.

I saved the best for last. Here's Mom and baby C enjoying the great outdoors.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

More Pics from Aunt Winnie's Trip...

We had a great time when Aunt Winnie paid us a visit. We spent one afternoon at the Cincinnati Museum Center, with mixed results.

Aunt Winnie knew she loved Cincinnati when she heard it's nickname "Porkopolis"...

but then she tried to use the ATM at a local bank, but for some reason, she was told to leave.

The boys had a great time hangin' at the Cincinnati Children's Museum. Luke was busy driving the fire truck, just like his Aunt Di Di...

while Owen was busy shoveling coal.

After the boys played and Aunt Winnie got kicked out of the bank, we all had ice cream!

Congratulations to Tom & Cari

On Sunday, we had lunch with cousin Tommy & Cari the day after they got engaged. The boys were stoked to spend some time with them. After lunch, we hung out at the Kenwood mall for a while trying to find a Wii for Uncle Sean after Tommy lost a costly bet.

Here's a nice pic of our family after a great lunch with good food and great company.

Just in time for the playoffs, here the boys are modeling their new Miami hockey jerseys. Let's go Hawks!