Today, we awoke at the crack of 8:30 to get ready for church. For whatever reason, it takes us a couple of hours to feed everyone, and get showered and out the door by 10:25. Today, we were a little pressed for time, because we were also taking my mother-in-law, who lives with us, and she is bedridden much of the time.
The church service was well-attended today(surprise!) and we sat at the very back, which actually worked out better since my mother-in-law is in a wheelchair. She can walk a little bit with the walker, but the wheelchair makes it much easier to get around.
One cool element of the service was the fact that my artist friend, Gilbert Sauceda, was busy painting onstage throughout. I wish I had a camera so that I could share the finished piece here, but basically several people wrote various sins on the canvas ("I Stole", "I Lusted", "I Lied"), and Gilbert incorporated these into Jesus' pierced hand. At the end, our pastor wrote "FORGIVEN" in red on the painting. It was really a great message.
We tried a new Mexican restaurant near our house since I knew it wouldn't be crowded, and we had a great meal. Brandon (my nine-year old son) made a hilarious joke during lunch, or at least it was funny to me, mainly because of the shock value. Both of our older kids were having fun folding their flour tortillas and biting holes in them, then unfolding them to see the "design", much like when we used to make snowflakes in school.
Brandon kept making the hole larger and larger, until he was left with a ring shape, sort of like a tortilla hula hoop. He then placed it quickly on his head and said,
"I AM THE KING OF FLATBREAD!"
I mentioned to my wife Pam that Brandon has great comic timing, and she told me a brief story about another one-liner that he pulled out the other day at the library:
LIBRARIAN: Is this your correct address?
PAM: Yes. I haven't moved in about five years.
BRANDON (quickly and in mock disbelief): You haven't MOVED in FIVE YEARS?!?
Good stuff. If you don't get the joke upon your first reading, give it a little thought, and it will come to you.
We got home around 2pm, then I napped with the baby (yes!) until around 4pm or so, at which point it was time for the Annual Crouch Family Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza!
I have included some photos here from the egg hunt. As you can see, Abby has a fur lined Easter "purse" for collecting her eggs. Apparently, these are all the rage.
Of course, I am kidding. I have no idea where this particular item even came from.
This evening, we are just hanging out and the kids created some homemade comic strips. Every few minutes, they would finish one and I got to enjoy it. They are ridiculously like me when I was a kid. My wife was that way, too, apparently.
Thanks for reading! I hope you all had a terrific and blessed Easter Sunday!