Yesterday we celebrated with all the Venders and Evjens in Phoenix at our place. It was so much fun spending time with our family (although we missed all of you who are in other states!) The weather was beautifully breezy and thankfully not scorching hot, the food was delicious as always, and the company…well, there is no question that it is the best. To be honest, holidays are always a bit tough for me. They magnify the things Claire does not get to do. From the simple things like just sitting or looking at people to the bigger traditions like egg hunts and trying candies. We still make her an Easter basket and show her everything in it, and eventually I hope I come to a place where I am not as sad at what she is missing and more thankful for what she has. The amazing thing is that I have this beautiful family surrounding us that loves her no matter what, helps out immensely, and celebrates the big and small things. We are so blessed. Anyway, here are some pictures from the day:

The birthday boy. And if you are wondering what my dad is doing…he is singing, REALLY loudly.



All the gang after dinner.


Claire with her loot. One of the only pics I snapped of her cute outfit before she made a mess of it!IMG_2864

We had a water balloon toss, one of my favorite cheap games. Matt and Yasmine won!IMG_2849IMG_2855

Then a candy/money egg hunt for us adults, Yasmine won!IMG_2887

The puppies had to wait outside during the hunt.Wendy wanted to join in though.IMG_2840 IMG_2881

The next few are Claire and Chloe being silly. That is until Chloe attacked Claire. Ha ha!IMG_2900 IMG_2899 IMG_2902

The end of a nice day. I had to throw on a new tee since my little brother soaked me in the water balloon fight!IMG_2912

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