Thursday, April 2, 2015

Luke's Birthday Day and an extra special snack

 Thank you so all much for the plethora of sweet birthday wishes for Luke here and on Instagram, via text, email, etc.  All the love for my sweet boy was so kind, thoughtful and appreciated.  This is the beginning of an emotional month for me (I feel like in one blink of an eye all of my babies get an entire year older and it is a tough pill to swallow) and it was so so so sweet of y'all to take the time to wish him a Happy Birthday :)

Birthdays are tough when they fall on a school day.  There's not a ton of celebrating that can be done when you need to leave the house by 7 am :)

Tuesday night Luke had the hardest time falling asleep because he was so excited about his birthday.  He finally drifted off way too late and then he stumbled into our room extra early with bedhead and sleepy eyes and asked, "What time is it?"

I replied with, "birthday time" and he closed his little eyes and whispered, "yes.... it's finally here". ;)

I could have eaten up his excitement with a spoon. hahaha


Here he is waiting patiently at 6:15 am for his brother and sister to come to the table.  We told him that he could open his presents before school since otherwise I thought he would be CONSUMED with excitement all day long. ;)




Time to open presents!!! ;)





Lego sets for the win! 


I got to see him at lunch when I brought down cupcakes for his class and he was having the best day and after school was more of the same.


He requested pizza and crazy bread at home for dinner and this tired mama was more than happy to oblige ;)  We can't wait to celebrate with his friends tomorrow afternoon at our house with a Minecraft party!  I have scaled WAAAAAAAAAAAY back on the party and am so looking forward to a bunch of little boys just running around our house eating cake and pizza :)

When we got home from school yesterday we decided to try our hand at making "resurrection rolls".

Luke was way too busy building his new Lego sets to bother baking with us, but thankfully I still had two willing sous chefs!


We unrolled some refrigerated crescent roll dough, then spread on some melted butter and sprinkled on cinnamon sugar.  We talked about how Jesus died on the cross and how his friends used oil and spices to get him ready to be buried.

They each got a marshmallow and we talked about how it was white and how Jesus never did anything wrong or bad (it's hard explaining sin to a three year old - hahaha).


I explained how they wrapped Jesus's body in linen cloths and placed him in a tomb (we called it a cave for toddler purposed) and that guards rolled a huge stone in front.  As we talked about that we covered our marshmallows with the crescent rolls and sealed them up like the tomb was sealed.


We baked them at 350 for ten minutes (they don't look pretty... but that's what happens when you bake with toddlers), and after they cooled I put them on a plate and called the boys in...


They excitedly opened them up and found the white marshmallow gone!!!  This was when we got to talk about how Jesus was gone from the tomb because he was in heaven!


This is Luke grilling me on "how" the marshmallow disappeared. :) 



The rolls are sweet and we talked about how "sweet" God's love is for us, that he sent his son to die on the cross for us. 


The rolls were delish and it was an awesome illustration of the Easter story.  They were easy and kid friendly and would be a great activity/snack for this weekend.

I hope y'all have a FANTASTIC day!  And don't forget that tomorrow is Friday Favorites... see you then! ;)

26 comments:

  1. Yay!!! I'm so glad Luke had such a great day! Love the Resurection roll idea! We did it last year and were all big fans.

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  2. I'm still in denial that Luke is seven! It just seems so old!! And I love that you baked Resurrection Rolls with your kiddos! Those three are just so sweet :).

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  3. We've been doing a countdown at our house for Luke's party!!! Carter is READY! :)

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  4. Such an awesome activity for your children to celebrate this special time of year. You are such a great mom! He is Risen indeed!

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  5. Those Resurrection rolls are amazing!! I'm going to do that with my first graders next week when we get back from spring break! Thank you for sharing!!

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  6. That is so special! I love this

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  7. I am so glad that Luke had a great birthday! LOVE the idea about the resurrection rolls. What a great illustration!

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  8. I have never heard of Resurrection rolls before. That is a wonderful way to explain the story to little ones! I'll be doing that today with my girls! Thanks for sharing! Happy Easter!

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  9. I love those rolls and the story to go along with it. I will be making them this weekend! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. Hope Luke has a very special birthday!

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  10. So glad Luke had a great birthday! And even my grown up kids still get excited the morning of their birthday!!!! Love it

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  11. What a great idea for teaching the Easter story, something that will make a great impact on little ones. I will have to try that with my three year old this year. Thanks for the recipe and the tips for explaining each step.

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  12. The resurrection rolls are a fantastic idea! Can't wait to read more about Luke's birthday party. You always have the best party ideas!

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  13. I'm going to have to try the resurrection rolls! I tried explaining Easter to my 3 yo daughter... so tough! We used cave and a really big rock for terminology too. :) After my attempt, my MIL just bought her the video. lol

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  14. What a handsome young man Luke is growing up to be. Love the story told in the Resurrection Rolls. Thanks for sharing during this Holy Week. Happy Easter in advance. hallelujah He is Risen!

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  15. Resurrection rolls are a fabulous idea! I will have to try them. Happy Birthday, Luke! :)

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  16. We made resurrection rolls a few years ago, and the marshmallows never disappeared! But, they tasted yummy! We might need to try these again!

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  17. I am so thankful i found your blog years ago! This is such a great idea for young ones. I have a 6 and 4 year old and you are absolutely correct in trying to teach them these things in 'their terms' so they can comprehend at their young age. Glad Luke had a great birthday too! :)

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  18. You are amazing! I love this and can't wait to use it with my own children!

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  19. Andrea, you are precious as pie. I wish you were my sister or cousin or best friend, just something! You are such a good mama, wife, friend, teacher, etc,etc,etc! Keep up the great work you are doing. You are such a good example to all women. LOVE your blog.

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  20. I agree with the person who said you are sweet as pie :) Im glad Luke had such a good birthday!

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  21. Our boys are so similar! Star Wars legos, mineCraft...
    I love the rolls idea and explanation! What a great hands on way to teach the resurrection to littles! Thanks for sharing it!

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  22. I remember making these with my now teenagers when they were little and you are right - a great way to illustrate the resurrection story to little ones! We always enjoyed making these together with my mom and sometimes my grandma. Thank you for bringing back some really sweet memories today! Have a blessed Easter weekend with your sweet family!

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  23. My seven year old little guy loves Legos, too. I hate to say that seven is when he started thinning out and lost any and all baby fat :( We bought the ingredients for the rolls and I am so excited to make them!

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  24. Love the resurrection rolls! You have such a sweet little family.

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  25. Those resurrection rolls look so good!

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  26. Oh I can't wait to try the Resurrection rolls...its on my list for this weekend!! ;)

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