Easter 2015

We had a lovely, relaxing, and laid-back Easter this past weekend.  After the crazy week prior, it was nice to take it easy and just hang around the house, just the five of us, for the holiday.

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The Easter Bunny came!  I didn’t go crazy with the Easter baskets this year, and the girls got a Princess Barbie, a headband, and some candy.  Ben got Spiderman, a cute straw fedora, and candy.  Honestly, the kids played with the dolls, but were pumped about the candy.  Point taken and noted for next year.

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Not quite sure what happened to Gracie’s shirt in the middle of the night…

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…or Brantley’s pants…

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Little cutie was excited about all his chocolate!

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After the kids opened their baskets and took exactly one bite out of each piece of candy and then discarded each of them (do anyone else’s kids do this??!  Drives me crazy!), we had a bit of time before we had to get ready.  The girls snuggled on the couch, and Ben got some Daddy hugs. 🙂

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Then, of course, the outfits. 🙂  I found Bennett’s darling little seersucker blazer from an Instagram friend that hosts consignment sales of high quality name brand children’s clothes through her IG feed!  When she posted this little blazer a few weeks (months?) ago, I died for a second, and then realized that I had to have that blazer for Ben for Easter.  So I snatched it up, and worked on building all three of the kids outfits around it!  I have resigned myself to the fact that Ben will be three (THREE!!!!) in September, and that’s probably as far as I should take jon-jons and sweet smocked outfits for him.  So I knew I wanted him in a jon-jon for Easter, so I made his jon-jon with a solid navy cotton, and used the same pretty pink cotton for his bowtie as I used for the girls dresses. And for the girls dresses, I wanted to use a pattern I had not used previously, and wanted something very classic and feminine and pretty.  I love, love, love how this dress turned out.  I loved the spring pink for the skirt, but wanted a bit more detail, so I added some antique lace (that I have been hoarding for months) to the bodice and the hem, and they turned out perfectly (and look for this dress to be showing up in the etsy shop very soon!!).

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But, of course, the kids joy radiated right through the garments, and they were just precious.  It goes without saying, but I was pretty proud of my babies.

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We headed outside for some pictures after we got ready for church.  And I mean, c’mon.  The sweetest thing a mama can ever see.  Nothing sweeter.

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Okay, maybe this.  Nothing sweeter than this. 🙂

We went to a new church, since, to be honest, we have still been struggling to find a church home for our family, and keep a consistent church track record.  We’ve tried several different places, but each got a thumbs down from either Scott, or me, or the both of us.  But from the moment we walked into the church on Easter, I had a good feeling.  And after the service began, I felt comfortable, and felt like this was going to be a good fit.  And by the end of the service, I was overwhelmed with a feeling that that was where we were meant to be.  Scott liked the service as well, and the kids loved their children’s church, so it got 5 thumbs up from our family.  I know churches usually put on the dog for Easter and all, but I just really felt good about this one.  I am hoping that we go back and continue to go back.

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Once we got home, we started our big meal!  We made our traditional spring holiday meal, with lots of great traditional Southern fare.  I made a ham with Alton Brown’s City Ham recipe, which I highly, highly recommend.  I’ve made it 3 or 4 times now, and it has been delicious each time.  I also made squash, green beans (I have to admit that Scott made the green beans), deviled eggs, rolls, potato salad, and macaroni and cheese.  I have been on the hunt for the perfect mac and cheese recipe for quite some time now, and I think I have finally found it.  I’ll be sharing more about that later this week, though…

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So stuffed our faces full of yummy food, and then ate Bunny Cake for dessert!

We took it easy the rest of the day, napping, watching movies, and generally relaxing, as we hung out at home as a family.  It was so nice, and we just went back and forth to the kichen, getting a slice of ham, or a bite of mac and cheese, or an egg, all day long.

It was a wonderful family day, and  enjoyed every bit.  The kids were even pretty well-behaved all day, played independently, didn’t bicker, and made it pretty easy for Scott and I.  A memorable Easter, for certain.

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And if you want to know how difficult it was to get this ONE picture with my babies, read yesterday’s post!

 I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter with your friends and family, and in celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.  I loved Brantley telling me all day that Jesus died for her and that she loved Him so much, and she also loved me and Daddy and Ben and Gracie, and so did Jesus!  And in those comments, I realized that the baskets, the outfits, and the food were not the most important things of the day (though, they are fun :)), but that Jesus’ love for us is.  And if Easter does anything for us, at least it reminds us of that.

Happy Easter, friends!  And He is Risen!

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