Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter In a Nutshell (or should I say 'Eggshell'?)

Well, I'll spare you form starting this post like I have the last one or two (or six) posts... with 'sorry it's been awhile, things have been crazy, yadda, yadda, yadda...' Anyway... I'm here now, and that's what matters, right? Right!

Anyway... I'm glad to see that everyone had a great Easter! I have read all of your posts, but I have not gotten to comment yet. I figured I better catch up with my posting while I had a few minutes on my own to think straight. ('cuz y'all know that doesn't happen often...)

Let's start with Easter! We had a busy morning as usual which consisted of me dashing around frantically to get everything ready for the day. (All this after going to bed at 4:45 the night...err... morning before, but I'll get to that in a second...) I had to get everyone dressed and ready, teach my Sunday School class, and then play hand bells during the 11:00 service. We did manage to get the morning off to a good start. First thing's first...

Easter Baskets!! The Easter Bunny came by and brought some good stuff for the kiddos...

We decided to do things a little different this year. We usually go to Michael's grandmothers house or to my parent's house, or struggle to do both. Well, this year we decided to let them come to us. We invited my family up for lunch at our house and it was AWESOME! We actually got to enjoy the day since we weren't rushing from one place to the next. Mom, Dad, and my brother Tim even came up for church, but Tim decided to rest at the house instead. He was diagnosed with Mono last week, so I'll cut him some slack... but just this once. Chris and Pam came up right before lunch, so we all got to spend the day together.

After church, we all went outside to take pictures by the cross. The cross is put up in the courtyard and everyone brings fresh flowers from home to hang on it. By the end of the morning it is covered with all different kinds and colors. It is amazing to see in person. We have taken a picture by it each year and it is a great way to see how the kids have grown.

Here we are...
Dad & Mom
D-Daddy, Moo-Moo, & Allie
(Wyatt is coming down with an ear infection (ughhhh), so he was not feeling too cooperative at the time)Wyatt...
Allie...Allie and Sarah. The two have known each other their whole life are absolutely joined at the hip. I was devastated this week when I found out her family is moving to Columbus this summer. I haven't had the heart to tell Allie yet. I'm waiting to tell her so the thought isn't hanging over her head for the next few months. I dread that task... it's going to break her heart.

Next stop... FOOD! I made everything myself, which I must say was totally delicious to spite the fact I usually hate to cook. I actually had a lot of fun making it all though! Maybe I don't hate it so much after all. I cooked all of my favorites... a spiral glazed ham, homemade baked macaroni and cheese, sweet potato souffle, green bean casserole, rolls, and made a whirlwind cake and icing. (I did stay up until 4:45 am the night before, but it was totally worth it!) It was all so good! I totally had to talk a day off the ole' diet to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I didn't go overboard, but man... it was good!

We all got to spend the day together as a family and it was great to have everyone up for a visit. I really hope that one day we can get all of the family to come to our house for holidays. We really missed being with Larry and Nancy and the rest of the family, but we're glad they got to continue the tradition of Easter at MeMe's.

Now, let's rewind to Saturday. Our church had a huge Easter Egg hunt for all the kids. It was a gorgeous day and they all had a blast.

Allie and (of course) Sarah... before the huntAnd they're off! While it looks like Allie is dodging a pile of dog poop, she is actually stopping short to grab a egg she almost missed out on. I could have had some fun in Photoshop with that one... Showing Wyatt her loot...

Score!
Ah, Sam! The apple of Allie's eye. This kid is such a doll!!
Showing off the eggs he found...Wyatt enjoying his one and only egg. He actually found two, but as he ate the one shown here some kid actually robbed his basket of the other egg. Nice huh?!? Wyatt didn't seem to care much though.
Sam, Wyatt, and Bonnie Greer emptying all their eggs so they can be used again next year...The hunt was so much fun. They had all kinds of activities for the kids before and after the hunt. One of which was bubbles. This picture might look like no big deal to the average parent... but to me it means progress. Allie has never been able to blow out her candles or blow bubbles on her own. It's all related somehow to her speech issues. We've been working hard, and she can now do it all by herself!! I am so proud of her!!
And finally, here's their official Easter picture...

Well, that about covers it. We have been working hard lately to paint and redecorate the house, so hopefully I will have some pictures to show for it soon. We got a new table, new curtains, and I framed tons of pictures of the kids for the shelves. I think it's going to look good when we finish... but finding the time to to it is the trick. I'm just ready for a change! Well, y'all have a great week!!!

12 comments:

Angela said...

What great photos...as usual. You are such a go getter. I am impressed that you cooked everything for Easter. I have always wanted to do that, but I am afraid I will mess it up. I absolutely love the cross. It is amazing! I also love that you guys have your photo taken by it every year. Glad to hear that you had a great Easter.

Melanie said...

I love the cross....I may have to mention that for our church. What a great tradition! Allie & Wyatt's Easter pic is absolutely gorgeous.

Morgan wasn't able to blow candles out or blow bubbles until a few months ago either, and I think that her and Allie are right at the same age.

Glad that you guys had a great Easter and Kudo's to the Chef!!!

Heather said...

Good to see you back again. The photos are great.

I am glad Allie's able to blow bubbles, that's awesome.

Wyatt is such a cutie, I hope the ear infection clears up soon.

katie said...

gosh, your pictures are always so amazing! that last one is my favorite!

Glad you had a great easter, Caron! I won't even tell you that i think you need to blog more! i think you already know that, young lady!! now hop to it!! hehe

Have a great day, girlfriend! :)

Bethany said...

Caron, I have so much to say and so little time. Loved your post, and I'll be back later tonight to leave more!!!

The Partins said...

The pictures are great! The one of them hugging in the field is super precious. And you look AWESOME!

Andrea said...

I so almost bought the exact same easter baskets this year at wal-mart. I was going to give David the blue one and save the green one for Wesley. Alas I went with one of the $1 plastic containers instead...I'm so cheap!

I love all of Allie's outfits-especially the carrot/orange one.

Girlfriend you don't need to be on that diet anymore-you look FABULOUS!

Katy S. said...

You have a beautiful family. glad to see you had such a great time.

Chris said...

Hey girl! Missed you! Love the final Easter pic it's great! All the pics you posted are really cute. Did you make Allie's Carrot outfit? I just adore it! The family pic in front of the cross is gorgeous and what a nice tradition! I may take you up on your offer to come out your way sometime. Email me, when you have a few with your prices and such. It would be fun to make a day of it and come up for some pictures. Lindsay could play with Wyatt and Allie a bit. I'm totally thinking about it. I really want to do a cute 2nd birthday + mommy/daughter/belly photo shoot. I still need to tell you the hellish Sears story. I'll email it though!

YOU LOOK AWESOME by the way. I'm going to be asking you for your secrets after I have this baby!!!

Talk to you soon!

Tara said...

I am way late on this post but great pictures. Glad to see a new blog.

Bethany said...

Ok, okay, so it took me a little longer than I expected to return. I just wanted to say thanks for all of the encouragement. It's nice to have "virtual" friends who can offer support and advice. I'd still like to do a blogger recipe swap sometime. I so admire you for learning to love exercise. I know I could get there if I had time to do it in the first place. I've actually ALWAYS loved running, but I just can't find the time...and I used to run a lot at night...but it seems that it's just not safe to run alone in the dark anymore! Can't wait to see more pics of the kiddos.

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