Okay, first things first. Ava's party (which will also be a joint celebration for Adrain who kind of got skipped with Easter being the day after his birthday.) It will be a simple party with rainbow cake and shirley temples after our entire extended family has dinner together at Red Robin, so I don't have to cook! I love how that one worked out. (wink)
my camera in my hands. Ava helped me with this shot outside on the picnic table. I might have gone a little overboard with Easter flower purchases... see below.
banana cream. I always forget what a mess it makes in the kitchen, with bowls to whisk dry ingredients, double boilers for cream, bowls for tempering eggs, yada, yada, yada. As I stood surveying the mess from my labors I thought to myself, "That man calms the mess in my heart daily, so he is more than worth a bit of mess in my kitchen every now and again." Love that man. And that pie was gone by Easter afternoon. I have no idea how to make it gluten free so I didn't sample it but judging by the two day spread between making it and washing the pan it was once in, I'd say it came out alright.
bread and grape juice seemed a little magical. I was rushing around and didn't focus on Jesus like I wish I had, but I do love this shot.
Seder dinner. We always hand out questions for the littles to read and it's so sweet. And I always wish I'd taken more pictures. Always.
all three of these cuddly, precious girls around. It's always so chaotic and loud that I don't get to savor it like I want to, but I also think there is something wonderful about the loud chaos too. I just about turn inside out as everyone starts tromping in with warm casserole dishes and bags of salad and finding places for coats and shoes and kids clinging to our legs for hugs. It's basically what I was made for. I asked Adrain the other day if I love being an Auntie so much, how on earth will I be able to stand being a grandmother? Will my kids have to kick me out of their houses at night so they can put those small people to bed? He laughed and said probably.
mint jeans. Seriously kill me now because I can't handle this kind of cuteness. And yes, my niece is carrying a dandelion. Precious, cheek-squishing adorableness, right there.
chocolate bunnies for my hoodlums. (My brother and I always like to complain to her and point out that we didn't get bunnies when we were kids AND we didn't get Easter baskets, to which she waves a wrist and makes a sound like, "Psh.") (I don't think she cares.)
Reading passages to my man because I am convinced he should know all the things in my head as they filter through. (Somehow he still loves me and I'd like to think it has more to do with the fact that I bake him pies.)
party lights on the side of our house and promptly dubbed it the "party pit" and I'll be sharing more on that later. Our remaining other half of the sectional is being delivered today and I'm so happy about that. Oh and let's not forget how packed this week will be, preparing for the final party that marks the blessed end of birthday season. Hallelujah, that's all I can say.
So how was your Easter weekend?