Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter 2016

We had a pretty spectacular Easter!  We may have finished dying eggs just minutes before midnight the night before, but we got it done.  We took the natural dyes route again, and red cabbage is by far my most favorite.  Such a beautiful shade of blue.  We planted jelly beans that grew into suckers, and left the boys' baskets by the front door (per Liam's request).  Surely the "Easter Egg Bunny" would find them there.  As I filled their baskets late that evening, I was filled with joy (and wine!).  Experiencing the holidays as a parent is almost just as sweet as it was as a child.  I love all of the magic and wonder.


The whole family slept in, so I told Liam I needed to "make sure" the Easter Bunny came before he bounded out of bed in search of his basket.  Really this just meant that I sprinted downstairs and hid our hard boiled eggs in the backyard as quickly as possible.  Per usual, Finn was just along for the ride as Liam ran down the stairs whispering about the Easter Bunny as if he were still in our house.  The baskets were a big hit, with Liam most excited about the dinosaur eggs he had been asking for.

The big event, was the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt.  I got together with the other moms the day before to stuff far far too many eggs (also wine, also candy eating).  But seriously, the number of eggs outnumbered the amount of hiding places by far.  Some were neatly hidden, but many were eventually just scattered in the grass.  Perfect for the little ones.  Kids 5 and under were given a head start, and Liam jumped up and was the first off!  He scored tons of eggs, and I've been raiding his candy stash all day.





After the hunt, we brunched on eggs benedict; made dairy free by Conor (coconut oil instead of butter, and I could barely tell the difference).  We busted out the Waterford crystal for some morning rosé bubbly and felt all sorts of fancy.  I really need to drink from a massive champagne glass far more often!  And then it was time for church.  And while my kids are some of the most well behaved during mass on every other Sunday... holiday masses are not for them.  Maybe it's the sheer amount of people, or the sugar highs, but we have a hard time holding it together.  So more bubbly was needed immediately after.

Naps all around, and then I started cooking our Easter feast.  Glazed ham with a raisin sauce.  Every single year, and it will never change.  While Conor finished up dinner prep, I drove to the airport to pick up Nana!  Yes, my mama is here for over a week!  I just took a big sigh of relief and the relaxation is already setting in.
my dress // bowties

I hope everyone had just as wonderful an Easter as our family!!!

25 comments :

  1. I could have summed up this whole post in one word. BOWTIES. I'm dying. They're perfection!! Such a fun Easter. We need to up our game over here and plant jelly beans... And I have never ever dyed an egg (insert blushing embarrassed emoji here).

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  2. Yay for a visit from your mom! And love that you needed alcohol after church...sounds just like us!! Lol my husband was talking about beer and I was like, "it's only 10am on Easter Sunday"...and he was all "after that church experience, I deserve it!!" ;)

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  3. You have two very handsome boys! I love that Liam was whispering to the Easter Bunny on Sunday morning. How cute is that?

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  4. Seriously loving the bow ties!!! And I wanted to plant the magic jelly beans too but Chris poo pooed the idea :(

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  5. Liam looks so much like you in that first picture! And I love how you hide your hard boiled, dyed eggs...that would stop my kids from trying to eat candy as they go ;) Have a great time with your mom this week! That's the best!!!

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  6. What a great Easter!! Champagne from crystal glasses...yes, please! Everyday should be a holiday! And why does Liam look like he's EIGHT? Ahhh! Such a great weekend!

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  7. Your neighborhood egg hunt (and wine drinking) sounds amazing. I need that kind of stuff (mostly the wine) in my life.
    Your boys. They slay me. Those bow ties are THE best.
    And, YAY YAY YAY for grandma in town!! Have the best, most relaxing time, EVER.

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  8. Your boys both look absolutely adorable in their Easter outfits. Those bow ties! Love! Sounds like a great Easter weekend! Enjoy spending time with your mom!!

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  9. Beautiful family pic! And hooray for your mom being in town for the week! That's awesome. Happy (belated) Easter!

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  10. awwww that last photo is so fabulous and needs to be framed :) the boys are so cute in their outfits. your easter feast sounds delicious!

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  11. Such a perfect day! I can't get over how big Liam is looking, like a little adult in his bowtie - so cute! And SO glad you were all healthy for the celebrations!

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  12. I love all the sweet touches, jelly bean "seeds" to homemade brunch and fancy crystalware! Glad you had a wonderful Easter!

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  13. Oh Laura! What an excellent weekend. I LOVE that photo of the two of them on the steps together. You can tell Liam was just having the best time ever. It sounds like your traditions and events all went without a hitch!

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  14. I love reading all the Easter recaps. They are all beautiful and fun and maybe a little too sugary =) It's adorable how much Liam looks like you with that hair, and that picture of him running for the eggs. adore it! Happy week with Nana!!

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  15. Eeeekkk! You're right! How did I miss Finn in a bow tie too? LOVE IT.
    I love that you guys do a neighborhood egg hunt and that you get to organize it (and drink wine and eat candy) with the other moms. Your neighborhood sounds so fun!!
    YAY for your mom being here! Enjoy every minute!!!

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  16. Such a perfect Easter with such handsome boys!

    And yay for your Mama finally arriving!!!!

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  17. Wow, Liam has grown into being the spitting image of you!

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  18. Your photos are gorgeous! And I love, love, love the boys' outfits!!

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  19. Such a fun day!! Wyatt is still asking where the Easter eggs are...poor kid. So glad your mama is there; makes everything better!

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  20. Such beautiful photos! Enjoy your time with your mama!

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  21. What a wonderful Easter, the boys are so handsome & festive with their bowties!! :) I love how 'delicious' all of your holidays sound. Enjoy the time with your mom.

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  22. How did I miss this post with all this delicious champagne talk and bowtie goodness?! I can't get over how handsome your boys are! Liam looks so grown up and so little at the same time. And he has the most amazing hair...we all know where he got it!

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  23. Oh my word! Your boys are little models. They are so precious. A neighborhood hunt sounds like a blast. Our eggs outnumbered the hiding places as well. We started just dumping them on the ground everywhere! Great picture of your sweet family.

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  24. I can only imagine how special the holidays are when experiencing them through the eyes of your children! Everything about your Easter sounded fabulous! Xo, Stephanie

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