Easter 2015

Easter weekend started out with Gram and Toddy visiting to meet Finnegan. Harper had an Easter egg hunt at school, so Drew, Gram and Toddy went and Tod snapped these pictures.

Easter egg hunt at school

Easter egg hunt at school

Easter egg hunt at school

Easter egg hunt at school

Then on Easter morning, the Easter bunny left goodies in the kids’ baskets! Finn was too sleepy to notice.

Finnegan's first Easter

But Harper loved all her goodies!

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

And Gram made Harper a bunny-shaped pancake!

Easter 2015

It was too wet and cool outside to do an egg hunt, so we hid some eggs upstairs in the playroom.

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Harper was pretty excited about all the candy.

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Our first holiday as a family of four!

Family of 4

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harper’s 2nd easter

Easter gets a whole lot more fun when you have a toddler! Harper loved hunting for eggs. So much so that we did it 4 times that weekend. Harper already showed great hunting prowess at her first egg hunt at school. She knew exactly what to do! She grabbed all the eggs and put them in her basket until it was overflowing!

Then we went to our neighborhood egg hunt where she and her neighbor friend didn’t get one single egg. There were just too many kids. So they filled their baskets with wood chips instead and did some swinging.

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

We got the obligatory scared-of-the-easter-bunny shot.

Harper's 2nd Easter

Easter morning was quite fun to see Harper enjoy her gifts – Legos, some books, and a few other things.

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Then we headed over to our neighbor’s house for a make-up egg hunt since the neighborhood one was a bust. Harper loved swinging on her friend’s playscape and now points to it from our yard every time we’re outside.

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

And finally, later that afternoon we headed to Drew’s cousin’s house for dinner (like we did last year!) and Harper’s 4th egg hunt.

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Needless to say, Harper really enjoyed the holiday and we loved watching her enjoy it.

harper’s first easter

The Easter Bunny (and some relatives) gave Harper a few goodies!

And the bunny ears! Cuteness overload!

Harper's first Easter

the springtime is the season where everyone’s a friend

Fortunately for those living in northern IL, we had quite a lovely Easter weekend. It was warm enough to go for a jog outside – which is usually unexpected in early April. The hubby and I spent the weekend in Rockford visiting our mom’s and siblings. And of course, Ollie was there.

We belatedly celebrated our soon-to-be-brother-in-law’s birthday.

We also visited our friends Michelle and James and their new baby Ethan, born just a week before.

Mommy and Ethan

Daddy and Ethan

I don’t think Drew has held a newborn baby (maybe since his brother was born twenty some years ago.) He looks like a natural, no?

See the rest of my pictures from the weekend.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Springtime Is The Season” by Of Montreal

you can crush the flowers but you can’t stop the spring

This year for Easter we traveled home to Rockford to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday early. We were so excited to give Barb her presents that we made her open one on Friday night. Kari had bought her a bunch of cat accessories. The first thing she opened was some fuzzy mouse toys. “What?” She was really confused and of course we were all laughing. “No. no. no. no.” she said. “YES!” We were taking her to the animal shelter the next morning to pick out her very own kitten! I love how we didn’t give her a choice. HA! Of course, she warmed up to the idea. And of course, I was there with my camera, eager to snap pics of the new kitty. But first, the cake!

I had been reading a great foodie blog – Dinnercakes (I know the author personally through my sister-in-law!) and saw that she made a rainbow colored cake and I thought that’d be perfect for an Eastery-birthday cake for Barb. So I did my version with pastels. (The cake wasn’t homemade, so no recipe to post.) I made it two layers with white frosting. I poured green in first, and then right on top I poured the remaining colors one by one. Then, I dragged a skewer through a couple times to get the colors to move a bit.

I kept the decorating simple (because I’m so not good at that part.) But I wanted it to have the flower theme for Easter – and to go with the little birthday plate I painted for her at Color-Me-Mine. The plate looks like it was painted by a kindergartener (no offense to kindergarteners) – we’ll just say I mean it to be that way (instead of confessing my poor painting skills.) She loved it nonetheless.

The colors of the cake didn’t get as marbly-mixed as I thought they would – you could see the half-circle shapes and that’s still cool! It tasted great too!

Now for the kitty! We went to Winnebago County Animal Services and spent some time with all the kitties there. It broke my heart to see them in their little cages – meowing and pawing to get out. That was tough. But we found a perfect match for Barb! Meet Oliver.

He was a little shy when he arrived at his new home, but it didn’t take him long to start exploring. By the end of the day, he was jumping up onto tables and being held by everyone. He and Barb are gonna be best buds I can just tell! I get first dibs on cat-sitting!

You may notice that he looks a lot like a certain little kitty who’s appeared here before – but there is no relation. Nanaa is from Africa! I hope to chronicle the highly-anticipated first meeting of Ollie and Nans.

Ollie & Nans

After celebrating with Barb and getting Ollie acquainted in his new home, we headed to my Mom’s for a delicious Easter lunch. She had a turkey she wanted to “experiment” with (although all her recipes are experiments.) She did three or four different treatments on parts of it—braised, marinated, jerk-style. It was all yummy!


See more pictures from the weekend on Flickr.