The Easter celebrations started before the weekend did! Early in the week we received a surprise Easter package from my mom. She is always amazing about remembering holidays and making them special. This package was no exception!
Parker playing with a light-up baby chicken toy.
Then we enjoyed an impromptu evening with our dear friend Rochelle (Shell, as she is known around these parts). Brian worked late on Thursday, so she spent the evening with us. Good times at Chick-fil-a and around the house, good conversations, and just being silly–what’s better than that?
Parker requested that Shell read him “Jesus Loves Me” before bed.
Then we had a wonderful Easter weekend. Brian has been extremely busy at work lately (saving the world, you know) and it was such a blessing to have him home for THREE WHOLE DAYS. Especially since he is travelling this week and next week for work. We loved having him all to ourselves over the holiday weekend!
Friday was full of fun and relaxation: a visit to Cosley Zoo with some good friends, homemade Fish Tacos, more time with friends, and a little Arrested Development. Our church does their service too late for us people with small kiddos, so we didn’t make it to a Good Friday service. Saturday I slept in and then we went out for a fun breakfast at my favorite restaurant, Honey. We haven’t been there in a long time so it was a real treat. Then we walked around our little downtown and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We even picked up some new books at the used bookstore (including my new favorite, Oh, The Places You’ll Go. Seriously, this book is full of wisdom).
On Easter we all made it to church. For the first time since Nolan was born! It really was a celebration! And Nolan even made it in the nursery the whole time so I was able to listen to the whole sermon. It was a good consideration of John 20. The service ended with the Hallelujah chorus, as usual. No matter how “connected” I’m feeling during worship, that song is somehow able to bring me to tears. It sounds corny, but that song really makes me look forward to the day when I’ll be able to sing about the triumph of Christ over death in heaven.
It took Parker all of 2 minutes to ask to take off his “fancy” shirt after church.
Nolan was quick to lose his khaki pants too.
That’s what you get when you have boys!
After Parker’s nap we did a little impromptu Easter egg hunt in our backyard. I wasn’t sure he’d be interested, so I kept the eggs fairly obviously hidden. I must have made it too easy because he was super into it and found them all really fast. It was fun to see his excitement over the whole process. I’m not really sure how to tie in the egg hunting with the true meaning of Easter, but it was sure fun!
Woohoo! This is fun!
There is a dinosaur in this one!
Look at ALL my eggs!
And my cool monkey basket is awesome!
We had some friends over for Easter dinner and that was really great. It is so good to be with likeminded people on such an important day. Our conversation was such a blessing to me. And the food was great (if I do say so myself!). We had grilled rack of lamb with lemon, garlic, and shallots, sweet potato casserole, brussel sprouts tossed in parmesan, carrots in a honey glaze, pretzel rolls, and salad. Then Heather treated us with this delicious dessert from Smitten Kitchen. You can see some pictures on her post about the day here.
Hope you all had a great Easter weekend!