Easter snuck up on us WAY too fast this year. And it made me kind of mad, because I like looking forward to one of my favorite holidays for longer. But I got over it. It was all led up to by the most gorgeous Spring Break in history (at least in my book). More details about that later, because Lucy's about to wake up and my other kids are coming in the door in an hour and I still have to run to the grocery store before then. So I'm just sticking in a few pictures from the big day:I can't believe these are the only pictures I got of the string maze through our house. The Easter Bunny leaves a string at the end of each child's bed leading them on a serious scavenger hunt around the house to find their Easter baskets. The Easter bunny has really wanted to quit this tradition because every year (s)he has a battle with the string and ends up having a super late night trying to untie knots, but the kids love it so much that that poor bunny can't give it up. The kids love following their string around and trying not to get it mixed up with everyone else's.Then we have an egg hunt outside.We painted eggs before Movie Night on Friday. We take egg coloring very seriously around here. This is one of my favorite things to do with the kids. I love to watch them get better and better with their little paintbrushes each year.
My parents and brother are usually in town for Easter but weren't this year (we missed you guys!), so we had to improvise for our traditional Easter family picture. We did one with a self timer with my little camera:and one of the kids:and the parents:We had a big dinner with the cousins and another egg hunt there.
And I had to add a picture of this cake the girls and I made for dessert...because we were kind of proud of it.
I am so thankful for Easter and the opportunity it gives to reflect on Christ and the resurrection. I hope amongst all the candy and fun my kids were able to catch the spirit we tried to create and to reiterate as much as possible. I'm so thankful for such a gorgeous time of year to remember new life and the amazing blessings we have in our knowledge and love for our Savior.