Easter Top Ten

4.22.2014

I have a lot of Easter pictures this year - my poor Facebook friends. I have whittled them down to the top ten so your eyes won't glaze over about halfway through this post.

I give you:

Our Easter Weekend 2014



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It started out with some egg dyeing with the kids' buddy, B:



We are really square when it comes to dyeing eggs - no stickers, no glitter, no patterns, just a box of Paas and a dash of vinegar. Not that I don't like fancy eggs - I love fancy eggs - but this is the way that we did it when I was a kid. Our children are growing up very differently than The Engineer and I and I like to keep some things simple and traditional. 

But I do have a little bit of glitter in our table centerpieces (I just can't help myself):

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Our church egg hunt  - okay I cheated, I made collages. But they count as one!:


If there is a tree close by, he's going to climb it. #nineyearoldboys


Easter Sunday:


Big Kid grumped and groaned all morning about wearing his bow tie (I found it in the men's section at H&M). I thought that he looked handsome. I found Little Kid's dress on sale at Nordstrom and it is still available! Great quality and comfortable, which is important because she will not wear anything fussy and stiff. I was in love with all of the soft ruffles. Her gold laser cut flats are Old Navy and they did not rub blisters, which I was a little worried about.

This year I told the Engineer that all I wanted for Easter was some Peeps (you know I love me some Peeps). Not only did he deliver, but he made a Peep Scavenger Hunt and hid them all over Casa de Skelley. He made us work for them!


My teeth are going to rot out.

On to our Easter church services!

Our music ministry director, Katherine + Big Kid and his buddy R., looking sharp + The Engineer and Miss Pat, looking like a soap opera star:
We always have our Easter service in our gym to accommodate the larger crowd. We also ate breakfast at church, which was very nice after rushing around like mad to get everyone dressed in their Easter finery and out the door.

Easter afternoon at Gramma and Grandpa Dale's:

Everyone else looks great, I look like a dude. Such is life.

When I was a kid, my mom owned a gift shop. She started off in our garage when I was just a bit older than Little Kid and grew the business until she had her own corner shop downtown. I grew up in that gift shop. Even though it has been closed for several years, she has not lost her knack:


After our visit, we headed back home to check on our ailing Fat Dog - more on our old hound tomorrow. All in all, the weather was gorgeous, everyone was healthy (most importantly my new nephew - as you can see, I will be an aunt later this year) and the day finished up with me in a Peep coma. Good times.

I hope that you and yours had a wonderful weekend!

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Happy Easter

4.20.2014

I will have a full post on all of our Easter festivities later this week, but today I wanted to share with you this selection from our Good Friday service.

This is absolutely my favorite Easter song to sing and it is so emotional that sometimes I can't even get through it. I am one of two second sopranos - you can see my big melon head poking up above our director Katherine - and this is such a powerful song that usually either Sandy (my dear friend and the other SS) or I can't make it through.

We go a little off the rails at the end (this song is like a workout) and I think it is due to the emotion that "Surely This Was the Son of God," brings out in us. I still think that it was one of our best performances yet. The Chancel Choir has been and remains one of the biggest blessings in my life. I am not perfect and I struggle in my faith. I don't understand much of anything life sometimes, but I am never closer to God than when I am in the choir loft lifting up to Him.

Happy Easter!

Thank you to John Bean for this recording. I appreciate it, John!

Peep Wreath: Is this really a good idea?

4.17.2014

Now I love Peeps as much as the next person. I have been known to put away a box of Peeps in the bathtub while watching TV. But do we really want to hang a wreath made of sugar on the front door?


I have one word for you: Ants.

Don't believe everything you see on Pinterest.

I will be taking the weekend off for various Holy Week festivities. I hope that you and yours have a Happy Easter  - He is Risen! Hallelujah!

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