For some reason we haven't been able to put our finger on, this weekend was more of one to get through than one to enjoy, especially on Sunday.  I think all the Easter festivities just threw things off and we couldn't get them back on track.  We started things off on a good foot when we met friends at the beach for dinner.  We barbecued, chased toddlers, and watched the sunset, and everyone had a good time.
  Easter morning started really early because the sunrise service at the beach started at 6:30.  I wasn't going to buy the kids Easter baskets or lots of candy but I did buy us each one piece to have before church (candy before church, that might have been where we started going wrong...). The sunrise service was really nice and there were two baptisms afterward, which was nice because it gave us a chance to talk to Sky about her baptism.  After church we headed home for breakfast and found a surprise waiting for us:  Auntie Mo and Uncle Paul (Fire's godparents) had left the kids Easter baskets!  Sky's was a princess basket and Fire had a stuffed frog and bubbles in it. 
  The kids tore into their baskets, we had some breakfast, and then we settled in to watch Hotel Transylvania.  We all thought it was really funny but almost as soon as it was over, Sky started acting out and crying at every little thing.  Was it the candy (since we only let her have candy after dinner), or the movie (which are special treats at our house), or was she over tired (she growing right now and sleeping a lot)?  All of it?  None of it? 
  Things got a little better after the kids had their afternoon naps and the evening went well enough but it wasn't the day I'd hoped it would be.  I guess we live and learn and we'll try to do it better next time. 

Fire with the Easter Bunny at Sky's school

Sky with the Easter Bunny

Sky with her Easter egg before church

Fire got a Hershey's kiss and was more interested in the wrapper than the chocolate!

Easter baskets!

Her Higness wouldn't stay still for a picture for me
but she did try to put the cat in her Easter basket
Orange smiles!


  1. In my experience, the more 'magical' and important the holiday is supposed to be for families, the more out-of-kilter the kids will be. We sort of just try to survive Christmas and Easter without a trip to the hospital or the need to bring in a professional mediator at this point. Anything beyond that is gravy. :)


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