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We came, we saw, we Eastered

I’m sitting here on the couch late Sunday night and I think I may be on the verge of a Reeses peanut butter egg hangover. Or it could be that I fell sound asleep for two hours this afternoon after an egg hunt and a brunch that basically consisted of nothing but carbohydrates.

But it was the perfect end to a great weekend.

On Friday, we slept in a little bit and then P’s mom picked Caroline up to take her to see Rio 2. Truthfully, I wasn’t a big fan of Rio 1 and so it didn’t break my heart to miss the sequel.

While they were at the movies, I ran a few errands including going to Lowe’s to buy potting soil so I could plant some flowers in the pots on my front porch which have essentially held nothing but dirt since some time in January. I also decided for some insane reason to go try on swimsuits for the summer and you can rest assured that it didn’t end well. It didn’t help that there was a teenage girl in the dressing room next to me who kept asking the saleslady, “Do you have these bottoms in an extra small?” It got to the point where I wanted to yell, “WE ALL GET IT. YOU ARE VERY TINY AND HAVE NO CELLULITE. CONGRATULATIONS!”

After Caroline got home from the movies we ran to the AT&T store because I’d finally had to accept that I could no longer put off getting a new phone. I’d actually started this journey at Radio Shack because they were running a special on iPhones, but then there was some issue with my old plan being “grandfathered” by AT&T which was going to require me to talk to someone there. And so I decided to just take the bull by the horns and go to the AT&T store so I could talk to an actual person and avoid getting on the phone with a customer service rep whose sole mission in life becomes to get me try U-Verse.

Thankfully, the AT&T store route was the way to go and they offered me the same phone deal that I was going to get at Radio Shack and helped me figure out a better plan. It was all fairly painless in a way these things never are.

Later that evening, P, Caroline and I went to go eat Mexican food and then ended the night watching Nacho Libre because we love the classics around here.

On Saturday P took Caroline and a friend to the ranch where they basically spent the day shooting guns at targets.

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Meanwhile, I cooked everything for Easter brunch and even went out on a limb and believed Pinterest and baked our eggs that we were going to dye that evening instead of hard-boiling them. I have to say that it was a success and it seemed much easier than boiling.

(In case you’re wondering, bake them at 325 for 25-30 minutes. You can place them directly on the oven racks, but I put mine in muffin tins because that’s what someone suggested on Pinterest.)

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When Caroline and P got home we ordered pizza for dinner and dyed eggs. Then we all went to bed so the Easter Bunny could come and bring his usual assortment of candy, a pair of goggles, and a new swimsuit because the Easter Bunny is much more practical than Santa Claus.

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Then we all got dressed for church which was so much less stressful because I’d vowed after last year that I wasn’t going to get worked up about what Caroline wanted to wear. And it worked out because she chose something perfectly lovely. She has just decided she is done with dresses for the most part right now and I can live with that.

Our church service was great and we headed home to meet my sister and her family and Mimi and Bops for brunch at our house. This was when all the carbohydrates happened, but I really have no regrets.

After lunch P and my brother-in-law, Chris, hid eggs for the kids and then we broke out the cascarones. Otherwise known as the reason I will still be finding confetti in my hair next month.


Here’s Caroline with her carton of cascarones. Please note the look in her eye.


And this is when she ambushed me.


All in all it was a great Easter filled with all the things and people I love. Or in other words, pardon the Easter pun, my peeps.



I think the only thing I am having a hard time with is how old Caroline looks in all these pictures.

And getting the confetti out of my hair.

Hope you had a great Easter, too.

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  1. 1

    Wonderful post! You all look lovely in that last photo (C’s outfit is darling) and yes, she looks a bit grown up.

    Sounds like a beautiful Easter. P.S. I love Nacho Libre xxx

  2. 2

    No kidding! Who is the teenager in your den Easter morning? Where did your little girl go??? She’s turning into such a beautiful young lady. Happy Easter to y’all!

  3. 3

    Ooh, is that the reddish-coral maxi skirt?? Loving it with the grey tee!

  4. 4

    So I have to ask too.. is that the Nordstrom Maxi skirt from several Fashion Fridays? Because I wore the Royal blue one yesterday too! WHICH, I never would have found if not for you and FF!!! Thanks! My almost 5yr. old even approved of my outfit choice. :)

  5. 5

    That is SUCH a great picture of you three!

  6. 6

    The question I have to ask is…have you tried to play candy crush since getting the new phone? I myself just got a new phone last week and let me just tell you that it was a horribly traumatic event when I downloaded candy crush from iCloud and opened it up to play a round.

  7. 7

    Your Easter sounds LOVELY! I think the look in Caroline’s eye was my favorite part! Ha! That is a look that is all too familiar around here ;)

    Have a great week!

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    Colorado says:

    I love seeing all the green grass and flowers! It’s not really spring at my altitude yet. Laughed out loud at your swimsuit session and the teen next to you. Those girls with the little butts have no idea!

  9. 9

    Love all the pics! Caroline is a mini P!

  10. 10

    Um, am I the only one but all the pictures are upside down!

  11. 12

    And I have to ask why all the pictures are upside down? Is it my computer???

  12. 13

    No one else has commented about all your pics today being upside down except the first one. Is it just me? I love your post and would love to look at the pics.

  13. 14

    Looks/sounds like you had an awesome time! My goodness! I loved Carolines outfit!! Beautiful family pics! Your outfit was just as pretty!!! Fun! We too had a great Easter, Service was AWESOME, both on Good Friday and Easter Day. The weather here in Chicago was PERFECT (we hit 75 yesterday)! Thanks for sharing! -Leslie

  14. 15
    Tammy Elrod says:

    Ok, I’ll bite. Why are the pics upside down?

  15. 16

    I’m so glad to find out that the stuff in your hair is confetti. When you tweeted that pic yesterday, I was trying to figure out if you had spangled your hair with glitter/confetti for Easter or if you had a bad case of dandruff that you hadn’t shared about.

    So to that end, what are cascarones? Are they like “crackers” that can be found around New Year’s Eve? Do share for those of us (or is it just me) in the dark.

    • 17

      Same here with the confetti and the twitter picture. I was trying to figure out if something was in her hair or if she was being a trailblazer and wearing a veil!

    • 18

      Cascarones are egg shells (blow out the egg center, wash, dry) filled with confetti. I think they are a Mexican tradition.

      Unlike the giant Easter Bunny pinatas you could buy at the side of the road last weekend. I kind of doubt those are truly a Mexican tradition. We got free tickets from a co-worker to see Dave Barry Saturday night, and he had a lot of fun with that one. :)

  16. 19

    Love your outfit! I ordered the red maxi from Nordstrom and love how you paired it with the gray tee and denim jacket. What kind and color of shoes did you wear with it???

  17. 20

    My sister in law came up from San Antonio with DOZENS of those confetti eggs! Every year she stocks up and we have eggs to last until the next Easter. So glad I’m not the only one that works at getting confetti out… celebrate the Risen Savior!

  18. 21
    Kimberly/OKC says:

    Wow, do you feel like you are looking in the mirror from 30 years ago when you look at Caroline? She looks just like you!!! Lovely.

  19. 22
    Karen Beymer says:

    Thanks for sharing the great pictures. We had a great day also.

  20. 23

    Love it! Thank you for sharing all <3
    If you are going to give up dresses, this is a very good choice Caroline! Beautiful! =0)

  21. 24

    Your family is adorable. It is interesting how you have a mental picture of how everyone looks from reading their day to day blogs, and then you get to see a real pic and it’s always better than the imagination. Sounds like an amazing weekend. =D

  22. 25

    Your Easter looked lovely – thank for sharing! I got a new phone this weekend too. My boys said I couldn’t have a “dumb” phone anymore, so I have joined the ranks of “smart” phone users. Can’t report how I like it yet. Have a great week :)

  23. 26

    what IS IT with ATT and Uverse??? I do not do not DO NOT want it! And still they send me postcards and emails and ambush me whenever I call them about anything else.

    I know it is probably just a job requirement, but sheesh it gets old!

    On a lighter note, I do love your blog! Just found it, and am really enjoying getting caught up-

  24. 27

    What a beautiful family. Caroline is a beautiful young lady. Glad you had a good time. :)

  25. 28

    Cascarones! One of the many things I miss about living in Texas! Our Easter consisted of church, egg hunts, food and a Pinterest fail with Resurrection Rolls. (wrote about it on my site). Bathing suits? No thanks. I keep lying to myself that I’m going to work out first. Yeah, I know, it’s April.

  26. 29
    Bobbie lutz says:

    Happy Easter…a little late…but it sounds like you had a special day! Friday night Mexican food in San Antonio sounds amazing.

  27. 30

    Caroline looks So Much like Mimi I cannot get over it. Wow…

    Glad the peeps you love and those who love you overlap enough to get a good picture !~! Happy BunBun Month.