Posts Tagged ‘easter’

My Week(283) in iPhone Photos

Monday, April 4th, 2016

I would have more nice things to say about our pretty nice week except it’s snowing right now and I am too annoyed to think ANY nice thoughts.

Sunday:

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Guilty chocolate face

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Church in their Sunday best

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My LulaRoe Easter dress

Monday:

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This room is ALWAYS a disaster, but it’s worse mid-purge/clean

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Getting muddy

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Chillaxing in his new kicks

Tuesday:

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Unimpressed

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Nap snuggles

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Every day they climb this tree

Wednesday:

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ORGANIZE ALL THE THINGS

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Charge!!!!!

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Remember this as the day my house was totally clean before bed

Thursday:

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Really exciting box from Thirsties for the #mcmschallenge

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Enjoying our last nice weather day

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Wild things

Friday:

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Happy morning bebeh

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I’m just going to steal her

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At least I have one kid who sort of looks like me

Saturday:

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My favorite tank

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Nervous ear piercing face

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Evan and Linc are twins

It is now snowing even harder than it was this morning and my mood is not improving. I’m going to go make some bacon and coffee and watch HGTV while Linc destroys the nice clean house I’ve been maintaining so nicely since that picture was taken.

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Easter Stuff 2016

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

A long time ago on this blog, I would have written 4 posts this week about all the stuff we did. Egg dying! Brunch! The Easter Bunny!

But 2 and a half extra kids later, I’m just pretty excited we actually DID the stuff, rather than the fact that I blogged about it. Or even took pictures of it. I don’t have a single photo of brunch. Is that growth? I can’t tell anymore. I really love the part of blogging that means all these things are documented (because God knows the baby books are all massive failures). But how much longer can I even keep this minimum effort up? Who thought it was a good idea to have so many kids? Will I ever catch up on the ten million things I should be doing right now?

Well that was a lot of unnecessary ennui for what was supposed to be a picture post. Look! Children doing cute things!

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Egg dyeing tip #1: Buy all the dye kits on clearance the week after Easter and save them for next year.
Egg dyeing tip #2: Do it while the toddler naps.

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Our church Easter egg hunt is a joy. Plenty of eggs for everyone in a small area and everyone is willing to share.

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Linc did not yet understand the point of egg hunting.

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Our town egg hunt was also fun, if slightly less…generous. Poor Evan’s age group was 6-12 year old and he got 3 eggs. Luckily Linc did a LOT better this time so he had plenty to share.

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I absolutely stooped to bribery to get Evan’s face painted. I promised the Easter bunny would bring him something special (because the Easter bunny had already purchased a Lego set).

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Our actual Easter day wasn’t such a joy. Linc didn’t sleep at all the night before and needed a nap during church, so I took the big kids while E stayed home with him. Caroline was super mad we didn’t walk to church (it was cold). They kids ate a ton of candy and were a mess by brunch, where Evan ate nothing but carrots and celery. Unfortunately, even if you only eat carrots and celery your meal still costs $22. And Linc screamed every time I got up to get food and left him at the table (surrounded by food, it’s not like he was starving). He also refused to be in any photos, so my cute coordinating children’s outfits were in vain.

BUT but Caroline and Evan happily shouted about how Jesus escaped from the tomb (Evan) and how being aliver is better than being deader (Caroline) during the children’s message at church, so at least we’ve gotten that part right.

The Easter Bunny left eggs all over the house, plus the baskets.

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Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Happy Easter! Our day started 100% too early (like at 11 pm last night) thanks to a grumpy baby and ended with children who hate 10000% too much candy. Thank goodness our spring break does NOT start tomorrow, because I need to send these monsters to school. Far, far away to school.

Sunday:

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Eating cereal at the big table

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Quite in church, thanks to coloring supplies

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Headed home after the egg hunt

Monday:

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His new favorite toy

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I have no idea where these came from but they’re fantastic

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We had a snow day, so we watched a LOT of movies

Tuesday:

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Chillaxing

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Buying egg dyeing kits on clearance the year before is one of my smartest moves

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Poor dog would do anything for attention

Wednesday:

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Talking to the baby

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I got some goodies from International Delight and that mug could not be more true

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Helping with yard work

Thursday:

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Shopping buddy

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Eye appointment

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NO I’M NOT TIRED DON’T PUT ME TO BED

Friday:

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Eating kettle corn with a spoon, as one does

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Easter-themed piano lesson was adorable

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Caroline calls this the “ornament” and she LOOOOOOOVES it

Saturday:

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Fun at the town egg hunt

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More ornament nonsense

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A rare glimpse of the Easter Bunny at work

I am SO TIRED from just one night of terrible sleep. My body had completely recovered from that newborn phase where 5 hours broken up into 3 sections seems totally fine. It occurred to me this morning those days are coming back and so I should go to bed at 9 pm every single day between now and August. And I swear I’m going to start doing that, right after the Walking Dead ends for the season.

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DIY Bunny Ears Flower Crown

Monday, March 7th, 2016

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I got everyone’s Easter outfits last week. I’m not saying it’s super important to Jesus if the kids show up to church in coordinating spring finery, but if it was MY rise from the dead I’d definitely appreciate the effort. It just doesn’t feel like Easter in New England without everyone in pastel clothing and ruffle socks shivering under their winter coats.

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Photo taken indoors, because it was probably snowing outside. I have both of those dresses upstairs in Caroline’s vintage dress collection.

While I did decide to forego forcing a hat on Lincoln, I managed to find one for Evan I expect will be worn daily almost all summer. I feel like the fact that he loves straw fedoras means I’m not completely screwing up this parenting thing. Caroline is still debating her sartorial options right now – the availability of Easter bonnets in the $1 section of Target makes it quite the decision – but I thought I might add an option and combine a couple of her favorites into one thing: A bunny ears flower crown headband.

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I got all my supplies at Michael’s Crafts and spent about $40 total, but that number is really high because I had to replace my missing glue gun. If you keep better track of your’s than I do of mine you should be able to get out of the craft store for under $20 and the supplies to make 8+ headbands. You could definitely get the same supplies at Joann or A.C. Moore.

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-Plastic Headbands (I found them with the party favors)
– Silver spray paint
– Fake flowers
– Glue gun
– Scissors
– Pipe cleaners
– Florist wire (I didn’t end up using it, but it was a pipe cleaner alternative in case they were too short)

I really lucked out with these headbands. I was looking for plain, one band plastic but these were even more perfect. Don’t go too thin or you won’t have enough space to glue down the flowers very well. These had holes that made attaching the pipe cleaner ears a piece of cake.

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To make the ears, I just folded a pipe cleaner in half and creased it to make a point, then laced the ends through the headband. Then I twisted each ear around twice to secure it. I knew I’d be glue a bunch of flowers over them, so I didn’t add any glue just for the pipe cleaners. For the non-flower version, a dab wouldn’t hurt.

Then I chopped up the flowers into more manageable pieces. I kept some as stems to make a base and made some single flowers. I also pulled out a bunch of the leaves to mix and match among the flowers.

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The glue held surprisingly well. I burned my fingers a few times holding the flowers on while it dried but nothing tragic. I put a few bigger flowers up near the ears on each crown, but mostly did the smaller flowers.

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Evan requested a sparkly silver pair for himself, so I spray painted a couple of the headbands silver and used the sparkly silver pipecleaners.

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This was my final bunny ears flower crown (and non flower crown) collection after about 90 minutes:

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All three flower crowns match Caroline’s new Easter dress, so she’s going to have a hard time choosing. I guess we’ll just have to plan a few spring-themed photoshoots so she gets a chance to wear all of them. Today, Linc just really wanted to get in on the action.

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That wasn’t really much of a how-to¬†because bunny ears flower crowns are really easy. The good part is hot glue is cheap and pipe cleaners bend, so even if Linc insists on grabbing them we can repair any missing flowers and reshape the ears. I recommend leaving an inch or so of headband at the bottom bare so the plastic parts of the flowers don’t poke anyone where it really hurts. Other than that it’s all personal decisions. A single color flower would look very chic – like all white or all peach. If you wanted bigger ears you could use the fuzzy floral wire and then you could get away with bigger flowers for a grown up. I should have bought more greenery to do a boy-friendly version (Evan vetoed the flowers, even though I tried) besides just the plain ones. But overall, I love how they came out. It’s so rare I have a crafty vision these days, it was wonderful to get a chance to be creative.

Let me know if you make any, I’d love to see pictures!!

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

This week (the one I am typing in, not the one in the pictures) is spring break and the weather finally got the memo so I am tempted to turn off my laptop, toss it in a closet and not look at it again until the weather gets back below 50 degrees. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen again until October.

Sunday:

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Grumpy baby wanted to walk around instead of sit through Easter service

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Brunching

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Evan picked this one from ALL the grocery store cakes

Monday:

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No match for fresh air

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I MISSED 100000 EVEN

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Grocery store assistant

Tuesday:

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Best Legos Ever

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Style

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Attention Target shoppers: Adorable baby in the main aisle

Wednesday:

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More Style

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DEFINITELY GINGERY

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He’s pretty convinced that is his bed.

Thursday:

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Thoughtful baby

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Her style now extends to swim class

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I am not sure why this is necessary

Friday:

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Terrorizing the ponies

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Terrorizing the dog

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Terrorizing himself (your doing it wrong)

Saturday:

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Uptown Fairy

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Wallet thief

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They demanded I take their picture next to this “sports dog”.

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