happy {resurrection} day

It was an absolutely wonderfully perfect day.  (Aside from someone who was under-the-weather and someone else was Crabby!)  The weather was beautiful.  Food was tasty. And the kids were extra cute (especially in their Easter duds!) Annnnnd HE IS RISEN….I’m pretty sure that’s the BEST part.

I love the Easter celebration. I love the feeling every year when Easter rolls around that we get to celebrate and remember how much He loved us that day – that He gave His life for us.  HE died so that we could have life!  Of course, we can celebrate this truth daily, but I love that this particular week/weekend/day is set aside for Christians everywhere to celebrate His resurrection together.

The slideshow below is a collection of photos from today….

We all met at church (Caren, kids, Mom and I) at 9:30.  The McShane’s walked in – like the model family that they are – all styled from head to toe.  I’m not biased AT ALL!  =) Our church served a breakfast after the service.  Caren was serving – so the rest of us indulged in the goodies. Briar tried everything – including the leftovers on my plate.

Next we all met at the McShane’s for the big hunt.  While my mom and Caren hid the eggs, Briar and I had a nice little chat.  Here’s Briar’s random comments:(I was drinking coffee) “I want drink of toffay, Jo.” (I made B her own cup – mostly milk.) “I like u hair, Jo.” (song and dance) “I love my mommy, I love my mommy.”

I’m sure there was a lot more said, but those were the highlights.

Finally, the kids posed for a few pics and then were let loose in the backyard to find eggs and other fun treats.  All three were so excited. I kept forgetting that I was the photographer because I got so wrapped up in all the excitement.  It was sooo cute.

We tried to get photos of me and the kids, but they were anxious to get inside to open all the eggs! After the kids got to check out their loot, we went to my mom’s house to hang out and eat dinner and my mom had Easter goodies waiting for the kids, too.  It was so beautiful out that Caren and I sat on the backyard swing for most of the afternoon.

Before dinner Caren invented a new game (hence all the photos), “Bun Toss.”  The official rules are still in the works, but the main goal: toss a bun, take a bite, toss back, take a bite, etc.  They made it down to a crumb (see photo).  The person who lost had to run laps.  The best part was observing this completely random, quirky, hilariously entertaining game.  We decided that for any Dickinson event we will have some sort of “toss.” (Pie, water balloon, brownies, ice cream?, etc)  We are dorks, but fun at least!

It was a perfectly relaxing day sitting outside in the sun with blue skies.  Nails were painted, ice tea was consumed, worms were dug up, giggles were heard and candy was unwrapped (and enjoyed) – it was a beautiful Easter of 2011.

He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed.

{Easter Slideshow}

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{I saw this video posted on the LPM Blog by Beth Moore. Enjoy!}


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