Easter (Saturday) at Church

We worshiped Jesus Christ and celebrated Easter at church last night. Ryan and I were really unsure how to explain the Easter story to our kids. It’s a tough story to repeat, but lucky for us, our church took that job. They came out of church with a tomb they each created and told us all how Jesus rose from the tomb to live. The fact that our children know His love is probably the coolest thing.

After church the kids bounced in the bounce house, pet some goats and indulge in food trucks. I asked them which truck they wanted and they both pointed to the waffle food truck. Can you blame them? Kelsey really wanted to try cotton candy so we obliged. Let’s just say, the kids were less than thrilled about it. That’s a win for us. Here are some photos from our Saturday night.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

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See Ryan’s fork digging into Colton’s waffle? Caught!

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Preparing for a Super Easter

The Easter Bunny is prepping baskets for Easter already. Mostly because he’s crazy busy at work and now has three little baskets to fill. The other day he found these amazing books. Their perfect because our three-year old son needs to learn that bedtime shouldn’t be a 45-minute ordeal. And our six-year old daughter needs to feel empowered to take over the world! So, by the look of things, it appears our Bunny is leaning towards Super Hero baskets this year. Pow!

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Happy Easter!

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Easter Sunday is so special to our faith, it’s the moment when Christianity really takes flight. We are getting more and more immersed in story of the resurrection around here. We are a faithful family – one who understands (and believes!) in the miraculous holiday that makes up Easter. He is risen. He is risen, indeed! Happy Easter to you and yours.

Easter Eggs for Days

We just finished dying our Easter eggs and now it’s off to nap before church tonight. Colton and Kelsey have no idea what the Easter Bunny has in store and I am so excited for it! Let’s just say we have been holding out on a certain popular Disney movie. I can’t wait to see her face!

Easter EggsEaster eggs with kidsAnd no, the blue egg isn’t cracked (Kelsey thought that too). I was trying to draw lines with white crayon. Apparently, I can’t.

The Holiday Hat: Easter Sunday

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eastereastereastereastereastereastereasterWe sure are lucky to have such wonderful family close by to celebrate all of life’s greatest events with. Hope your Easter Sunday was egg-stra (sorry, I had to) special too.

Look back at Easter 2010, 2011 and last year.

The Hostess Hat: Easter Brunch Recipe

This morning, I’m made “Baked Croissant French Toast with Orange Syrup”. Every good hostess knows you always test and try a recipe first before debuting it at any event – but, we’re all family. Luckily for me, this recipe was fool-proof.

This is a great recipe for any brunch party. It only serves 4, so double up if you’re having more guests. Also, I would add warm syrup on the side so people have options between traditional syrup and orange marmalade. It’s an easy recipe that didn’t take much time to prepare.

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Baked Croissant French Toast with Orange Syrup

Recipe via: Food Network Magazine
Time: 1 hour 25 min | Serves 4 | Calories: Who cares

– 3 large eggs
– 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
– 1 cup whole milk
– Grated zest of 1 orange
– 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 4 croissants
– 1/2 cup orange marmalade (jelly)

What to do
1. Whisk the eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, the milk, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla in a large bowl. Pour the croissants in an 8-inch-square baking dish, squeezing them to fit into a single layer. Pour the egg mixture over the croissants, then put a plate on top and press down to keep them  submerged. Let soak in the refrigerator, at least 30 minutes up to 1 hour.

2. Preheat the over to 350. Remove the plate from the croissants, cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake until set, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn on the broiler. Uncover the baking dish, sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and broil until the sugar is bubbling in spots, about 2 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, mix the marmalade with 1/4 cup water in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave until warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve on the side. Enjoy!

The Holiday Hat: Her Third Easter

Remember my little lady last year? It’s awesome to watch her grow day after day. Below are some photos of Kelsey and her cousin, Connor, tearing it up at this year’s Easter egg hunt.

I have to thank my in-laws for a memorable brunch – I swear they need to open a restaurant. They cook better than any restaurant I have ever been too. Cinnamon rolls, blueberry crumbled heaven, potatoes, ham, I could go on.

The Easter Hat: Basket Requests

Kelsey is so excited for her third Easter! The Bunny stopped by this morning to drop off her Easter basket (he checks with mom first to make sure the basket is approved). Good thing he did, because Kelsey had a request that has sent him back to the store for more.

S – “What do think the Easter Bunny will bring you on Sunday?”
K – “Barrettes.”
S – “Barrettes?”
K – “Yes. Kelsey needs two barrettes for right here (points to her hair).”
S – “OK. Not sure Easter Bunny works like Santa, but I’ll let him know.”

So, the Easter Bunny is out today trying to make this little two-year olds request come true. I can’t wait to see her face when she sees what the Easter bunny will bring her this Sunday! Here’s a peek.

Have a wonderful Easter everyone! xo