April 22, 2014

Our Calm Easter 2014



For the last couple years, the Easter celebrations have been held at our home.

Two years ago was some seriously awesome fun. (Easter Part 1 and Easter Part 2)

We had been the middle meeting ground between my parents, who had moved north of us, and three of my siblings who lived south of us. We usually had some cousins thrown into the mix as well.

This year, things were a lot different.

Two siblings have since moved far away, (abandoning their favorite sister for jobs and their lives... pish, some people have skewed priorities) the other couldn't make it. Cousins were out of town and... miracle of miracles, my parents now only live 25 minutes away! Yay!

Clearly they have correct priorities. *wink wink*

So this year, we were invited up to their home for Easter dinner.

It was just us, my little brother, and our friend Michelle.


Michelle and my mom, getting things ready for dinner.


My mom LOVES making things cute for a holiday and went all out to make the dinner table as adorable as possible.

I'm pretty sure every holiday growing up included a cutely decorated table.


This year my children got to enjoy that tradition.



Even Jackson was excited.

Clearly a far prettier Easter than I could have provided.


My dad getting the food ready while my little bro eats it.


Extra snack table!


While I greatly missed all the craziness and fun of extra family at my home, I have to admit, it was kind of nice to be able to just... sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

After everyone gorged themselves on delicious food, we all gathered around and watched THIS amazing video on Christ and why we really celebrate Easter.

It. Was. Awesome.

But soon, the kids were chomping at the bit to get on with the Easter egg hunt they knew awaited them outside.


I LOVE this picture of little miss Claira. It just... makes me happy.


My brother had hid all the eggs so he ran the show-down.

It was actually entertaining to watch him try and hold back the tide and talk sensibly to them as he let Claira go out and find the first egg before allowing the older kids follow one by one, when all they wanted to do was run out there in a haze of sugared frenzy to get the eggs.

How's that for an awesome run-on sentence!



 Jackson wasn't quite sure what to think about it all.


 Enjoying the spoils of the hunt!


Some squealing let us know that a few ants had found their way into a couple of the eggs.


Thanks for all your help little brother!

(I told you I would post this picture. Mwah ha ha ha!)

He is single and available if you want to risk it.


My two favorite men, checking out my parents's new property.


Later, the kids spent some time inside, doing some good ole' fashioned playing.



Those colored things are ancient devices called b. l. o. c. k. s....


We had a wonderful day.

Thanks again mom and dad!

Love having you so close!

7 super cool people speak:

Mama Smith said...

THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU! for getting this done...! LOVED the pictures by the way....I will treasure this day....Our "New Beginnings" in our new home...here in IDAHO! smile

Raelyn said...

Serene....
We, too, had devilled eggs!! Aunt Chris made them!! I happen to be quite picky about my taste in devilled eggs. But Aunt Chris'? They are addictive!! ;)
That picture of Jackson makes me so happy!! I love a baby's toothless killer smiles!! ;-D
We organized an Easter egg hunt for the children in our extended family!! It was so much fun!! ;)
The picture of your brother!! Crack. Me. Up!! ;-D
Love you later, Raelyn

hjsmith said...

wow that was wonderful. made me feel homesick(: missing all the fun(: sure miss and love all of you and so happy you are all close enough to be together(: maybe one day we will be blessed to be close enough to be there with all of you(:

Sarah said...

Cute Babies!!!! I want to come play at Grandma's house, too! :) Mother Smith, are you game for that like the olden days?
Happy Post Easter!

Sue said...

Looks like a wonderful day, and that table is gorgeous!

So are the kids, of course.

=)

Debra Woods said...

The ones hunting eggs barefoot are the ones that take after YOUR side of the family. No fire ant hill, no poisonous snake, sticks, rocks, or gators could scare any of those Smith kids into wearing shoes on those five acres of wild Florida jungle you lived on. It makes me smile to see your kids barefoot like their mamma.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

LOL!So true, so true. ;)

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