This Easter was the first one in five years that we’ve spent with our family in California. It was the clearest reminder of why we are living where we are and how important it is to be around people that love and care about us. Part of me longing for the past years watching them hunt for eggs in cupboards and the hallways of our apartment building, but mostly I was grateful those days are in the past, safely tucked in my memory.
We colored eggs on Saturday with some new natural (and smelly, I might add-not to mention pricey) dyes that I picked up at our local market. The tones were so lovely that the kids never even missed the technicolor hues.
Every time a holiday comes around, I am reminded of how intensely I love the traditions and watching the joy and amusement in finding things like gobbled up milk & cookies or carrots. I have so much fun organizing different aspects of each holiday and put everything I am into making sure they’re as perfect as can be in terms of their experiences, rather than the little details. Baking is one of those things that I go all out on-I stayed up late stuffing and hiding eggs and making cheddar-chive biscuits, blueberry muffins and cupcakes for our various events the next day.
Despite being up late the night before, even the kids couldn’t wait to see what this day brought and they were out of bed just as early as usual. Zoe put so much thought and care into decorating her eggs that it actually stressed her out finding them tucked away in the dirt in our garden on Easter morning. There are so many complexities and wonderful little traits coming out in her lately that it’s hard to keep up.
I took the opportunity to make a fancy day out of this holiday as most people do, so they got dressed up and I managed to grab some photos of all three before heading to my mother’s home for Easter brunch. Photo taking can be so painstaking, but it’s over within about 15 minutes and I just have to hope that I grabbed at least one good shot.
The boy’s suits are APPAMAN, they’re the same ones worn in our holiday photos a couple of years ago. We love them so much and I dread the day Jack grows out of their things. All three are wearing super fabulous and well made shoes by UMI.
The rest of the day was filled with love and family, various egg hunts and even their quota of sweets for quite a while. It was a really beautiful, honestly flawless holiday. Even Theo had a blast.
Grandparent’s homes are the best, aren’t they? Lucky kids, I’ll say.
If I could wrap the day into a single moment:
I hope your holidays have been filled with warmth and love. xo