Monday, April 5, 2010

Our Easter Roundup...

There's lots of little things to catch up on around here, and I hope to get a chance for several posts this week. Now that Lent is over, I hope to be back here more often. Lent was a great opportunity to be really mindful of the way I spend my time in the evenings, and I plan to keep the computer off while the boys are awake. But I am going to lighten up a bit with my "down time" computer usage - and that includes blogging a little more regularly.

We had a really great Easter. Maybe one of my favorites as an adult. Laid back, but special. One of those "just right" kind of days.

On Saturday the boys and I colored eggs. I had wanted to try using natural dyes, so Friday night I boiled beets (red), purple cabbage (blue), and turmeric (yellow), adding each to a pint of water and a half cup of white vinegar. Then, when the boys were ready, we laid an old plastic party tablecloth on the floor and set up a makeshift table (plastic storage bin). Using one dye at a time, and wire whisks to hold the eggs, the boys stirred their eggs. I hadn't counted on the fact that the dyes (the blue, especially) would take longer to set. Max was ok with it - Luke, not so much. He was done after about 3 eggs. After we used the red, yellow, and blue, we mixed colors to get our orange, green, and purple. The green was most amazing - the turmeric and cabbage looked brown in the bowl, but after about 15 minutes, the eggs were a nice leaf green. It was a fun process, and I thought the colors turned out great.

Sunday morning was a nice blend of egg hunt, cinnamon rolls, Easter baskets and getting ready for Mass. My parents came up late Saturday night, so they got to join in the festivities. As always they were a great help in getting everything done when it needed to be done, and nothing felt too rushed. The boys enjoyed having them with us at Mass, also.

After Mass we came home for a late lunch. Dan's parents joined us for a fabulous ham (Dan's an amazing cook), potatoes, cornbread with marionberry honey butter, and salad. Dessert was a light sugar cookie (rolled and cut out by Max) with lemon buttercream frosting. Surrounded by people we love enjoying the time together - I couldn't have asked for a better day.

And heck - look at how adorable these two are:


Itty_Bitty_Wittes said...

Wow your boys are HANDSOME! Looks like it was a fun Easter...I missed reading your posts!

Marilee said...

It was a wonderful day. Thank you so much for your "mindful" planning. Love you.

Erin said...

What a great Easter! The boys look so freaking cute!