Easter Recap

Easter ’round these parts is a day of relaxing, enjoying family and friends, and giving thanks that we serve a living God.  And yesterday it was also about a competitive game of croquet in our backyard with our friends and christening our pool for the first time this year.

We were up early to open Easter baskets before church. Which meant Bean got hyped up on jellybeans and then we turned him loose on the nursery staff. That’s just good parenting, right there.





We came home and sat around outside while lunch was prepared. We attempted a family photo since we were all clean and pretty. I’m learning that in family photos, if just one person is crying then it’s a good picture. This one might get a frame.


After pictures, we all changed clothes and played out on the back porch while lunch was being prepared. We dyed Easter eggs and Bean played with his water table. Chris also showed him how to use his new fishing pole and fish that the Easter Bunny brought him.





Our friends, Scott and Sarah, came over to eat and play, too.


After lunch, we had a little Easter egg hunt for Bean. It was the first time he’s been old enough for one and he loved it! He hunted around our backyard for about half an hour and found a ton of eggs!







Once all the eggs had been found, it was time for the big kids to play a rousing game of croquet in the backyard. And by rousing, I mean SCOTT IS A BIG, FAT MEANIE! He chased all of us all over the backyard! Just as one of us would get lined up to hit our ball through one of those little wire hoop thingies, Scott would come along and knock our balls to the other side of the yard!


It caused some frustrations.


And some death threats. Made by his wife.


Bean hung out with us while we played croquet, too. He got his own mallet and everything.


But his favorite thing was crawling under the bushes to dig out balls. He was filthy by the time our game was over. He looked like a little hobo.


After a hot afternoon in the sun, we ended the day by jumping in our pool for the first time this year. It was so much fun! Bean hasn’t been in the pool since last year and I was amazed by how much more fun he was this time! He was excited and fun and loved the whole thing! We had a wonderful afternoon playing with each other and just having a lot of fun! It makes me so excited for swimming lessons later this spring!






It was a wonderful, full day of fun. We didn’t end up coming inside until after 6:00. By that point, Bean’s little eyeballs had glazed over and he was walking around in circles mumbling about “E-ter eggs.”

After we put Bean and Gracie down and all our company had left, Chris and I sat on our couch watching TV and munching on ham and potato salad.

“I had a perfect day,” Chris said to me.

“Me, too,” I said.

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25 Thoughts to “Easter Recap”

  1. Ashley

    So glad you all had such a HAPPY EASTER! I loved the family photo 🙂

  2. Ginny

    Looks like an awesome time!!! Wish I could have been there!

  3. Nova Kristin

    Looks like grand fun was had by all. 🙂
    I’m jealous, it rained all day here. No Easter egg Hunts to be had lol

  4. So Jealous of that pool. It’s cold and rainy here in IL. We’ll be lucky to get in a pool by June at this rate. Sigh.

  5. Looks like a wonderful time, and your weather looks great – it was freezing cold in the midwest!

  6. Jamie

    We also played a competitve game of croquet where my ball was knocked across the yard on more than one occasion. I tried to retaliate, but apparently i have a deeply seeded fear of losing a toe to a croquet malloet!

  7. I was just telling someone that it was a great Easter – except that I miss having little ones around. Holidays are just more fun with toddlers. Well . . . other peoples’ toddlers!

  8. Kristin

    Katie, you look great!

  9. Bean’s expression in the family photo is precious! I think that’s definitely a frame-worthy one. 🙂

  10. Tressa

    The family photo is GREAT!! Love Bean man’s smile in it! Also LOVE the one of him bending completely over looking for more eggs under the bushes!!! Looks like you had a great Easter!! You look beautiful Katie!

  11. Aw, what a beautiful day! Glad you guys had a wonderful Easter!

  12. But the cutest little hobo that I ever did see!

  13. Happy Easter! Note to self: Plan for Easter egg hunt next year–it looks like it was a blast!

  14. Looks like a wonderful Easter! Ican’t wait to jump in the pool oh how I wish I had thought of just a small family bbq for Easter vs. the huge event we attended. I love the fence so tweeting you and Chris now about it. I need instructions for the hubby on that one! Is there any please do tell!

  15. That looks like an absolutely amazing day, and a perfect Easter! Bean looks adorable in the picture where he’s looking for the eggs under the bush. What a cute kid! And Katie, I’m amazed at everything you’ve been able to do so soon after your C-section…it’s ridiculous!

  16. Cindy In Owensboro, KY

    Looks like you had a GREAT Easter. Love all the pictures! I spent the day doing laundry– we had gotten back from Pensacola, Fl (your old stomping grounds) on Saturday.

  17. I love that Bean has his cookie monster and elmo toys in the pool! I got my little guy those same ones, and he hasn’t put them down either! Happy Easter to you and your sweet family!

  18. Jess M.

    Katie, you look amazing!

  19. Great photos! Sounds like a perfect day…if I knew how to play croquet.

  20. I love reading your posts because you get it. You get that God and family are the most important things in life. And I love how you and Chris interact. It reminds me so much of my husband and myself. And by the way the pictures are great.

  21. Love the croquet photos! looks like fun! Quite jealous of the shorts and sunshine. We were excited that we were able to go sans jackets for a lil while here in MI.

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  22. Love the pictures, looks like an awesome day!

  23. Looks like you guys had a fabulous Easter! So jealous of your pool! I’m trying to convince Mike that we need a small wading pool for Sullivan this year. I’ll probably just go get it while he’s playing soccer one day 🙂 Bean looks like he’s at such a fun age. A fun, dirty age.

  24. Happy Easter! Looks like you had a great day. What is it with Easter and croquet? That’s what we did for our family time, too!

  25. mom of 3

    Have you considered Safe Start at the YMCA for your swim lessons? Not only do the kids learn to swim, but they learn survival floating. It is an amazing program that all 3 of my kids went through. Bean is at a perfect age to learn. You will be amazed by the results.

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