Easter/Birthday Recap

As I sit here posting these pics, I am eating one of my sister’s amazing homemade Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Chip Cupcakes topped with a Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Ganache, finished off with a Pouf of Meringue Buttercream. I don’t know quite how I typed all that. In one word though: DELICIOUS!

Easter this year happened to fall on my 27th birthday. If you do the math, you can see Jay and I tied the knot at a pretty young age….

So for 2009, I got the double treat of having all our in-town family join us for not just Easter but also some birthday fun on Sunday. Hence the aforementioned Dark Chocolate Decadence.  The day was made ten times sweeter because most everything for our feast was brought to us, not provided by us. We are very grateful for everyone’s kindness and generosity. Thanks to all of you!

So here’s a quick summary of the day:

For something new this year, we attempted to make Easter Tomb Cookies.  I say attempted because yours truly sort of missed a critical step early in the process which flubbed up the recipe bigtime.  And caused me to actually shed tears…tears!!!! over egg whites that would not whip properly on the eve of my birthday. Silly, I know.

Maybe I was just a little sad over finally turning 27. But I think it was more due to the fact that I felt so frustrated because there was not time enough left in the evening for us to assemble another batch of the cookies before bedtime. So I did what any control freak would do under the circumstances: just as soon as the kids were in bed, I made a second recipe!! My children WOULD be able to open the oven door on Easter morning to properly-made tomb cookies!

Opening the Sealed Oven

Opening the Sealed Oven

After church, we attempted to take some Easter photos. These sessions are always so sanctifying; usually even more so than the wonderful Easter sermon! You get shots where the big sister is trying to no avail to tell her brothers to knock off the foolishness so that they can please go eat lunch sometime today, and preferably before the Easter supper is ready to be served:

Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Tweedledee and Tweedledum

and others like this where for whatever reason the child thinks jumping up and down and flapping his arms will enhance the clarity of the final shot:

The Quintessential Goofball

The Quintessential Goofball

and then endless goofiness from the littlest meatball of the bunch (my Pa always used the term “meatball” and I still love it!):

Silly

Silly

but if you’re lucky, you might end up with a pretty nice, if not perfect picture of your four beloved children.

Beautiful!!

Beautiful!!

Remember when they looked like this (Josey’s first Easter, and please note that Abigail is wearing the same dress)?

First Easter with All Four, 2006

First Easter with All Four, 2006

She is the easiest one to snap photos of, so I took a few more of her, sweet thing.

Our Abigail

Our Abigail

Then mid-afternoon, cousins and aunts and uncles and grammys and grandys, and a sweet friend all arrived!! There was much drinking and feasting and playing, and the traditional egg hunt was held on the grounds.  Fierce competitors these ones:

The Egg Hunters

The Egg Hunters

Whose child is that wacky little guy on the end?

The Egg Hunters Plus Some Kid Who Thinks He's a Rockstar!

I leave you with a nice picture of the great minds (and cooks) behind much of our Easter merrymaking:

Uncle Keith and Aunt Sandra

Uncle Keith and Aunt Sandra

Thanks to everyone for helping make our Easter 2009 a blessed day of celebration of the best thing that has ever happened to mankind!

5 Comments

  1. Mom/Ruth
    Apr 15, 2009

    Truly memorable, including the pictures, and especially the cupcakes!

  2. Meredith
    Apr 15, 2009

    A belated happy birthday to you! And your daughter is so lovely in that gown. I hope I can convince Elise to wear something as beautiful when she gets bigger.

  3. Jamison
    Apr 15, 2009

    Oh, Happy birthday, twinsie! It’s nice to see that you are as old as I am now. ;)
    Cute, cute pics. Happy Easter! He is Risen!

  4. Peter B
    Apr 16, 2009

    What Ruth said. It was a special treat to see everyone for two great celebrations in one!

  5. Tricia
    Apr 17, 2009

    Meredith, I didn’t even twist her arm. She actually suggested it, and I was happy to iron it for her to wear. I realize the days of such dresses are pretty much gone for us. I will say that this style is so great as far as longevity of wear for a little girl. Knowing your shopping savvy, you likely have, or will have several beautiful ones for Elise’s collection!

    James-y, yes, it is nice to be as old as you FINALLY!! He is risen INDEED!!

    Mom/Pete, thanks again for helping make both Easter and my bday such a great day!!