Easter moments

March 27, 2016, by Deena @Shoes to Shiraz

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]aster. Chocolate. Break from school/work. New life. New hope. New mercies.

This is what the story of our Easters have looked like in our little life since Willis was born:

[caption id="attachment_6890" align="aligncenter" width="600"]March 117 Willis in a kimono on the table. Totally normal Easter meal.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6891" align="aligncenter" width="600"]more easter 001 Mom always cheats at Scrabble- Willis was totally helping her. Grams, sigh.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6892" align="aligncenter" width="600"]15 Aiden, Willis and Koen. There's a whole set of barebum photos to go with this, that I'll save for their wedding days.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6897" align="aligncenter" width="600"]april cel 129 Kyla, we need to start doing these photo shoots again of the little hooligans.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6893" align="aligncenter" width="400"]lucia 009 My pint-sized princess in her whole pint-sized glory. I wrote a post about that on my friend's blog last week. To read it, click Lucia's picture[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6896" align="aligncenter" width="400"]easter 100 The year with all the snow.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6898" align="aligncenter" width="600"]1_78 I think they were playing spin the bottle? But the kid version..not the creepy version.[/caption]



[caption id="attachment_6901" align="aligncenter" width="450"]april 035 Last year- the year we threw Brother Rob a fake 30th birthday party over Easter. Oh, the trickery.[/caption]

Easter. Chocolate. Break from school/work. New life. New hope. New mercies.

If there has been a common thread in our Easters of the past, it has been one of family.  We are always surrounded by our people and it has become so much of a norm in our world, that it is what is expected of us.  So once in awhile, it is nice to break the mold.

This year for Easter, the kids requested that we stay home.  No farm, no Prince Albert, nope. Home.  And I was totally fine with that.  Sometimes it's nice to have a break and play grown up in my own house.  I had a moment on Sunday afternoon as I prepped all the food for supper. While chopping carrots, I felt sadness as I zipped around the kitchen.  The apron, the cookbooks, the music I was humming, everything made me feel so grown up and I just missed my Grandmothers and being a kid in their homes.

[Tweet "Do you ever have those moments when you feel like time is getting away from you and you start to wonder how you ended up in this place?"] A kitchen of my own? Kids? A holiday meal to be responsible for? I swear sometimes I feel like that 8 year old girl, trying to sleep in her Grams' basement with her smelly cousins on the mattress besides her, trying to talk to her about NKOTB or something and being so scared of the Easter Bunny that mom had to come downstairs to calm me and tell me the truth about (this ferocious) bunny I had imagined.  And then just like that it's me, lying captive in bed with my 8 year old son Easter's eve and he's terrified to go to sleep because of the creepy Easter bunny and I don't blame him at all, so I lay there and cuddle him until he falls asleep.  But the whole time I am just in awe of the fact that I'm allowed to adult and parent and these little guys are all mine to shape and mold and to freak the hell out.  Just kidding. I told him I'd leave a note for the bunny to not go in his room.IMG_2938

Time is funny, isn't it.  Well, especially time mixed with holidays and those aromas that remind you of being a kid.  And here we are, grown ups.  Responsible for raising these little monsters and creating all these great memories for them.  I wonder if they will remember the Easter that we stayed home.  I hope they do.  I hope they remember all the cards and games of Monopoly played and how Nana and Papa wanted to see them, so they came and joined us for supper.  And how Mom made all these weird foods because of some strange thing she challenged herself to do with 2 cookbooks and how great it felt to go outside in the sun and the melting snow and how the Easter bunny came Sunday morning but when we went to Church, he CAME BACK and hid all the eggs again so they had to search them out a second time.  That rascally rabbit.

You know, being grown up isn't all that bad.  I like this little story that I'm writing.
*This post has been powered by Prosecco.  Thanks, Katie for making me dream of it until I found it.  You can read her prosecco post here on the Blended Blog. We had peach bellinis with Easter Sunday supper and I wrote this post fueled on the powers of having to finish off the bottle...because it was opened and COULDN'T go to waste.  Stay tuned on Friday for my Food Goals and I will tell ya just how good our Easter Sunday supper was!


  1. Living on Cloud NineMarch 27, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    That rascally rabbit indeed, May be one of their BEST Easter memories ever!!! I'll bet your Easter spread was grand and delicious!!

  2. Looks like a great weekend! Those little faces are the cutest too!



  3. Are you sure we are adults? We don't always act like it. Sigh..... yes, I guess we are adults.

  4. A little tear over here. Your prosecco powered post is so good. I love your pictures of Easters past - such adorable little bunnies you have!

  5. My daughter isn't scared of the Easter bunny so I hope that doesn't happen! Although she was never scared of Santa either... I love that the bunny hid the eggs twice! What a great idea! Too funny!

  6. Time stands still for no one! I guess that's what life is all about, accepting change, going with the flow and finding joy in every day in spite of aging - keeping the little kid alive in you no matter what! I'm glad my kids can cook and plan and create their own traditions! so why did the bunny come twice??

  7. This was so fun and I'm tearing up but blaming hormones. PROSECCO POWER!

  8. Omg I'm crying too. It's emotional being an adult. Makes me miss my grandparents. We stayed home too AND GUESS who drank prosecco all weekend?! This girl. Hahah thank goodness for Katie. This post was beautiful Deena. Xo

  9. Such a fun way to throwback and recap all at once. That last paragraph and line gave me a HUGE smile too.

  10. man it's like you stole the thoughts out of my head... only wrote them much more eloquently than I would be able to.
    Holidays always make me feel this way, like the magic of childhood is still somehow palpable only I'm not a child... it's weird but wonderful and sometimes it doesn't quite feel real. To think, one day our kids will be adults looking back and feeling the things we are. So strange.

    Simply Shaunacey

  11. It does seem weird to be the adults! We've been married for 25 years (in Sept) and we STILL sometimes look at each other and shrug. They really let us do this parenting thing? Love your "Easter over the years" pix!
    Making the Most of Every Day

  12. I also need to add that you are so photogenic and I can't wait to meet you IRL! (I know I keep saying that... but 'tis true!)

  13. It was quite good, can't wait to share!

  14. I think everything may have to be prosecco powered from now on.

  15. NOpe. I'm not accepting that we are.

  16. They are cute but also they can be quite the trouble-makers.

  17. I can do it all because of you and dad, mom. The easter bunny came twice because Dan had a burst of energy, inspired by mischief and thought it would be funny. Lucia thought otherwise.

  18. And they'll be able to read our posts and be able to take a big step into our minds. Yikes.

  19. Well cheers to you then! Thanks, Nicole. Means a lot. Really does!

  20. Can't wait to meet you too! I'm not that photogenic, I just have a really good fake smile.

  21. You are creating amazing memories for your family + kids- whether it's at home or away on Easter. :) I agree that it's weird to be an adult- time flies and it's a bit overwhelming sometimes. I think this is where the phrase, "One day at a time" comes in handy, haha. ;)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  22. What a great post, Deena. I enjoyed reading your reflection on years ago - where does the time go. I have fond memories as a child - celebrating Easter with a big family of cousins (which was always a blast for me being an only child). You are creating wonderful memories with your kids today that someday they will reflect upon.

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  23. I loved reading this post. Your kids will 100% remember, probably differently than you do because the lens they are looking through is different, but I truly believe they will remember is with fondness. Being an adult is hard work, tiring work, sometimes even overwhelming, but what I have come to realize the last year is that when I take a few minutes to sit back and reflect, I am often surprised by the amount of 'good' memories my family is creating together. Just looking at the pictures of previous years, I can see the love and joy that your children have had the privilege to experience. Beautiful.

  24. It sounds like a wonderful, quiet Easter! I think Easter is definitely a time for family, even if it's just staying home with the immediate family and not visiting all of the extended one.

    It is funny how fast time flies too - your kids will soon be all grown up but they are sure to look back with fond memories of their Easter days too! :)

    Away From The Blue

  25. Sounds like an eggscellent Easter in!! Glad you enjoyed the day with your loved ones, and the memories of children are phenomenal... so we'll see what your kiddos recall!! Great photos!!

    All the Cute
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  26. What will be really neat is that they'll be able to go back and read this post and see how I was really feeling!

  27. Aw, thanks Lisa! That means a lot!

  28. Overwhelming...that's definitely the word I was looking for all weekend!

  29. It was nice and quiet, that's for sure! Much needed.

  30. What fun memories. I agree... Easter or any holiday just at your own house is glorious sometimes. We've started always doing Christmas eve/day and home and I totally love it.


  31. Can I just teleport myself into your home for one brief moment, if I promise to be quick and quiet and on my best behavior, and give you a big bear hug for being the wonderful YOU you are. Pulling on my heart strings over here. XO

  32. deena.simair@gmail.comApril 2, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Yes please, would love to have you way up here!




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