Celebrating Easter was an awesome milestone for us because it was our last big holiday to celebrate without Jamie around to share in the fun. Doing things like Easter egg hunts and attending special church services really magnify Jamie’s absence for me, but we’re down to less than three months until he’s home for good, and that is something to celebrate! It’s all either of us can talk about lately. We are excited!
On Friday night my parents took Hadley to their church’s Good Friday service, and I got 2.5 hours to sit in total peace and quiet and relax alone. It was wonderful and so needed. I got this picture from them around 8 p.m. while they were sugaring her up at Ben and Jerry’s. She loves ice cream!
The next morning my mom and I took Hadley to our city’s massive egg hunt. There were over 3,000 people present and 50,000 eggs up for grabs; over half of them were dropped out of a helicopter onto the field while everyone watched. Super cool.
Just like Halloween, Hadley figured out super fast that there were pieces of candy in the eggs and she wanted it all immediately. Cue a major meltdown when I cut her off after a couple pieces.
Leaving the egg hunt was absolutely disastrous because all she wanted to do was be held, and at 36 weeks pregnant it’s really hard for me to comfortably hold her for long periods of time. When she’s in a clingy mood toward me, she will refuse for anyone else to hold her, and I nearly lost my marbles in front of dozens of people when my daughter just wouldn’t stop screaming. Oh Lordy. It was not a blast. Alas, we survived!
While she napped Saturday afternoon, I ran out to do some retail therapy and picked up my first (ever!) pair of Chacos. I’ve been searching for months for a pair of shoes that I can slip on this spring/summer to go on walks, run around the park, etc. and Chacos seemed like the perfect solution. From what I’ve heard, they last years! I got this pair of Chaco Women’s ZX/1 Yampa sandals.
Once I got home we were ready to dye some eggs! Thank goodness my mom took over and did this with Hadley because after our chaotic morning I was left with zero desire to do anything extra and cutesy. Hadley absolutely loved it though, so I’m really thankful for my mom’s energy to put a checkmark in this traditional Easter box.
On Sunday we got up bright and early to attend the 7 a.m. sunrise service at my parent’s church. Afterwards we enjoyed breakfast at the church and another Easter egg hunt (moved indoors due to rain).
After church Hadley and I ran over to Amberlee’s parent’s house to see her, Brandon, and Carter! They were in town visiting for the weekend, and even though we just saw them last weekend, I will take any chance I can get to love on this sweet boy!
Excuse my wild hair. 😉 Carter Lee, you are just the most precious thing!
The rest of the day consisted of relaxing in comfy clothes and eating a delicious meal prepared by my grandmother (who actually lives in a MIL suite semi-attached to my parent’s house). After three weekends straight of being on the road and running around, everyone was satisfied with having a low-key holiday!
I have to embarrass my husband for a sec and share this text. He has the biggest heart, and I love how hard he often tries to stay as connected with us as possible.
PS – I’m sure you saw from my little pop-up (I promise it’ll only be there for a few days), but I am finally rolling out a Friday newsletter via your email inbox! Super excited! Each week I’ll be sharing sneak peaks into things I’m working on, post recaps, and other fun tidbits that only my email subscribers will read. All the cool kids are signing up, so you totally should. 😉 See the right sidebar (if you’re on a desktop) or scroll toward the bottom of the page (if you’re on a tablet or mobile) to sign up! This will be fun. 🙂
If you’re military, how do you best enjoy holidays when your spouse is away?
If you celebrated this weekend, what are some fun family traditions you incorporated? I’m always open to hearing about what traditions other families enjoy incorporating year after year.
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo