This Easter meant so much around here, or at least to my heart it seemed to land a bit heavier. Normally, I shop for a few weeks for everyone's church outfits and seriously plan in my head how and where we will pose for our annual family picture dressed in our Easter best. That is a real thought that goes through my head pre-Resurrection day. But this year, I pulled what we had from everyone's closets and hey! I was happy with the outcome. The past month has whooshed by and what with just trying to stay upbeat in my own mind, shopping seemed very trivial.
While we were in church, I literally wanted to sing very loudly, close my eyes and, I don't know, hug the air with open arms? Such behavior is not really how it goes in Roman Catholic churches, or at least the one I grew up in and our new one out here in C-town. But I just felt very touched this year and that God could "feel us." It was amazing, I've really never felt that way while in church before - like I really wanted to outwardly express what was going on in my mind and heart. Instead of doing that however, I was busy just keeping Kota out of my purse, Carter happy with his color pencils and coloring book and just the whole darn family staying afloat in this new, wild land: "church without childcare."
Anyhoo, after church, we swung by the house really quick to grab gear, then went to pick up my Grandma and then headed to Grandma Cheryl's beach shack! We love that place. G-ma C invited my parents, her mom and nephews, my brother-in-law's girlfriend's parents and just anyone who wanted to come on out. It was a great group to spend the holiday with. Also, Kota looked FREAKING ADORABLE in her first two-piece of all time! That clever Easter bunny. Now that I think about it, shopping for the kids' basket present (bathing suits) was the only frantic shopping I did, so I guess I really did do a little runnin'-around-town. Carter's gift was a little too big for him, but it was still cool because it was my first time shopping in the "big boy" section of Target. Insane!
^^^Right before church when I didn't realize my butt looked ridiculous.
^^^This is kind of sad because Kota was being tortured by the eczema on the back of her legs, but the picture is sort of awesome.