Monday, April 6, 2015

Grayson's First Easter


I could not stand the cuteness. 

Not. At. All.

I'm sure I'm not the only mom to look at larger sized clothing for her child and not be able to imagine her child ever being that big. That was so me when we received Grayson's Easter outfit when he was born. I remember looking at the tag for the little shoes and being baffled to see "6-12 months." When would my little baby ever be that big?

It happened faster than I thought.

Oh and he's not a fan of shoes!

So what else happened besides me stopping to squeeze Baby Grayson every few minutes hours?

We started the day with brunch at our local diner. It was running an Easter buffet 9a.m.-2p.m. and we opted for a 9a.m. reservation since we had church service at 10:30a.m. and wanted to have have first dibs. At first I was unsure if I'd be up for eating lamb, fish and mac & cheese so early in the morning. I'm happy to report that I had no problem doing so after first consuming an omelette! Everything was so good and the service was excellent. Grayson ate more than I've ever seen him eat before!

Church service at C3 was so impactful and is definitely one of the most memorable Easter sermons I've ever experienced. The use of storytelling, beautiful worship, and involved church community makes us feel so blessed and welcome. It really makes a difference getting plugged into a good church when moving to a new city, and I'm thankful God led us to C3. 

I snapped this pic of my two favorite guys after church then we headed home and tried to get the kids to nap. Grayson slept for the most part, but Nia laid down for a little bit before popping up. She practiced her piano and is constantly impressing us. I recorded this video of her playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - it was my first time hearing her play it, and she taught herself on her own working ahead in her lesson book. That's my Nia!

After we surprised her by taking her to Chunky's to see Home, but it sold out right in front of us despite us being there 15 minutes prior to the start. They were having a free admission with canned food donation drive, and I guess I underestimated the turn out. Chunky's is a unique theater with refurbished Lincoln Town Car seats around dining tables with a full service menu. Because it's 30 minutes driving each way we decided to just stick around for the next showing of Cinderella which was only a 40 minute wait, but with ordering food and getting situated it flew by. We enjoyed Cinderella, and the Frozen short too, and it only made me more excited for another special surprise we have for Nia next week (more on that later . . .). One thing I was confused about was Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother dressed like a character from the 1940s. If someone can explain that to me please!

Anyway, I was feeling a bit nostalgic and decided to make a lemon pound cake using America's Test Kitchen's recipe. It makes me think of my Grandma Emma and her sister, my Aunt Thelma. Easter was always such an important holiday for them and I remember feeling so proud when my Grandma would see me in my Easter dress. I know she would've loved seeing Grayson dressed up like a little man for Easter. I miss her.

Feelings of nostalgia also got to me during Cinderella, and the fact that it was ultimately, a story about forgiveness made me think about the true meaning of Easter: redemption and resurrection - the hope of seeing my loved ones again, and I started welling up in the theater. This really is a beautiful holiday. My favorite holiday. 

How was your Easter? Did you make any fun family memories?

P.S. We leave on Saturday for our cruise Lord, help me I'm not ready, and I have some prep posts coming this week so stay tuned!