It has been a beautiful, relaxing, rejuvenating, enjoyable, and all-round marvelous Easter weekend. This morning we got up early and quickly got all ready for church. We don't have church until 1:00, but we wanted to go to the cemetery where my mom and Tessa, along with several other family members are buried. We don't do this every single year, but I love it when we do. I can't think of a better place to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ than by thinking about what it means for each of us and those we've already lost. Easter morning always gives me such peace and comfort and especially HOPE. My heart feels lightened and I know that we will all be resurrected and we'll be able to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and our families forever.
A moment with my girls at my mom's and Tessa's grave.
It is always emotional to visit the cemetery, but on Easter it is a very comforting, special time.
We enjoyed good food and good company for dinner this evening. Grandma and Grandpa Cannon joined us and for dessert they brought all the fixings for ice cream sundaes. Maybe we're not very original, but our dinners with Grandma and Grandpa Cannon always follow the same format--yummy dinner, a little talk of Grandpa's politics, a talent show put on by the kids, and topped off with a few rounds of The Great Dalmuti. I guess we like routine, but it is very enjoyable to us.
And here come the troops charging into the living room to see what the Easter Bunny has brought.
We always do our Easter Bunny celebrations on Saturday morning. It gives us plenty of time to gobble candy without the rush of getting ready for church.
I know, it's genius.
As per tradition, along with the candy, the Easter Bunny brings everyone a book. Did you realize the Bunny was such a strong supporter of childhood literacy?
Faith got a Fancy Nancy book. Raise your hand it you cannot get enough of Fancy Nancy! Ooh, ooh, pick me!
The Easter Bunny must know that after 12 years of reading stories to six children, I need some new material every now and then. Georgie got a couple of Gyo Fujikawa board books. My sister-in-law, Amy, introduced me to this author/illustrator and I just LOVE her books.
Everyone seemed very pleased with what the Easter Bunny selected for them. Elinor got an American Girl book about feelings which is good for her because she has a lot of feelings to work through. Most of them involve an injustice perpetrated against her by the world. She is a middle child after all.
Bethany got a babysitting book and kit. She still has her morning babysitting gig, but she is ready for more!
Clark got a Heroes of Olympus book, but I think he's had the most fun reading Cannon's book to him. It's called Awesome Man and it's darling and we've all gotten a kick out of it.
We've never done it before, but we decided to go to our city sponsored Easter egg hunt. Putting aside the fact that I am opposed to city sponsored events such as this (what business does a city have using tax dollars for an Easter egg hunt?), it was very well organized and very short and sweet. Not much suspense in "hunting" for eggs since they were just laying there for the grabbing in a roped-off smallish area. It was over and done in one minute. But the kids liked it and got some fun stuff.
Clark and a friend went to check out the Teen Easter Egg Hunt on Friday night. From what I've been able to gather from him it was the same idea as the younger kids the next day, but in the dark and over even quicker. I'm sure he'll figure out a better activity for next year. Live and learn.
And look, Georgie got to sit with the Easter Bunny. And he liked him. Elinor is the only one of our children who has feared for her life around costumed characters.
See, her feelings ran deep even way back then.