Easter + Passover = A Really Great Weekend

This weekend was Passover and Easter and it was such a nice weekend. It was full of food, friends, family, sunshine and spring-colored outfits. We did a lot of relaxing and spending quality time with people we love, and basically no time being productive. It was lovely.

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Passover was at a friend’s house who always host the most delicious and fancy Passover dinner. There’s wine, matzoh ball soup, charoses, yummy veggies and lots of decadent desserts. It was one of those rush around like crazy in the rain kind of days so we forgot to take one single photo. No worries, I made sure to make up for the lack of photos on Easter!

Easter basket! (She was way more excited about the fake Easter grass.)
Easter basket! (She was way more excited about the fake Easter grass.)
BFF's
BFF’s

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We hosted Easter brunch at our house for the second year.  It was a potluck meal with about 16 people and SO MUCH FOOD. I attempted making eggs inside of hashbrown baskets. They were a little overdone, but they looked really nice.

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Luna had the time of her life. She skipped her morning nap and ran all over the yard climbing everything in sight instead.

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We spent the afternoon playing with plastic eggs at the park. We really couldn’t have had a better Easter. Unless, of course, our Texas family were with us.

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Hope you all had a great weekend full of nice spring weather, love and mimosas!

Cheers!

Results of Being Kind

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For Lent this year I decided to do 40 days of kindness instead of giving up something I love. I planned to do one small (or large) act of kindness every day until Easter. I thought I’d send out letters, help anyone who needed an extra hand, volunteer and whatever else I could think of during the 40 days. My plan did not go at all how I expected. I missed days and opportunities, but ultimately learned a very valuable lesson.

Like all grand and exciting new plans, I started off with a bang. I was constantly looking for a chance to do something nice for someone and very excited when an opportunity came my way. After a couple of weeks, the excitement wore off, and I began slacking on my daily acts. It also began feeling stressful. Sometimes I forgot and other times I just found it difficult.

I quickly ran out of ideas and could only think of acts that costs money. After a few days of struggling I decided to lower my expectations for kind acts and to ask for help. I began looking for anything that might be considered kind. I held the door open for people, let cars get in front of me while driving, made breakfast for Husband, picked up other people’s trash and messes, called friends I haven’t spoke to in a while, stopped participating in small arguments, visited the neighbors, helped family with their projects and so on and so on. At first, many of these attempts seemed too small to make a difference, but after a week I noticed a change in myself.

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First, I was happier. Being extra polite and helpful to those around me put me in a much better mood. It’s amazing how helping someone can help you so much in return. Then, I realized it made the people around me happier. While grocery shopping one busy afternoon, everyone (myself included) seemed agitated and in a hurry. In line, I let the woman with hardly any groceries get in front of me and my very full cart. I was happy to do it, she was thrilled to get out faster and even the cashier seemed to be in a better mood. Also, I think being kind is contagious. Soon, I realized that everyone around me was acting kinder towards one another. It may be that I just noticed the acts of kindness more, but either way, it made me a heck of a lot happier to see so much kindness being spread.

What’s really paid off is that this whole “being kind” thing has become a habit. I’m not delusional enough to believe I’m always kind, but I am certainly more aware of how I am behaving towards others and still noticing little opportunities to help someone. Once again, participating in Lent has proven to be meaningful and make a positive difference in my life.

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I’m already brainstorming a new idea for next Lent, although my excitement for being kind may wear off by then and then I can just start the whole 40 days over again!

As Ellen always says, “Be kind to one another!”

Cheers!

Hoppy Easter!

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We celebrated Easter today by having some family and friends over for brunch. My friends Sara is in town from Nebraska, staying with us and helped me cook and get everything ready for our guests. It was a potluck brunch with a crepe bar, a crazy amount of toppings, salmon, monkey bread, fruit salad, bagels, cookies, coffee and mimosas. It was sooooooo good, like so good I don’t even regret the extra 8,000 calories I consumed.

probably should have uncovered the foil-covered crepes for the photo...
probably should have uncovered the foil-covered crepes for the photo…

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I really enjoy having people over and hosting parties. It’s the same feeling I got when planning a new theme  in my classroom. I get to plan out the menu, decorate, coordinate everything, send out invites and basically have everything under my control. (mwahahaha)

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this idea from Pinterest was so easy and cute
this idea from Pinterest was so easy and cute

After the brunch half of us drove to one of the local parks for a 3 mile walk. Our weather has been unbelievable this weekend! It finally feels like spring and I am loving it! It was so sunny we actually had to use sunscreen. Okay, I didn’t actually use sunscreen, but other people did… same thing.

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this dog LOVES chasing sticks...all sizes
this dog LOVES chasing sticks…all sizes

Then, because we are badasses we all worked out together. Of course, we mostly did this because our friend Bella is a machine, workouts more than anyone I know and looks like a superhero, so when she asks us to workout with her we always say yes. You don’t tell superhero’s no.

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Easter day ended with another phenomenal home cooked meal by Sara, a Disney movie, some hair-chalking (more on that soon!) and tummy time with my favorite girl!

So strong! I cannot get enough time with this precious baby.
So strong! I cannot get enough time with this precious baby.

Such a good day.

Cheers!

 

 

Friends In Texas

We survived our first trip with our newborn daughter and boy was it a great trip! We went to Texas to see my parents, relatives and many friends who met Luna for the very first time. Luna was an awesome happy baby on four flights. She drove all over southeast Texas, ate at many restaurants, shopped all day, toured the boardwalk, had her first crawfish boil and met a ridiculous amount of people. (Yet, still not everyone…there are just too many good friends to see!) It was one awesome and busy week.

My Mom loving on baby O
My Mom loving on baby O

Luna and I both crashed after getting home today which explains why I’m blogging at 11:30pm. I’m certain that the second I post this and get into bed, she will wake up ready to eat. Oh well, I kind of miss her when she’s sleeping so waking up in the wee hours really isn’t bad. Although, she’s so worn out she may sleep all night.

This little princess could not have been more excited to meet my own little princess.
This little princess could not have been more excited to meet my own little princess.

One of the best parts of being in Texas was seeing my friends, their babies and introducing them to my baby. One of my best friends had her 3rd baby boy the day before we flew into town! Seeing all of us with our babies together is really special. I feel so lucky to have such wonderful friends who are also Mom’s in my life.

There's one more important lady and baby boy missing in this photo!
There’s one more important lady and baby boy missing in this photo!
Welcome to the world baby Slade!
Welcome to the world baby Slade!
Luna getting to meet her Aunt Danica
Luna getting to meet her Aunt Danica
And her Nanny Sommer
And her Nanny Sommer

The entire week was spent staring at babies and talking about them. None of us can even remember what we talked about prior to having babies. We transitioned from crushes to colleges to marriage to breastfeeding and poopy diapers over the last 15 or so years, but it seems like no time has passed at all. Seriously? Weren’t we all just calling shotgun in our boyfriend’s pick-up trucks, skipping school to eat at Dairy Queen and having all night dance parties in our pj’s? When the hell did we grow up?

Having a playdate with Mr. Handsome
Having a playdate with Mr. Handsome

We just thought that high school was hard and dramatic. What, with its heartbreaks, bad grades, attempts to fit-in, prom disasters, eating disorders, after-school jobs and whatnot. We only survived because we had each other. I’m sure of it. Now, we have learned the true meaning of survival as well as friendship. Life after high school has gotten so much better, but not without it’s fair share of illness, miscarriages, loss, career choices, more heartbreak, moves and failures. Thankfully, we still have each other. Even though we are states away (some of us are even countries away) I am constantly leaning on them for support.

Trying to get a photo with little Nolan!
Trying to get a photo with little Nolan!

Seeing our kids meet each other is so special. I wish we all lived closer, but hey, at least they’ll always have reasons to travel!

Luna had her first Easter Bunny picture taken with her best bud!
Luna had her first Easter Bunny picture taken with her best bud!

Love you all!

Cheers!