Monday, March 28, 2016

Our 2016 Easter!

I've said it again and again but Easter always has and always will be one of our very favorite holidays to celebrate. I didn't think we could beat last year's Easter but adding Thomas in to the celebrations made this holiday even more amazing than we had imagined.
We also learned this year that Caroline will do anything for a hot pink peep. This includes sprinting to the tub and ripping her clothes off for bath time. I am so not above bribery to make evenings run smoother and can't wait to stock up on clearance peeps.
On to the weekend! School was closed for Good Friday so Thomas and Caroline brought their teachers some treats the day before. I had to work on Friday but I opted for a delayed start so we could let the kiddos open their Easter baskets and then stay home with daddy all day.
We knew Saturday morning was going to be a bit chaotic with getting everyone dressed, fed, packed and out the door for a short road trip to Mimi and Grandad's house so we planned to have our Easter bunny arrive Friday morning. So as soon as the kiddos were tucked in on Thursday night we got to work putting together the Easter baskets and creating a "bunny trail" to the front door.
Matt totally rocked the bunny prints.
The next morning Matt took the kiddos out the back door around the house to meet me at the front. From my high pitched voice, it was pretty apparent that we were all equally excited that the Easter bunny had hopped by that morning. 
The bunny trail absolutely stole the show this Easter. Caroline couldn't stop talking about the "bunny" and asked to go outside over and over and over again to look at the prints. What's even cooler is a few weeks ago a family of baby bunnies were born somewhere in our yard. And earlier this week Caroline finally spotted one of them hopping across the driveway to the backyard so she is convinced that one of those bunnies is the Easter bunny and kept asking to go hunt the bunny down in the backyard. Adorable. 
The Easter baskets were exciting for all of two  minutes before Caroline was asking to go back outside to see the bunny trail. 
Thankfully I decided to keep the baskets super simple! Each babe got a sippy cup, a pair of $1 Target sunglasses and some random snacks I snagged from the pantry. I also threw in a large pack of markers for Caroline because I briefly lost my mind and thought it was a good idea (but hey, I've had worse ideas). Thomas also received a set of flash cards.
In typical bossy big sister fashion, Caroline insisted on ripping through Thomas's Easter basket first. You know, to make sure he didn't get something cooler than her.
Back outside we went for some bunny trail inspecting.
And hopping.
And she taught Tom Tom allllll about the bunny.
 It was the best morning ever.
On Saturday morning we got up early to head to Winston. The neighborhood Matt's parents live in throws the absolute best Easter celebration so we were really excited for a fun day.
Caroline was clearly more interested in planning out her egg hunt strategy than taking pictures.
After last year's Easter bunny trauma, Caroline was on high alert the entire morning. We promised to keep her a safe 300 feet away from the bunny at all times. Any closer and she would completely panic.
 Instead we focused on the petting zoo.
Brunch was incredible and both kids put down plates and plates full of eggs, sausage, grits and hash browns.
Once everyone had a full belly we lined up for the Easter egg hunt. There were so many kids on the "under 4" hunt I was worried Caroline was going to get trampled over.
But nope. She went wild collecting Easter eggs as fast as she possibly could.
 I love this sweet moment I caught between Matt and Thomas.
After the egg hunt we took the kiddos back to Mimi and Grandad's for naps! The next morning we opened Easter baskets, ate a yummy breakfast and headed back home. It was the perfect Easter weekend!

See our previous Easter celebrations here:
2015: Our 1st Easter with Caroline & the Scary Bunny
2014: Too pregnant to celebrate Easter
2013 Easter
2012 Easter



  1. What fun!!! Easter is one of my favorites as well.

  2. So much goodness.

  3. Oh my goodness! Caroline's side eye for the Easter Bunny was too cute! Looks like a wonderful weekend!

  4. How fun! The Easter bunny walked in our house with construction paper foot prints, and the boys loved it!

  5. I cannot get over how cute all of your pictures are! It looks like you had a wonderful Easter!!

  6. What a bunch of cuties and perfect Easter! I am totally not above bribing, and it works every time!

  7. Looks like such a fun Easter! I love that Caroline didn't let the big bad 4 year olds stop her from filling up her basket with eggs!

  8. Could you family BE more beautiful? I don't think so! Happy Easter!!

  9. Oh my gosh Thomas' little outfit!! I cannot handle the cuteness! I love the bunny print idea, so sweet! Happy Easter friend!

  10. Such precious kiddos! So glad you had a great Easter!

  11. Where are their little blue and white seersucker outtfits from? Adorable!

  12. What a wonderful Easter! Those bunny footprint pictures are absolutely precious!

  13. Easter with the littles makes it SO MUCH more fun. What a beautiful weekend!

  14. Beautiful shots! It looks like such a wonderful weekend, and the footprints turned out to be such a hit! Love it.

  15. Those breakfast plates have my hungry for a big breakfast!

  16. girl. your children are too cute for words. yay for fun celebrations. ps. i too stole snacks right out of the pantry to fill my gal's baskets. #momhack

  17. That last picture of Matt and Thomas? ALL the heart eyes. So sweet. Love all the gorgeous photos of you and your beautiful family, and so glad that you guys had a good Easter!:)

  18. Could your guys be any cuter!? And their smocked outfits are too sweet! I love the idea of footprints--I watched it on Snapchat and it was too sweet for words!


  19. What an amazing Easter!! The kids looked so adorable in their matching Easter outfits and the bunny trail video is just way too cute!!

  20. What a beautiful weekend and a beautiful family! I love the idea of the bunny prints! So cute!

  21. Oh my gosh, that video of her excitement over the footprints is EVERYTHING. Talk about adorable.


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