Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter {2016}

     Easter was so much fun this year.

     I always love this time of year -- the beginnings of warm weather, the VIOLETS, the birds waking up to sing their springtime songs. But Easter isn't really my favorite holiday. Which doesn't really sound like a very good thing to say, does it? Especially for a Believer! ;-P Of course it's a time to remember the sacrifice God gave for us, and rejoice in the hope we have through what Jesus did on the cross. That's the part I love about it -- the hopefulness. The deep-down gratitude I feel. The enduring joy. So what's wrong with me? Well, Easter also means doing my part in the music for our service at church, which isn't exactly my favorite thing to do...and it means getting together for the whole afternoon with my family, which can, admittedly, be exhausting sometimes. I'm not saying I don't like it -- I just don't love it. I'm beginning to see that I'm not much of a holiday person.

     BUT this year Easter was wonderful. I wasn't sick (which is worth noting because I have been for the past three years or so), it was a GORGEOUSLY sunny day (which is also worth noting because last year it snowed), I somehow didn't feel peopled-out after being at church for five hours (which in itself is a MIRACLE), and I was able to spend the beautiful warm afternoon surrounded by some of my favorite people in the world, running around outside in bare feet and laughing with my sisters and cousins. It was truly glorious.

     And on top of all that, CHRIST IS RISEN! Alleluia!!! He is the reason we sing and laugh and love. :-)

    While we were at my cousin's house in the afternoon, I somehow got in the mood to take a bunch of pictures. My picture-taking habits are weird -- I'll go for weeks without taking a single picture, and then all of a sudden I get in a mood and I want to take a picture of everything. This happened Sunday afternoon, so I pulled out my camera and started snapping candids.

     First of my cousins' cat, Rascal (who is quite the little darling, I might add)....

Rascal contemplating life

Rascal contemplating how he can bust the window

Rascal contemplating what to do next.

     Me, Mary, and Sadie sitting on a roof. (Why yes, we do this all the time.)

     Don't you love my face in this one? I look so disgusted.

     Sadie and Henry on the four-wheeler

      Sadie, Mary, and I went on an adventure with the four-wheeler, into the deep dark unknown (to me) depths of the woods. We kind of ignored the Posted signs.

     Sadie: *looking at the sign* What does prosecuted mean?
     Me: It means you'll have to go to court.
     Sadie: Cool! I've always wanted to go to court!

      Round about five o'clock, after taking a wild four-wheeler rides through a literal briar patch and getting happily scratched up and deliciously mud-spattered (and kinda-sorta-almost lost....), we decided to play baseball. The only thing is, we all stink at baseball. I couldn't hit the ball worth beans...actually, I couldn't hit it at all. So Henry got out the tennis racket, and we played baseball Amish-style with tennis balls and rackets. It was dorky, but a whole heck of a lot more fun. ;-)

     Mary being awesome without even trying.

    Henry's posing.

      (I think he's posing here too.)

         (I'm not sure what he's doing now.)

          Mary, waving to a stranger in a pretty little blue truck.

     Saying goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa. :-)

     Mary's making a 'water-egg' -- the Easter version of a traditional water-balloon. Watch out.

     Washing the mud off the four-wheeler.

     ....but why would you want to wash the mud off your feet?

          After we'd ridden the four-wheeler (I even drove it! How cool am I?), had an egg hunt, played racket-ball, sprayed the hose around, talked about random and important things simultaneously, and thoroughly tired ourselves out, we said goodbye. The sun went down on a day crammed with fun -- one of the happiest Easters I can remember, one I will not soon forget.

     I hope you all had a splendid Easter too! :-)

P.S. I don't recommend eating an entire chocolate bunny in one sitting.
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