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A Happily Eva After Easter

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Happy (almost) Easter!  Today I thought I’d share my family’s traditions for the Holiday, and give you a glimpse of the outfits and events we have planned for Marlowe’s first real Easter!  Easter has always been a big Holiday in my family, and I’m so excited to be celebrating in the same house this year with Marlowe that I grew up coming to for Holidays throughout my childhood. There’s something so special about sitting down around the same table with my little girl that I sat at myself– while we introduce her to some of our favorite family traditions.  EasterOutfits_037EasterOutfits_036

 

We always used to begin Easter with an early-morning dash to the kitchen, where the Easter Bunny had visited and left us some baskets filled with treats! Our particular Easter Bunny ( *cough* Mom *cough*) was always really genius at selecting candy and trinkets hand-picked to represent us individually.  You could tell how much love had been put in to putting those few items in to a basket! Even when I was in college I used to get the contents of an Easter basket shipped to my mailbox in time for the Holiday.  As a Mom myself, I now know how much love, time, and care was put in to those gestures– and it means so much to me to continue the tradition with my own children!  After our baskets were opened (and devoured) we always had the most fun family filled day.  My favorite tradition ever was one that the entire family– and many family friends– would participate in all together:  Easter Egg Decorating!  Especially as we got older, and our patience grew, it was so fun to watch everyone take their time with each egg– creating little funny masterpieces that we were all so proud of.  We would research new ways to decorate our eggs, how to etch them with wax pencils before dunking them in dye, or even watercoloring or illustrating them with fine pencil drawings.  When they were finished, the eggs all went in a beautiful bowl in the center of the table so everyone could get a peek!

 

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Marlowe is a little young for dying Easter Eggs this year, so I decided to recreate the tradition with decorated cookies instead!  White icing and some edible markers from Eleni’s allowed us all to get creative and have fun– and the worst accident was that Marlowe may or may not have eaten way too many cookies.  Who knew a one and a half year old could inhale cookies like that? You turn your back for one second….or more like you decorate your own cookie for one second…

 

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Next it’s time for a little outdoor fun.  Marlowe absolutely loves playing outside (or “side,” as she calls it) and there is nothing better to help work up an appetite than some good old fashioned fresh air.  She has recently discovered acorns and hunts for them with abandon.  Acorns are not exactly scarce around here, but each time she finds one she gets so excited! That energy is truly infectious.

 

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After our family day of fun, we always go indoors for an early home made dinner.  Usually it’s lamb with a mint sauce, potatoes, greens, and a big board of yummy gooey cheeses.  We’re a big Pie family and always finish holiday meals with an assortment of pies!  Pumpkin is Kyle’s favorite, I love Apple, and Marlowe loves anything at all as long as her piece is “BIG one, Mama!”.  Everyone is always stuffed at the end of Easter, and we usually sit around the table sharing stories and drinking wine until late.  There have been a few wine-fueled dance parties break out in the past.  I am not putting it past anyone to bust a move this year– ha!  I hope you have a relaxing and wonderful Holiday with your loved ones this Easter! I’ll raise a glass with you!

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Photographs by Nina Suh for Love And Lemonade Photography

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7 Comments

  1. Aww, she’s beautiful :). I LOVE the edible markers! So much fun … and what a great idea for kids. Happy Easter!

    03.23.16Reply
  2. Christy says:

    Absolutely adorable! I just have to know how you get your toddler to stay still for a hair-do like that! Did you do it yourself? I know my 2 year old’s hair would be lovely fixed like that, but these days I am lucky if I can get one side clipped back before she wiggles away….unless I bribe her with videos on my phone! Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter!

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  3. Sue says:

    Happy Easter Eva, Kyle and Lowie! Looks like you are having an grand time preparing for MR. BUNNY….don’t forget to leave him some carrots and a cocktail…..but that goes without saying!

    Keep up the great work, great adventures and great advice. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family….you all look like fun is had by all!

    Love to all,
    Sue

    03.25.16Reply
    • Thanks, Sue! Hope you had a wonderful one yourself!

      xo

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  4. Greg Fillmore says:

    Hello Eva,
    That is a great idea with Eleni edible markers!!
    I have always loved contour drawing with a pencil, eraser, with pen.
    I have been carving out time, to obtain, humble mastery, with acrylic painting.
    But it all starts out, with as a family, having time planned, to be artistic.
    With a pencil, paper, with eraser, a book, and your imagination, you can NEVER be bored.
    My latest art project, is painting the west side, of the Thames, on the bridge from Goring to Streatley in England.
    Millers has a nice four course meal there, met some fascinating people when I last visited there.
    My mother Kathy used to say: “Boredom is a choice. Go do something creative.”
    She used to call me and my brother her “Hoppity Fillmore’s.” and her “little rabbits”,
    She had a pet bunny rabbit, where she lived growing up, so I will pick up a large chocolate rabbit, and think of the good memories that she planned for, that we were appreciative for experiencing, thanks to her wisdom.
    It will be neat to share that someday, once I find a journeying partner.
    Eva, thanks for these neat ideas with your blog, that help bring families closer together.
    Neat color for your dress Eva, you with your special man, Kyle, have both together, very good taste.
    The best easter wishes, for your family Eva. 🙂
    Greg Fillmore

    03.30.16Reply
  5. Are you responsible for the french braids? They look so pretty. Does she sit still for them?

    04.12.16Reply