Edited 4/16/20 to mention to those who may not have seen my previous pandemic post. My children and grandchildren moved in with us the day before the first lockdown began. That is how they were able to celebrate Easter with us.
Happy Belated Easter everyone! I meant to have this post up last night and then guess what? We got a winter storm and our power went out which fried our Internet modem. We couldn't get a service man over until Monday morning! I tell you, we were definitely living in the apocalypse between being shut in and unable to go to church, then getting about 10 inches of snow dumped on us when it was 57 degrees just the day before. But when the Internet went out, that was the straw that broke the camels back. Momma was not happy! I was overcome with worry over how the kids would be able to work Monday morning without the Internet. Thankfully our Internet provider sent out a repairman immediately so they didn't miss too much work.
My husband and I have been working feverishly in the garden the past month. We are converting one of our flower beds into a vegetable garden in preparation for the apocalypse. It has been so much work moving the flowers to other gardens. The yard was looking so beautiful. The crocus already bloomed, and all the daffodils were started to bud and some even bloomed. I cut as many as could before the snow fell and brought them indoors. I hope the rest survive.
The yard did look like a winter wonderland, but no one wants a blizzard this time of year. Alethea is dying to get outside and play in it. We had a slew of Easter activities yesterday so she didn't have time. Hopefully today when dad is done working, she can go sledding.
The thing that makes me real sad is this was the week we were suppose to be on vacation. We were suppose to go to Wheaton, Illinois for Easter and then to Tennessee and Kentucky afterwards. If we were able to go on vacation, we would have enjoyed 60 - 70 degree temperatures instead of this snow and cold.
In spite of the apocalypse and the bad weather, we were determined to have a great Easter no matter what. I heard so many people say that they were sad that Christians couldn't celebrate Easter this year. But that isn't true! No, we couldn't celebrate in our churches with other believers, but we all still celebrated our risen Savior no matter what!
We still rose early Sunday morning and put on our very best Easter clothes for church, even if it meant we would only be sitting in our own living room watching the services live stream. I wore my new Easter dress from TJMaxx, and the grandkids wore new Easter outfits that my daughter's sweet neighbor purchased for them.
Our Lord has still Risen and no corovirus or winter storm will stop that fact!
Alethea loved singing "Christ The Lord Is Risen Today" during our church service. I picked up this beautiful sign decor from Hobby Lobby last year.
And how cute is this little guy? He gets handsomer every day!
She also loved wearing her new Easter dress. In fact, she is still wearing it! She won't take it off!
She's definitely a girly girl just like her Momma and Grandma.
The kids loved the daffodils I brought in from the garden. Of course Atticus just wanted to grab them and put them in his mouth, and we couldn't have that.
Atticus' peachy pants looks so cute with the coordinating plaid button down and suspenders.
Alethea's dress came with a matching pink coat. It is so beautiful. I don't know what I loved better, the dress or the coat.
We took some time to take other family photos before the church service. Here is the little nuclear family: my daughter Ashley, her husband Jason, and the grand babies.
What a smile, eh?
After the egg coloring and family photo shoot was complete, we all settled down on the sofa and watched Ashley and Jason's church in Wheaton on-line. The music was so beautiful!
Hubby was the only one who didn't dress up this day. He was up early working outside so he had his work clothes on. He came in for the service and Easter dinner.
After the service we had a small lunch and Alethea went down for a nap. While she was napping I put her Easter basket together. I wanted to hide the basket in the house so she could look for it when she woke up but her mom told me she has difficulty finding things, and in a large home like ours, she'd really have problems. So I laid these flower cut outs on the floor and all she had to do was following the path of flowers to her basket!
Alethea's Easter basket this year was small because I couldn't get to the store to shop. So her basket consisted of just a chocolate bunny, some yogurt pretzels, and Reeses' Eggs, but she was tickled pink with it nevertheless. It takes so little to make small children happy.
For Atticus, the only item in his basket was a stuffed toy. But here is the exciting news: he was so excited about it, he actually took his first crawling movements to get to it! We were so excited to watch him crawl for the first time!
He was absolutely thrilled with his little stuffed elephant!
Later that evening, I set the table in a "Kid Friendly" Easter theme. I used the daffodils from my garden and the "He Is Risen" sign for my centerpiece. The daffodils looked so pretty in a blue Ball canning jar. I scattered the paper flowers from the Easter egg basket hunt all over the table, and used blue dinnerware in celebration of spring.
We had a traditional Easter dinner of ham, mashed potatoes, corn, and cranberry relish. I went off my Keto diet for two days. I've been on Keto since last fall. It's good to "carb cycle" once in awhile so your body doesn't plateau at a certain weight. I will resume my regular Keto diet tomorrow.
However, in light of the snow, and this horrible lock down were all under, I still just wanted to celebrate and have fun, so I ran outside in the snow and celebrated Easter no matter what! Just like The Who's in Whoville from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, I was going to celebrate the Easter Holiday! I was not going to let the weather or the coronavirus keep me from singing "Christ The Lord Is Risen Today!"
My husband would not let me walk out in the snow with my open toed nude sandals, so I threw on a pair of white booties instead. It was a good idea, or my little toesies would have been covered in snow.
For accessories, I wore pink earrings, a rose gold bracelet, and I carried a vintage white straw bag.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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