March 29, 2016

Easter 2016

We celebrated Easter this year with joy in our hearts, following the most fruitful Lent we've had in a long time. Here are some pictures of our simple, family Easter...

We started Saturday afternoon by baking and decorating our traditional Easter Bunny Cake...

and it turned out sweet as can be!

After that, we moved on to egg coloring. Which we don't always do...but a certain little lady in this house LOVES eating hard boiled eggs. For real.

They turned out pretty well. : )

After dinner, there were baths and showers...Early Church on Easter...followed by the traditional "Picture in our Easter pajamas holding our baskets that Mom insists on taking."
I'm blessed to have good sports. : )

We set out a snack for the bunny...

and enjoyed treats while watching Here Comes Peter Cottontail.
Possibly the cutest holiday movie. Ever.

And then it was bedtime.

But not before making sure everyone was ready for Easter Morning Mass!

My baby was the first one ready...

So excited for Mass on Easter Day!

Peyton was a close second...and I was happy to snap a quick picture of these two. : )

And we made it! All four of my children...together in our home on Easter Sunday.
I am blessed.

After a beautiful Mass, we returned home, changed back into our jammies, and searched for the baskets! Some took longer than others, but in the end everyone was happy with the gifts that sneaky bunny left them. : )
Then we enjoyed a simple breakfast of cinnamon rolls with fresh fruit and dip...

and chocolate. Because...Easter.

The afternoon was filled with opening and reading and playing and napping.
Yay. Napping. : )

Soon enough it was time for dinner...

and this year we took a detour from ham and had steak that Steve prepared perfectly on the grill.
Peyton made Green Bean Casserole, Madison made a spinach, tomato, and fresh mozzarella salad, and I made some Hungry Jack mashed potatoes and opened a bag of rolls.
Yay me. ; )
And I admire some people who serve their food in lavish decorative dishes. But I am way to lazy too be some people. So aluminum pans it is. : )

Easter Dinner.
It was good.

After expert letter picker...and I beat everyone at Scrabble, we had dessert. Peyton's delicious Cherry-Berry Pie. : )

And that's a wrap on Easter Day 2016.
I hope yours was filled with faith, family, food, and fun.
Thanks for visiting, my friends!


  1. I'm glad you had such a great day. It's fun when everyone takes part in the food prep, isn't it? And the thing about foil pans...the food still tastes as good. Those steaks look great. Yay Steve!
    Happy Easter!!

  2. What a beautiful day you had! Do you know Scott and I just had the discussion "why ham? can't we just have a luscious lasagna or steaks?" You did it! Love that! I love Flynn's dress and matching little purse, what a little lady! And I'm so happy for you that everyone was home together. Someday I'll fit in a nap on a holiday... some day...

  3. I just love Flynn's dress & her purse!!! So cute. I need one in my size. ;-) Your breakfast, and dinner looks so delicious.

    BTW, I love your fireplace! I may have said that before. But, my goodness does it look cozy. :)

  4. What fun. Love the bunny cake. I made one too.
    xo Kris

  5. Happy Easter to you and your beautiful family, Billie! It looks like a successful day and in the future, I am going to take yours and Kathleen's cue...have the kids help in the meal prep ;) it all looked delicious!

  6. Looks like a perfect and sweet Easter day to me! How adorable is that Flynn in her pretty Easter dress. ;) That steak looks SOOOO good!! I like the way you change up Easter dinner Lady - jammies and all. Blessings on your week ahead Doll.

  7. It doesn't get any better than that, all the family together creating some wonderful memories to treasure. Wonderful.

  8. Perfect! The very best family weekend!

  9. Hi Billie JO~

    I always love seeing your beautiful photos! Your kids are so cute with their Easter baskets - I remember and treasure those day, I know you will be so glad you pictures . . . they will be too!

    Your food looks wonderful! We had a quiet Easter, as we celebrated with fun and food on Saturday. On Sunday, we went to church, reflected on the Resurrection and came home, and napped!

    Thanks for sharing!


  10. What a beautiful Easter celebration with your precious family! Thank you for sharing your sweet moments with us. Hugs and joy to you!

  11. What a nice Easter you had! all the food looks delicious! I think Peyton needs a baking blog!?!????

  12. What a happy post this is. I love the kiddos being such good sports, for sure. I love your Easter menu; it all made me quite hungry. For what it's worth, I've never heard of hiding the Easter baskets. That's such a fun idea.

  13. I love your beautiful photos and that Bunny cake! I've always seen the bunny cake with white and sometimes coconut (like we make each year), but your creative version is great and nice to see for a change! Your Easter sounded perfect and peaceful! Easter blessings to you!

  14. Ahh, those pictures are adorable!! I love the "forced to pose with our Easter baskets picture"...ha,ha that made me smile! Happy Easter Billie Jo!!!!!


Thanks so much for saying hello!

Billie Jo