This Easter was so different than last year! Adeline was on the move and determined to be like the big kids! It was seriously adorable, but equally exhausting. I couldn’t get over how much of a little girl she looked like this weekend, and Easter Sunday she just melted my heart in her smocked outfit. Every time she’s with her big cousins it feels like she grows up a little bit – she loves playing with them so much! This girl absolutely loves being outside, and this weekend it seemed like we were outside constantly. It was a gorgeous weekend – we really lucked out! Here’s a quick recap of the festivities.
My in-laws stayed with us all weekend, and helped out with Adeline, but we actually spent all our time up in Searcy, about 45 minutes north of here. We spent pretty much all of Saturday up there, after filling up with a big breakfast. We met the rest of the family at Harding, hit up the bookstore for some Bison paraphernalia because #proudalumni, then gathered on the Front Lawn for a huge Easter egg hunt – 10,000 eggs! After a few HOT hours on campus, we went to my SIL’s parent’s house for the rest of the afternoon. Adeline passed out in the pack n play for about 2 hours, and we relaxed on the back porch. Before and after her nap though, Adeline played her heart out with her big cousins, running through the grass and sliding down the slide on the swing set.
It’s pretty wild being back on campus with our own kid. It’s hard to imagine that we met here in 2007, dated soon after, spent years walking across this front lawn to see each other or walk to class, and now our baby is hunting Easter eggs in the same place.
Easter Sunday, we woke up bright and early so we could make an 8:15 service back up at Harding. (The church we were attending holds their Easter Sunday service on HU’s campus in the big auditorium since it’s so popular – it’s also a pretty significant weekend at HU, so campus is packed with families.) Unfortunately, with church not being at the actual church building, that meant no childcare – aka we spent 99% of the service hanging out in the lobby, or walking around outside. It’s just impossible for Adeline to sit through a full church service, so we weren’t expecting much out of her! We took turns switching off, and soon it was over and time to head back to my SIL’s parent’s house to get ready for lunch.
For lunch we had the biggest spread you could imagine – basically a Thanksgiving in the spring. It was a huge affair – our family, all of Adam’s family, my SIL’s family, grandparents, and parents of my SIL’s SIL. Is that confusing or what? Oh and 9 kids, 7 and under. Needless to say, it was one big Easter party!
We snapped plenty of photos in between, and I can’t wait to see how our big Ingle family photo turned out. It will be a miracle if all the cousins are even looking at the camera! It’s getting increasingly more and more difficult to take a decent photo with Adeline – we’re starting to resort to bribes, peek a boo, and a big dose of not caring.
The day ended with one last Easter egg hunt before we said our goodbyes and headed home. Adeline thinks she’s just as big as the other kids and was hunting right alongside them. It was too cute!! I accidentally mom failed and left her basket at our house, so she used a plastic bag and looked slightly ridiculous, but that’s ok! She loved picking up the eggs, opening them, dumping them out, and checking out her cousins’ hauls.
Easter hasn’t always been a favorite holiday, but it sure was sweet this year! It might be a new favorite, right up there with Christmas and Thanksgiving. It’s hard to imagine what Easter might look like next year, so for now I’m soaking up a few more minutes of this year’s specialness!
I hope you had a wonderful Easter with friends and loved ones!