Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easter decorations and post Easter

My friend Cathy and her husband Mike are coming to visit us on Wednesday.  I've been slowly and steadily preparing for their visit for the past week.  Knowing that they were coming gave me extra motivation to take all of the Easter decorations down just one day after Easter. 

Ginger was not amused.  She rarely is. 
I took a few pictures before I moved everything and packed it up.  I never was pleased with the mantel this year.  I liked all of the pieces, just not the arrangement. 




This runner was new.  Can you believe I got it in the Dollar Spot at Target?


I always feel guilty and sad when I put stuffed animals in bins.  Do you think that's an example of anthropomorphising?
On Tuesday last week (the 18th) I had a Facebook memory that I took this picture five years ago.  I saw it at work and had to wait patiently all day to come home, 

So I could force them to recreate it.  Elliott was in to it.  Spencer was not. 

Side by side

Ginger was not amused. 
On Wednesday I was organizing the tablecloths, the dish towels, and my bake ware.  I was just delighted (sarcasm font) to discover this dead scorpion in my bundt pan. 

At least he was dead, but hello.  Why is my house under attack?

We ate dinner in the dining room that night.  Probably to get away from the dead scorpion in the kitchen. 

Ginger was not amused. 
I worked on Thursday.  I took this bottle of sparkling water to work with me and the bubbles were just amazing when I opened it.  They lasted for a long time too.  Long enough to decide to take a picture and get my camera out. 

Flash on. 

Flash off. 
I stopped at Lowe's on my way home and bought a large canvas tarp and a grommet kit for a little project involving the pool side gazebos.  I'll show pictures soon, but it's not done yet.  It's an attempt to replace the gazebo covers.

We can't even get them to last two years.  They start ripping within six months of putting them out there.
And the price has gone up again too.  To replace this one is $126, not including shipping.  And Amazon doesn't carry it. 
Ginger (who was not amused) was considering jumping in and sinking straight to the bottom.  Or maybe she was just thirsty.  I'm not sure. 

Michael almost killed this plant last year because he turned off the drip system and then forgot that he did ane he basically dehydrated it to death.  Luckily it has returned nice and healthy this spring.  Amazing what a little water will do. 

That's our bedroom window behind it. 
On the blogging agenda: Our "fun" and fun weekend, Spencer getting his braces off and being a tourist at home. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The rest of Easter

I believe that my last post ended with the conclusion of the egg/candy hunt and breakfast.

After I figured out the timer we took some official pictures.  First we needed to do Elliott's 5 year- 4 month glamour shots.  We headed outside for those. 

Checking the lighting first. 


None of the pictures outside were great.  The sun was in a tricky spot to get anything that wasn't shadowy. 






I think I mentioned before that I forgot our camera at home so I was using my mom's camera all weekend.  I don't know if the settings got changed on it or something else, but all weekend I had a hard time getting shots that were clear with the right amount of light.  Everything was blurry and too bright or too dark. 




We were in the middle of our family pictures with the timer when my parents got home from church. 

Timer picture

Mom picture
Then we went to church.  My parents went to 8:00 mass, which just was not going to happen for us, but we were able to make 10:00 mass happen. 

After church we took pictures on the side of the altar.  I had no idea people were waiting behind us, because Spencer was doing stuff like this. 



Michael and I voted and decided this is the official picture. 
Back at home after church, guess what we did?  If you guessed took more pictures, you would be correct. 

The Dad series.



The Us series


The Mom series


Then I made my dessert.  Cookie cups filled with chocolate mousse with a chocolate bunny on top.  You will notice there are 11.  There WERE 12 until my dad ate one of the cookie cups early in the morning and pretended like it didn't happen. 

Group pictures after we ate


My dad pretty much ruined Easter with the cookie cup debacle and whatever this is. 






Spencer was hiding his money behind his back, 

so my uncle got out some of his cash for comparison. 

The bunny cake was cut and served


And I took the world's most overexposed picture of my dessert plate. 
After Easter dinner we had to pack up and drive home.  I had forgotten that I brought down our bunny ears, so before I put them in the car we had to use them. 

The drive home was terrible strictly because every drive home is terrible, but when we actually got home I somehow found the motivation to wash my make-up brushes, 

And ALL of the Easter eggs.
We had a little collaboration with the Easter Bunny and decided that next year the eggs will just be empty.  Maybe we'll put some cash in a few of them.  But no more little cookies, crackers and candy.  It's too much work.  You know.  For the bunny.