Hoppy Spring!

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Is it really only Wednesday? I feel like it should be Friday again!  I’m ready for the weekend for sure.  Maybe it’s just that the past weekend was so much fun – I want to relive it all over again!

happy easter

It was, of course, Easter weekend. We spent Friday and Saturday in frantic “clean up our backyard” mode. After a long winter, our grass, garden beds, and deck were looking pretty shabby. Even Henry’s sandbox was a mess – I had left the cover off one night and rain had gotten in! We stayed up super late on Saturday night assembling our new outdoor furniture (more on that later in the week), and when the sun rose on Sunday, everything looked perfect.


Henry woke up and got his Easter basket, which contains a single chocolate egg (I knew we’d have enough chocolate later!), a book about cheetahs, and a cheetah figurine. He’s really into cheetahs right now – can you tell? I, too, have learned a ton of interesting facts about cheetahs, such as… A cheetah can go from a standstill to 60 MPH in three seconds (faster than a sports car) and burns 300 calories in a single 30-second chase.


We also opened his latest Kiwi Crate box.  I wrote about Kiwi Crate back in December in this post –> 8 Boredom-Busting Indoor Toddler Activities. I liked the delivery craft boxes SO much that I signed us up for a year’s subscription. Henry now eagerly anticipates the boxes. It was fun to open one on Easter morning!

kiwi crate bugs

I think this was the best box yet. It was bug-themed, and Henry got to put together a bug hat and bug wings… It was adorable to watch him design the wings.He looked so cute hunting for eggs in his outfit (I couldn’t believe how well it color-coordinated).

easter egg hunt kiwi crate

Speaking of egg hunting, it was very fun. Every year, I consider doing one of the big community-wide hunts, but then we just end up doing a simple one in the background. I put a single M&M in each egg – it’s perfect.  Can’t wait until Claire can participate… I bet she’ll be RUNNING by Easter 2016.


For our meal, we kept things simple with a salad and casserole.


I used the Spinach and Artichoke Greek Yogurt muffins as a base, but I made it in a big casserole dish instead of cupcake tins. I also swapped out the regular mozzarella for Garlic & Herb from Cabot, ditched the garlic, and switched the spinach and artichokes for chopped frozen asparagus spears. It was so great!  Very spring-y.


And we had a fabulous Sangria – I’ll share this recipe soon!  It had fruit in it, so obviously it was perfectly reasonable to drink three or four…


From my family to yours, Happy Easter! Happy Passover! And Happy Spring!


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  • Kelli April 8, 2015, 8:06 am

    I cannot wait to read about the outdoor furniture! I love the shade cover for your deck. I am looking for something similar to keep the heat away from a newborn over the summer!

  • Nikki April 8, 2015, 8:47 am

    Can’t wait to hear more about the backyard furniture — loving that canopy situation and the chair looks so comfy!!

  • Beks April 8, 2015, 9:07 am

    The best part about Spring is Easter. I absolutely love it, and I’m always thankful that the weather behaves on Easter. It was so funny this year, because Saturday was kind of dreary, and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday have been dreary, but Sunday was absolutely gorgeous! Welcome Spring!

  • Brenda April 8, 2015, 9:10 am

    Your deck looks like a backyard oasis! The furniture is beautiful and fits the space well.

    Glad your family had a happy Easter!

  • Anne Weber-Falk April 8, 2015, 9:18 am

    Gosh you have the cutest children. Your babies are adorable. I love those footless tights with the ruffles. So cute! Your deck looks great. You must tell us about your sun shade. What is it attached to and how do you keep the rain from pooling and pulling it down?

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 8, 2015, 10:12 am

    I love your outdoor space, those cute babies, and that sangria! 😀

  • Reenie April 8, 2015, 10:13 am

    Claire & Henry look so cute. 🙂

    Love your deck furniture.

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork April 8, 2015, 12:49 pm

    Love the look of your deck! Looks so nice and cozy! We’ve been thinking of getting some kind of sail covering over our patio as well.
    That Kiwi Crate activity looks like so much fun!

  • Kaella (KaellaOnTheRun) April 8, 2015, 1:04 pm

    Wow, I love your deck!!! Glad you had a great Easter!

  • Joy April 8, 2015, 2:17 pm

    Henry looks adorable in that bug hat and wings! And Claire is getting so big!

    Your Easter looks like it was a big hit all around. And I could sit on your back deck forever. Holy cow is it beautiful and relaxing looking.

  • Katalina @ Peas and Peonies April 8, 2015, 2:22 pm

    Looking at this pictures makes me nostalgic and I just want to go house hunting, your patio looks great and its such a luxury to have your own backyard where kids can just run around and play. Love it! We celebrate Easter this weekend so I am looking forward to the activities.

  • Julia @ LordStillLovesMe April 8, 2015, 5:21 pm

    I love furnishing, so I cannot wait to see what you have to say about the outdoor furniture!

  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl April 8, 2015, 9:32 pm

    That little dress is so cute with the anchors! I have a grown up version that I love – navy and anchors is a classic!

  • Samantha April 9, 2015, 2:07 pm

    I love the canopy and furniture, especially the big lounge chair thingy!

  • Taylor April 9, 2015, 2:54 pm

    Random question for you….I remember you wearing a super cute 1-piece emerald green bathing suit…possibly last year or the year before. I’ve looked for that post but can’t find it. Can you tell me the name of that swimsuit company?

    • Caitlin April 10, 2015, 7:57 am

      The icon suit from Albion fit!

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