I'm not going to let myself go back (too far) to play catch up. It makes me sad for all the wonderful memories in March and February that I've neglected to report here, but I'm in need of embracing an "onward" sort of attitude these days. Note to Gutsy Self: just because you didn't blog about it doesn't mean that it didn't happen or wasn't meaningful.
So, scrolling through some April photos, here's what caught my eye today.
Easter Day. Dinner & drinks. People in various states of casualness. The Gutsy Dad almost always changes his clothes right after we get home from church. I tend to slip on flip-flops and carry on in my church clothes: who has time to change? Things I love in this picture: the heron carving above my kitchen sink that I found years ago while visiting my sister-in-law (before she was my sister-in-law) and her family when the GD and I were still just dating. My parents' dog Charlotte lounging on our kitchen floor. The glimpse of Tilly's favorite toy in the background in the playroom. My birds from Lake Constance on the wall.
I am completely in love with my own children, and I am not ashamed to be proud of them. Their hearts, their spirit, their creative minds, their quirks, their beauty. Here they are before our Easter service with flowers to decorate the children's cross.
A favorite birthday present. My mother asked, laughing at me a bit I think, "You really want a beach cart for your birthday?" HECK YES and thank you! This thing is awesome.
She still falls asleep everywhere and anywhere. Here she is during story time, sleeping on the Gutsy Dad. Ali Edwards once wrote a beautiful blog post about her family dog, parts of whom appeared in almost every family picture. This is one thing I love about my own photos. Our two loyal and lovable fur kids always manage to get parts of themselves in the photos. Here we feature Tilly's back under the GD's arm and Zephie's rump by Maddie's elbow.
I've been meaning to write about the physical beauty of our church. It is my style. Of course, it's not necessary for a church to be beautiful for me to love it, but it certainly makes church all the more enjoyable. This is the church's playground. I would have LOVED this swing set/arc as a kid.
Perfect blue skies for Easter. The sanctuary was filled with lilies and blue hydrangeas. Perfection. They didn't need to tell me twice when they mentioned we could take the flowers home with us after the service. I currently have a GIANT hydrangea potted plant on my dining table. It must have 15 blooms on it with more to come. I need to get this thing in the ground.
I made a frozen key lime pie for Easter dinner. (Ina Garten's recipe.) Since it uses egg yolks but not the whites, I channeled my Nana and made meringues with the whites.
I love that my parents were game to join in our weekly "Five of Us" photo on Easter Sunday.