Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Little Flower and a Book Club

Today is St. Therese's feast day! Everyone is talking about her or praying a novena it seems, so I figured I'd jump on board the Little Flower's train.

St. Therese actually isn't a saint I know a ton about and I've always been meaning to read more. Sure, I know she was this amazing woman who grew up in a lovely, fairly privileged home in France, became a nun, and professed that doing all little things with love was the way to go. Oh and roses. She has something to do with roses ;)

A beautiful quote from the saint herself, "I  know of one means only by which to attain to perfection: LOVE. Let us love, since our heart is made for nothing else." Here she refers to Christ, because Christ is Love as Pope Paul VI states so well, "What is the discovery to which man of faith comes when he seeks the profound and complete sense of Divine Revelation? This discovery is love. God has above all revealed Himself as being Love. The whole history of salvation, the whole Gospel is love."

But I want to know more. Her parents are up for sainthood too, so they must have had a pretty incredible family life.

So this month I joined an online book club reading I Believe in Love by Fr. Jean C. J. D'elbee. If you want to join up, go here! I'm planning on reading and then also getting together with some local ladies to discuss and enjoy some tea, or um, wine? I'm sure St. Therese would approve of some nice, sweet Rose :)

I'm also finishing up my novena today with some very special intentions. It's the first novena I think I've actually said every day and not forgotten halfway (or the second day). I know... that's pretty pathetic, but baby steps, baby steps. Also, I signed up for nice little reminders through Pray More Novenas and get them sent to my inbox. So, cheating a bit? Nah.

Interested in reading a bit more about St. Therese?

Learn more about her beautiful life here.

Her autobiography, Story of a Soul, is on my reading list.

I loved this woman's testimony about the power of prayer through St. Therese.

Learn about how this writer came to love St. Therese.

Share with me some of your favorite things about St. Therese! Oh, and go treat yourself, and buy some roses. Especially if your fall day is as dreary and gloomy as ours!

Naptime, perfect for blogging and reading, and ignoring the laundry

Monday, September 28, 2015

FRPC Walk for Life 2015

Next weekend is our local pregnancy center's Walk for Life! Our little family is helping raise money to support this amazing ministry. Last year the Knights of Columbus helped pay for a new ultrasound machine for the center and they have certified volunteer technicians who administer ultrasound for absolutely free! The center also provides free pregnancy tests, counseling, baby clothes, formula, diapers, and more.

I'm so happy our community has somewhere to offer support to mothers in need- whether it be financially or emotionally. If you feel called, please visit the link below, watch the video (the song is super catchy), and make a monetary donation if you can. Please also, pray for the success of this fundraiser so our little center can continue to provide much needed care to mothers and babies in our area :)

Walk for Life Fundraiser

Next weekend is our local pregnancy center's Walk for Life! Our little family is helping raise money to support this amazing ministry. Last year the Knights of Columbus helped pay for a new ultrasound machine for the center and they have certified volunteer technicians who administer ultrasound for absolutely free! The center also provides free pregnancy tests, counseling, baby clothes, formula, diapers, and more.

I'm so happy our community has somewhere to offer support to mothers in need- whether it be financially or emotionally. If you feel called, please visit the link below, watch the video (the song is super catchy), and make a monetary donation if you can. Please also, pray for the success of this fundraiser so our little center can continue to provide much needed care to mothers and babies in our area :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Pope is Here!

Last Sunday, during the homily, our Pastor stated that the U.S. President may arguably be the most powerful man in the world, but the Pope is, without question, the most important man in the world.

And the current pope, Pope Francis, is making his first trip to the United States RIGHT NOW!

There are so many lovely ladies writing posts this week surrounding Pope Francis' visit. I'm linking up with them here. 

In 2002 I was privileged to attend WYD in Toronto where Pope St John Paul II celebrated mass in three different languages, and spoke to well over a million youth as he suffered from advanced Parkinson disease.

So young

bits from my scrapbook

In 2006 I waited for hours before dawn, at the gates of St. Peter's Square, for a papal audience with Pope Benedict XIV.

Now, in 2015, Pope Francis is IN my own country, and I won't be seeing him. Actually, not only will he be here in the U.S., but he will be an hour from my house when he stops in D.C.

Don't worry, it's not because I'm not a fan of the current pope. Granted, his charism is much different than his predecessors, and although I'm still learning more about Pope Francis, I am a BIG fan of his obvious love for his flock and his natural humility.

I'm not going because I have a new family full of tiny people. Ok, two tots might not merit the term "full", but we just weren't brave enough to face the crowds with a four month old and toddler just under two. So, we will be waiting to hear, with great anticipation, what Francis has to say to all the families of America at this World Meeting of Families from the comfort of our home.

I'll be welcoming Pope Francis from home with these two cuties :) 
If, like us, you are unable to see the pope in person please follow what he has to say from reliable resources. Mainstream media has made Pope Francis into their liberal Catholic darling, but, although breaking away from some traditions that previously made the pope seem less accessible, he is the pope of the universal Catholic church, and will not be making changes on the church's stances on abortion, contraception, or marriage no matter how CNN or NBC twist the papal father's words. So, please, please follow the holy father's journey via EWTN or, from members of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Catholic Women Bloggers Network (CWBN) by visiting "A Walk In Words With Pope Francis"!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Toddler Tip of the Day 2

Feeding a toddler is sort of like mud wrestling. You just know it's gonna be messy. Completely unavoidable.

Hummos. With a spoon. Pointless....

Therefore, if you attempt to feed your toddler before errands, a playdate, or anything involving being out of the home, commence feeding a full two hours before the event.

Because there will be hair gunk, and fingernail gunk, and nose gunk, and food in crevices you didn't know existed. Oh, and toddlers can spend a. long. time. eating.

And she's just getting started...

Start time: 11:06 am

Projected end time (with full cleaning): 12:45 LATEST!

Because we have somewhere to be at 1. Gonna happen? Unlikely :)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WIWS and 7 QTs

Linking up with Fine Linen and Purple this week for WIWS and Kelly for 7 QTs. Two in one, BAM, because I can't manage to get out more than one post every two weeks.

1. Speaking of minimal posting, I am in awe of this woman. I only have two tiny tots, my house is a mess, and I maybe write a nothing of substance post about once a month. I'm not trying to compare myself, but she really won a large bit of my admiration for her honesty and the precious time she sacrificed to share her experiences on having a large family. What I took away: lotsa of LOVE there, many sacrifices, and a full LIFE.

2. I think I'd post more if I walked around with a voice recorder. I'd also look a little more crazy. But, seriously, I think I come up with my best content when I'm driving in the car, rocking a baby to sleep, or standing in the shower. All times where I'm unable to jot things down. This is why you never read anything interesting; by the time I sit down to type, I can't remember a thing. You believe me, right?

3. Toddler Tip of the Week: If you don't have the patience to teach your toddler to drink out of an adult cup (because who has time to clean up puddles of water or change soaking clothes), but said toddler insists, or DEMANDS to drink out of a cup and refuses her sippy, please observe exhibit A:

Exhibit A: A sippy inside a "big girl" cup

There is no Exhibit B. I'm probably going against all parenting advice and stunting her development by putting off teaching drinking out of an adult cup, but it's saving some sanity at the moment.

4. Two of my dear friends had babies this month! Faith had her first little boy and Jenn had her first little girl. Visit their blogs to satisfy your baby fever. Or fuel it.

5. I don't know how it's possibly, but these two get cuter and cuter everyday. They also love each other so far, which is A. W. E. S. O. M. E.


Brushing Auntie Christine's hair

6. Funniest Post of the Week IMHO: Oh, and we are never getting a pet, exotic or not. Psst... I kind of always think her posts are the funniest of everything: week, month, year.

7. Finally, here is what I wore this Sunday.

Top: A.N.A. by J.C. Penny, skirt: J. Crew, Shoes: old. I could have sworn my skirt was pulled up a little higher on my waist..

I can't remember the last time I tucked in my shirt. Sad, right? I don't know if it's because I predominantly grew up in the 90's grunge era, or if it was my aversion to my middle school uniform, but I've never felt comfortable with my shirt tucked in. But, I'm kind of liking this shirt. It also works untucked with jeans.

Matching outfits for the girls, courtesy of my mom :) 

Remember my capsule wardrobe? I had it all set right? Well, then I went shopping again. But I really had to. I found several tiny holes in a few of my shirts in rotation. They all appear on the lower abdomen area. Not really sure what happens there to cause the tiny holes, but apparently it's a mom phenomenon. These ladies talked about it in their Podcast. So I picked up three new summer tops to replace some of my old shirts and a new pair of jeans, since my favorite pair was getting a hole in... umm the crotch. Not something you can really patch or hide...But, my new pair of jeans are flared! I loveeee flared jeans. Clothing style I miss most from high school (read: only clothing style I miss from highschool. Bared midrifts, polo shirts, super short, tight shorts/skirts=shudder).

Thanks for sticking around!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

7 QTs: Nursing Session Ramble

Rosie wakes up two to three times a night to nurse. It's not that bad, really, and I take advantage of the time by catching up on my blog reading. Thursday night, one blog spurred a fantastically long stream of conscience, keeping me awake for about an hour. Perfect quick take material. So, linking up with Kelly, as I attempt to remember my ridiculous thoughts from the wee hours of the morning,

1. Confession: this actually started with facebook. Haley posted, "Lately I'm all about Marquette. And typing that I subconsciously said it like "all about that bass." (from the archives for NFP Awareness Week)"

That song immediately got stuck in my head. Which is kind of funny because I've only heard it a handful of times at a dance rehearsal I photographed. Before I heard the song though, I saw the title written on the dance schedule and immediately pronounced "bass" in my head like the fish. Because girls dancing to a song about a fish makes total sense... 

I also may or may not have asked someone if the group doing "All that Bass" had performed yet. And yes, said "Bass" like the fish...

2. I settle Rosie back down and attempt to fall asleep while "all that bass, all that bass" continues on repeat in my sleepy head. I realize I have to pee. TMI? Sorry, but I'm forging onward with this one, but only due to the fact that it's NFP awareness week. I mean, really, it's for a good cause ;) But, I can't pee yet, because like Haley, we are all about Marquette over here at the moment. And it was 5:30 am, and my testing window doesn't start till 6:20. 

3. So now I can't sleep because I have music blasting in my brain and I have to pee

4. Naturally I start thinking about my new camera. It arrived on Wednesday and I hadn't gotten much chance to play with it. Basically, it's like my old camera, but fancier, and because I'm spoiled, my husband let me upgrade. I told him it could be my Christmas and Birthday present for the next ten years. I have a friend who gets labor presents, so it could also be my labor gift for the next ten children. You know, whatever works. 

Actually, it's not %100 frivolous. I've been participating in some studio sessions with a friend, and we are hoping to make it a very part time business down the road. Right now she has a backdrop stand, I have some backdrops, we both have a couple lights, and some "big girl" cameras. So there is some potential that I could make the cost of the camera back. Someday :) 

It's a full frame camera, and lets in a lot more light than my old one. This allows me a lot more freedom while taking indoor shots of my girls without the flash. It also fits a lot more in the picture so I don't have to stand so ridiculously far away with my 50 mm lens. 

Anywho, here are some pictures just from playing around and I'll stop boring you with details about the camera. 

Tummy Time for Rosie!

This is still underexposed, but I never would have captured this indoors with my old camera!

Oh, hello cutie.

5. After I finish thinking about the camera and thinking about planning photo sessions with friends, and improving my grasp on light and just about anything else I can obsess over this darned camera, I realize that this was the first time Rosie had gotten up for the night! Wow, that means she skipped her 3:30 feeding, and I got... wait for it... six hours of uninterrupted sleep!? I smile in bed. Probably another reason why I can't fall asleep because I'm actually rested. She's sleeping through the night, I realize. That also makes me laugh (silently). I remember when Ellie was small, and someone asked if she was sleeping through the night. She was five months old. Wildly, I stared at them and gasped, "No!? Should she be?". I then discovered that "sleeping through the night" means five to six hours of uninterrupted sleep. Not eight. I'm not sure who came up with five to six hours being the new sufficient amount of healthy sleep, but I suppose for some parents it brings a false sense of security? I mean, really, after five hours, I'm still realllly tired, but now I can sigh and say, " but at least she's sleeping through the night." 

6. I'm usually more of a night owl than a morning person. Although, sometimes I go to bed at 10, so maybe I'm neither. Maybe I'm just a person that likes to sleep. All. The. Time? But, I always cringed when reading about bloggers who woke up in the wee hours of the morning to find time to write, or mom's who just had to get stuff done, so they woke up an hour before their kids. Me? Nope. I sleep in just as long as they let me and then drag myself around for the next hour, managing to feed the little birds and sometimes myself. It's a healthy routine. 

But after this wild ride of my mind whirring endlessly at 5:30 am, I thought, hey, maybe I could do this? My brain does work this early. Who knew!? 

7. Then I notice I don't have the song pounding through my head anymore. Rosie's still sleeping. Ellie hasn't stirred. Maybe, I'll just drift back for a little while...I mean, that song is gone and all. Wait, what was that song? Oh yeah, "All about that bass". Oh.... great. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

WIWS: Begginings of a capsule wardrobe

Last week I completely emptied my closet. I haven't really gone "konmari" on it yet, since I haven't had the privilege of reading the book, but it was a pretty big purge.

I hoped to rid all items that didn't make me feel fabulous, but I ended up settling for most that at least fit because, well, post partum. However, I'm learning to accessorize and experiment with make up. It makes getting dressed just a little more fun :)

My goal was to have 12 everyday summer outfits that weren't sweatpants, but were easy to throw on. I know, twelve outfits probably doesn't quite fit the bill for "capsule wardrobe" size, but with a baby that spits up all over me several times a day, I can't bank on five outfits, or I'd have to do laundry twice a day. Also, it's been invaluable to me that time I save by already having outfits put together.

I don't claim to be any type of fashionista, but I'll start sharing my outfits on the blog in case anyone is interested. I was very surprised by just shopping my closet, how much I could put together and find that wasn't actually too small for my postpartum body!

Here is what I wore last Sunday. Rosie was napping or she would have gotten in on the picture action. She and Ellie wore matching dresses. Adorable ;)

top: Kohls, Skirt: JCrew, Shoes: No idea, Necklace: from my mom's jewelry box.

Also, check out the deck! My husband started powerwashing it. It's amazing what some high powered water alone can do.

And here is what I wore this Sunday. Excuse the awkward posing...

Top: NY & Co, Skirt, Old Navy, Sandals: Target, Necklace, Premier Designs, Earrings, NY & Co.

So this week I actually had a different shirt in the queue that was a bit more interesting, but the neckline really wasn't working with my nursing tank, so I guess you could say I went with the schoolgirl uniform look of white and navy. It was pretty boring, so I tried to add a little pop with the sandals.They are orange, in case you can't tell.

Oh, and confession... I got rid of ten pairs of shoes painlessly...but you don't want to know how many I have left! Definitely doesn't fit the definition of a capsule wardrobe, but baby steps, baby steps.

Linking up with Fine Linen and Purple for WIWS!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Introducing Teacup #2!

Originally, this post was titled "Welcome Home", but it's been more than a month since we welcomed our second, wonderful bundle into this world.

There's a lot of catching up to do, so this will most likely be more of a photo dump.

Last post was two days before my due date. Rosie entered this world two days later and weighed 6 lbs 10 oz, just like her big sister! I might write a little birth story (non gory) as another post, but I know not everyone wants too many details, so I'll keep that separate :).

There have been several sleepless nights, but overall, everyone is doing really well. Big sister Ellie becomes more helpful everyday and shows her love for her "Disder" by returning Rosie's binkie, covering (smothering) her with blankets, and holding her hand.

Oh, and I suppose we are officially four little Cupps now... so I'll have to figure out what to do about that now.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Due Date!

Tomorrow is my due date! With my first, I was busy still working at the bank and in the middle of signing papers for an offer on our house, so I really didn't have time to experience the impatience and anxiety that comes with waiting for a baby. I was perfectly happy to have her stay put, snuggled inside. I felt that way with this one, to some extent, up until this past Monday. My sister was due to arrive Monday afternoon and she is graciously staying with us for two weeks. We really wanted someone to be here so we could leave Ellie home and not have to worry about waking her in the middle of the night. So now that my sister is here, and I've finished up a lot of my loose projects, I'm completely ready for this baby to come! I want to meet her! Looking at pictures of Mamas who have just met their own sweet, new one only increase my impatience. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking forward to the labor and delivery part. I'm blessedly not that uncomfortable, so that's not really what's driving my desire for baby to grace us with her presence. But, I can't wait to hear that first sweet wail, experience that first snuggle right on my chest, and kiss her sweet forehead for the first time!

Please keep us in your prayers!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nesting During the Third Trimester

Linking up with Rachel this week for Five Favorites!

Over the last couple of weeks I have frantically increased "nesting" activities. Just in case you are unfamiliar with the term, at some point during pregnancy, usually the mother is overcome with intense desires to clean areas of her house she has never seen before, declutter boxes previously untouched from two moves ago, and/or embark upon numerous crafting projects she has never tried.

Since I'm a classic procrastinator, it's no surprise I'm attempting to pack it all into the final few weeks of pregnancy.

In no particular order, here have been some of my most recent and favorite nesting activities:

1. Clean: Specifically scrubbing every lower cabinet in my kitchen. I should probably preface this with: I'm not a particularly good housekeeper and therefore, have probably never thought of scrubbing down the outsides of said cabinets. I'm pretty positive it's never been done since we moved in last year. I handed Teacup a cloth so she could "scrub" with me (meaning, I could keep an eye on her), and proceeded to crouch in my kitchen with my large, 9 month pregnant belly for the next half hour to forty minutes cleaning my cabinets. All the while thinking, "Why am I doing this?" "Who am I?" and "I CAN'T stop! Must finish!". I've also been pretty diligent about staying on top of my cleaning schedule (which I'll share with you all someday).

2. Declutter: We have a spare bedroom. Or, well a spare room. But it wasn't very spare. In fact, you could barely move in it. My sister is graciously planning on staying with us for a few weeks after baby arrives, and I wanted her to have her own space. Last weekend, Jeremy cleared out all his tools from projects worked on over the last year, and the painting supplies we will not be using to paint the hallway (le sigh) before baby arrives. I then purged, purged, dusted, and vacuumed. We moved furniture. It still has a ways to go as far as decorating and further purging, but it's now a liveable space.

3. Pack: So last pregnancy, nesting never really hit me. I was still working at the bank and very tired. I think I had two days max of deep cleaning I accomplished in Teacup's nursery (that was never actually used). This time, I think I've done more in the last month than I have over the past year! And, I actually have a hospital bag this time. That probably doesn't sound very impressive, and I suppose it's not, but with Teacup, I didn't have my bag ready. In between contractions I crawled around the floor tossing things into a bag. I suppose I'll have to come up with a new distraction this time.

4. Organize: I've had a home binder for a couple years now, but I never used it consistently. It also wasn't very well organized. I've started plans to revamp it and have been scouring Pinterest for free printables that fit my needs. However, instead, I'm generally just typing up and designing my own lists using PicMonkey. Jeremy also got me a printer, so I'm all excited to print out lots of fun pages (and probably clutter up my house with paper I don't need in the process...).

Via Target

5. Craft: Many of my non necessary nesting activities consist of crafts. Instead of doing dishes, packing, or watching my birthing video, I worked on a beaded rosary. The intention is to have a few more finished and sell them at our Christmas Craft fair or give them away as gifts.

I've added chain between the Our Father beads and crucifix. 
Also, I'm creating a liturgical binder to help our family celebrate the different church seasons more intentionally. Each day has a different saint, and I'm collecting stories for each one. Each month we will pick five saints to do something special to celebrate: a meal, craft, or movie. This way, I'm hoping I won't get caught off guard when major feast days, novenas, and you know, things like LENT or ADVENT creep up! If this all sounds a bit over the top because I only have a fifteen month old and another yet to make their appearance, it's kind of a big project and I have a lot to learn about the different saints and seasons myself, so I thought I'd get a headstart.

And here is an edited photo of Teacup's Easter photo shoot!

That's about all I've been accomplishing. Thanks for sticking around ;)

Have you ever had any strange/fun/exciting nesting projects? Let me know in the comments! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

7 Quick and Easy Projects!

Linking up for 7 QT's this week with Kelly!

Today I'm going to share seven quick and/or easy projects that just about anyone can do at home! I'm either in the middle of these projects, or have finished them. I'm not a particularly productive or crafty person, so really... anyone can do these!

1. Homemade Ranch Dressing

I'm always coming across delicious looking recipes that only call for a little bit of ranch dressing. We aren't terrific about eating salads around here (shhhhh), so dressings usually get wasted or just sit in the fridge for years.... Also, I have a friend who is allergic to MSG, or autolyzed yeast extract, and it's found in most Ranch Dressings. Therefore I was super excited when I came across this recipe to make my own homemade ranch dressing with spices already in my closet! You can make as little as you need for the specific recipe. Plus, it's delicious and creamy (not low fat- sorry y'all). I store the premixed spices in a little container and just add a tablespoon to 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup mayo and a splash of milk

2. Paint a Ceramic Figurine

This was so ridiculously easy, it really shouldn't qualify as a "project". We have been very slowly putting together Teacup's bedroom (so sad... it's only taken us 12+ months). She has a little elephant theme going on, so I wanted to find a small elephant I could paint pink and put up on the shelves we just installed. My mom recommended searching thrift and antique stores, but it's kind of hard bringing a toddler to one of those places. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I found a ceramic elephant at Target! I cleaned him off with rubbing alcohol, found the perfect, acrylic, pink paint, and did two coats over two nights. Took about ten minutes each night. Bam, Done! Perfect, easy decor.

3. Learn to Crochet
Learning to crochet has been on my to do list for a really long time. I have some really talented friends that have offered to teach me, but it's just hard to find the time. Crocheting is perfect when you have little ones because it's easy to pick up and put down and you don't have to worry about any sharp little pins lying around like you do when sewing. I have a sewing machine, and I still intend on using it, but the production of taking it out, cutting and ironing all the pieces, and clean up is a several hours long affair. Also, crocheting is cheap, cheap, cheap compared to investing in a sewing machine.

I'm not very good at crocheting yet, but I plan on doing lots of practicing. I used Pinterest to find a couple tutorials. Here is the one I'm mainly using. All I'm aiming to start with are a few washcloths, and then eventually I'd like to move onto a blanket, scarf for hubby, and maybe someday figure out hats, mittens, and booties :)

Single Crochet: After practicing! Look, it looks like a square! 

Single Crochet: First attempt at a swatch. It's growing and growing ;) 

Double Crochet: I'm still working on figuring this one out...They keep curving into a rainbow shape. 

4. DIY Abstract Herringbone Artwork

Once again, supplies for something like this are really affordable. I found a 2 pack of canvas at Walmart for under $5, and paints for $0.50 to $1.50. I followed this blog's tutorial. I will note that you should probably follow their advice and use white spray paint for the top layer. The acrylic was a bit thick and got under the tape, so that is why my edges aren't as crisp. Although, for a first attempt, I'm pretty happy with it and I had a lot of fun painting!

5. Make a Paper Banner

And then use it for multiple things! I didn't spend anything on this project because I already had all the supplies in my craft stock (although I am a bit of a craft hoarder). Twine, scrapbook paper, ruler, scissors, and a stapler are all you need.

I've also seen people sew the paper onto thread and that looks a bit more finished, but once again, I'm a little too lazy to drag the sewing machine out for that one.

We used this little banner at Teacup's birthday party and then I used it in her birthday photo shoot I did in our basement.

6. Bake Some Cookies

This recipe is the bomb! Plus, I already had all the ingredients in my pantry. I make the recommended amount and then freeze half of the dough before cooking. Take it out and let thaw for about a day before scooping out the dough. Also, cook cookies until they look barely done, take out and let sit. They will be the perfect chewiness!

7. Photo Book

There are lots of sites to do this, but I use Shutterfly. It's a good idea to make a book ahead of time and then wait around for a really good coupon. Sometimes they even offer free books on the small size! If you do want a larger book though, it does not convert to a smaller size easily without altering all your pictures. So just keep that in mind. I did an 8x11 book for Teacup's first year, but I think I'll do the 8x8 sizes for family vacations and watch out for those coupons ;) For Teacup's larger hardcover book, I used a $20 off coupon, free shipping, and waited till the books were 40% off.

So there you have seven easy projects anyone can try! What projects are you currently working on?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter! Alleluia, He is Risen!

Happy Easter to you all! Just a quick post since today was very busy and now my brain is a bit foggy.

We went to 8:30 a.m. mass, which is EARLY for us, as sad as that sounds. Teacup slept the entire night in her crib last night, which was a wonderful Easter blessing.

Here is our little family shot that needs a lot of work. I'm planning on taking pictures of Teacup in her Easter dress this week. She wasn't the most cooperative today.

We had some friends over for Easter dinner. I made a spiral ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, and rolls, and Jeremy made a chocolate pudding pie.

Teacup and some of her basket goodies

Then we put on a little Easter egg hunt for the kiddos! It was more of an egg gather since I sort of just threw the eggs in the yard, but they had fun anyway.

I just love this kid's eyes! 

I hope you all had a very blessed and happy Easter!