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Face the Future With a Smile – Easter 2016

I’m glad that Easter was early this year. I have been in need of a break from routine after having my head behind a computer screen most nights since our holiday in October last year. I still haven’t found a way to get ahead with my blogging, but that just means you get to read posts that have been written in the moment.

I had many plans to work on a few projects over the long weekend, but my growing pile of books and tv shows that I haven’t had time to indulge in, beckoned stronger. It was a good mini break – and when you add family time and chocolate… well the long weekend couldn’t have been more perfect.

Easter Eggs

 

easter egg eating

We have our usual Easter Egg hunt on Good Friday. The girls had fun looking for their eggs, although I think next year Jacob will have to make it a bit harder because all the eggs were found within 5 minutes! All three couldn’t wait to hog into their eggs before dinner.

easter egg hunt

We had our neighbors over for dinner and they have 6 month old twin boys. Wrangling dinner with a baby brought back memories of when Jacob and I used to tag team holding our babies while we ate dinner. While I’ve sometimes been sad that my baby rearing days are over, I’m glad I’m done. That first year with a baby is beautiful, but hard.

Saturday morning we spent time with my brother and sister-in-law shopping for winter clothes for Esther. It was nice to spend time together and have extra hands and eyes to watch over Maggie and Phoebe. Phoebe likes to bolt and dart between aisles and hangers of clothes. I rarely let her out of the pram or trolley. She had to be rescued a few times by her Aunt and Uncle. My brother rescued a chocolate bunny in Target that Phoebe found and was about to eat it’s ears. There is never a dull moment with toddlers!

Phoebe

As usual, I had plumbing enquiries in the week leading up to Easter. I know the long weekend is the perfect time to do a bit of DIY, but my stomach still clenches when I hear about people doing their own plumbing. I reckon a fair few plumbers will be busy this week fixing up jobs that didn’t go to plan. Let me know if you’re a plumber who finds themselves busy this week because of a DIY gone wrong.

Sunday morning we went to help serve at church that was held at the RICC centre to accommodate the large number of people that come in and out of the services on Easter Sunday. A mini fair for the kids was being organized and volunteers were needed to man each amusement activity. When we arrived, the amusements weren’t to arrive till later that day, which for an organized person like myself, found it rather annoying to be told we had to wait till midday to help supervise the amusements. Thankfully they arrived a little earlier than expected so the families that decided to stay a little longer, got the benefit of seeing the animal farm and climbing this awesome jumping castle. My reaction to the changes on Sunday morning wasn’t very gracious. It seems I still don’t like change at the last minute even though we’ve experienced the most change in our lives in the last couple of years.

easter jumping castle

Esther and Maggie climbing this awesome Jumping Castle.

 

blackboards

Phoebe drawing on the blackboards that some of the dads knocked up together last week for the Easter services.

 

After quietly contemplating the message in the service, I reflected on life and it’s messiness that can bind us and keep us from being where we want to be. I’ve been stressed about issues this year that have been out of my control and it’s been easy to allow my mind to slip into a stressful state where I negatively think things will never change. It’s in those moments I know I need to stop, and bind that negative thought with positivity and face the future with a smile.

The Easter message is definitely a reason to face the future with a smile because we know that our stresses and problems are only temporary. Still hard nonetheless to face, but in the grand scheme of life, they are little and shouldn’t overtake our focus.

I’m looking forward to having slower mornings now that it’s school holidays. Sometimes a change in routine is as good as a holiday.

I hope your Easter break has been a good one. It’s been one of our best ones yet.

Tell me how did you celebrate Easter? Did you do any DIY over the long weekend? How much chocolate did you eat?

I’m linking with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

  • I ate way too much chocolate, no DIY, plenty of lounging around at the coast.
    I love your words “It’s in those moments I know I need to stop, and bind that negative thought with positivity and face the future with a smile.”

    • Glad you had a lovely relaxing Easter weekend Leanne. x

  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

    I have a list of things to do but I have actually given myself time off over the Easter break.

    • Glad to hear it Natalie. I gave myself a bit of a break from the to do list as well. x

  • Lovely message Bec. A good reminder that everything is temporary. I actually didn’t eat too much chocolate… Yet! But hot cross buns on the other hand!! Xx

    • I love both and can’t deny either of them at Easter. xx

  • Hi Bec, I just thought I’d let you know that I made the chocolate bunny hutch you posted a while ago. The kids loved it! It was their favourite Easter treat!

    • I’m so please you made the hutch and your kids loved them. That made me smile. I’m glad you had a great Easter. xx

  • Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side

    Urgh DIY! We’ve spent the past 4 years paying for professional help to fix up DIY fails from the previous owners! No plumbing ones though, thank goodness.

    • That doesn’t sound good Bec. DIY can be a nightmare to fix if it hasn’t been done properly. x

  • Mum Of Five Girls

    Just a bit of painting here over the weekend….no DIY plumbing I promise!!!
    Enjoy the school holidays and the slowed pace! Still 2 weeks til school holidays here :-0

    • Can’t believe the school holidays are over now! They went too fast! x

  • I ate way too much chocolate, went to Ikea twice, painted our twins’ nursery, and still managed to host Easter Breakfast on Sunday! I need a holiday now!

    • Gosh Mel, you definitely need another long weekend to recover after Easter! x

  • We had the weekend away, which was nice, but I missed going to church. I love being at church on Easter and being away made me realise how much.
    I’m a bit like you and get frustrated when things aren’t organised well, or as I think they should be. I need to be more gracious too.

    • Love that you had a great Easter weekend away Jess. xx

  • I love posts that are written in the moment! I can’t believe how fast Phoebe is growing. She’s really looking less bub and more little girl. It sounds like you’ve had a lovely break and I’m impressed you found time to write too. I scribbled down half a post while cooking dinner last night, but didn’t get back to it. Enjoy the slower pace of the school hols. #teamIBOT

    • Phoebe is definitely looking more like a little girl. Her hair is growing and she’s saying more words. She says ‘naughty mummy’ now with a serious face. It’s too gorgeous. x

  • Posts written in the moment are just the best. Your Easter weekend sounds just perfect, and I’m so glad you took it easy and enjoyed your gorgeous family and lots of chocolate!

    • I couldn’t not celebrate Easter without chocolate. 😉

  • We spent most of the weekend renovating, but did have a bit of time to head out for lunch on Easter Sunday and headed to the Easter parade. It was a great weekend actually.

  • We camped and it was a lovely slow time. We even managed to keep the chocolate to a modest amount!

    • I kept the chocolate modest too. But now I’ve typed it I want some!

  • What a lovely meandering post. I felt relaxed reading this :). First of all I cannot believe how big Phoebe has grown. Three beautiful girls. We had a similar weekend just cruising around even bought winter clothes for Mr 5 too ! That’s the beauty of having kids all the same sex the younger ones get the hand me downs 🙂

    • I’m glad the post relaxed you Druime. And yes Phoebe has grown so much – I think she’s even had a growth spurt which makes her look even bigger. My baby is growing up! x

  • TeganMC

    It sounds like you had the perfect Easter weekend. We didn’t do a whole lot for the weekend. We just hung out with Paul’s daughters and their tribe of kids. It was nice to spend time with family.

    • Glad you had a lovely Easter too Tegan. Sorry for not replying to comments till now. It’s been crazy since Easter and trying to catch up. x