Easter this year was so incredibly wonderful. The weather was lovely, which was a pleasant surprise because we got a snow storm on Friday. But, the sun came out to shine on Saturday and melted most of the snow.
Anyway, yesterday morning we woke up and Jason took Elsie and Claira downstairs to the play room for a few minutes so I could get their Easter baskets ready...yeah, I totally THOUGHT about doing it Saturday night, but sleep won out in the end.
Notice the waffle on the floor beside her...she likes them plain!
We got her Cranium Hullabaloo, and it is such a great game! She just laughs and giggles the whole time.
After Easter baskets, we got ready for church.
The Easter service was AMAZING. I'm not exaggerating at all. All of the kids, ages 6-18, put on a musical that Pastor Nancy wrote. It was incredible, really. They are making DVD's of it, and I promise to purchase one and try my darndest to get it uploaded here. One of Elsie's little friends, C.J., had a solo in it, and I was absolutely blown away by how well she did.
The performance was just incredible, and I was so moved by the message it sent out. Resurrection Day truly is the most important of holidays for Christians. If Christ hadn't risen from the dead, my faith would mean nothing. There's always a lot of talk about the birth of Jesus as well as His death, but His story didn't end there. Instead, we serve a living God. My faith is founded in a God who is alive. He's not just a group of stories in an old book. He's alive and moving among our midst today! There's so much hope and promise in that alone.
After church, we went home to eat some lunch and the girls took a nap. Jason and I played cards, and then I made a couple of sugar cream pies...yummy! When the girls woke up, I went outside and hid some Easter eggs for Miss Elsie to hunt...and she did!
Now, she's still playing with those plastic eggs. I wonder how many years until the novelty of them wear off? This is the third year that we've done egg hunts with her, and the eggs always stick around for at least a month after Easter before I hide them away during naptime or something. She loves to open all of them, take stuff out, put it all back in, close them again, and start all over.
Sugar Cream Pie (you NEED to try!)
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 Pint Half & Half
1/4 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Melted Butter (NOT Margarine)
1 t. Vanilla
2 T. Melted Butter
1 Baked Pie Shell (I use the frozen Pillsbury ones...shh!)
Combine cornstarch and sugar in saucepan. Add 1/4 cup melted butter, half & half, and milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into baked pie shell. Drizzle 2 T. melted butter on top and lightly sprinkle with cinnamon. Place in broiler until top bubbles. Remove from oven. You need to watch carefully while in broiler as the top will burn easily! Refrigerate.