|My new canvas I made for the hubs for Easter for his man cave
Easter weekend. There is just nothing like it to me. So exciting... so full of HOPE. I just love it all.
& this weekend was so full of so many happy moments, it just was a great weekend. Busy... but great.
I made it a point to try & take lots of pictures so this is going to be picture heavy, but I'll try to keep the words down to a minimum... more of a show & tell weekend for you.
Friday kicked off with a nice Easter surprise when I came back from lunch & had an Easter basket on my desk. Isnt this the cutest flower? All the ladies in the office got one.
It was time to leave work & head to the grocery where I went with intent to get lots of green stuff....
... but also ended up going for some yummy stuff. Hey, at least its healthy yummy stuff.
Time to head to Starbucks for some fuel for the evening. It was time for an MSM Event.
& this was a special MSM event because we had planned for some of our small group girls to go out afterwards & go for some ice cream.
It was a perfect evening to do it because it was warm & we got to sit outside & chat the night away.
I had to get up early on Saturday to finish up a few things around the house & then load up my camera gear. A photo session for some senior pictures. I always say how much I love senior pictures because teens are up for anything. & this was even more exciting for me because it was an amazing young lady that I used to have in our youth ministry. She is so smart & funny & I cant wait to see what she does with her talent in life (SO MANY TALENTS!!!) I hadnt seen her in awhile & was excited to catch up & see how life had been treating her. I had to laugh because the first thing I did when I saw her was say, "YOUR BRACES ARE OFF" haha... I notice these things...
She has turned into quite the beauty. We had intended for this to be a super quick session & it ended up being a full blown 1.5 hour session with a load of pictures. I couldnt help it... she was just so perfect in front of the camera & the morning was perfect. I loved the extra time to just hear about how her senior year has been going & to hear what her college plans are. I left her with a hug & a prayer of nothing but the best. She so deserves it.
I left from here to meet up with a friend for a quick coffee date. Except it was nothing quick & I am so thrilled it wasn't. We ended up sitting in the coffee shop for nearly 3 hours chatting away on life, ideas, laughter, HOPE... & even more laughter.... My face truly hurt from laughing with this lady. She is honestly one of the most precious people I think I know in life. Her realness, her humor, her love for Jesus... she is just the most amazing person & I'm so excited that our friendship has been growing more & more.
Well, I was supposed to get in a 6 mile run but I MUCH rather trade that in for the friendship & laughter... & iced chai tea....
& then I headed home & had to hurry & get ready to head to our sweet friend's engagement party. You may have remembered I did their engagement pictures a few months back...
It was in downtown Louisville & it could NOT have been a better night to take a walk in downtown. People were every where. The weather was amazing. The sunset was gorgeous. It was just so nice.
& loved getting to celebrate these two. I cant wait for their wedding!!! She's going to be one stunning bride.
It was so fun because our friends were there with our grand buddies... & one little girl is quite the fan of her Pappy lately. She was so happy to have someone to chat with. She just kept wanting to hug him. Melt my heart. I know this picture is blurry, but these 2 never stopped...
After we left the party, we ended up getting stuck in traffic with everyone being downtown...
I actually worked on my lettering in the front seat & took some pictures as we stopped every few feet. If I had to be stuck in traffic, at least it was an entertaining trip & beautiful weather to have the windows down for fresh air.
We finally made it across the bridge & went for some dinner. I was so happy that we got some outside seating too. That's my favorite thing in the world to do on a nice night....
My job? I got to take pictures. PERFECT FOR ME. I love our church has a little photo op area with the cutest little back drops & I stood there & was able to take people's phones & snap their picture for them. I got to see some of my youth kiddos & meet their whole family, got to see familiar faces, got to meet a LOT of new people... it was just the best place for me. I'm so comfortable at taking pictures of people & getting kids to look at me. Someone even told me, 'You're so good at this"... I just laughed.
But the first service I served was even more fun because one of my own small group girls was serving as well taking pictures at one photo op area while I was at the other. When it slowed down, we had to take advantage of the area ourselves.
|Isnt she the cutest!!!!
The service... AMAZING!!! I literally cried twice... once at the most precious baptism I think I've ever seen... & then the message on HOPE. God has not been silent to me lately on using that word. It was just such a special message.
But I jetted out at the end of service because I got to go back & do another round of picture taking.
It was time to get home to once again turn around & leave to go over to my parent's house. They served the nicest Easter lunch for us all... including veggie burgers for me. AHHHH - they are totally feeling my vibe... even if they make fun of what veggie burgers look like. I'll still take it. & my mom's potato salad & mac & cheese will always be vegetarian approved so I was one happy girl.
We even topped off our lunch with a bundt cake that my sister in law brought. Apparently there is a new bakery in town that makes nothing but speciality bundt cakes. OH MY WORD. It was so delicious... creamy... & that icing? TO DIE FOR...
It was then time for an Easter egg hunt... & Ricky & I got to go hide some eggs. I think we had just as much fun hiding them as the kids did finding them.... which I have to say, for 12 year old girls, they need to pick up their game. We had to give clues on there most of the eggs were. If anyone needs good egg hiders, contact me or Ricky.. or even my parents - they were pretty good too.
|Cochese even trying to help them find the eggs
I just always love when our family gets to get together though. That to me is always such a big thing for Easter. The icing on the cake of celebrating such a wonderful day
... the rain finally settled in for good & after eating more left overs, it was time to head home & get some stuff done that needed to be done. Bills & laundry. No pictures of that. Don't worry.
So needless to say, this was super busy... & so full of JOY & smiles & friendship & family... & the celebration of our Risen King... this totally goes down high in the books as a wonderful weekend.
How was your Easter weekend?