Monday, April 21

easter fancy

we enjoyed our first easter with roo. we have a sweet friend, emily, who has given us several of her daughter's baby dresses, & i knew one of them was just perfect for easter. then, our friend katy told me that it was tradition for her growing up that they always got a new white bonnet or hat for easter. well, i immediately had to hunt down a bonnet then! i found a sweet eyelet lace one that coordinated with her hand-me-down dress perfectly. as much as i still love coming up with fun outfits & accessory combos for myself, dressing elaina is even more fun!

[my sweet bunny in her first easter dress!]


[poppy entertaining roo before the nursery volunteers arrive for bible class]

after church we had a big family easter feast -- brisket, smashed potatoes, green bean bundles, creamed corn, deviled eggs, cornbread & rolls, & pound cake with berries & fresh whipped cream for dessert! jeffrey, rachel, & paige joined us, as did emily & adalynn, so it was a wonderful full table with two sweet toddlers & a cute baby, too. so much good conversation & laughter!

but before we could eat, we had to have a photo shoot.

[i'm in love with this sweet laugh!]

[my favorite picture of elaina lately!]


[the casteel three]

[grammy & poppy with their first grandbaby]

[adalynn & paige entertaining grammy elaine & rachel]

 i wish i had more pictures from the afternoon with these hilarious girls! they were so much fun. i taught adalynn what pirates & damsels in distress say ["arrrrgh" -- said gruffly & "oh NO!" -- said in a high pitch voice]. paige showed us her belly on request & had us in stitches. and if that weren't enough preciousness for one day, elaina giggled for the first time [while awake] at her aunt rachel's jokes. i mean, she cackled & squealed!

it was a perfect day.


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