Old pictures should make you cringe. If they don’t, it means you’ve stopped changing, and now you’re frozen in time like that cashier at the grocery store with big bangs and painted eyebrows.
I thought I might enjoy a tour through Easters past, but of course, everything makes me gag. Why am I always so fat at Easter? What was I thinking with all these shiny shirts? I have never been totally enamoured of my pink and green Easter table linens, and yet, I have documentary evidence of having used them again and again and again.
The same study that found that people drastically underestimate how much they will change in 10 years also found that people generally live in a state of perpetual arrivedness. We always think we were totally clueless before, but we’ve finally figured things out. And next year we’ll feel the same about this year. In that spirit, here’s a look at our family Easters.
Easter 2008, Fluffy’s first Easter
I was directing the part of the Rutter requiem that year, so it was a busy Easter Sunday. I wore a shiny pink shirt. My hair looks stupid. I’m gonna call that baby weight.
2008 was also the first year we held a Seder. Shalene Pacini directed most of it as we sat on the floor together in the kitchen/family room.
Notice the lack of furniture? I wanted to save for quality things instead of stocking up on IKEA fiberboard that would make a brief stay in our house on its way to the landfill. Consequently, some of the rooms stood virtually empty for a couple of years.
After the Seder, we popped over into the dining room for an Easter feast of ham and potatoes. Janelle Patton made a rocking red velvet cake, the first I had ever tried. I still used the flash on my camera. (Shaking head) “Oh, I was so clueless in those days. Thank goodness, I figured everything out now and I’ll never do anything dumb again.”
I was leading the choir again in another shiny shirt. My hair looks stupid courtesy of hot stix which were recommended to me by a stylist at PR@partners. I had just gotten into a deep and fulfilling relationship with the girl clothes at Janie & Jack.
This was the first year that I wrote the Easter Seder program. We called it Eastover, I believe. We started with the seder settings as you see, then cleared them off to make way for the ham.
In this period, B.L. was still Fluffy’s very best friend. Those two were inseparable. Now he has two adorable little sisters of his own.
WHERE IS EASTER 2011???
Ah, yes. That was the year of the toilet in the master bathroom was possessed by an evil spirit and destroyed half our house while I was at Costco . The same thing happened with toilets in three other townhouses in our complex. Couldn’t the demons have found a convenient herd of swine to inhabit?
During the renovations, someone on one of the crews STOLE OUR CAMERA. We are missing all our pictures from April, May and June 2008. They also stole the crystal vase that Kent gave me as a wedding present. Since there were multiple crews here at the same time, they all blamed each. If you are reading this, could you please anonymously email me our photos? ‘Ppreciate cha.
I am especially sad to miss 2010, because I know for a fact that I was in good shape. I probably also had good hair and wore a non-shiny shirt.
I was huge. I was on bedrest with the twins who would be born the next month. Jenny and Jeremy took Fluffy to an Easter egg hunt, and Kent took her to church. I managed to recline through an Easter feast at the Lunsfords, but I didn’t take any pictures while we were there.
Two things I could do on bedrest were sew and shop online. I got this overdress from a Christmas dress on chasing-fireflies.com in a size 6 and altered it to fit my size 4 kid. We’ve been gradually letting it out so she can wear it for many special occasions over the years. Fluffy may even wear it this year. In 2011, she wore it over an altered Janie & Jack special occasion dress with the sash and headband I assembled from craft store supplies.
Fluffy was already way into accessories, so her Easter outfit was a big hit. An even bigger hit was the purple fairy costume with wings and a wand that the Easter bunny left for her while she was at church.
Last year, the babies were ex-utero, so I tried to make up for mostly skipping Easter the previous year. We held our biggest Easter Seder ever with 15 people. We took the whole crew to church. I wore another shiny shirt in a crossover style which was ill-advised since I was still nursing. Why am I posting a picture with such a weird expression? Because in 90% of the other pictures, my bra is showing. My hair looks okay. Boys’ hair looks awesome.
Easter 2012 was one of the first times I slick combed Salty’s hair. That kid is so good looking.
Last year I had had all sorts of ambitions of making ties and suspenders for the boys as I had done at Christmas. I had even purchased serveral things that were going to go into Fluffy’s Easter outfit. But then between singing in two different church services and getting the Easter Seder set up, I just didn’t get around to it. I ended up paying through the nose to outfit the kids head to toe from Janie & Jack the day before Easter. In retrospect, I’m glad. Those little pink shirts and ties thrilled my heart Sunday after Sunday through the spring and summer. I sold the shirts in my big baby sale last fall, but I kept the ties. They can all wear this look again this year.
Easter has been the one holiday that really doesn’t work well with the red dining room. Our Easter decorations look much better in there this year. But that is for a different post.
This year, I have the boys outfits ready to go. Fluffy is close. Just a little DIY to the headband, or maybe a hat instead. Kent’s tie is done. As usual, I haven’t given any thought to what I’m going to wear myself. I vow it shall not be shiny!
The Easter Seder is in the works. I should get out my old emails and figure out the menu, etc. right now instead of blogging. See you tomorrow! Happy Spring Break!