matthew's first easter (photo dump)

This year Easter was not only special because of it being Matthews first easter (and we all know my obsession with "firsts"), but it was also special because it was our first easter as a family. The first easter I got to start new traditions with my son. And let me tell you, the Easter Bunny, he was good to our family ;)

We started off the day with an absolutely beautiful church service at 8am that was held in the park across the street from our actual church. The park is beautiful, especially that early in the morning. Right on the water. And with such enjoyable weather. We were running a little late (as per usual) but this particular service is a great one to bring kids to because its outside and has so many things for them to be amused by. In our case it was the boats passing by, the birds chirping above, the green grass below, and a stroller tray full of puffs!
We followed up the service with a nice little drive down by the beach. When i say it was absolutely gorgeous out, I am by no means exaggerating. This view, this ocean, these palm trees, this is why i love living in south florida.
I think what also made this years easter so memorable, was that we didnt really have any plans to be anywhere until about 4pm. Usually we are scrambling to get from hubs familys house to my familys, and rarely have anytime to enjoy the day. But this year we kind of just went with the flow. We decided at the last minute that we would head over to my sisters house to dye easter eggs with them. And of course, since it was so beautiful out, what better place to do the dyeing than outside! Matthew even got to take part too! (even if it was just to observe and chew on a spatula)
Somehow, Matthew ended up taking all the credit.....
After my sisters house we came home to let matthew take a nap before the evening filled with family and great friends. I headed over to my moms a little early to help out since she had gotten off work a little late. This year I actually got to help my mom make the riddles for the easter basket hunt. I remember fondly all those years that "EB" (easter bunny) left my sister and I little riddles that we had to figure out to lead us to our baskets. They were funny riddles, and I swear we always ended up finding our baskets in either the dryer or the shower. My mom even made a comment about how the last riddle needed to lead my neice and nephew to the shower. I laughed at her and said this year it was going to be a different place to really fool them. Best part was when my nephew, as he was reading the last riddle that lead them to the shed, said "but this doesnt take us to the shower." I about died with laughter.
The rest of the day was spent just hanging out with family and close friends. It was so relaxing. The kids got to enjoy their easter baskets. The adults got to enjoy a few good beers and delicious food. Matthew enjoyed observing everything and everyone between the pack-n-play, swing, and being carried around.
We got a few good family pics squeezed in there too!
love his expression in this one, such a goofball, takes after his father in more ways than one ;)

You know, I knew I would always love having a family of my own, i just never thought about how much I would enjoy all the holidays with my own kids.

Well, I hope you all had as nice and relaxing of an Easter as we did!

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