Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Our holiday weekend...

We packed a lot into our holiday weekend from
Good Friday to Sunday,
Resurrection Day.

Good Friday was my birthday, and my family made the day very special for me :)
My sweet husband took me to lunch at Cracker Barrel,
we had a wonderful meal, the highlight was our long chat over coffee.
He then took me to Target to shop and roam.

When we arrived home the house smelled divine, and was decorated so lovely!
They had my favorite candy, which only comes out once a year....
Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Pastel Eggs, Yum!

I love these bunnies as they were my grandmothers, she gave them to me years ago.
I was thrilled to see the girls had them on the table for my birthday.
On the menu:
*Broccoli Cheddar Soup
*Texas Toast
*Cheddar Bread
*Lemon Cupcakes w/Cream Cheese Icing
*Buttermilk Sugar Cookies...my absolute favorite cookie!

Baby M...21 weeks
I was ask several times if it felt odd to be turning 41, you know I don't mind getting older.
I'm just thankful to be blessed with another year....
truly my life just keeps getting better with age:)

~blurry, cell phone pic~

On Saturday our family went out for some Japanese
at Kanpai of Tokyo....and more birthday fun! Well, I wasn't so
sure it was fun when they sang to me and gave me a hat to wear. The kids got a hoot, seeing Mama in the hat.
We all enjoyed watching the
cook put on his performance, the littles were fascinated by the
flames and cooking. The food was fantastic, we had one that liked it more than anyone, MaryAnn. I believe she ate her weight in rice and chicken :)

Our next stop for the day was
Chattanooga National Cemetery.....
up the  hill to
Grandma Elizabeth's
This has been our family tradition since we had children, to visit the cemetery
every year on Easter weekend.
Arthur's parents grave


This year we had another grave to visit,
as Paps is now buried in National Cemetery too.
While there we ran into my mom and grandmother, they too were bringing flowers :) Paps head stone went up several weeks ago, it looks very nice. The area we are standing in is a newly opened area of the cemetery, all of these veterans have passed away since the beginning of January. If, you haven't had the privilege to visit a National Cemetery, you should make it a point to try. They are beautifully maintained, the headstones give the cemetery such a sleek clean uniform look...such rich history buried within those gates.

Upon our arrival home it was time for the littles to get baths and cleaned up
for Sunday. As they cleaned up we prepared the kitchen for making
Resurrection Rolls.
This is another family tradition,
one that packs a powerful message with the story of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection
while having visuals and hands on learning.
This year as the rolls baked Elizabeth read to us from
Matthew 27 & 28

Watching & Waiting

Resurrection Sunday
We were blessed to be able to go to church were we can worship Christ freely,
with a body of believers.
The message our pastor spoke was powerful
and definitely God-breathed.

We had a simple meal.....
*Crock Pot Chicken & Stuffing
*Baked Potatoes
*Steamed Carrots
*Deviled Eggs
*Celery w/ Pimento Cheese
*Cheddar Bread
Dessert was a mix of things....
*Strawberry/Pretzel Salad
*Chocolate Pie
*Sugar Cookies
We all ate way to much!

Our day was very low key,
 spent in fellowship with one another making memories
 and savoring our time together.


Cinnamon said...

Hello! I wrote you a quick note today. Sending it tomorrow :-)

You had some wonderful days surrounding Easter. So much FOOD!! Love the bunnies. Too cute. And I see those adorable little birdies;-)

Tell Elizabeth that I love her cute hair style! Very fashionable :-)

Mar Ann's expression at the cemetery. Cuteness!

the boys looks so nice in their pastel shirts.

Cracker Barrel! YUM!! Love their shop :-)

Happy Birthday dear friend. You are so loved and it shows ♥


Kelly said...

Happy Birthday !!! .... all the food looks yummy... sooooo great to see you and Elizabeth.... wish we had more time to visit :)

Momma Bug said...

Happy Birthday friend!
You look lovely, and you sure do have a lot to show for 41 years of life!
That little Bump is looking quite darling. You glow :-)


victoria said...

Happy Birthday Laura! Glad you had a wonderful day.


The Pauls' Family said...

Hey Aunt Laura!
I just had to comment! those Reese's eggs look SOOO yummy!! (Reese's is my fav:) I will have to come and get some ;)
I really enjoyed all the pictures! (you look great!!)
Miss'n you all!
Love Ker Ker

Emily, wife of Jeremy said...

Oh what fun. You look great. Happy belated birthday.

Deb said...

Happy happy Belated Birthday, Laura!!! Oooh, I wish I had known ahead of time! You would have gotten a snail mail card from me. Well, it's written in my book now so I'll know next time! :)

It certainly looks like such a fun, fun weekend you all enjoyed. I love how Arthur got you out of the house so the girls could work their birthday memory magic complete with some of your favorite things!

You are indeed very, very blessed. And...you're ONLY 41! I hope you have a wonderful year ahead of you, sweet Laura! Enjoy your beautiful family!


Happy Birthday! We're the same age . . . just wish I looked so young and beautiful:) Hope your next 19 weeks go well.