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I’d thought I’d experienced the beauty and magic of the holidays by spending it with my family over the years. I couldn’t thought it could possibly be any better… and then we had Liv. Easter was SO much fun. Last year was fun because she was just starting to really recognize faces and names, but it’s pretty amazing how much can change in a year. Not only could she recognize everyone, but say their name, hug and blow kisses, and explain all of the things she was excited about (“Bubbles!” “Purse!” “Eggs!”) She had so much fun with the family, playing with her cousins, hunting for eggs and opening Easter baskets.

I’ll always remember:

-Carrying her inside after the drive home from nana’s house. She was fast asleep in my arms, so instead of putting her the crib right away, I just snuggled and enjoyed.

-While nana was in the kitchen washing dishes, Liv was behind her, reaching at nana to hold her.

-Bella curled up next to Tata. She loves him so much.

-Tiny white sandals and a tiny spunky ponytail. She looked so little and so grown up at the same time.

I like to think we did Easter right. Lots of time we those we love- relaxing, eating, and an extra mindfulness of gratitude for everything we’ve been given. We spent the morning at my nana’s, who made her legendary brunch spread, came back to our house to relax, and then everyone came over here for late lunch/dinner. I never thought that paddle ball would be so exciting (I am terrrrrribbbbllleeeee) and that it would be so much fun to help the tiny egg hunter while everyone cheered her on. She clapped for every egg she found, and instantly put it into her basket. She also did a little dance and “mmmm!” with every delicious bite she took of her Easter cupcake and nana’s famous French toast. Watching everything through her eyes basically melted my heart into a love puddle on the floor. In the true Easter spirit, I felt very full. Not only with all of the delicious food, but also very very blessed <3

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  1. She is too cute. I LOVE the picture of her with the bubbles. That one is a keeper for sure!

  2. LOVE your dress!! Where is it from? Liv looks like such a big girl in that picture!

  3. Love both you and your daughter’s dresses – adorable! πŸ™‚

  4. Oooh, the pics and your text melt my heart! Such a perfect Easter!!

  5. It sounds like you had a truly special, magical day. I’m so excited for days like this in my future when Josh and I have a family many years down the road!

  6. That ponytail…I die! πŸ™‚ It looks like such a wonderful day!

  7. Your dress is gorgeous. All these are so beautiful, looks like such a blessing of a day!
    Olivia is absolutely adorable in her little dress.

  8. Liv is such a little cutie. Little ones make the holidays so much more special πŸ™‚ So . . . when do we get the recipe for nana’s egg casserole?? You’re always talking about it on the blog and I’m dying to try it!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      i keep saying i’m going to ask her for it, and then i don’t. i think it’s because i want it to be one of those things i just love to eat and never want to actually make because the original is so good, if that makes any sense?

  9. Beautiful post. You remind me to slow down and take it all in, thank you.

  10. Would love to know where your dress is from; love it! Also, I second (or third, or however many, because I know there will be lots more ;)) the comment that Liv is absolutely ADORABLE with her little eyelet dress and tiny ponytail. The picture of her with the bubbles is priceless. Glad you had such an amazing Easter!

  11. I love Olivia’s dress! Very cute.

  12. Aww such a beautiful little girl!! And looove your dress!

  13. You have such a beautiful way of articulating the joys of motherhood. Makes me even more excited to welcome our little girl in September!

  14. This is such a sweet post! I’m so happy you had such a lovely weekend.

  15. Liv looks like a little princess in her dress. Such cute pictures and TONS of fabulous looking eats.

    I didn’t know you guys had a pool! That is ridiculously awesome – and I’ll bet living in AZ you get to use it far more than we would up North.

  16. Sounds like a truly special day! You and Livi look adorable – can you tell me where your dress is from? So cute!

  17. Liv and you look gorgeous in those dresses.

  18. What a great Easter! Nothing like food, family and friends πŸ™‚

  19. That sounds like an absolutely amazing Easter! I’m so glad to hear you took the time to enjoy your family and be thankful- I think it’s so easy to take day-to-day things for granted.

  20. Amanda Lee says:

    Love, Love your dress and Olivia’s. You have to share where you got it!! So flattering.


  21. Sounds like a great day!

  22. Olivia is a beautiful child! Seriously, one of the cutest kids I’ve seen! Well done, Gina!

  23. Isn’t it funny how one little bundle of joy can transform the entire family dynamic and the holidays. Life just isn’t as fulfilling without children. Last year was our first with my nephew and it was very much like Livs, everyone watching as they tumble around. This year he’s 2 and understood much more. He ran around his cousins stealing their eggs (they are babies still) and cracking them open as fast as he could to shove candy in his mouth. Hilarious! And this year we had our own little girl who wore bunny ears and rocked sunglasses with a little attitude. πŸ™‚ don’t know where she gets it from. Glad you enjoyed your holiday

  24. Sounds like a memorable Easter for you! I love the little ponytail.

  25. this post warmed my heart. liv is so adorable, especially with her tiny little ponytail! i’m glad you and your family had a wonderful blessed holiday. <3

    on a random note, where did you get your sunglasses? i love them!

  26. I just giggled out loud picturing liv doing her little mmm dance while she ate haha!

    I was so jealous of everyone with kids his Easter seeing them on their Easter egg hunts, it was all so sweet! I am so glad you all had such a wonderful, memorable Easter!

  27. Liv looked beautiful! And I loved reading all of the sweet memories you will have of this Easter, very touching!

  28. Sounds like a wonderful family time.
    I love your dress!
    And, that little ponytail is the cutest thing ever!!

  29. so sweet… the ponytail? adorable!

  30. Christ has risen! What a blessing that is indeed. I feel sometimes it gets overlooked in the flurry of eggs, dresses, and bunnies. Glad you had a great day. Liv looks like she had a lot of fun. It looks like it was a beautiful day in AZ.

  31. Aw SO cute! Love the little pony. Is it long enough for pigtails??

  32. Sounds like a perfect holiday! I LOVE Liv’s little ponytail- too cute! Holidays (and everyday) are so much better with a little one. Makes you appreciate all the little things in life and what really matters πŸ™‚

  33. Your dress! Where’s it from? Olivia’s hair looks ADORABLE.

  34. and there go my ovaries again. she is too damn cute. and obviously so loved and happy.

    drooling over all the spread of food. looks so yummy!!

    sounds like you had a lovely holiday!

  35. That little white dress is just too cute.

  36. I am usually a lurker and too chicken to post but oh my giddy aunt, that photo of you and Liv is absolutely beautiful and she is such a little darling!

  37. Love this post. Thanks for sharing your day w/ us. Liv’s dress & pony are precious!

  38. cutest little dress! looks like you had a great Easter! and omg all that food, I know I ate a little too much haha

  39. Liv looks lovely! SO do you! Cute dresses. . .

  40. Looks like you guys had a great Easter! And her little pony tail is just SO precious!!

  41. I think I see brownies in the background of some of your pics… mmmm πŸ˜‰

  42. What a beautiful day! And Livi is killing me in her precious little dress and ponytail. Argh, too much cute!

  43. Nice pool and delicious spread of food!

  44. Great post! She looks so cute in that white dress and omg that pony tail- adorable!

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