Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Eastertide 2013

After not singing "Alleluia!" during Lent, it's now time to sing this song of praise during the Easter season!  Did you know that Easter is not just a day, but a season called Eastertide?  Eastertide begins on Easter Sunday and ends on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter Sunday.  Pentecost commemorates the giving of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, the beginnings of the Church and its mission to every tongue and people and nation.

So since we are still celebrating the joyous resurrection of Jesus Christ, it's still not too late to post some of our family's Easter fun!

After Good Friday service, our family went to see the Harlem Globe Trotters play at a local university.  It was great family fun!  My pictures aren't the best since I used my phone and we were up in the balcony.
On Holy Saturday afternoon/evening we did our annual Easter family traditions of making Easter story cookies, resurrection rolls, dying Easter eggs, and painting our salt dough crown of thorns gold and glued jewels on the crown as blogged about HERE

Here are a few pictures of my cupcakes "sealing" the "tomb" with tape after we put the Easter story cookies in our warm oven.  The yummy cookies are hollow when we open our oven on Easter morning just as Jesus' tomb was empty after he rose from the dead.  Alleluia!  
After going to 7:30 AM Mass Easter morning (yes, we like going to the early one to beat the crowds that usually attend the later masses), we hosted a lunch at my house and unfortunately my Dad was sick, so only my Mom was able to join us for lunch.

I turned my deviled eggs into angelic colorful chicks thanks to Lacy at Catholic Icing sharing how she dyed the hard boiled egg.  In the center of my egg platter, I have a little chick figurine that I've had for many years.  To make the colorful eggs even more festive, I made them into chicks using a black bean cut in half for the eyes (but, I've heard pieces of black olives work well too) and a sliver of a carrot for the beaks.
This was the first year my oldest cupcake did not search for eggs.  Rather, she was the "egg hider" for her siblings and she did a fabulous job!  It was a gorgeous day to run around outside! 
It was such a beautiful, bright, sunny day that my Mom and I sat outside on our backyard bench swing for hours and the sun was in our eyes as my hubby snapped pictures of us.  It was such a special way to spend time with my beautiful Mommy!
In the evening on Easter, we went to my in-laws home for Easter dinner where my cupcakes decorated the annual bunny cake.

Easter afternoon and on Easter Monday, my brother, his girlfriend, and my sweet niece visited from NY.   My children LOVED seeing their cousin, who they haven't seen since my sister's wedding back in October 2012. Below are few pictures we snapped during their visit.
My 5 year old enjoyed her little cousin so much that she cried when they left and she kept saying I miss her so much!  My cupcakes were very sweet with her and loved playing with her, which gave me so much joy and hope for our baby who will be making his/her arrival late July/early August!
And last, but not least, I just have to share this lovely water garden arrangement my 8 year daughter made using things in our backyard.  We used it as part of our Easter table decoration.  So clever and beautiful, don't you think?

May you have a blessed Eastertide season!


Laurie said...

Happy Easter. What a full and wonderful few days your family has had. And, I agree, that underwater garden is lovely- the perfect centerpiece. :)

you have so many great traditions. I am going to read how to make the whites of the egg colorful my kids would love that:) You look great with your Mom and tell you daughter she did a super job with the table center piece:) Voted for you

Patty said...

Easter greetings, Tracy!


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Lee Good said...

I love your daughters water garden arrangement and all your lovely easter activities. I have visited here for the first time through NOBH.

LeAnn said...

What a fun Easter with family. I can tell you have some great traditions. You have a lovely family.
Blessings to you all!

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