sweet and late


Does anyone still want to see Easter photos? You? oh, you too?

OK, besides my parents and my husband, anyone else?
Probably not. Everyone is done with egg hunts and fluffy bunnies and matching shirts. Yesterday I saw a cart full of chocolate crosses with a sign reading, “FREE. TAKE ONE.” But really, chocolate crosses? Chomping the ears of a bunny is one thing but where do you start when eating a crucifix?
Truly, I was lucky to get any photos at all. I arrived home from church about 9 seconds after the rest of them and EVERYONE had changed into sweats before I even set down my bag. “I’m sorry.” I informed Erik. “Mothers all across the nation are taking advantage of their solemn right to a photo on Easter Sunday– make ’em dress up again.”
They did. But they weren’t as happy about it as they look:

Off to the hunt! Unwrapped chocolates aren’t very appetizing.

Only Xander loves the hard-boiled eggs.


Candy purists…


After dinner we had the inside hunt where the real treasures are found. Do you have a fought-over candy at your house? Ours is Lindt hazelnut chocolate carrots. They’re expensive so I only buy 12. Ben managed to secure 10. I’m not a complete communist– I didn’t make him give them to the others– he was forced to trade.




The moment Mary secured her fair share she pulled out the piano bench and began setting up shop to sell her loot. Her prices were extremely generous: 1 jellybean buys you anything.

Knowing that Mary despises jellybeans and wouldn’t even pick them up in the candy hunt I warned her, “All your treats will be gone before you know it.”

“That’s OK,” she sassed, “I was already annoyed with all that sugar.”


Ever the loyal servant, Gabe became her first employee and contributed his wares. Hans and Xander enjoyed being customers so much that they continued refilling her shelves, eventually moved the store down to basement and played “Mary’s Store” for the next FIVE hours.

I have no idea where all the candy ended up. Probably stashed under Hansie’s bed.




ah, joy

April 17, 2009



  1. Mitchell Family

    April 20, 2009

    No one would pose for an Easter photo for me. Not even on my birthday. Your kids are great. I’m a total pushover. Ruth

  2. Jan Russell

    April 20, 2009

    Me three! I’ve been wanting to see your Easter pictures, and they do not dissapoint! Gorgeous family, and hilarious details from the day – I especially love the carrot-trading shot!

  3. Tracy

    April 20, 2009

    Loved the unwrapped chocolate in the backyard – I am totally doing that next year..lmbo! Your family is gorgeous as always! So glad you shared!!! xoxo,t

  4. Brooke

    April 20, 2009

    is that a homemade chocolate bunny? a bunny shaped cake?

    do tell!

  5. Michelle

    April 20, 2009

    well, the unwrapped chocolates weren’t on purpose. 😉 it’s a bunny cake mold– you can borrow it anytime!

  6. Nina

    April 20, 2009

    what did you do to your photos? theyre not as crisp and clear as usual. and yes, what is the bunny – homemade? hand dipped? please do tell…

  7. Nina

    April 20, 2009

    sorry didn’t see your post before mine…my mother always did a lamb with powdered sugar…sponge cake…

  8. Ken

    April 20, 2009

    Thank you Michelle.
    Thank you Erik.
    Thank you Ben.
    Thank you Stefan.
    Thank you Hans.
    Thank you Xander.
    Thank you Gabriel.
    Thank you Mary.
    We will bring more chocolate from Trader Joe’s for your Easter photos! Is that why they call it “Trader Joe’s”?
    Grandma Zoe and Grandpa Ken

  9. Heather

    April 21, 2009

    It was so much fun to read about your Easter. About the unwrapped chocolate, my dad used to scatter raisenets in the living room to prove that the Easter Bunny had been there.
    I just discovered the Lindt carrots this year and help the kids “finish” them.

  10. Coach A.

    April 21, 2009

    Happy Easter!! I remember Easter at Oma’s & there was snow!

    Love ya.

    Super family pic. =)

  11. Denise

    April 21, 2009

    Love the pics. I think “sweet and late” could be the name of a pregnancy test.

  12. Annie

    April 21, 2009

    We didn’t get good shots on Easter so I will live vicariously through yours.

    Hey Michelle-fans, go vote for her blog on the Blogger’s Choice Awards:)


  13. Linn

    April 22, 2009

    Oh that was worth the wait for sure! I’m not sure I could love your photos (and commentary) more if I tried!

  14. Jeanelle

    April 23, 2009

    1. I love the pic of all of the kids where the little ones are laughing so big. 2. I think I said it before but I so love Mary’s Easter dress. 3. I’ve been a bad commenter lately. I have like your last 3 entries saved as unread on my reader just so I can go back and comment on all of them. Forgive me. Going to go comment on Segullah now because I have MUCH more to say! xoxo

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