[an up to the last minute…]

April 11:

10 AM: begin sewing pants for little A’s Easter ensemble.

2 PM: realize I need a zipper. Run to fabric store with both boys (can’t fit A into cart with little O’s car seat…so he walks…a disaster waiting to happen)…(Jon is at a film shoot).

3 PM: stop off at Target for last minute Easter candy. Scour the isles as for anything decent but find that everything is cleaned out (was harder to find a parking place than on Christmas Eve).

4:30 PM: go over to Costco to purchase fixings for an Easter dinner salad. Grab a couple of hot dogs for A and I on the way out.

5:00 PM: head home.

8:00 PM: put little A to bed.

9:00 PM: work on helping baby O feel comfortable whilst teething.

10:00 PM: baby O finally falls asleep. Boil eggs while getting back to work on little A’s pants.

11:30 PM: finish A’s pants.

Midnight: start baby O’s jumper.

1:00 AM: crash.


April 12, Easter Day:

9:00 AM: dress little A for church. find out his pants are too large…but too darling to take off (didn’t I try them on him last night?).

9:30 AM: back to work on finishing up baby O’s jumper. Finish everything but the buttons….so I safety pin them on for the time being.

10: 55 AM: pile in the car and head to church.

11: 10 AM: walking into chapel, late, little A’s yells “Mom, my pants are falling down!”. Scoop up little A who’s pants are down to his knees, and head to the back of the chapel.

12:00 PM: relax and enjoy remembering the reason for Easter.


2:00 PM: race home from church. Jon dyes eggs with little A while I spray paint Easter pails with black chalkboard paint.

3:00 PM: paint wooden staking dolls in different colors (which are to be our “plastic egg” containers for candy and bunny grahams).

4:00 PM: Easter supper at Uncle Doug’s.

5:00 PM: race home. paint bunny and chick on pails. paint bunny faces onto stacking dolls. Jon hides eggs.
5:30 PM: call out little A for the hunt. Pictures, pictures, pictures…

7:00 PM: done. phew. relax.

8:00 PM: Googgle chat with grandma and grandpa.

9:00 PM: boys to bed

10:00 PM: watch episodes of the Office with Jon.

2:00 AM: stay up way to late blogging about day.

2:30 AM: crash.

April 14, 2009


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    April 13, 2009

    I love these ensemble ! your boys are so cute !

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    Letitia Olson

    April 13, 2009

    haha… thats awesome!!! I love the baskets, and Atticus is so cute!!! I love the jumper too!

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    Brooke Reynolds

    April 13, 2009

    I love using pails as Easter egg baskets.. but painting them with chalkboard paint? Genius. I love it.

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    April 13, 2009

    i love that post! no you don’t know me but i love your blog. love the story. love the outfits. love the doll things, the easter pails, love everything.

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    April 13, 2009

    ohh! your little boys are SO cute! i love their outfits and everything you made for the egg hunt. you seem like a terrific mother. πŸ™‚

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    April 13, 2009

    amazing clothes and i love the pale ideas. it wouldn’t be a holiday without at least one mishap.

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    denise plant

    April 13, 2009

    They look like peter rabbit characters! So darn cute mer! you never cease to…have i said this before? You rock!

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    Crystal Copeland

    April 13, 2009

    Love the very first picture! Too cute! Sounds like nights I have all the time. Exhausted, needing sleep, and still stay up til 2am. Looks like the boys had fun though!

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    Julie Elton

    April 13, 2009

    I was exausted just reading about all that. I have to say that I am so impressed with the outfits and your determination to finish them. I love loved the bunnies on the wooden stacking dolls. You have fabulous pictures to remind you of your delightfully exausting day.

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    April 13, 2009

    oh how i love your pictures!

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    April 14, 2009

    i just discovered your blog and i absolutely love it! also, is it creepy for me to tell you that when i read it, it feels like i’m reading a more fashionable and pulled-together version of myself in a few years (i’m an illustrator and newly-wed with very similar tastes as you)? i hope that doesn’t freak you out.

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    April 14, 2009

    merrilee! your day sounds so so familiar. i love the holiday exhaustion. AND the chalkboard paint pails- so smart.

    how are you guys doing? (just now realizing i never commented back although i was so excited to hear from you!) are you in california now? (i spied a familiar tinkerbell and pirate at the neverland party. . )

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    Chrissy Johnson

    April 14, 2009

    Aren’t those Bjorn Baby Sitters FANTASTIC?

    And I have some extra Matryoshka dolls lying around … I’m going to re-purpose those cuties…thanks for this sweet little post!

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    April 14, 2009

    Mer those buckets and bunny nesting dolls ROCK! and so do those super cute outfits!

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    April 14, 2009

    How cute are your kids!!

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    belinda graham

    April 15, 2009

    ooh gorgeous. my son collected his eggs with a bucket too but it didn’t look half as cool as yours! i have some serious reading to do here – what a lovely, inspiring blog!

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    April 15, 2009

    Where did you get the pattern for O’s jumper? It looks super cute. I may have to buy it and try it out on my little guy.

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    April 15, 2009

    holy cow, you are a woman of last-minute miracles!!! how do you pull it off???

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    Badillo Family

    April 15, 2009

    sounds pretty crazy but the outfits are adorable! Love the chalkboard paint on the buckets. Such a great basket idea! I might have to steal that for next year!

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    Sara Christine

    April 15, 2009

    I’m serious when I say that’s the most beautiful baby I have ever seen. Just precious. Glad you had a Happy Easter!

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    April 15, 2009

    Best post ever! What a day. Love the clothes πŸ™‚

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    April 16, 2009

    Okay….where do I begin? With your brilliant easter egg baskets? With your beautiful two boys and their adorable clothes(that you MADE) falling down or not! OR, with the cutie pie brilliant easter stacking dolls? *whew* you amaze me my dear and I am in awe….AND I am THE laziest mom around! πŸ™‚

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    April 16, 2009

    Oh, and does A stand for Atticus? That is my littlest one’s middle name! πŸ™‚

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    April 17, 2009

    I love little O’s outfit!
    Good job momma!
    Your kids never know what us mommas do for them. Definitely copy this post into a scrapbook for memory lane later.
    Love you!

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    April 18, 2009

    you are so ambitious! It’s amazing what you’re able to accomplish, and with everything turning out just adorable! I love the stacking bunnies!

    btw, I just read a comment awhile back about my table. It’s from Ikea. maybe $40 (?? i think).

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    The Wanderers' Daughter

    April 20, 2009

    THat first photo is absolutely adorable…and I love the easter buckets!

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    {lovely little things}

    April 20, 2009

    Love those little buckets with the chalk designs, perfect for Easter!

    Enjoying your lovely blog!