Archive for March 23rd, 2008

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

As I sit and watch my basketball team losing badly in the 2008 NCAA Championship tournament, I ponder the oddities of living in a place where there are still 3 feet of snow on the ground on Easter Sunday, which in this year falls on the third day of spring. A place where Easter egg hunts must occur indoors every year. A place where white shoes must be carried to church, and put on in the coat closet after the snow boots have been removed. Perhaps I should invest in a pair of white, high-heeled boots to wear for occasions like this. Do they make such things?

But lest I forget the import of this day, let me just point out that:

“He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluiah!”

We had a lovely service at church this morning. Even though I sometimes complain about playing the piano, I truly enjoy it most of the time, and the Easter morning service in particular. Easter music is so joyful, with an almost militant exuberance. Opening the service with “Jesus Christ is Ris’n Today, Alleluiah!” is absolutely thrilling. My choir sang a beautiful, simple anthem entitled, “That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright,” an old German carol derived from a fourth century Latin hymn. It’s one of my favorites. If I were clever enough, I would figure out a way to play the music as you read this blog entry, but I’m afraid I don’t have enough patience to spend the hours such an endeavor would undoubtedly require.

:::UPDATE::: I spent the hours, and have now embedded the mp3 file from our choir piece today into this very post! Simply press the play button on the link below once to activate the control, and again to play, and you should be able to hear it!

The children dressed up in their Easter finery.  Anna had a new dress from Grandma and a very cute little blazer to wear.  Technically, they are for her birthday, which is coming up in about 8 days, but we thought she could wear them today.  I discovered earlier in the week that all of her little white dress shoes are now too small, so we had to go on a shoe-shopping mission.  Fortunately, we found a nice pair that should last her through this summer.  Will wore his navy blue pants and blazer that match Baba’s. 

3-23-08-7.jpg 3-23-08-8.jpg

After the service, the great indoor Easter egg hunt took place.  Both of the kids appeared to be professional egg hunters.  Makes me wonder why they can’t ever find anything they’re looking for in our house.  Anna had a brand new Elmo Easter basket, and Will had a Spiderman basket.  Earlier in the morning, the Easter bunny had visited our house and brought each of them a chocolate bunny and an Easter toy (Play Dough for Anna  and Mr. Potato Head for Will). 

3-23-08-1.jpg 3-23-08-2.jpg 3-23-08-5.jpg

3-23-08-3.jpg 3-23-08-4.jpg

3-23-08-6.jpg 3-23-08-9.jpg

After church, we migrated over to Applebee’s, which graciously opens its doors every Easter Sunday to feed those of us who are disinclined to cook a magnificent Easter dinner.  We had a nice dinner, then headed home, where we spent the afternoon lounging and watching basketball games (some much better than others – at least OU made it to the second round this time for the first time in 3 years).  The kids are tired and cranky, even though I didn’t really let them get into their candy this afternoon.  They’re still working on their Valentine’s candy, for pete’s sake.  I don’t understand what’s wrong with kids these days.  They’ll eat tomatoes and broccoli all day, but heaven forbid they should eat a chocolate bunny. 

Taking nice pictures of the two of them is getting harder and harder.  I tire of the squinty eyed, toothy grin that comes with saying “cheese,” but this is what happens whenever I tell them to NOT give me the cheese face: