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Easter Birthday Earth Day Holiday Weekend

This past weekend was the Spring Break, Easter, Eamon’s Birthday, and Earth Day weekend. It was a 4 ½ day extravaganza of playing, egg hunting, and family visiting. I had done all of my house cleaning and blog prepping and I actually was able to enjoy myself for a couple of days. We ate and laughed and opened presents and ate some more. Monday I posted and pondered what visiting with family and sharing our children means. Here’s the pictorial proof of our doings for the Holiday Weekend.

Eamon and Matthew

Cousin Matthew and Eamon

Sue and Fiona

Sue aka the Easter chicken with Fiona

Fiona's special egg hunt.

Fiona’s special egg hunt.

She had streamers for her hunt.

She had streamers for her hunt.

Sparkly Easter eggs at the end of the streamers.

Sparkly Easter eggs at the end of the streamers.

 

 

the Easter chicken

The official Easter chicken trophy

 

dying Easter eggs on Shalaveee.com

Dying Easter eggs with Aunt Michelle

Dyed Easter eggs on Shalavee.com

A gator puppet from Florida

A gator puppet from Florida

Easter baskets yay!

Easter baskets yay!

Shalagh and Michelle

Me and my sister Michelle at Out of the Fire restaurant in Easton, MD

Wendy, Dad, and Fiona

Wendy, Fiona, and Dad at breakfast at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD

Easter baskets for the guests on Shalavee.com

Easter baskets for the big visitors

Piazza in Easton, Maryland on Shalavee.com

Prosciutto from Piazza for the adult Easter baskets

Bagguettes at the Easton Farmer's market on Shalavee.com

Baguettes form the Easton, MD Farmer’s Market

Pussy willows at the Easton Farmer's market on Shalavee.com

Pussy willows from Seaberry Farm at the Easton, MD farmer’s market

Stock, willow, and cherry blossom branches from Seaberry Farm on Shalavee.com

Stock, willow, and cherry blossom branches

The fried ice cream for his birthday dinner at Cafe Sado

The fried ice cream for his birthday dinner at Cafe Sado

Playing with the chain dividers at Cafe Sado

Playing with the chain dividers at Cafe Sado

Eamon's Birthday present on Shalavee.com

Eamon’s Birthday present!

Truly what any holidays should be about : family, food, wine, and fun. Almost makes up for the stinky Spring weather.

Have a happy joy-filled weekend.

 

One Outfit

I used to go into a slight panic when I had to dress up to go out. An event to impress requires a dress. Or “slacks” that flatter and don’t make me look fatter. I’d pull something together eventually and think, “This is the only decent outfit I own.”

I have two closets with clothing in them. Some of the stuff is summer wear. Yea, some of it wouldn’t fit while I was pregnant, as well as afterwards. But do you really believe any other time it was the only outfit I had? Because I don’t.

I have notice this “only one” feeling has applied to my writing too. I’d write a really great piece and then not want to let it go unless it was the perfect place to publish. Because it’s the only good article I will ever write. I seem to feel desperate and clingy about my good life moments. Like it’ll never happen again.

Then I recognized this was a record skipping. Lack of abundance keeping me from a continuance to the more room. Permission to have. Permission to be. Permission to let go of a definition that no longer serves, if it ever did. Permission to know there’s more that will come after you’ve used that one.

Only when we live in the fear that we ‘don’t have’, do we hoard and over-indulge and still end up feeling empty and lacking. I used to think you’d discover I was the poor cheap untalented failure I secretly knew I was,  these days I have indisputable proof that at least a couple of people feel differently. Including me. And that’s a mighty fine view to see.

I have come a long way. Even from I’m a Square Me in My Round LIfe, a post that shows I can hit some low notes and come through carrying the lessons I was meant to gather. (Plus there’s an actual picture of me featured in one of those “one outfits”. I recently finally got back to that same size, the one I was when I got pregnant.)

Enjoy Your Now

Our busy weekend is still going strong. Today’s Eamon’s 9th birthday. We’ve had days and days of visiting with family, fun Easter egg stuff, and eating out and unhealthy. I needed to write a post for today and as we wind up our vacation mode, I am reviewing what I have noticed and what was important from these experiences. In honor of my new friend Lauren, I would like to offer a five things list.

1. There is no such thing as a given. What you think will be the way it always will be may not be a day, month, or decade from now. Enjoy now. Noticing the lilt of a voice, the readiness of a laugh, or the loveliness of a wine is all of the moment you will ever ‘have’.Mark and Eamon from Shalavee.com

2. Birthing and maintaining babies is a lot of work. The word relentless comes up quite often for me. They are inconvenient and terrifying. And at one year-old, are the truest cutest delight to give to the world and those you are related to. They are a gift you give to those you love and those who don’t even know you. Share them often.

Easter basket contents on Shalavee.com

3. Spring cleaning is necessary. We worked hard for a week to clean the clutter, chaos, and deceased shrubs from our garden, a reminder of the awful weather we endured. My every cleaning whim was attended to and I feel hopeful now that I can move on to planning for summer and projects and travel.

Fiona walking in the backyard on Shalavee.com

4. Planning makes a tremendous difference. My husband always says it’s easier to break an appointment than make an appointment. We had a visit because we set intentions and they bought airplane tickets and we wrote things on calendars. Live a little ahead of yourself. Enough to have stuff to look forward to enjoying.

reflection on Shalavee.com

5. The best time ever to decide or do or change is now. It’s all you have. Do your best, let go of the rest. Forgive, forget, get over it. It isn’t always about you. Exist in your life in the moment with integrity and gratitude and that feeling of contentment is better than the completion of any to-do list.

I made the best use I could make of a car nap writing this. Hope everyone is enjoying Spring and family and thinking about what they’re getting up to next. Enjoy your now.

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