easter 2017.

The Tait family had the best Easter! Everest is still a little young for all of the Easter shenanigans and understanding the Easter message, but this was the first year he has been aware of holidays and we were still able to have a lot of fun with it. I also put a lot into this year’s Lenten season for myself. I gave up cheese (eek!), read the entire Pentateuch, completed all of my spring cleaning, and worked through 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life with my church. Phew! I’m tired just thinking about all that I got done over the last 40 days, but so proud of myself. I definitely felt centered and prepared to celebrate Easter this year.easter breakfast pancetta and cheese quiche easter basket with booksI got up extra early on Sunday morning so that I could make us some breakfast treats and bake cookies for the lunch we ate with our small group. I made us a pancetta, kale, and cheese quiche and blackberry lemon poppy muffins and served them with grapefruit juice—our favorite (don’t hate). It was a beautiful morning so we ate out on the porch before heading to church. Everest woke up to a small Easter basket filled with a couple little treats and some literary goodies from his grandparents.toddler boy easter egg hunting toddler boy easter egg hunting toddler boy easter egg huntingAfter church we enjoyed some delicious food and good company with our wonderful small group. Everest got to do two Easter egg hunts, one at home and one at lunch, which were probably the highlight of our day. He had so much fun looking for the eggs and was so proud of himself when he found them—my mama heart was melting.Tait family Easter Tait family Easter Tait family EasterWe had such a lovely day. I’m already looking forward to next year and having this little baby with us! How did your family celebrate Easter?

a boy in the park.

We are so fortunate to live just minutes away from the mountains. As you’ve likely caught on by now, Cheyenne Mountain State Park is one of our favorite places to visit. It’s a beautiful park filled with wildlife and trails of varying intensity, so we can go for a leisurely walk or heart-pumping hike—we really just can’t beat the quality and proximity.

Lately, we’ve been busy with stomach flus, work, and visitors, so we haven’t had as much time to hit up our favorite local spots as we normally would. With the gorgeous weather we’ve been having in Colorado, and a relatively lazy Sunday afternoon schedule on the docket, we decided to hop in the car and drive up the road to wander down some of our favorite paths.

I brought my camera with us to snap a few pics of this little guy, who is growing bigger by the minute. Technically he is small for his age, but he always seems like a giant to me when I think about the tiny babe I held in my arms two years ago. While it is often hard to get a toddler to sit still, Everest loved posing for my Nikon. He was even pointing out spots along the trail that he thought would be good places for a photo!

Usually when we head out for a hike, Everest gets popped into our Osprey baby carrier so that we can make good time. Sometimes he loves it, others…not so much. Today was all about E, so we let him roam around the rocks and brambles on his own. If you can’t tell by the photo below, he was loving every minute of it.  

Thank you, Colorado, for being such a beautiful, exhilarating place to live. If I’m ever feeling blue or uninspired, a few minutes out in your warm sunlight and rocky cliffs and I’m ready to take on the world again. Thank you, baby boy, for reminding me what’s important whenever my mind gets caught up on things that don’t deserve my attention – and thank you, weekends, for giving us time to slow down and enjoy life together as a family! What do you like to do with your family on the weekends?

happy birthday, everest.

land of nod camping tent and play campfire setA couple weekends ago, Doug and I threw a small get-together for Everest’s second birthday. I had found this amazing tent from Land of Nod that we knew E would love, and after Everest’s grandparents and great-grandparents generously gifted it to him, we decided to plan his birthday party with a camping theme. We added in a play campfire and our living room transformed into a campground. I got these adorable invitations as part of a little party goods suite from Bold Poppy Designs on Etsy and we were off!

invitation from Bold Poppy DesignsWe kept things simple, since we were planning a small gathering, but I still had a lot of fun putting it all together. We got a few items from Whole Foods—like wraps, fresh fruit, chips, and root beer—and I made our favorite pasta salad and some desserts. Other than the tent and campfire, decorations consisted of some simple banners I made from cardstock the night before.

birthday camp sign birthday decor for camping party white birthday cake with tree decorationsI had the most fun making these campfire cupcakes from Pinterest. I’m new to the whole cake decorating scene, but these were so easy I felt like I couldn’t fail! Everest enjoyed them for several days after the party…I might’ve eaten one or two along the way.

chocolate cupcakes with campfire decorations chocolate cupcakes with campfire decorationsEverest was a little unsure about the whole “party” atmosphere. He hadn’t been feeling great (thank you, 2-year molars) and he was super clingy—until it was time to open gifts, that is. He learned all about “presents” at Christmas time this year and as soon as we put him in front of his birthday loot he lit up. Since the party, all he has been talking about are cakes, candles, and presents, so I will consider that a success. Happy birthday, little one, we adore you!