After a few days home with the girls during their spring break, we had a busy but wonderful Easter weekend. Usually the weather the day before Easter is fantastic and then Easter isn’t great, but luckily the weather held the entire weekend.
Some of my friends and I were trying to get together on Friday, but it didn’t end up working out. I mentioned that it would be nice to have a crawfish boil on Saturday, and like magic, we all coordinated and put together a wonderful day of friends, family, food, and swimming.
Sunday was Easter! The girls didn’t wake up quite as early as last year, but Celine did pop into our room at 5:30am to announce the day. We told her to go back to sleep…I don’t think she actually slept, but she did go back in her room until 7am. Then it was time to check out the baskets and have our egg hunt!
After relaxing for a bit, we headed over to our friends the Courets for their annual Easter party.
Another egg hunt!
A fun Easter with good friends…and lots of sugar. Poor Celine had a meltdown both Monday morning and evening from exhaustion/too much sugar over the weekend.
Not super keen on helping me work from home.
While Mike was out of town at my brother’s bachelor party, I looked for activities I could do with the girls. Something that popped up on my “what to do with kids this weekend in Dallas” google search is something the Arboretum does at night, called Night Owls. They have a program where kids can spend the night at the Arboretum, and this offered the same types of activities – just without the actual overnight part. One link told me it was sold out, but when I navigated directly to the Arboretum website I could sign us up. Even though it was a bit chilly that evening, I was excited!
Our friends the Thurmans joined us and we headed over around 6pm. As I parked, I noticed our friends were the only other car in the parking lot. I assumed Night Owls was for multiple children so I was a bit confused. When we were met by our host for the evening, she explained that most people saw the same “sold out” page I first encountered (which was a glitch), so we were the only two families at the Arboretum that evening! We weren’t expecting a private tour of the Children’s Garden plus fun crafts but by golly, we were going to take advantage of it.
It was definitely a unique experience to have the Children’s Garden all to ourselves, with a guide explaining things and giving us fun activities to do. We could spend as much time as we wanted in certain areas and skip others if we wanted.
Once the sun went down, the flashlights came out.
The kids really enjoyed it and (other than not being allowed to bring alcohol inside) the grownups did too! Louise slept with her journal she made so I’d call that a success.
Anyone who’s been around Celine recently knows that she is 100%, completely, wholly obsessed with Ariel. However when I asked her what kind of birthday party she wanted, she said “Elena of Avalor” and stuck with it. *insert shrug emoji*
This year, Celine’s birthday fell on a Saturday, so we got to throw her a birthday party on her actual birthday! She was pleased with the setup and, although she face-planted within two minutes of getting to the park (hence the chin Band-Aid), she had a wonderful time playing at the park with her friends.
It was a little windy so I immediately lost the two big round balloons I had to guide everyone to the pavilion. Turns out people figured it out =)Mike decided last minute that we needed coffee for the grown-ups, which turned out to be a clutch decision in the chilly morning weather.
Elena showed up and spent the first part of the party just hanging out with the kids on the playground. She was a hit, let me tell you. I had more than one parent not associated with our party sidle up to me and ask for her information.Celine would go up to her and grab her hand, leading her around. She really enjoyed having a princess playmate on the playground!
While the kids played, Elena painted faces of those interested, then guided everyone in a dance party. Kids kind of flitted in and out of the dancing portion but Celine was ALL IN for the whole time.
Then we sang happy birthday, ate some bundt cakes, and called the party a success. Celine couldn’t stop talking about Elena and asked more than once if she was “watching us.” No, Celine…Elena isn’t Santa.
Celine asked for Ariel presents and wore them/kept them close for the entire weekend, including wearing the nightgown for three nights in a row. Love this sweet girl…can’t believe she’s 5!