Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Eve

Good morning!  We are right on schedule with our Easter preparations here.  And that is because, and ONLY because my wonderful son in law Jake came over yesterday afternoon to help me move that pile of dirt we had delivered to the yard.  He arrived yesterday afternoon with the girls, extra shovels, and their dog Abbey.   I put some shorts on Noah, gloves and a hat on me, and away we went.

Even though I paused to get some pictures, I was loading up those wheelbarrows and hauling it right along with Jake.  We leveled the slope on the side of the house to later use for a trash can area.  We will build an enclosure as soon as we can.
We worked hard, and knocked it out in about an hour and a half. 
These kids are hard workers!!  They seriously helped us a ton!  Abbey, not so much.  She just spent the time eating and hiding avocados!!

The side area next to the garage is now level, and soon we will build an enclosure so that the cans are not visible.
Thank you Jake!!! What a tremendous help he is to us!  He is always willing to come and lend a hand when there is a job to be done!  This saved us a precious half of a day to get the rest done that we need to do before tomorrow.  We will be losing half of today because we have a special party to attend this afternoon.
Although there was a lot I didn't get finished that I wanted to, I did squeek out a new valance for the bathroom.  I bought the paint, but did not have time to get the bathroom painted.  I also have a new beautiful mirror to replace the stock mirror that has been in the kids bathroom since we have lived here.  Now, the kids are all gone, and it is time to update.  I am bringing a pretty blue into this bathroom.
The new paint color is Caribbean Sand.  I bought new towels to freshen it up in there too.  Maybe next week I will paint.  Or not.   When I bought the fabric for the bathroom curtain a while ago, I also bought this buttercup yellow for some new pillows for the family room.  I did manage to knock those out real quick yesterday too.  I love the softer colors in there for Spring.  It really brightens things up.
Last night I began to set out the table where we will have our buffet of foods set up.  I always write out a menu, and then place the bowls and platters out with a note for what goes where.  It saves so much time on the day of, to do this before hand and I don't have to search for serving pieces, etc.
The stack of plates and silverware won't be on that table tomorrow.  I was just getting everything out.  Yes, we are having quite a few for dinner!
I love those carrot serving pieces!!
We always do a guessing game.  The number is safely sealed underneath the lid, along with a prize.
We have another game planned, but I won't tell you about that until later.  It needs pictures to go along with it.  It looks like we will be having perfect weather!  Mid 80's and sunny!  Thank heavens.  We will have nearly 30 here, and we will be eating outside.
The eggs are boiled for deviled eggs.  I will be cooking late tonight, and early tomorrow.
Geeps and I are about to head out and do Sam's and Grocery store, and then a quick stop at the Farmer's Market, and Home Depot.
Here's wishing all of you a wonderful Easter with your loved ones!!!!!
XO  Kris


Genn said...

You guys have been working so hard!!!! I hope after Easter you let yourself rest for a bit.

I got hungry just looking at your menu.

Let me know if you need anything else today.

I'm glad Jake was able to help out with the dirt. The side looks great all evened out!

Shannon said...

I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one who sets up the eating area a day or so ahead of time, my husband has always thought I was crazy ;)
Love the decor around it too and it gave me some ideas for our table, thanks.
Love the new curtains and pillows you made. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Wow you really did get a lot done. I over do it too and last night broke down and rubbed some of Dean's Ben Gay on my knees. That makes me feel old. Thank God for the vanishing scent kind now. I am still off to the store too. Have a wonderful Easter with your family. Ours will be smaller about 15.

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

Wow what hard work you all are doing. So great to have the SIL and G-kids helping. Have a restful Easter if you can:)

Cheryl said...

That's a great crew you had working hard....I think Abbey was the supervisor!! Love your table and all your pretty Easter things. You are very organized! Our family day is today. Happy Easter to you and your family!

~Niki~ said...

i spent $300 last time I went to Sam's. I'm really not allowed in that store anymore LOL. Actually we bought a Keurig coffee maker, so that's why the big bill, but still! happy easter eve!

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Bethany said...

Happy Easter, Kris!!

Holly said...

Busy, busy, busy!!! I'm sure your party will be great. The menu looks wonderful! Loving the new curtain in your bathroom. Doesn't it feel good to freshen up? Happy Easter my friend!

Gloria said...

Love your table dear!! Happy Easter dear!!!:)

NanaNor's said...

Hi Kris, Happy Easter to you. I loved seeing all your Easter decorations-so cute!!!! I have to run to the store to get some Easter cards and I might just do the jelly bean guessing game as well. Hope you have a wonderful time with your family. Our menu is much simpler but it is just lunch.
Hugs, Noreen

Debbie said...

Your working crew looks great...I love that Jake helps out, such a great guy! Your menu sounds wonderful and I am looking forward to hearing all about your celebration. Have a wonderfully joyous and blessed Easter!

by Teresa said...

I wish you could bottle your brand of energy and sell it, I'd like to order a case of it! I hope you share some photos of your Easter party! We've been invited to our son's house for a BBQ - I just need to get some fun stuff to take for the grandsons. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Kris, I sure hope you have a Great Easter. I don't think you can miss, everything is getting in order. Your menu looks so delicious and plentiful! Have a blessed Easter and then time to just sit and put your legs up!!

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

That was a big job right before a big holiday - I know it feels good to be done!!

Along with making some dishes today, I am also getting my buffet table ready too. I need all the room I can get so it doesn't look as pretty as yours though with the tablescape. For some reason this house always shrinks whenever we have a big meal with the family!

Have fun at your special party today and have a blessed Easter tomorrow my long distance friend!! Warm hugs!!!!!!

Pammy Sue said...

Your menu looks devine! I love Honey Baked ham. Seeing your eggs and mention of deviled eggs made me hungry for some. I guess I'll have to make them. Have a wonderful Easter dinner and family time!

Speaking of boiled eggs...have you trying BAKING your eggs instead of boiling them? I tried that method that was on Pinterest, and it works great! I don't boil eggs EVER anymore. They've never failed to peel perfectly. Try it next time and let me know what you think. *Place your eggs directly in the oven on the rack, bake for 30 min. in a 325-degree oven, remove immediately to bowl of ice water, peel immediately.*

Lynne said...

Happy Easter Kris!
Looks like your going to have quite a feast! Love the bathroom curtain, very pretty!

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Just one question Kris...How did you turn the clock back to get the energy of a 20 year old? I get tired just reading all you accomplish. Let's get together after the holiday. Have a blessed Easter dear friend. Patty

Mereknits said...

What time is dinner? I think you should invite us all, it looks like it is going to be very yummy. Lots of hard work but it will all be worth it in the end.
Happy Easter,

~Niki~ said...

have a blessed easter day kris

Karen Bates said...

It's so wonderful that your family pitches in even when there is work to do. What a wonderful reward...a beautiful buffet!

Whosyergurl said...

Your home looks lovely. I LOVE the blue valance and the yellow of the pillows.
You are blessed to have such a helpful son (and little ones)!
Happy Easter. xo, Cheryl

Robyn said...

Wow! You got so much done on Saturday.. I envy your energy level.. LOL.. I hope you and the family have a most blessed and joyous Easter!

Jill said...

Happy Easter!!!


corners of my life said...

Caribbean Sand sounds so calming.

pembrokeshire lass said...

Glad to see you had so much help with clearing the soil! Looking at you list and hearing of Sams etc made me long to revisit my friends in the States!! I hope you have had a wonderful Easter with friends and family. Hugs Joan

Heather - The Good Life said...

Happy Easter Kris, I hope you've enjoyed a fun day with your family. You are a hard worker, between your yard work and crafts, you've been productive. BTW, I love your Italian pedestal salad bowl. Happy Easter! :-)

DaCraftyLady Debb said...

Happy EAster and what fun I had a chuckle on the Bingo with chickens, that's a new one for too had a fun day, the kids all came over on Sat and we celebrated my "B" day and Easter. woo colored eggs and we ordered in food and daughter made a cake...lots of fun!!! great post! ~ Debb