We had a wonderful day!
It actually started Saturday night, when we all went to the Easter Vigil Mass (Daniel served). With a combination of naps and/or caffeine, everyone made it through the 2 1/2 hours (ending near 11:00 p.m.!). It's the best and biggest Mass of the year, with a fire, candles (lit twice), bells, lots of Scripture, Baptisms, Confirmations, First Communions, and "Alleluias", which we couldn't say during Lent.
When we got home, everyone stayed up for a while. Some of us took down the Lent decorations--purple ribbons, purple wreath, crown of thorns (de-thorned by then), etc.--and set out Easter decor: colored egg wreath, "Alleluia" letters, crown of flowers, and more. This is the first time I remember changing everything as a family (vs. Mom doing it while everyone's in bed), and it felt truly festive.Here are the letters we painted gold during Lent and then hid away. They're up above the doors into the study. During Lent we posted (in purple, of course) "Repent".
I woke up early, put the coffeecake in the oven, and took Dusty for a walk. I was back in time to get the cake out, and eventually we enjoyed our special breakfast. We went to Len's parents' house in the afternoon for Easter dinner and an egg hunt (his sister's family came, too), but before that we went to see the bluebells.
Bull Run Regional Park has [one of?] the biggest stand of bluebells east of the Mississippi, and they were in bloom this week. Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day, perfect for a visit. As usual, it was plenty muddy, but we wore our boots and sloshed around quite happily. May YOUR Easter season be full of blessings.