31 In Life

He is Risen & Spring is Alive

The weather has been wonderful for weeks now! We are covered in thick yellow pollen but I’ll take it if it means sunshine and upper 80’s! Easter weekend was beautiful this year, as I almost always remember it being.

The children hunted eggs on Saturday and loved every minute of it.


The little Rover would stop after he found each egg, open it and eat whatever was in it. If it had coins in it he would get mad and throw them on the ground.

We hunted at Justin’s parents house… which is like having an Easter egg hunt at Calloway Gardens… everything was pristine and already in bloom!

climbing roses

The children enjoyed opening Easter baskets on Sunday morning.




…followed by a beautiful Easter service at church to celebrate our risen Savior and lunch with family!



Now, I’m going to switch from pretty Easter decorations to what I saw this morning, which is slightly disturbing…


This is Ariel getting her hair washed, according to Raiger. If you look close you will see that in fact it is only her hair that is wet. I was assured that she needed her hair washed and liked having her hair washed in this manner.


And last but not least… we’ve been outside a lot lately, swinging, sliding and picnic’ing. I learned today that if you give a young man a hose he’s happy as a lark, he’ll get soaking wet, but he’ll undoubtedly be happy regardless.

Hope that each of you enjoyed your Easter weekend… we sure did!!

You Might Also Like

  • Sarah
    April 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Rover is too cute in his red keds!

  • Amy
    April 6, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Tucker loves a water hose too! 🙂 He fills a hole up and gets down and dirty!!! 🙂 ha

  • Courtney
    April 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Loved all the beautiful pictures!

  • Beth
    April 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    What a fun post! I love all the pictures and the one with the little feet, PRECIOUS!!!

  • CeCe
    April 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Great pics, Darby! You’re really great with a camera! Rover in his red keds is just too cute! I think I’m going to have to find a pair for my little now, after seeing how cute they are on JM! The pic of Ariel is hilarious! (I love all the Easter decor, esp the girls Easter basket liners. Did you make those yourself?!)

  • Bethany
    April 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    love the hose picture. can’t wait till we can take ours out!

  • angela
    April 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Do you KNOW how much I love red Keds on little boys??????????

  • Samma
    April 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    The pictures of the girls’ little feet made me grind my teeth- I just want to eat them up! Also, how weird is it that adorable children and puppies cause teeth grinding?

  • Bailey@peppermintbliss
    April 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Too funny, Rover with the easter eggs…In a few years he will be racing for those coins! Glad you cute people had such a wonderful and blessed holiday, as usual the pictures slay me!

  • Jen
    April 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    love the bubble on Rover and the Easter decorations.

    I am so thankful He is Risen and Spring is in bloom!

  • tracy
    April 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    the picture of Ariel CRACKS me up!
    btw…my extended fam are from Dothan…isn’t that where you are posting from?

  • Cheryl @ a pretty cool life.
    April 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Yes! I could put my 3 yr old outside first thing in the morning with the hose and he would be perfectly content to stay out there ’til bedtime.

    Happy Easter!

  • pam
    April 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    It looks like a wonderful time! I love the little feet with the Easter baskets!

  • Lindsey Williamson
    April 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Darby –
    I just love your blog and reading about your sweet family!
    My husband is from Dothan (actually I think he knows Justin – he is Casey Williamson’s younger brother). Anyway, we were there this past weekend for Easter and my MIL and I went to Bella Mia after we saw it on here. Oh my, so cute! I have a little girl and a little boy and I just wanted to either buy or make everything we saw in there! I have added it to my list of stores to go to when we visit there.
    Maybe I’ll see you sometime when were in the Wiregrass!
    Thanks for all your fun ideas!

  • mag
    April 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    For a change we had beautiful weather all week and on Sunday here in Chicagoland. Happy that you had a great Easter. The “Ariel in a Glass” is cracking me up- that is SO something my daughter would do:)

  • Lauren
    April 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    It has been beautiful weather here in South Alabama hasn’t it?! We have been outside every day also! Grayson {our 8 month old} absolutely L-O-V-E-S being outside and we are taking advantage of this wonderful weather! I love your Easter pictures! Beautiful porcelain eggs! Looks like you had a wonderful Easter at your house!

  • Cat Moore
    April 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I just had to laugh out loud when I got to the picture of Rover and his trucks. My 2 and a half year old lines up his trucks the same way — with the front end of one touching the back end of another. They have to be perfect. We sometimes move one every so slightly to see if he notices and he always does. 🙂 We’re covered in pollen to here in jackson, ms.

  • Alli
    April 6, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I love John Martin’s outfit! Did you make that? what kind of sewing machine do you use?
    you’re pictures look great as usual!
    Happy Easter :]

  • Becky
    April 7, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I love Rover’s red keds! Great pictures, as always.

  • Melissa
    April 7, 2010 at 8:16 am

    How adorable is JM’s easter outfit! I love it and the easter table is precious. Such a creative family.

  • Rachel Ridd
    April 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

    The last picture is amazing. I am still trying to capture the vibrant colors like you do!

  • Katie
    April 7, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Love these pictures! I agree with you on pollen! LOVING the sunshine in Nashville!

  • Becky
    April 7, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Jealous of your weather. It’s not nearly as nice up here in Wisconsin.

    I’ve found that the best toys for kids are cardboard boxes and the water hose. Why do I even bother spending money on anything else?

  • Becky
    April 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Forgot to mention – I found my Mother’s Day gift from one of your April sponsors. I’m so excited about it!!!

  • Christie
    April 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    My son was the same way with his Easter eggs — he loved opening each one to see what was inside. He did like the “money,” though!

  • kristen
    April 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    love it!!! sooo cute!! my kids have been in the hose a lot lately but luckily your little rover stays clothed-mine get buck nekked in a heartbeat!! they run around nekked like its their job! love summer sooo much!!

  • pam
    April 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    so jealous of your upper 80s weather! we maybe hit 50 over the weekend. glad you had a great easter, darby. pam

  • Melanie Gore
    April 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Can you tell us what your camera was set on in the last picture? Did you take a class? You have a great eye.

  • Heather
    April 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Darby! Loving your blog! I’m new to blogging but yours is one that inspired me to start my own.
    I’ve even tried your cinnamon honey butter and gave it out as a favor at my dd’s family party.

    You also inspired me to make a Peeps wreath this year too!

    Your kids are adorable…love your photography!!!

  • nealie
    April 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    love the bubbles on JM_ don’t you want to eat those juicy thighs!!!

  • Stefanie
    April 8, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Love this post! The kids are so cute…I love the pictures of sweet little bare feet on Easter monrning. So precious.