Our Easter Blessing Tree

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It’s officially Easter week! Can you believe it? It really seems as if time is flying. It feels like only yesterday when I was still very pregnant with Madeline and getting everything ready for Molly’s 2nd Easter. How can a year go by so fast?

Of course Molly is very excited about the promise of the Easter Bunny, CANDY, baskets, eggs, toys, & a reason to wear her pretty dress. But I really want to take the time to teach her and remind her what Easter is truly about. Now I don’t know if I subconsciously saw this on Pinterest one night when I should’ve been sleeping but just couldn’t wind down, or if the idea really did come to me all on its own from my scattered and frazzled mommy brain but this is what we did today. We made “Our Easter Blessing Tree” from the tree I painted on our family room wall. I try to do something to this tree every holiday since the wall is plaster and it is hard to truly decorate it with anything that’s not “scotch tape friendly”

I told Molly that we were going to sit down and make a list of all the people that we love and that we pray for every night. Then I would make Easter eggs out of colored paper and she could decorate them with markers and crayons. She got very excited and stated sprouting off names faster then I could write. Of course she said the usual, MaMa, DaDa, Madeline, Molly, etc. But between all of the special loved ones in her life she would say “and Jesus, and God, and Our Angels.” I got teary eyed because she really does listen to me when we say our prayers and that made my heart so happy. She of course listed every dog in our family and every person in her class & dance class but I convinced her that we could group them on to 3 eggs because I honestly was too pooped to cut out so many. Ha Ha!unnamed

I couldn’t believe how long she sat and spent on each and every egg. Like her MaMa she carefully selected every color for each person. And proudly showed me each one as she completed it.

Once she finished her master pieces we rolled up some tape and put them onto the wall. She told me where the ones she couldn’t reach should go. After all she is 2 & 1/2 so she knows best!

unnamed-2It was such a fun and touching project to do with her. I hope to make it a yearly tradition. We now have a holiday focal point to remind us the true reason why we celebrate. And all though she is 2& 1/2 she never told me to make an Egg for the Easter Bunny but Jesus, God, and Our Angels were at the top of her list. And although the rest of the day did not go smoothly and I’m now hiding out in my room blogging and trying to block out the temper tantrums and noise that my lovely little angels are creating for their daddy, I think of her list and tell myself, “Good Job Mama! You must be doing something right!”

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“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile!”

As the song says, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile!” and Molly was smiling from ear to ear when she got to go see the national tour of Annie in our hometown on Friday night. Refer back to my previous blog post  “The Sun Did Come Out Tomorrow” to read all about how my husband won us the tickets.

The day started out with Molly excitedly springing out of bed knowing the day had finally come that she would be able to put on her Annie dress and go see her “idol” live on the State Theatre stage. I had a pretty hard time keeping her occupied all day but was happy when she told me she wanted to take a nap so she wouldn’t be tired for the show.

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Daddy came home from work and we started getting ready for our big Mommy Daughter date night. I curled her hair, to the best of my ability since she is only 2. And we put on her dress and “fancy shoes”. When she came down to show off how beautiful she looked, Daddy was waiting with her very own Annie locket. 12745584_691034320857_3485367003706740872_n

We finally were ready and on our way. She told me I looked like Ms. Hannigan but I know she meant that out of love. Ha Ha!

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From the moment she walked into the theatre she was in awe. Her eyes focused on the Annie merchandise and I knew I was in trouble. She had a hard time deciding between a t-shirt and a doll. But then said “Doll Mommy! I love her!” So I payed for the overpriced Annie doll but it was so worth the smile and kiss I got in return. Besides maybe one day she will pass it down to her daughter. Priceless!12524280_10153939319694210_3087660203260199890_nShe ate up all the attention that she was getting in her mommy’s Annie dress. She was already singing and dancing as we got ushered to our amazing box seats.

As soon as the orchestra started she clapped, smiled, and started singing during the overture. My eyes welled up with tears that I got to experience such a special time in her life. She was completely fixated on Annie & the orphans. And for a toddler at a musical she did a great job. There was one moment that was comical. During the first black out she yelled out “Hi Miss Meghan!” to her teacher that was seated in the orchestra below us. As the lights came back up Miss Meghan was laughing and gave Molly a wave.Thank God that was the only thing that happened out of the ordinary. I kept candy on hand for her during the slower parts and she sat happily munching on M&M’s and Twizzlers between her dance brakes. The women next to us said she was enjoying Molly more then the show and all the week long worry I had on how she would behave went completely out the window.

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As the show came to a close she was on her feet cheering and clapping for Annie & Sandy. “I love you Annie!” She yelled out to them. And then as the curtain closed and the audience filed out into the night she had the biggest meltdown EVER! Why?!?! Because she couldn’t go on stage and see Annie. She cried all the way to the car about that but as soon as she saw Dada she said “I loved the show Dada! Thank You!” And with that a very tired little girl was carried up to bed after the night of her life, by her very own Daddy Warbucks.