An Announcement, a Giveaway Reminder and a Weekend

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend.  The weather was amazing here in Portland and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Before I share a little bit about our weekend I have an exciting announcement to make.

I have shared this on Facebook but wanted to do it here for those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook. (If you are on Facebook, you should follow me!)

Our family is expanding! We are thrilled to be adding another daughter to our family. I am going to be a mother in law.

Our son Clark is engaged to a beautiful girl, Jessica.  We are thrilled to welcome her to our family.  They will be married in August in Mesa, Arizona.

Here is the happy couple.

Needless to say we are pretty excited at our house and weddings plans are underway.  We will be hosting a fun party here in Oregon also to celebrate.  Jim and I spent time Saturday at Home Depot working on some of our plans for the party.

This weekend I also did a little Easter egg dying with some of my favorite kiddos.  We used some natural egg dyes I made from things such as red cabbage, yellow onion and black tea.  Very fun!

The colors we got were amazing.

This was our first Easter without children at home since we were first married.  I had shipped off Easter goodies to the kids a few weeks ago but it still felt strange not to be putting together our traditional Easter Egg string maze.

Jim had to be to church early Sunday morning and when I got up I found that the Easter Bunny had still made a stop at our house – for me!

We had a delicious Easter dinner with some of our empty nester friends.  The table was lovely, the company was good and the food was delicious.

A pretty table always makes everything taste better.  I brought Orange Rolls, Celestial Salad and Lemon Angel Pie which was truly heavenly!

We enjoyed our Scripture Easter Eggs with our friends too.  One friend mentioned that she loved doing it because as she would pull the yellowed, well used piece of paper out of the egg she thought of the many Easter dinners these eggs must have been at with our children as they grew up.

Me and my Easter Bunny!

I hope your Easter was as lovely as ours.  A special thank you to my niece Emily and sister in laws Teresa and Tricia who made sure my children were all fed in Utah!

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to enter the giveaway for a pretty bracelet from Silver Fringe you will want to do that right away.  Head on over and leave a comment.


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Cara says

    Happy Easter!

    What is an Easter Egg String Maze? It sounds fun! I’m always loooking for new traditions for my little ones!

    • says

      Each child has their own color of yarn/string and we run the string through the house – making a yarn maze. There are treats and eggs along the way and then usually an Easter gift at the end. Each child follows their color of yarn finding their treats as they go along. My mom and dad use to do and we have done it for 28 years with our kids.

    • says

      Yes – what a sweetie. He was missing his kiddos an doing the maze for them (it was his job to do the string maze each year) so he did it for me. The funny part was he didn’t know where I had hidden the candy so all the eggs were empty! There was a fun little surprise for me at the end though. Good thing I know where the candy is hidden.

  2. Vi Troesh says

    Congratulations on the engagement of your son! I can’t wait to see all the fun stuff you do as “mother of the groom.” Our son Ryan is getting married Sep 29 & I am looking fo ideas for the rehearsal dinner & also for the shower our daughter is having for Ryan’s fiancee Romina. Thanks for all the sharing you do. I love everything!!

  3. Kim says

    Congratulations to your son and his fiancee and your family. I am really interested in all the wedding ideas will be sharing with us. You have such great ideas for so many things. I thought it was so sweet of your husband to surprise you for Easter. Thanks.

  4. Joellyn says

    Congrats to you all! Such exciting news!! I love the Easter Egg String Maze idea. May have to do that next year for my daughter!

    Bring cool clothes in August!! It’s really hot here in Mesa!! 😀

  5. Debbie from Illinois says

    Congratulations on the engagement of your son. My daughter is getting married June 2 and we have her shower this weekend. It seems like I was just teaching her to ride a bike! We were empy nesters too since the kids are all in college now. It sure is an odd feeling.

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