Here are the chil'rens first. Well, mostly, because I hate making them stop to pose for a photo, so they're
Zulily purchase, which I was actually really impressed with. Her dress cost just $12.99 and was really cute and made very well.
Here's a better view of it because I know it's SUPER important to you.
Ugh! Why won't that picture center itself????? Formatting frustrations are the bane of my existence, I swearz.
Katie's dress is Max Studio, which we snagged like-new from Twice. Wanna know my new budget shopping secret for special occasions with a bunch of little kids in the house, a huge pregnant belly, and older girls that are super particular about what they wear? Of course you do. Here goes: Twice has free shipping if you spend over a certain amount of money and then free shipping on returns as well. I set a price limit per item and then tell the child in question to put anything in the virtual shopping cart that interests her. Then I take a peek to make sure the items look within reason and we have the whole shebang mailed to us. She tries everything on in the comfort and convenience of our own home, picks the one she likes best, and we mail, for free, all the rejects back to Twice. It. Is. GREAT.
Twice find, this one from Anthropologie which we could NEVER have bought new. I love it. I mean "I am going to borrow that from you next summer when I'm not soscaryhuge" love it.
The white sandals we snagged from Meijer during their 30% off sale.
Do you love that this is the only photo of Paul's entire outfit that I managed to get? Try to imagine the shirt tucked in during mass.
The top is blue and pink plaid from The Children's Place and his khakis are Polo by Ralph Lauren, both snagged from ThredUp since Twice doesn't sell kids' clothes (why??? Give me the children's clothes with the free returns por favoooooooooooooor!). Kickin' ride on toy courtesy of my cousin's little boy Ben who is just a few months older than Paul. Being actual friends with family is about as good as life gets, yo.
Zulily order and some hot pink nail polish because that's how she rolls.
And now for the whole fam. Brace yourself for my award winning Godzilla impression.
Anyhoo, my skirt is Motherhood Maternity from ThredUp and top is Ann Taylor Loft from Twice. Tommy's duds (does anyone care about this? No? Thought not. But yet I go on.) are both from Land's End because none of the secondhand sites sell men's clothes and what the heck is up with that?
p.s. The man cannot stand anything to be in his back pockets. So his phone and his wallet and his keys...all of it goes in a front pocket, which you can clearly see is starting to cause some strain on the ol' pant leg. Good times.
2. Easter Bunny: thumbs up or thumbs down?
Thumbs up! Not super way up. I mean, we don't have little fake poops or bunny photo shoots or anything, but we get excited about the Easter bunny coming and there's always some carrot themed something going on. I don't know. It's fun. Yesterday Cecilia actually asked me if the Easter bunny was really real and I said "I don't know. I've never seen him. But Jesus is real and all our fun treats to celebrate are real, so does it really matter?" and that totally satisfied her.
3. Do you prefer to celebrate holidays at your own house or at someone else's house?
I think everyone with a lot of kids prefers to host at their house if they have space, but we drive across the state for both Easter and Christmas so that our little people can get to know my extended family as much as possible. As exhausting and crazy as it is (and boy is it exhausting and crazy. Zoinks.) the benefits of learning family traditions and knowing that there are so many people out there who love them can't be overstated. So as long as we're not snowed in or without electricity (true Christmas story), we take a deep breath and go.
4. What is your favorite kind of candy?
Specifically, Twix. I actually have one of these bad boys still waiting for me in my Easter basket because I have to treat its consumption with the proper amount of reverence and joy.
Tonight, though. Tonight I shall ceremoniously unwrap and consume this bad boy and angels will certainly toot their trumpets as I do so.
5. Do you like video games?
Meh. I don't know. I like to play wii games as a family. And if they don't get carried away, my kids can play. But I'm not a gamer or anything. I do like games on the ipod when I'm pregnant and comatose on the sofa at the end of the day, though. Because I have a hard time doing nothing at all and they entertain me.
6. Do you speak another language?
I once spoke passable French for a bit, but no mas. On the other hand, I can understand and speak Spanish basically with fluency because my husband only speaks to his father in Spanish and I can't be left out of the eavesdropping loop, now can I? No I cannot.
Wow, that was a long post. Don't pretend you read every word of that!
Linking up with Answer Me This and What I Wore Easter Sunday and then I'm going to rest on the sofa for a bit after all this physically arduous typing I've been doing up in here.