Meet the Sullivans: Easter 2015

April 8, 2015

Easter 2015

We had a great Easter weekend! On Saturday we drove up to Folsom to Keith's sister Teri's house to celebrate Easter with his family. The drive wasn't terrible, but it took about 3 hours to get there when it should have only taken about 2. Owen's expression describes how we were all feeling in the car despite our smiles!

I made and brought a (too)-gigantic carrot shaped version of this Caramelized Garlic Cheese Spread.

When we finally made it up there we had a nice time looking for bugs in the backyard, saving bugs from the pool and watching everyone in very competitive games of tether ball! We ate dinner and then O started falling asleep on the couch snuggled up with his cousin Natalie, so we decided it was time to head home.  Luckily B was able kept O awake in the backseat for most of the drive, but he finally fell asleep about 5 minutes from home. He was an easy transfer though and didn't even bat an eye when changed him before laying him in bed.

Sunday morning O was up bright and early, before the Easter Bunny even had a chance to put his basket out or throw some eggs on the lawn. We managed to keep him busy with the contents of his Easter basket while EB took care of business outside.

He was the happiest little guy when he saw the colorful eggs on the grass outside! There is nothing greater than watching him get so excited! It's the sweetest! 

It was pretty wet and gloomy here on Easter, so we didn't stay outside long. O wanted to open each egg as he found it and I felt bad that I wanted to rush him. Kids really know how to slow down and enjoy special moment, and I think we're the ones who put the pressure on them to go go go.

After our egg hunt we got ready for church. It was a beautiful Mass and Owen did so well. we haven't been able to sit through and entire Mass for a while. We usually end up in the vestibule by the Gospel and have to leave completely after Communion, but on Easter we stayed the whole time. Owen loved when all the children were invited up to the front of the church to listen to the homily and sat attentively through it.

After church we returned home for brunch. I put together Easter Bunny Shaped Cinnamon Rolls, eggs sausage and fruit for us. The cinnamon rolls were so easy and cute! Here's how to make them:

Easter Bunny Shaped Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 can refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 12 chocolate chips (eyes)
  • 6 pink m&ms (noses)
  1. Start by removing the cinnamon rolls from the package. Place 4 cinnamon rolls on large lightly greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Unroll remaining 2 cinnamon rolls and slice the strips of unrolled cinnamon roll in half. Fold each section in half to create a thicker section of cinnamon roll dough. Form it into the shape of ears and pinch the dough to secure the ears to the bunny head.
  2. Firmly press 2 chocolate chips on top of each roll to form the eyes and an m&m for the nose.
  3. Bake according to package directions.
  4. Cool completely, frost and decorate the ears.  
We all had a little rest during nap time and I spent way too much time on trying to piece together my family tree.

Later in the afternoon we went over to my grandpa's house, which is only a short drive away, for dinner with my side of the family. We did a little egg hunt, ate and talked.

We brought the appetizers, including these Antipasto Skewers!

Dinny (my sister) made chocolate cupcakes from scratch with homemade chocolate butter cream frosting for dessert! Everyone was raving about them at the table while Owen quietly devoured his. You know it's a good cupcake when some of it ends up on your forehead! 

I snapped pictures of these photos of my grandparents that hang in my grandpa's hallway along with dozens of other family photos. I'm hoping to have as many photos in my family tree as I can. Not  all of them have names on the back so I have to depend on my grandpa, mom or aunts to tell me who they are.


Whitney McCallister said...

I love the Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls. Too cute.

natasha said...

could you be ANY cuter???? love that carrot shaped appetizer and all those sweet goodies in O's easter basket!!! sounds like one fun and very special holiday weekend

Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig said...

loved this post! the easter basket you (or, sorry--the easter bunny!) put together was SO cute. and i love O's expression during the egg hunt. also, HELLO!! Your grandma looks like such a FOX in that photo. gorgeous!

Laureen D said...

Looks like a great Easter. You've got me hungry especially with those skewers, cinnamon rolls, and cupcakes!! :) Aren't old family pictures the best?! :)

Courtney Spena said...

The carrot cheese, bunny rolls, and nest cupcakes are making MY DAY. So awesome.

Laura Keenan said...

So true about kids taking the time to slow down! I love when Liam can completely take in a moment. I try to rush him through things, but at times it's hard. A toddler's pace is a slow one. Looks like you all had a wonderful Easter and got lots of family time!