Oh Happy Day!


Happy Easter! :D

I am feeling very blessed today. Ben and I got to spend the entire morning and afternoon with my parents, older brother, sister-in-law, nephew, new niece, and little brother who’s in town from Denver, PLUS Ben’s entire family, who are also in town for the weekend. What more could a girl ask for?!


On top of it all, it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day. Ok, it was freezing cold when we went to church this morning, but the chill wore off while we were inside and by the time we got home, it was just right to head outside for awhile before lunch.


With mimosas in hand, natch. ;)

The boys swang…


while others fawned over the newest member of our family, my 2-week old niece Evie!


Aka, the sweetest little bundle of joy I ever did see. ;)

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We all took turns snuggling until the main event took place…



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It was a packed table with all 11 of us rubbing elbows, but sweet, and nice, ya’ know?

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The spread my Mom prepared was equally as amazing!


All the family’s faves were there including Smoked Amana Ham,


Party Potatoes Deluxe (my savory fave…)


and Grandma’s Holiday Salad (my sweet fave!)


Enjoyed with a cold glass of white wine…


and a side of laughter. I can’t remember a happier, more joyful Easter. :)


PS who does my brother remind you of?! I was laughing for legit 20 minutes after snapping this photo!!!


Anyways, after lunch we relaxed and let the convo roll while playing pass Evie.


She was down and out for the count. Nothing was going to wake this child up!

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Which I think helped calm my little brother’s nerves about holding a two week old. I say he’s a natural! ;)


Before it was time to say goodbye, Finn had a little Easter Egg hunt in the yard.


I’m not sure who enjoyed it more – my nephew, or his Grandma & Grandpa? ;)


Or the photographer?! Full heart!


Whatever and wherever you celebrate, happy day from us to you!


Now onto the next order of business – diving face first into my Easter basket full of sweet treats that I can eat now that Lent is over – yeehaw! ;)


Then finishing packing. Ben and I leave for Jamaica in the morning and we are THIS EXCITED to go!! :D I have some awesome giveaways and posts planned for you guys while we’re gone, and I’ll also be popping in once or twice to say hello. I hope you have an amazing week!!

With that – it’s Jamaica or bust, baby! 8)

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  1. Trish 04.08.2012

    All the kids in our family are just a little too old for egg hunts, which makes me so sad! Aside from the food, it’s pretty much the best part of Easter :)

  2. jenny 04.08.2012

    Your younger brother is quite handsome. That is all. ;)

  3. Dee 04.08.2012

    Your brother is adorable.

    Have an amazing trip!

  4. Jeri 04.08.2012

    Loving the wine!!

  5. Alexis 04.08.2012

    I am IN LOVE with your niece and SO jealous of your vacay. I’ll miss you while you’re gone :)

  6. Gorgeous fam- what a sweet little niece! Have a great vaca! Jamaica, mon! ;)

  7. Lauren 04.08.2012

    Is your little brother single? Mwahaha. He’s adorable!

  8. Ashley 04.08.2012

    That’s not your usual Easter basket, is it? I remember thinking a year or two ago that we had the same one, but neither of those is the one I recall. Glad you had a great Easter!

  9. Lauren 04.08.2012

    Your family is too precious! Happy Easter Kristin!

  10. Taryn @ FoRmal Fringe 04.08.2012

    Haha! Your brother really does look like Ridiculously Photogenic Guy!

  11. Meghan L 04.08.2012

    Your little brother is insanely hot. Yeah, I went there. Also, Happy Easter!

    • Charlene Austin 04.10.2012

      Glad you went there first because that’s exactly where I was going! Wow, is he cute!!

  12. Dawn 04.08.2012

    I have to admit I was a little starstruck to see you at my church this morning! Have a wonderful vacation!

  13. Susan 04.08.2012

    What a wonderful day with such a good looking family. AND the Amana ham…..oh yes, I grew up with it and now it is SOOO expensive to have it mailed to Florida. Let’s just say I looked at the picture of the ham a long, long time. Happy Easter. Susan

  14. Caitlin in MD 04.08.2012

    I’m just gonna put it out there…you’re little brother is a HOTTIE!

    • Caitlin in MD 04.08.2012

      Ugh, *your. Too much wine at Easter dinner…

  15. Machelle 04.08.2012

    beautiful family! have a safe trip and wonderful vacay!

  16. Robyn 04.08.2012

    The picture of your nephew at the table in his hi-chair is magazine-worthy! Stunning!! Have a BLAST in Jamaica! The recipe for the Party Potatoes Deluxe are in my recipe folder, they look sinfully delicious, can’t wait to make them!! Perhaps your Cuppow will make an appearance while you are gone-what a FAB welcome home gift ;)

  17. What a perfect day. NOthing like good food and a family gathering to bring the love into your life. Happy Easter to you! Have fun in Jamaica.

  18. Amy 04.08.2012

    Have a great vacation………..! Your Easter sounded lovely too!

  19. Tina 04.08.2012

    Isn’t living in DSM wonderful:) Love reading your blog daily! Have fun on your trip-we want pics of the beach!

  20. Marie B. 04.08.2012

    First, even this grandma thinks your brother is Cute! :) Second, where can I find the ham?
    It looks wonderful !!

    Looks like you had a very blessed Easter and I hope your vacation is all you’re looking forward to!
    Before I forget, your niece is a doll baby! Also, one of the best parts of being a grandparent is watching the grands hunt for Easter eggs! The look on their face when they find them, is priceless!

    Thanks for sharing!

  21. Lindsey 04.08.2012

    Have a great vacation! Happy Easter!

  22. Susan 04.08.2012

    Nothing better than Amana Ham unless it is Pickled Amana Ham! Oh YUM! I guess a trip to the Ronneberg is in order. Or at least a trip to HyVee to pick up a jar of it. :)

  23. Karla 04.08.2012

    What a lovely day! Have an awesome time in Jamaica, you two!

  24. Marie B. 04.08.2012

    Just found Amana ham online and going to give it a try! Thanks!

  25. Michelle 04.08.2012

    Jamaica!! Yay! It’s my all te favorite place to go! Have a great time!

  26. Safe travels, Kristin!!!!!

  27. Have a fantastic vacation!! Happy Easter.

  28. Amy Morton 04.08.2012

    Great post! Loved it! Have a Blast in Jamaica! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  29. Prairie Bee 04.08.2012

    Your family is absolutely beautiful!!! Happy, happy Easter. Enjoy every single moment in Jamaica!!!

  30. Corrin 04.08.2012

    Your family picture made me cry! Our daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandsons live in Georgia and we didn’t get to see them!

  31. Alyssa 04.08.2012

    I love the crazy baby hair on Evie. So precious.

  32. Sarah 04.08.2012

    Oh, the weather looked awesome! It was chilly in Vermont this weekend. Some friends did tea parties. Hahaha!

    P.S. My family makes that potato casserole too. Must be a midwestern thing! I missed it this year.

    P.P.S. Have a blast on vacation!

  33. Nicole 04.08.2012

    Well, I must say I ADORE your blog. Your family is just like mine, I’m the only cousin/sister in the family and I have two (one baby). Everyone passes her around the table as well. Love your posts, blogs, recipes everything! Have a fun vacation! :)

  34. It looks like you’re having a wonderful time! Happy Easter!

    Oh and I totally bookmarked the party potatoes deluxe and your grandma’s holiday salad :D

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  36. Eva @ Eva Bakes 04.09.2012

    Sounds like a great Easter! I also wanted to let you know that I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award, which you can check out here: http://evabakes.blogspot.com/2012/04/hersheys-chocolate-mint-dessert-aka.html

  37. Erika 04.09.2012

    So I adore how much your brothers look like your dad, and how much you look like your mom! What a darling family, and Happy Easter!

  38. kgrrrl 04.09.2012

    Fantastic looking Easter! Your family is amazingly Norman Rockwell-y and you should be proud of it.
    Your brother (as many have also commented) is pretty freaking adorable as well (I’m in Westcoast Canada, so no worries, I won’t be stalking :)).
    Great smiles on all of you.
    I hope you had a lovely Easter break!

  39. Carrie 04.09.2012

    No matter how old you are, it’s awesome when Mom gives you an Easter basket!!

  40. What a beautiful family! I’m glad you enjoyed your Easter – it looks like it was the perfect day.

    I’m with your brother about being afraid to hold newborns – I’m always afraid I’ll do something wrong!

  41. Trisha 04.10.2012

    Looks like you had a splendid, beautiful holiday filled with lots of love and good eats…the best kind of holiday there is!
    Photogenic, gorgeous, yep, your brother is both! :)

  42. Evie is adorable!

  43. Susannah 04.11.2012

    You have some great looking brothers! :) And of course, you’re a doll too!

  44. Brooke 04.14.2012

    Wow Kristen, you have a GORGEOUS family ! Your brothers are quite attractive ;) I love your blog and I think you seem like an amazing and interesting person. Happy belated Easter !

  45. Jenelle 04.15.2012

    Those are some great pics!! Your brother kinda looks like Peter Petrelli in Heros (Milo Ventimiglia):)

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