Easter Weekend 2011

Hi Siestas! This is Amanda checking in today. How was your Easter weekend? We had a great one. Mom asked me to share some (which turned out to be a lot) of our pictures. I apologize in advance for the wonky spacing. I tried three times to remove the extra lines and it kept reverting to this.

Our Easter celebrations started out with “Broken for You” at Houston’s First Baptist on Thursday night. Pastor John from First Baptist Irving (who used to be the youth pastor at HFBC) gave the message and it was like a big family reunion. We took the Lord’s Supper and had an awesome time of worship.

On Saturday evening we had a cookout and Easter egg hunt with my dad’s side of the family.

Here’s me, Memaw, Aunt Tina, Aunt Mary, Mom, and Cousin Hannah. Melissa, where were you?


Aunt Mary, Aunt Tina and Mom.


This was our fancy Easter table. We had hot dogs, cajun potato salad, fruit, chips and dip, and cake.


Melissa, Mom and Annabeth.


Jackson has been in this shirt in almost every picture I’ve taken this spring, but I can’t help it. He’s so handsome in it.


Aunt Mary and Mom.


Aunt Tina was so sweet and mindful of my little kids. She brought this swing to hang from the tree and tiny lawn chairs for them to use.


Hot dogs in the lap. Typical.


The guys had fun with some cascarones (confetti-filled eggs).


The brothers, Ben and Joe, look like they have rumbled a few times before.


My brother-in-law, Colin.


Ben cracked an egg on my dad and he got some projectile German chocolate cake in return.



This is Dad giving directions to the young men on how to sweep the field for snakes in preparation for the kids’ egg hunt. I’m sure my aunts were pleased.


It begins! And no snakes.



Annabeth found Lip Smackers from Aunt Melissa in her first egg and she pretty much forgot about everything else.


Texas girls need their lip gloss even when stomping through fields of grass and dried up leaves.


Annabeth having a fit in the dirt.


Post-fit rebound.


AB with Cousin Hannah.


Jackson got a lot more eggs than his sister.


She wasn’t bothered.



This is how we say cheese.


The progression of a toddler with lip gloss. One.






My dad squealing like a piggy.

The big kids got to do an egg hunt too. The stakes were a bit higher, although they didn’t know it.

Boys will be boys.

Running into the arms of…




The search is on!


My Easter chickies.


Pops on the Gator.


Colin, Dad and Melissa.


Some were not so enthused about the Mickey Mouse bags used in the egg hunt.


John and Hannah finding dollar bills in their eggs.


This is Cousin Joe stuffing his money in his pocket while being very quiet about being the Egg Hunt Winner.


Those dollars saw the light of day for .5 seconds before they were hidden deep in pockets.


We had decided to go to the evening Easter service at our church, so we spent a lazy morning at home. Curtis read the Scriptures to us and we turned on some great worship music.

We nixed the Easter bunny but I still made the kids Easter baskets. They had no expectations, which was nice. For the record, that plush Belle doll is hideous but I thought Annabeth would like it. She didn’t.


It just wouldn’t be natural if my kids weren’t in Christmas pajamas. They were waiting to get their baskets.


They were so tickled to get a surprise.

My mom used to give us these panoramic eggs when we were little. I saw some mini ones at HEB and had to grab a couple.

Annabeth thought it might be good to eat.


Later that morning Annabeth came down with a 102 degree fever. She didn’t have any other symptoms except for not wanting to eat and wanting to sit in our laps. I gave her Tylenol and every time it started to wear off, her fever shot back up. She was much better the next day.

I’m thankful that God seemed to have prepared me to miss church on Easter Sunday. Any other year I might have been devastated. I ended up taking Jackson to lunch at my parents’ house and then Curtis took him to church that evening. Annabeth and I sat on the couch together and watched some of the web cast. Also? Singing along with the web cast made me realize what a truly joyful noise I make. Bless my heart!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend worshipping the Risen Savior and loving on your families.


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  1. 1

    So…just how to you sweep a field for snakes??? Of all those GREAT pictures, that one got me wondering the most!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Michele says:

    Wow, so cool. Looks like you had a blast! Glad AB is better now. No dogs in the pics? I hope Star is all healed up now.

    And thanks for including a picture of the Gator. I heard Beth mention that on Twitter & had no idea what it was.

    Thank you so much for sharing your precious family moments with us! Love y’all!

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    Amanda May says:

    Ahhhh, this makes me so happy! What a fun time & what a BEAUTIFUL family! Thank you for sharing your pictures…and your life!!

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    Beth says:

    Honey, thank you for posting this! I know it took some time and then acted wonky with the spacing but it surely is a slice of Moore life. I love the glimpse into your Dad’s side of the family. Such wonderful people. But do you know what’s just about my favorite part? Picturing you watching the web cast of our church on Easter evening and singing all by yourself in your den to the Lord. I promise you that He cherished every note coming from your pure heart as much as the throng of voices that filled the auditorium where the rest of us got to gather. You and Curtis live the real thing. My grandchildren are blessed beyond measure.

  5. 5

    Haha! Five of the things you mentioned were identical to our Easter… Lip Smackers, dollar bills in eggs for the big “kids”, Christmas jammies in April, panoramic eggs and a love for Jesus!

    I loved all your pics!

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    kendal says:

    i love seeing glimpses into others’ lives. what does that say about me? and i learned about cascarones. love!

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    Hey, Amanda! Pastor John Durham is supposed to be the speaker at Karalee’s youth camp this year. I figured you knew him.

    And I love those Mickey Mouse bags! As cold as it was last time we went, we said we’d wait a while before going back … now, we are already planning a trip there for our 25th anniversary in January (Dec anniversary, but not going in December again!). I just hope it isn’t below freezing then!!

    Thanks for sharing, sweet girl!! So fun to hear from you.

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    Bobbie says:

    We had a quiet, reflective Easter Sunday morning, then went to an Aggie baseball game! It wasn’t quiet any longer! I wish I had known it was Easter 2 months ago when I bought the tickets! We ended up having a good time, since our kids live so far away and weren’t going to be here,but not our typical Easter.

    The Moore gathering looks like a blast! We’re now having to do snake checks around our yard. So far, only one on the street in front of our house, and that’s too many for me! I sure missed our grands this weekend-Kennedy looked so cute in her Easter dress & bonnet! We haven’t seen the older girls pics yet! These long distances are for the birds!

    It’s good to hear from you Amanda, sounds like you’re staying busy! Both the kids are growing like weeds-adorable! Jacksons shirt makes his eyes stand out! Beth, I know you know what a blessing God has given you in your family, they’re incredibly special!

    Spring blessings to all of you!

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    DigiNee says:

    Love this post – and the pics – what happened to Annabeth – that girl has grown up so fast! Thank you for sharing.

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    Kellly S. says:

    Thanks for sharing, Amanda! We had an egg fight too….except with real eggs. In the words of my 5 year old, EWWW Gross!

    Your family is so precious in the pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Thank you so much for sharing your Easter with us. This is the first year my little ones are all away at college, not one home. It was bittersweet and my husband was sick, so Easter was not as festive. I love the joy of children as they embrace the joy of the hunt, and the lip gloss was precious. I am sorry Annabeth came down with a fever, that was always scary for me, I prefer them running around and active. I am glad you could watch and sing from home – God does honor that. I had to miss my service as well, but fortunately I get to type the closed captioning, so will get every word – and then it is put up on our local TBN station. God is good and your family is so blessed. Thank you for your faithful work for Him.

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    Letsroll says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and your lives. The kids are so precious. We spent all week with our 4 going over the Resurrection Eggs, baked resurrection cookies and buns and went to church. Bless you and yours.

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    Andrea says:

    That looked like fun! I especially enjoyed the lip gloss application in a field just moments before swept for snakes. I’m not a hundred per cent sure I could have been so calm about my own lip gloss in that situation!

  14. 14

    Thank you for posting these beautiful photos.

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    Kathy B says:

    Amanda, thanks so much for sharing part of yourself with us. From your pics we can tell exactly what you’ve been up to these days. Your darlings are growing like weeds. The lost tooth was almost too much. Well, that and the Christmas jammies. So adorable.

    It takes some courage to let us siestas take a peek behind the curtain, and I for one appreciate the vulnerability. I hope and pray I’ll share familial moments with the same generous spirit.

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    Andrea says:

    How did those young-ins grow so fast? Time flies! My man always says life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. LOL!
    Thanks so much for sharing. I love you guys!!!

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    Kathleen Partin says:

    I love this! Made me laugh out load about the kids.They have grown so much. A B is such a doll! My husband and I went to church. I think that is the first Easter service he has ever went to church with me. I have been praying for him to join me in church for 30 years, and in mid 2010 he started going with me. And he really enjoys it. Says he don’t like to miss. i just smile and say me either. Never give up ladies! God works on his own time line. Took 30+ years but, my man is sitting right there beside me every sunday now. Praise be to God! Yea Easter was great this year.

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    Monica says:

    Such a precious post and I love all the pictures! Thank you for sharing!

  19. 19
    Lauren says:

    Precious pictures, precious family! BTW, I love that Anna Beth had a bow on with her jammies. I do the same thing with my daughter!

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    Rachel says:

    Thanks for sharing your Easter weekend with us! I love all the pictures! I can’t believe how big your two adorable kiddos are getting! Amazing how quickly they grow!

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    Katie says:

    Loved your post, and loved hearing and seeing pictures of your babies….I love to see how they have changed. I noticed Jackson lost a tooth!!! That is a big deal…..still waiting for my boy to loose his first….he is 7 and this is becoming a big deal!!! So happy you were able to take a step back from your role at LPM and focus your full attention on your babes. Sometimes it isn’t easy, but you won’t regret it for a split second…NOT EVER!!!! Thanks for sharing your Easter pictures!!!! Happy Spring.

  22. 22

    Best pic is hands down the first one of Jackson with his missing tooth. Love it!

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    Shannon Costanzo says:


    Thanks for posting all the pictures. Your kids are so adorable. My daughter has always loved lip gloss. I was laughing so hard when I saw the photos. She looked so excited.
    Happy Easter.
    Shannon Costanzo

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    Valerie J. says:

    That was great!! Thanks for sharing, and I, too, want to know how one sweeps the fields for snakes!

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    ForeverHis says:

    Wonderful fun! Loved the pics and narration. Thank you for letting me peek into your day!


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    Buffy says:

    Love every bit of it! Thanks so much for the pictures – so fun!

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    Nancy says:

    So Good to hear from you–missed you soooo much! Love those photos of the kids/family. I know you are so busy but please, please send us photos from time to time–you know ‘we grandma’s’ just love that sort of thing and it makes your family seem just like any other family….
    My 2 precious grandkids are now 11 & 14–growing up without their daddy (our son) but on Easter Sunday at church, I could see how much they enjoyed the worship service…By the way, wouldn’t it be awesome if ALL churches of all Faiths would celebrate with a SPECIAL CELEBRATION DANCE for 2012??? God Bless your family and ‘please’ send us photos now & then….


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    Nancy,Columbus IN says:

    A little boy missing a tooth always captivates my heart. What a wonderful picture of Jackson. I spent time looking through my 14 year old’s school pictures this week,(he is graduating 8th this year) and came across his toothless kindergarten picture-got a wee bit tearful. Treasure these times with the little ones-it truly goes by so fast. Each stage is precious, but way too short.

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    Patti says:

    Hey Amanda,
    I agree with Bobbie, it was so nice to hear from you. I don’t know who took these pictures, but the ones you take of your children are not only obvious, but great pictures. Now, I hope it will be okay for me to share a prayer request.

    Our Resurrection Sunday celebration turned out a bit different than we expected as my husband and I were involved in a serious automobile accident enroute to our family gathering after church. I didn’t have an ambulance ride on my bucket list, actually I didn’t have a bucket list and don’t know if I’ll start one, but if I do, I have the first item checked off already. Best of all, I was treated (very well, I might add) and released from the hospital in enough time to enjoy a short time at the party. It’s looking like our car will be a total loss though so we would appreciate your prayers for God’s provision. Over the past three years, especially in the area of finances, we have been presented with one opportunity after another to trust God and to walk by faith and not by sight. Thanks for letting me share.
    By His Spirit,
    Patti Hayes

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    Mandi says:

    Great pics! And from one young mom to another…I’m so glad your kids throw fits too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Love the pictures with the confetti filled eggs! Too fun. I have never seen or heard of those before. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And how fun to have your kids in their Christmas pjs to get their baskets. Made me laugh out loud!
    Your family is precious. Thank you for sharing.

    In His love,
    michelle in VT

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    Megdalen says:

    It is so true! Ibuprofen for random fevers with no other symptoms is awesome, especially at night since it will last 8 hours and keep the fever down. May you be spared any sort of plague that is going around.

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    Karene says:

    Amanda, it’s so good to hear from you. Thanks for the wonderful peek at your Easter. The kids are adorable and growing up so fast. Can’t believe Jackson has a missing tooth!

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    Diana says:

    Hi Amanda!

    Great scoop on your family festivities!!!

    Since my boys are young men, the fun isn’t so fun. They still devour the chocolate as fast as ever, they just aren’t as cute as yours!!!!

    My 1 son and I attended the early service, my older son attended with his bestfriend at the later service, and my husband slept after working the night prior. We caught up in the afternoon for the big turkey dinner with my dad and before long I was busy cleaning up.

    Enjoy these lovely years… as said many times before… it all ends too soon!!!!

    Thanks for the pics … it looks like it was a great funastic day ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Midge Edmond says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all these memories! our kids are mostly grown and all over so we spent the weekend volunteering at church this Easter. It was amazing seeing 65 people accept the Lord but I missed some of the old Easter’s just like you shared! So with these pictures I got both!!! Thanks for the blessing!!!

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    Tina says:

    Thank you Amanda for sharing all those sweet pictures and Easter memories that y’all had together as a family. They remind me of the many great memories I had at my Nanny’s deer lease growing up and the many egg hunts that we had to be on the “watch out” for snakes in the Texas country:) So glad that y’all got to enjoy one another and God’s many blessings. So sorry your sweet girlie wasn’t feeling well on Easter Sunday. In fact, I figured y’all must’ve decided to go to the evening service. My youngest asked where you all were…fully expecting to say Happy Easter to everyone and show off her hair that she got straightened at the beauty salon the day before and her polka dot green Easter dress …of course. Church was glorious and I’m sure you saw that on the webcast. Happy Belated Easter (if that makes sense).

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    Anna S says:


    I’ve been wondering how you have been doing. It’s so good to see you-wait, were you in any of the pictures or just taking them. Grin Seriously though, thank you for sharing these precious pictures of your family. The kids look wonderful (growing up) and boy did you get some great pictures of them. For some reason I just love the ones from behind. Like the one of AB walking with her basket, or the one with AB and Bibby from the back, and the one with Jackson kicking the dust up. (I wonder why that type of photo seems so sweet to me? IDK.)

    On a snake note: I ran over a 36″ long & 1″ wide copperhead snake in our driveway a couple of weeks ago. (Shudder) Unfortunately, we have our fair share of snakes in MO too.

    With much affection.


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    moosemama says:

    What a delight to hear from you again, dear Amanda!

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures. Jackson and Annabeth have grown SO much! Precious…just precious.

    Melana ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. 39

    Awsome fun pics! (We nix the Easter bunny too)

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    Sarah says:

    Your pictures made me cry like a baby. Was raised in AR by my grandparents who had 17 (yes 17) children then raised me. Needless to say, holidays when my grandmother was alive-especially Resurrection Sunday–was something to behold. I miss that, but I especially miss it for my kids. Nothing like Sunday dinner and an egg hunt for the kids (& big kids). Thanks for sharing. May God bless your family!

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    Amanda says:

    Amanda–thanks for sharing your precious family pictures this Easter. Ya’ll look like you had a great time, and I’m wondering about that cajun potato salad? That might be something we need to try around here! Glad to hear that Annabeth didn’t have anything major other than the fever going on. Thanks again for sharing…your family brings such joy in all that they do!

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    Katrina says:

    Aww, looks like a fun time! Thanks for sharing!! Your kids are so precious!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    candifer says:

    easter is my favorite holiday. i love the celebration without all the hype the christmas has ๐Ÿ™‚

    i have very little ‘family’ left on this planet–it’s mostly just my mama and i… and she lives in asia (which is very, very far away from south dakota!). so easter was spent with my other families–my church family, and a family i’ve grown up with (they have 19 children!!).

    what a blessing it is to find family in the body of christ!

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    Jamie Wyatt says:

    Our family MADE panoramic eggs this Easter!
    Photo gallery link and story on my blog: http://www.dancingonthejourney.blogspot.com

  45. 45

    I enjoyed it just as much the second time around! (I saw this on your blog, as well.) I do have to say, though, those panoramic eggs do look good enough to eat! I might have tried one myself ๐Ÿ™‚ You all look so happy, which is wonderful, of course ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish my Easter would have been less rushed! Ugh! This is what happens when you have a boy who is absolutely in love with baseball (like Melissa was basketball!)

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    elaine says:

    love all the pictures! thank you so much for sharing them with us!!!!!!

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    Nikki says:

    Beautiful family, good to hear from you Amanda!

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    Jennifer Tricarico says:

    Amanda – thanks for the fun post and wonderful pix! I love how much DIRT and plywood was involved (fancy table). Really, I love how much family enjoying each other’s company was involved! That is gooood stuff.
    I don’t think there’s any chance of her reading this, but my mom got my Julianna the Snow White version of that doll and we’re both a little wigged out by it. Easter Blessings to you – thanks for sharing your world!

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    Tara G. says:

    What fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Warm in Alaska says:

    So fun to hear from you, Amanda, and to see your very darling kiddos! Thanks for sharing! I thought we put on fun Easter egg hunts; but my. I see we do not have anything over on a Texas Guy’s Egg Hunt. It looked like a paint ball fight – but with eggs. The Christmas jammies were the best!!! No. I take that back. The wonkin’ white bow in Annabeth’s hair along with the Christmas jammies was the best!

    Keep enjoying those little ones. They aren’t little for long ~

    Warm in Alaska.

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