I started the day too early in my opinion for a Sunday with our typical oatmeal breakfast and my very colorful ladybug. You'll note that I was in her way taking this picture because Mickey the Mouse was on. He and the gang were on a quest to find the Hula Hibiscus so this was important stuff.
We were up early enough that we even had time for a craft project after Mickey before church. So we made GaGa & the cousins a hand print lamb for their Easter cards. I am trying to branch out from our painting and coloring projects and this was a hit because she loves glue and cotton balls. Don't ask me why with the cotton balls but I've had to hide mine in the bathroom or I find little tiny fuzz everywhere. Anyway, you can see she was very proud of her work.
Next it was time to get dress for church. I haven't been taking her for a while now because she's simply too active and verbal and we don't have a cry room at church. So we both just end up in the community room where she can run around with the other toddlers and I can barely hear anything. Today I told her she can wear her new green dress if she'll sit quietly in church. Of course it was a "Green Princess Dress" complete with purse and gloves (GaGa gave them to her last year for Easter so we're trying them again this year.)
Can you tell she was pretty excited about it? I don't know where she came up with the two fists under the chin classic baby pose. But the middle shot of her peeking through her fingers is more typical Lexie. Or these two where she's dancing barefoot or fixing her outfit. She is all girl!!
And here she is at church looking at the "pink tree" as we went to the car. The cherry trees are just starting to blossom and she thought they were turning pink just for her. I have to tell you she was truly an angel in church. Father, sister and a few friends we saw after mass all said how pretty she was (especially when she'd point out her shoes) but I knew it wasn't just mothers pride in her behavior when the older church lady (you know who I'm talking about - dressed in her matching outfit, pearls, gloves and hat) sitting next to Lexie turned to me and said not only was she beautifully dressed but beautifully behaved as well. Yeah Green Princess Lexie Lou!!
So it was straight home for a nap (the only thing wrong with the day is that I didn't get a nap too) and I had to wake her up 2 1/2 hours later so she could have a late lunch and head out the door. I think the picture above tells you how Lexie felt about being in the SUN!!!!
We went to a favorite park in another town about 20 minutes north of the house. It's right on the sound and just beautiful. Usually no one is there but of course every white pasty skinned person for miles around had come to enjoy the sunshine as well. Who cared? It was beautiful and everyone was in a great mood. Of course Lexie loved sliding, swinging , bouncingand teeter tottering!
Then we were off to explore the shoreline but we had to stop to climb one of the pink trees. I think she got the idea from Mickey or Pooh or maybe Manny because I don't recall any of the princesses climbing trees (and she's never watched any of the actual videos except Cinderella since they all have very scary parts plus she really doesn't watch that much TV - really! Just when I'm in the shower or working from home) but she wanted up. She was pretty worried once I put her on the branch and so she wasn't up there long but I love the pictures.
We finally got to the "big water" as she called it and boy did she enjoy exploring. The purple butterfly shells where her favorite but we had to touch, clean and then throw in water as many as caught her eye.
As you can see the water was crystal clear, it was 71 degrees and simply gorgeous. What an amazingly beautiful day.
But we weren't done exploring yet. Oh no, not my little monkey. I know Lexie looks like she's always picture perfect and I have to say as a rule she doesn't like to get dirty. But she does like to explore and play and climb - especially on rocks. Big or little she'll run over to a rock and give it her best shot. We'll needless to say this one even had her turning to me for help. So with a little shove on the bottom and my hands spotting her all the way, she climbed to the top and couldn't have been prouder of herself. Oh yeah and Mom was pretty proud of her too.
All in all, a pretty darn blissful day.