I'm totally okay with that. For everything there is a season, and while I'm perfectly capable (ahem, if I do say so myself) of taking a lovely, perfect portrait, there are times when perfection goes out the window and you just need to snap.
Imperfect was so our Easter morning. Everyone was sick. Sweet Pea's Easter dress (the vintage one I so excitedly found at an antique store) was un-ironed and ill-fitted. Bean had a fever. Sweet Pea knew the Easter Bunny went to Nana's house, but since my little household felt so yucky we didn't make it to church until the 11 service instead of 9. A very patient 5-year-old waited as long as she could, but they had to give in and hunt for eggs without us. My mom (also sick) managed to throw together a lovely (and, okay, perfect, because apparently that's just how she always rolls!) Easter lunch that no one ate very much of because everyone was sick. Sweet Pea ate her weight in candy and Bean had to be excused from the table and sent for a nap because all of the excitement in her fever-flushed cheeks was just too much. I slept on the couch for two hours.
So in other words, it was perfect.
Bean was so cute and funny walking Sweet Pea through finding her treats. She's a seasoned pro, after all. Sweet Pea only learns from the best.
Honestly, these girls. They could not have been sweeter covered in syrup. Sweet Pea has a new habit of flying her tiny little hands to her face to cover her mouth with a little gasp when she's excited. The habit was out in full force.
Easter Bunny Nana made the traditional Easter Bunny cake. Sweet Pea kissed it.
Every special toy got a hug. Easter Bunny Nana got the girls Butterfly houses and butterfly nets. Sweet Pea used her net to hold her eggs.
True story. Late Saturday night we were in Target because Easter Bunny Mama is super lame and has been sick hadn't finished Easter Basket shopping. We wandered around looking for a special toy to add and stumbled upon the backpack aisle. This was after we'd visited the Disney princess aisle, the art aisle and the Barbie aisle. Sweet Pea done lost her mind over the backpacks. We knew she loved backpacks (she AL.WAYS. points out other kids' backpacks anywhere we go) but we didn't know she was that crazy about them. The owl one I've like for a long time was almost half-price, so there it was. She asked the Easter bunny to bring her a "pack-pack."
And lost her mind when she saw it. (Love that pointing hand!)
"NO, Bean! We said no more treats!"
And there it is. The gasp face. And I kind of teared up a little.
There it is. The perfect imperfect day. Just like our lives have been lately. The state of life in our home is currently busy and slow, tough and easy, peaceful and chaotic, happy and sad, all at once. I don't think I'd have it any other way.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have LIFE and have it abundantly." John 10:10