Small Successes :: Getting Ready for Easter!

by | Apr 5, 2012 | Easter, Small Successes | 8 comments

“It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.”

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On Tuesday afternoon we were finally all well enough to leave the house, other than for a visit to the doctors office!  After nearly two weeks of just being home, and going crazy, I loaded up the van and we headed to town.  Our first stop was Mucho Gusto for dinner (bonus success of ordering for 7 of us and keeping the total to only $21.99!) and then we headed to the mall to look for some Easter clothes.

Our oldest two girls are going to wear their First Holy Communion Dresses along with a couple darling little rosette shrugs on clearance from Children’s Place to add a bit of color, and I found the perfect dress for Rose at Gymboree!  It even has Roses along the waistline, just like her older sisters dresses!    Even on sale it was a little expensive (the price has also increased since Tuesday), but thankfully I had an extra 30% coupon as well. 

For the boys I picked out a few new sweater vests – it’s still pretty cold where we live, in fact it started snowing this afternoon for a few minutes – and will have Rascal wear one of Captain’s past Easter vests.   (I love how you can usually mix and match past year’s lines and they still coordinate nicely.) 
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The main reason we went to the mall was to try and find slacks for the older boys.  When I was sorting through their clothing last week I realized that they had even begun to put holes in the knees of their church pants!  I had been looking online, but by the time I got around to placing the order I was worried they wouldn’t arrive in time for Easter.   I was so excited when I walked into Gap and found our favorite flat front khakis 60% off with an additional 10% off “since it’s Tuesday.”  At just $10.68 a pair, I stocked up!   (Our boys both wear size 10 pants right now, slim and regular, but I’m sure one of them will need size 12 soon.)  I’m wishing that I would have checked the little boys section as well since apparently Snuggles is in need of a new pair too…

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Earlier this evening I spent a little while creating our Easter Paschal Candle for this year, without spending any money and using only supplies that I had around our home.  I think it turned out really pretty and can’t wait to share it with you all!   It was getting dark as I finished so I want to wait until morning to take a couple more pictures, when the lighting is a little better.

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  1. Barbara

    You have great luck on sales! I need to inventory boys' (men's) clothes today. I better not find any knee holes, but I wouldn't be surprised. 🙂

    Can't wait to see what you did with the candle since I need to do the same thing!

  2. elm

    LOVE!! I should have thought of letting my "Branch" wear her 1st Communion dress. She would have love love loved that!!! Love the sale on pants… need to find one of those for a big and growing boy at our house!!

  3. Lori

    So glad everyone's better and you were able to get out and shop! There's nothing like finding a good sale on things you need. I love all of your choices! Blessings from the Deep South!

  4. Julie

    I bought Isabella's Easter Dress on clearance last year, but now with the new addition I wanted Isaiah's outfit to coordinate. I had the hardest time, but ended up finally finding an outfit at a consignment store and spent a total of $3.50.
    Yeah for great success!
    I can't wait to see pics of your kids in their Easter outfits!

  5. Maria

    Hello! I'm here from Sherry's blog for Small Successes. Those outfits for your children are simply darling! You have a beautiful family! Have a blessed Easter!

  6. Mom2Seven

    Jessica, you are indeed an amazing women! +JMJ+

  7. Mom2Seven

    Oops! I meant "woman"… maybe I typed women because you accomplish the work of many women! 😉

  8. Sherry

    Very cute outfits. I have to go get pants for my guys too. And we're big on the sweater vests for Easter as well.


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