|My outfit for Thursday church services. Such a comfortable, flattering Lilly dress. When I went to wear it Easter Sunday, my Chanel foundation exploded ALL over it. I still haven't been able to get the stains out!! DETAILS: Lilly Pulitzer Maxi Dress (same style, similar print here). Kate Spade Necklace. Lilly Pulitzer Sandals (check out Lilly's other shoes here).|
On Friday my parents came to Denver to visit us for the weekend. Christmas was the last time I had seen my dad, and I had been craving some family time. John is blessed to have old friends and family close, but all of my college friends and family live far away. John is my family now, but it doesn't change the fact that sometimes I miss my best girlfriends and all my family so much my heart literally hurts. It's not so easy to hop on a flight when you have so many doggies to board first.
I soaked up time with my parents by celebrating Dad's birthday on Friday. We did a little shopping, introduced Dad to one of our favorite rug/antique shops, and I even ended up with one of my engagement shoot outfits!! We had a celebratory dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Hillstone, and gave Dad a few gifts back at our house.
On Saturday we had a little time with my parents in the morning, but then rushed off to a confirmation rehearsal at the church. We hurried home to get ourselves ready and were off again, this time along with John's parents for a nice dinner at our favorite restaurant Mizuna. After dinner, we had my beautiful Easter Vigil service at the church. It was very emotional for me to convert; I felt more connected with John now that we share the same religion, but it was also sad to feel as if I were leaving my own religion behind.
|Would you believe that John and Mom got me the SAME necklace as a gift for confirmation?! We decided that Mom should keep hers and it will be a new mother-daughter tradition for years to come.|
Catholicism and Protestantism aren't so different and I want our future family to have one religion, which is the most important piece of all. I view it as my job to make sure my children have a solid faith foundation to grow up with, but I also want them to experience all religions. When they are adults I will fully support whatever decision they choose.
We got home from the service so late, we were thankful to sleep in on Easter Sunday!! Mom and I made a simple breakfast, then let everyone dig into their Easter Baskets. I know we all appreciated our PJ's that morning!! It was so relaxing... The windows open, dogs happily running around, quiet conversation.
We had reservations at The Brown Palace's Champagne Brunch, for which I had been trying to get reservations for two years. I made our reservations months in advance, which was key... We were able to get a spot in the afternoon.
It's easy to see why everyone loves the Easter Brunch, served in the ornate Victorian hotel. The Easter Bunny himself parades around, handing out Easter treats. Live soft jazz music floats through the rooms. And the buffet, decorated with ice sculptures and giant chocolate bunnies, provides any brunch item even the snobbiest food snob could hope for.
While I consider the best brunch to be at The Breakers' brilliantly styled and weekly Sunday Brunch, The Brown Palace comes in a close second. Considering the sheer number of tables served, the brunch was delicious and well-presented into the afternoon. We left full of crisp waffles, custom omelets, salmon, petit fours, and champagne.
Naps were necessary in the afternoon. I felt so peaceful, relaxing while enjoying the breeze and the dogs playing in the yard outside. Mom and I made some quick and easy appetizers that afternoon and I soaked up the last night with my parents. They truly are my best friends, so it's difficult to say goodbye. There are tears upon tears every time.
Here's hoping you all had a blessed and happy Easter weekend... I know we did!!