Sunday, March 31, 2013

The End of an Easter Era

Me and my girls, Easter 2013.  I have never felt compelled to match myself to them, mostly because I don't look so good in the little girls' styles I have often picked. Also, I feel the need to note that I am wearing 4" heels in this photograph and LOOK HOW TALL BRIA IS!

If you've been reading this blog for longer than a couple of years, you are well aware of my affinity for matching my girls on Christmas and Easter.  I mean, why have three daughters if you can't even dress them alike for important holidays, right?

I've been expecting it for a couple years now, but it finally happened.  No more matching.  Bria is simply too tall, and I hate the idea of only matching two of them.  So, no matching Easter dresses this year.

Let us all observe a moment of silence for the end of the matching Easter dresses.

And then let us all pay homage to the dresses of years past (I did dress Bria and Chloe alike for the three Easters they had before Sophia came along, but I didn't have a digital camera then, and I'm not dealing with my scanner right now, so you can just imagine those years...):

Easter Best for blog
2007: Sophia's first Easter.  The dresses didn't match exactly, but they were pretty darn close!
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2008:  Oh yes, I discovered The Children's Place that year!
Easter dresses
2009: Same dress, different colors, gorgeous girlies.
Burning calories
2010:  Oh how I loved these outfits.  And those shoes!  Couldn't you just die?
2011:  Not my favorite dresses.  It's when I realized Bria was perhaps growing out of this tradition.  Also, please excuse Sophia, who wasn't feeling very cooperative that day.
Easter 2012
2012: We went with a style this year that was more appropriate for Bria's height and age, yet still worked for the other two.  And we got a puppy!
Easter pretty much snuck up on me this year.  I was expecting it in April.  And heck, we still have three feet of snow on the ground, and it snowed again today.  And it's Easter?  Anyway, when I realized it was actually Easter Sunday this weekend, I got my butt over to the JCPenney (which is pretty much all I have close, unless you count WalMart and ShopKo) to see what could be bought.  And seeing how it was just this past Wednesday, I count myself lucky to have found ANYTHING, much less three dresses that coordinate nicely together.

Because if I can't match, I will at least coordinate, by golly!

And, lucky for me, I found dresses that coordinated.  They also worked nicely for each girl's individual personality (comfy lace for Bria, polka dots for Chloe, and a cheetah print belt for Sophia, who is obsessed with cheetah print).  It was like it was meant to be.  It was nothing short of a miracle.  (Not to diminish the miracle of Easter, which is the whole reason I needed these miraculous dresses.)

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Sophia's dress is sleeveless, and I ordered a shrug for her, but it didn't come in time.  Oops, I did get dinged for my procrastination after all!  She is wearing one of Chloe's shrugs, which I do believe was originally Bria's from Easter 2009.  It's slightly too big.
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Of course Pucci had to get in on the action!  And did I mention that Bria is 5'6" now, and that her feet are BIGGER THAN MINE?  And that I wear size 9.5-10?  What?
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Because I haven't posted a picture of Puccini on the blog lately.  She just got groomed on Friday and she's cold.  Hence, the sweater.
I hope you all had a beautiful and happy Easter!
Puccini on Easter
Here is my obligatory please feel sorry for me because it is Easter Sunday and I still have three feet of snow in my backyard.  And feel sorry for Puccini, too, because she has to go out there and freeze several times a day.  At least a bunch of the snow melted this weekend in our sizzling 36 degree temperatures!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Those pictures are awesome. Your girls are gorgeous. Easter snuck up on me too, sigh. The only one who got a new dress was Abby. Speaking of tall girls, Abby is 5'1" and wears a size 8 shoe. I'm 5'4" and wear a size 9. Oh my is right.

  2. My girls had the 2009 dress green for Sarah, pink for syd. One of my favorite dresses ( until I had to iron it).

    Bria is taller than Sarah. She's only 5'3.5"or 5'4"

  3. I didn't even buy an Easter dress or leave the house this year because of a cold. Your girls look gorgeous and I love all of the pictures! The coordination is lovely.

  4. I have loved seeing all the matching Easter dresses through the years.

  5. I've been reading long enough that I remember and recognize your tradition:) It's usually my job to order the dresses for my nieces and it's gotten more and more tricky since we have a 5 year old and a 13 year old. This year, I found the perfect dress (Children's Place) but it was short. We're such short people that that has NEVER been a problem, but my sister-in-law and I went shopping for alternatives and apparently super short dresses for girls is the new trend. I'm so disappointed!!

  6. I remember seeing some of these through the years. I had no idea Bria was 5'6"! She's taller than me! But when I first looked at this year's Easter photo I remembered how tall you were and thought, "Bria is getting SO TALL!" And she is! I'm totally jealous of that inch and a half.

    Happy Easter to you all! (And yes, I am dreadfully sorry for the snow. *hug*)

  7. I think I like the coordinating better than the matching! They all look so happy with their dresses, and they are beautiful! Love the pictures from the past, too. What fun it must be to be able to match your girls!