Friends and family have been chastising us for not getting more photos of the little man online so here are a few from his first Easter.  Now, for those of you from the South, you’ll understand this without me having to explain.  For those who aren’t, let’s just say that Southerners love their traditions and we must carry them out, even when it’s silly.  It’s our way.  Silly traditional must #1 – Every child gets an Easter basket on Easter.  I realize he was only 5 weeks old and completely incapable of understanding that it was a day of any significance or appreciating a single thing in his Easter basket, but I simply had to make one.  I would have felt like a failure of a parent if my child didn’t have an Easter basket on Easter!  So here he is, with his Easter spoils, thoroughly enthralled with his fist…

Silly traditional must #2 – The Easter Outfit.  The night before Easter I tested poor Sean’s patience as we drove around to 3 stores to find the perfect Easter outfit.  I like little man clothes – not baby clothes – and it’s harder than you might think to find something for a newborn boy without a puppy on it.  I did manage to find what I was looking for though.  I spent a ridiculous amount on an outfit that he won’t fit into for any amount of time at all and as of Easter Sunday, the pants fell off of him every time you picked up him, and the socks had disappeared by the time we took this photo, but we had the “little man” Easter outfit!  I couldn’t find a cute newsboys hat to go with it and felt so completely obsessive about having one that I stayed up until midnight making one.  Oh yes – I am that silly about my silly traditions and getting them just right!

Silly traditional must #3 – The Easter Sunday Family Coordination Project.  If you know us at all, you know that we hate matching and so the whole color coordinated family event thing is just so not us. — But it’s tradition! :0)  It’s a must and hence we decked out in all our brown and blue combo glory!  I did at least mix up the hues so as not to look like something straight out of Stepford.  My blue even looks a little more green in these pictures thus saving face slightly for us in the eyes of those who think I’m crazy.  Between you and me though, I assure you we were very matchy-matchy.

We topped off the silly tradition list by going to have a big Easter lunch with my best friend’s family and watching the older kids run around the yard looking for eggs.  It was a perfect first family Easter.  Here we are, for our final Easter traditional must:  the Face-Forward-And-Smile Easter Family Photo – preferable somewhere near a flower bed or on your front porch. :0)  As you can see we are slightly tired and less slightly overweight, but we feel so fortunate to be able to be those things as a family and carry out our first family traditions.

We hope you all had an equally perfect Easter and thanks for letting me share ours with you. :0)  I leave you with my most recent favorite image of our little Seven.  Have a great week everyone! – Mel


  1. sticky Rammel on April 12, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Whoa! Seven’s a dapper little guy, love the sweater vest! Hope all of you are doing great!

  2. Lisa Love on April 12, 2010 at 7:56 am

    What a beautiful family & Seven is beyond precious especially in his lil’ Easter outfit! =)

  3. Amanda Presnell on April 12, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I totally agree about little man clothes! I’m sorry but little boys are just not supposed to wear pastel-colored rompers. It ain’t right ;)

  4. Shannon Hairr on April 12, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Love it!! My 4 month old also had her Easter basket and matching outfit to her sister. HAHA

    It’s these Easter traditions that one day will be their best memories!!

  5. Sharon Campbell on April 12, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I love how awake his is and his expressions. LOL!!!
    The little man outfits are a must- I agree and can appreciate a pair of pants that fall off but look good in pics.

  6. Michelle Hartz on April 12, 2010 at 8:32 am

    He is just so adorable! I love the last picture of him, sooo cute!

  7. Elaine McLellan on April 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

    The proud and profoundly blessed, Mema is speechless. What can I say ??? The words don’t exist!!! :)

  8. Deidre on April 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

    absolutely wonderful family photos! Seven is the most adorable “little man” I’ve ever seen!

  9. Emily on April 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

    sweet, sweet family – Seven is ADORABLE!! Mel, I’m very impressed with his hat – great job; I love it!

  10. angie + matt sloan on April 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

    oh my gosh! what a beautiful beautiful family you guys have!!! Seven’s outfit is adorable!

  11. Courtney on April 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    He is absolutely adorable! Congrats

  12. Opal Yett on April 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Thanks for sharing more photos with us. I can’t wait to meet seven. He sure looks alot like Sean. I love all the “traditions”, I completly understand, it’s a southern thing.

  13. cathyknit on April 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Precious! What a lovely family!

  14. mary crow on April 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    OMG I must make the trip to Franklin to see your cute little man. ADORABLE!!!!

  15. Sarah on April 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Adorable! I see Sean’s busting out the snazzy jeans again.

    I hope I get to meet the adorable Seven when I bring my brother to Nashville this summer. He’s awesome.

  16. Katie Snyder on April 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Mel and Sean, you guys have an adorable little boy and hope you enjoy the years to come!

  17. Jacqulyn on April 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I Love it. Especially the last one, and your Easter family pic. So wonderful!

  18. rachel b on April 13, 2010 at 8:41 am

    what a handsome little man and such a beautiful family! i was so glad to get to be a part of your easter. we are going to expect some easter egg hunt competition next year from seven! love you!

  19. J. Chow on April 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I love his little man clothes =)

  20. Matt Dudley on April 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    What a beautiful family. Way to be, guys. Just awesome.

  21. Whitney Beth on April 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Hey u2! I looove the easter family photos… Hope the two of you are super and Dee and I want to come to Nashville and hang out sometime this summer if that is good with you!

  22. Becka @Studio222 Photography on April 15, 2010 at 6:54 am

    HAHA! You’re adorable. And I’m from the south and actually laughed out loud when I realized what you were posting about. I have always had an easter basket since before I can remember. It’s a little wooden bunny basket my grandma painted. And we were working this Easter and I had to fight the urge to get Nate to coordinate wedding outfits with me. HAHA.

  23. Tesa on April 15, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Oh My Gosh! He looks like a little Sean Patrick! What a doll! xxxxxx.

  24. Jen Creed on April 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Oh my goodness! How did I not see these earlier?! Dying at Seven’s little outfit….so cute! You all look wonderful :)

  25. Mark Brooke Photographers on April 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    i love the last one. super cute!

  26. Spencer on May 1, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Yay! Easter shots!

  27. Christina Meadows on May 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    O.M.G. he is the cutest little person eVER! I’m totally diggin the vest and that pimpin hat! adorable….

  28. Jeremy Dean on May 13, 2010 at 9:58 am

    This last shot is simply amazing…what a cool little guy! Hope you guys faired well in the flood, my prayers are w everyone in Nashville.

  29. on October 9, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Very energetic post, ӏ ⅼiked tһat bit. Will there bee a рart 2?

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