Happy Easter!

Slim Paley photo

Wishing everyone a beautiful Easter Weekend.

 It was indeed an exquisite day here in Santa Barbara, though I’m fending off a touch of melancholy as has been my custom the past few Easters; reminiscing about egg hunts with our little boys and how those days are long gone for us now. Peculiar that this holiday more than any other affects me in this way.  I’ve one photo in particular of my little men with their Easter baskets that almost makes me weep every time I look at it. My older son’s hair is as gold as if the sun itself has bent to kiss him, and younger son is trailing along,  sporting overalls at half-mast and a look that suggests he’s not at all satisfied with the day’s gatherings just yet.


As nature (and Khalil Gibran) remind us

“Life goes not backward, nor tarries with yesterday…”

Slim Paley photos

 Columbines photographed today in the garden. I only have this colour at the moment, but I’m on the hunt for the coral and pale yellow combination as well.

I love the little tails that shoot out behind these flowers. They are a sweet addition to a bouquet.

Looks as if we’re going to have another bumper crop of roses this Spring and Summer!

I can barely stand how beautiful the colour of this rose is.

I could almost cry (again. Oh dear…)

Merci to a dear friend for my delicious bonbons

 I hope you receive many treasures from your bunny(s) this Easter Morning!

Looking back to Easters past (a post from 2010);  Peeps & Paas 

And for newer readers;

 if you care to take a peek at the post I hold dearest in my heart  (I warned you I was emotional)

  Here; Bringing up Boys  (please do play the music)

and once again,

Happy Easter and Passover to you all!





  1. I am spending the last Easter Sunday with my son before he marries his wonderful fiancé, I printed the photo of him as a two year old standing under the flowering cherry tree in his sailor suit holding his basket of eggs. We shared an entire chocolate egg under the same tree today. I feel the love Slim!


  2. I read your post on bringing up boys — with music. I have two sons, now grown, and one a father of his own son. For those of us who thought we wanted daughters, raising boys to men was truly joyful. Happy Easter.

  3. Your columbine photos are gorgeous. And seeing the photos of your boys again was just precious. This post arrived on my son’s birthday who, sadly, passed away twelve years ago. It was a nice reminder of just how wonderful those years with my son were. Now, I go to celebrate the passing over into a new life that this day represents with my daughter and two beautiful grandchildren.
    Wishing that anything your heart desires will come to you,

  4. I know exactly how you feel…our only child is away at boarding school in MA. We used to have huge, dressy Easter egg hunts…oh, how I miss them! I am so pathetic I had an egg hunt this morning for my husband…who is 62!!! Loved the Birthday Boy Post…made me teary.

  5. “Wishing you a star” filled night and day on this beautiful morning…and chocolate bunny ears!! franki

  6. Dear Slim

    As always your flowers are gorgeous!!
    I have those same memories of when my children were young!

    Have a Blessed Day!

    Art by Karena

  7. Happy Easter to you as well. I have three boys. They are 26, 23 and 16. I read your post about bringing up boys (which was beautiful by the way). It brought back a lot of memories of bringing up my boys and also how fast the time has gone. No more Easter egg hunts for us either. My father who passed 6 years ago used to make treasure hunts for them with clues to finding their treats. He made a separate treasure hunt for each boy. I know that will be a treasured memory of their Grandfather at Easter. Someday you and I will have grandchildren and we can relive it all over again and make Easter special for them.

  8. Oh, heavens….Easter morn IS so tender and add a Slim-post, I am beyond myself. Went back to your BUB post WITH music. Our season at the moment is a {very} unexpected one. Yet, I am thankful for it all. Happy Easter dear Slim!

  9. Hi Slim, I know, I know–it is not easy to be a mother. Those tiny trusting hands and looks. But today I’m spending time with 3 sets of tiny trusting hands and rejoicing in watching how my son has grown in fatherhood–he is amazingly devoted to his three baby girls–and being witness to this transformation might even be a greater joy!!
    Have a wonderful Easter Sunday–the roses are going to be gorgeous and can’t for photos.

  10. Happy Easter Slim. Thanks for the link to “Bringing Up Boys”. I had forgotten how much i loved that post.

  11. Happy Easter ! I enjoyed your post about your sons. And if I knew how to show my pics of my one son they would almost mirror yours! Even the blonde hair/style. It helped that since I was 13 years old I knew I wanted 4 boys,(as fate would have it that didn’t happen),I did name him w/3 middle names.On Easter I would take his stuffed bunny and hide him by a door or window and on Easter morning we would search for ‘Bun’. He would always say “I wonder if he saw the Easter Bunny.” So this morning I took Bun out (of course I still have him!) and emailed my son in Texas (so far away) that I found him at the back door looking out! love and best Easter wishes to you! jd

  12. Good morning and happy Easter to you! I have been secretly following your blog for quite a while now and just wanted to tell you how much I truely enjoy it! Grandchildren…that’s the only cure! Of course, watching our two grandsons, 3 and 4, still brings a tear to my eye! And how silly is it that I have only two Columbines! They are the pale yellow ones, must get more!
    Thanks for beautiful pictures and, well, I wish you were writing my blog, so entertaining!!!

  13. I think you’ve hit a chord with all the moms who are going through a “Remembrance of Times Past” moment. As I went by our club yesterday, resplendent with tulips, I thought back to all the happy Easter brunches and egg hunts we had there. Am headed out with our third and final to a round of college admit days and will probably dine at some Outback Steakhouse tonight. No marinated leg of lamb this year. At least my three older children are thriving and that is something for which to be thankful.

  14. I was just about to call my son who lives 1000 miles away, sadly. This is the first time we have ever been far apart and it is hard. Our daughter and SIL are living with us though, right now, as they build their home so that is good. Your columbines are GORGEOUS!!! I do have the others you are looking for and could send you some seeds if interested??? Let me know. Wishing you a happy, blessed Easter, Slim. XO, Pinky

  15. I love your Easter posts! My girls loved finding their baskets and eggs this morning. Then we dye eggs today. What other holiday revolves around art and creativity? Blessings of Easter to you and your family.

  16. Happy easter to the Californian family!!!!…..Love from the Anglo-French one….I ate already too much chocolate…..XXX

  17. Love this post. Just read the boys one. So precious. As the mom of two sons it reminds me to cherish each second with these guys. It is all the little things isn’t it? Love the silently mouthing the words in the play and so many of those! They are 13 and 10 now and it’s just going fast. My boys look an awful lot like yours.


  18. Thank you for reposting, Bringing Up Boys! I think you struck a chord with all of us; I think by virtue of our humanness, life will be filled with bittersweet everything, unfortunately. I also wanted a girl with whom I could shop (boy doesn’t enjoy that activity unless it’s for a new lacrosse stick) and get mani-pedis, but was thankfully blessed with one beautiful son who also had the long blond hair–all curls, dressed in his velvet sailor suits–now a teenager with a great disposition & a wit that will, no doubt, entertain many a lovely in the days to come. God probably knew best as a girl would probably have been my undoing if she would have been anything like me as a teenager. Loved all your boys’ pictures….especially the one where they are tucked in their cozy beds reading! Did you stage that?? 🙂 I haven’t been too successful in instilling the love of books & reading yet!!
    Maybe that, too, will change.
    Enjoy your beautiful SB weather & this glorious day.

  19. Happy Easter, Slim! I read your post with my morning coffee and a handful of jelly beans. It is Easter, after all!

  20. Albeit bittersweet, your boys are certainly God’s gift. You have been blessed and the lyrics of your life with the boys are priceless!
    xoxo, Chris

  21. Happy Easter, Slim and family. Loved your post about bringing up boys. I have 3 sons now grown, 48,47,45, who are carrying on the tradition of hiding easter eggs with their children. I was also lucky to be able to buy dresses, braid bigtails, with my daughter, so had the best of both worlds. We lost her recently to cancer, so hold on tight and just love them.


  22. Beautiful memories, We give them life,nurture them and then we give them wings .
    They will be a credit to you both ,as ours are to us .
    So very sorry for your dreadful loss Spirit,stay strong.

  23. Thank you for your post, especially the flowers. I had planted a climber last year and it hadn’t bloomed – even last week it was just some green leaves, looking sad. The gardener and I couldn’t remember what it was. Today I went out as we were Easter Basket hunting (my 17 and 14 year old still enjoy the hunt) and lo’ and behold, there were fabulous big blooms – but the name still escaped me until I read your post. They are columbines! Thank you. And thank you for the link to your “little boy’s” birthday post. I re-read it and even though I don’t know your boys, it made me soooo melancholy. We are getting ready for our daughter’s graduation – and I’m trying not to think to college yet, when she will be in Scotland. Happy Easter, Slim.

  24. o.k., you finally got to me…although i am a BIG fan of yours,and have been tempted many times to comment on your amazing eye,wit,fun, whatever-i have resisted until now, because i am WAY too cool to do so.
    HOWEVER, our only son is off to college next year…when he was little i sang WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR EVERY NIGHT TO HIM.

    ..need i say more?
    tearfully yours,

  25. oh, did i love the post of your boys. i bawled like a baby during the song. Thanks for sharing. We are right in the middle of raising three precious, spirited sons – 11, 9 and 5. I’m trying to treasure every moment…and yes, we had an Easter egg hunt today. The 5 year old was devastated that he didn’t get the golden egg.

  26. Bringing up Boys was beautiful…i bawled like a baby. We are right in the midst of raising three precious, spirited boys – 11, 9 and 5. They still let me dress them in their matching madras Polo shirts today, but i have a feeling the days are numbered. I’m trying to treasure every moment, even as they nick my hardwood floors with their hockey sticks.

    Easter blessings –

  27. Oh I so relate to these sentiments and have the further complication of having a caboose – a 12 year old home alone, 7 years younger than the next one up, mourning the fact that she has no one to have an Easter egg hunt with and that she was never part of the Easter festivities that the older kids had. Needless to say the Easter bunny was very generous! I looked at your sweet post about the boys – mine were the mirror image – older one with thick bowl cut, younger with curly blond hair. My how time flies – the older one, now curly haired (the wonders of puberty) just informed me he spent the day writing briefs for a law school project!! Hope you had a joyous holiday nonetheless!

  28. I’m enjoying reading all your comments! I love the sense of community we have here. I’m very appreciative,
    and to Any and All that are experiencing problems leaving comments this weekend, I’m aware there’s an issue. I apologize on behalf of WordPress- who, ironically, appears to have been POSeSSED by Satan on Easter.

    Thanks for persevering 🙂

  29. What extraordinary flowers, I haven’t seen Columbines before. I had to come back to you Slim to write this. I must have got something in my eye after my first read of all the posts

  30. Dear Slim

    Happy Easter. I LOVE it that you think of me when you look at your new fancy pants gels nails. Hooray!

    Loving the garden. Mine’s dead because of neglect and baby wrangling.

    Must get that whippersnapper gardener mower man back to sort it for me x

  31. Love the gorgeous flowers, the post on Bringing Up Boys, and listening again to one of my favorite Disney songs. Tears. I adore my son who went to grad school in Paris, became a citizen and never came back. Not that we aren’t super close–he just greatly prefers life in Europe and I always tell him (esp because his father died young as did my brother) that he must live the life of his dreams and not worry about his mother. He was also everyone’s Golden Boy…..definitely the greatest gift of my life.

    Thanks, Slim, very sweet. What mother couldn’t relate.

  32. I’m sorry, I can’t even look at the bringing up boys. My son turned 18 yesterday, in Kobe, Japan with a host family. Today, we are at our place on Orcas Island, and our daughter, 15, is practicing driving, she took us on a driving tour of Camp Four Winds, Westward ho! How things change and the years fly by.

  33. Just enjoyed your Bringing Up Boys post—wonderful! After having the daughter I always expected, I had a son that I am still trying to figure out 30 years later! So many stories and so many memories…

  34. Happy Easter, Slim. Your post Bringing Up Boys ( w/ soundtrack) brought tears to my eyes. I, too, am a mother of two boys. As they are away at school this was the first Easter they both weren’t home. No Easter egg hunts, no chocolates…OK maybe I did eat some See;s Molasses chips. When they were little, maybe I didn’t get to buy pink Tutu’s and polka dot bikinis, instead I had deliciously smelly shoes, dirty T Shirts, green army men, baseball hats and soccer balls. It all goes too fast…and wouldn’t it be nice to have those moments back for a bit….

  35. Much to much to do this Monday morning but I couldn’t resist your flowers and then going down memory lane, sniff sniff.
    It’s good to do posts about every day life with our children and dogs and guinea pigs and supportive husbands too! Confirms what is most important right?!
    Easter gets me that way too.
    Hope your was wonderful surrounded by all your guys 🙂
    Have a good week Slim.
    xo Lisa

  36. Slim,
    As a mother of 2 sons, thank you for this…I was nearly in tears. My adult children are so much fun at this age too. Time did fly however!

  37. Slim,

    Thank you for your beautiful post, I’m sorry it is a tough day for you. Even though I well remember your post on bringing up boys, I happily listened to the music again and looked at all the pictures, longing for the day when I too have children. You’ve created a wonderful community on your blog.

    Spirit – I too am so sorry for your loss.

    Slim, thank you for being you and sharing with us 🙂

    All the best,


    p.s. – Super random but earlier today I wondered “has Slim found travling truffle salt yet?”(!)

  38. Dear S.P.,

    My oldest sent me a song recently. He is getting married soon. It is called “A Thousand Years” by Cristana Perri. It reminded me that the little boy who once looked to me to help find the Easter eggs. can now find them himself, as I’m sure yours can as well. It’s such a joy. And they always love their mamas! 🙂


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