We’re just getting back into our routine today after a lovely four day Easter weekend. It started off cold and rainy but as the days went on it got warmer and sunnier, and by Monday afternoon it was absolutely gorgeous out. This was Rosie’s first Easter and the first one that Lucy really knew what was going on, so we had a fantastic time celebrating it with our girls.
Throughout the week leading up to Easter, I tried to do a few crafts with Lucy and I found the Easter Tree I’d made way back in 2011 when I was still in my little apartment. It was fun to see it through the eyes of my almost-three-years-old daughter’s eyes. She spent almost an hour decorating the tree with glitter eggs over and over again. We did a few practice egg hunts around the house too with just empty eggs to get her into it. A very helpful activity when you need to keep a toddler distracted for 10 minutes while you get dinner started, ha!
We also met up with some friends for a local Easter egg hunt and activities. They had moved most of it indoors but we went out in the drizzly rain for the hunt down the main street. A little rain wasn’t going to stop us from a nice walk and chocolate! All that fresh air meant the kids had wonderful afternoon naps, which gave Garrett and me some time to puttering around with the bathroom renovation.
On Good Friday we went to my in-laws’ for a lovely dinner with the family. It was great to catch up with everyone and the food was so good. While we ate dinner, the Easter bunny went around the house and hid a few treats. Lucy couldn’t believe that she’d missed him coming in while we were eating, ha!
Sunday morning started with baskets from us (springtime pyjamas, bath tub paints, books and little toys) and an egg hunt left by the Easter bunny. We made big Western sandwiches for breakfast (after stuffing ourselves with chocolate) and then Garrett played with the girls while I got started on the dessert we were bringing for Easter dinner.
I really love baking, but I rarely get the chance to do it these days. I’d been wanting to attempt a homemade lemon meringue pie for some time now and I spent Sunday morning happily learning in the kitchen. It turned out better than I expected, so I’ll have to recreate it soon to share the recipe. I made a regular crust for one and a gluten free cookie crust for the other.
My great aunt joined us for the drive to Easter dinner with my siblings and cousins, so I crammed myself in the back between the two carseats. Lucy just thought it was hilarious to have me back there and Rosie was tickled pink that she could hold my hand while she nodded off.
My cousin and her husband hosted and did a wonderful job. The food was great and she had the table all done up for Easter, but more importantly it was so good to see them all. We hadn’t had a chance to catch up face-to-face in months and I really had missed seeing them all. Glad for the warmer months ahead of bbqs, boat rides and cocktail hours in the flower field.
By Monday afternoon the weather was gorgeous, and we headed outside to play in the garden. With Rosie being born in October, right after Thanksgiving, I’d never really gotten back outside to tidy up the front flower beds.
A little weeding and trimming, and things are looking good. I’ll pick up some new mulch next sunny day and as soon as the chance of frost is gone, I’ll be filling them up with some annuals too. I even saw buds on my lilacs and the peony shoots have come up. It’s rainy again today but hopefully that just means more growth in the garden, right? 😉