Happy Easter, everyone! It’s been a busy weekend getting ready for Resurrection Sunday, which included some fun outside during an unusually warm Easter weekend.
We kicked things off on Thursday, when I got to have Chick-Fil-A for lunch with Vivian and mommy, and followed by some Easter shopping down at Aldi, where we grabbed a giant ham shank for our Easter Dinner. Then that evening, I decided to make some unleaved bread to go with a little Manischewitz I had in the fridge, making for a meal fit for a King of Kings — which I thought appropriate for a Maundy Thursday.
In the meantime, Hannah’s been busy in the meantime assembling custom rag dolls with old socks and yarn, creating a brother and sister she’s named Bluey and Rainbow, respectively, along with some friends named Glasses and Bug.
I took a half-day on Good Friday and headed down to Halleck Park with Vivian and the kids, where they got to run around a bit in the wind and sunshine. We’d briefly visited the park a week earlier for an Easter Egg walk, but this time was solely to play on the giant playground and have a little lunch.
When we returned home, the kids got to spent a little more time dyeing and decorating a dozen hard-boiled eggs together. It’s a tradition most of us grew up with, so it felt nice to pass it along to our own kids — though I’m not sure when or whether we’ll actually eat any of their pretty little eggs.
Saturday was mostly a day for cooking and cleaning house, but we did find time to take the kids to an Easter event down at Avery Presbyterian. They had a few live lambs on hand for the kids to pet and various story groups, separated by age, for kids to learn the Easter story. They also had several car trunks with eggs in the style of a “trunk or treat,” as well as a few actual Easter egg hunt for the kids, where Hannah and Aaron got to grab a few plastic eggs with candy or toys inside.
On Easter Sunday, Hannah was up bright and early — at 3 AM — to find her Easter basket. Vivian put her back to bed until more reasonable hour when she and Aaron could both search the house for their baskets together. Hannah found some chalk in hers, which she used to decorate our sidewalk a bit, as well a few new toys, which she named Guinea Bunny and Grump-Bee.
Once we’d had our fill of fun and candy, we got into our Sunday Best to head off to church. Afterward, we stopped by Grammy’s house, where the Easter Bunny had been to hide some eggs earlier. Grammy had some Easter snacks set out for us to nibble, and the kids roamed through the front yard and back collecting plastic eggs together.
We headed home, where the Easter Bunny had hidden even more eggs around our house, so after resting up a bit with some video games and hors d’oeurves, Hannah and Aaron collected a few more eggs in our front and back yards together.
We finished off the evening with our traditional Easter Dinner of ham, Watergate salad, cheesy potatoes, and asparagus. Vivian roasted the ham herself this time, with only a little coaching from Jack in his chair. She also made some Easter buns, a few of which I saved for breakfast. Jack and Donna brought some European Truffle Pie from Village Inn for dessert, and Betty from across the street had a batch of chocolate cupcakes for the kids she passed along to Hannah.
It was wonderful to have Easter with Grammy and Pop-Pop once again, and as usual we spent our time eating a little too much together. My parents and Uncle Jonny couldn’t join us, unfortunately, and they’re dealing with a round of Covid and are in quarantine. Hopefully soon they’ll be well again and celebrating a late Easter (or a Memorial Day) with us soon.