I will never understand the purpose or meaning behind the Easter basket but it is something my mom did for us and I love to do it for my kids.
Carmella could not get over her good fortune at having a basket full of chocolate to eat as she pleased.
I have discovered See's Candies makes the best sour chewy candy there could possibly be in the whole world. I don't know how we have loved See's for so very many years without knowing this!
As much as I love winter woolens and layers, there is something amazingly refreshing about pulling out that first spring dress on Easter morning.
Elisabeth is getting so grown up and gets more beautiful every day
We typically have 60-80 people for Easter Sunday. This year with the holiday being so early we were not certain about the weather or if we could be outdoors. It was very hard to limit our guest list.
The upside was definitely that we figured out an way to add 12 more places when we have winter parties. I so love the way the kids table came out.
The Egg Hunt
We always have a lot of kids for the egg hunt. And our friend, Miss Liz, always hits the stores the day after Easter and brings us more plastic eggs and baskets. This year the boys filled and the dads hid 395 eggs. I don't get the egg hunt anymore than I get Easter baskets but it is something Allen's family always did and now it is something our kids, and our friends' kids look forward to. Easter wouldn't be the same without it.
These two boys have been buddies since they were little dudes. They are SO VERY COMPETITIVE it cracks me up. But what I love is that they would never think twice about helping each other in a pinch or partnering up to get a good egg.
I bet they pinch their Christmas gifts, too.
Hmmmm.... wondering what Beka's favorite color is...
It was such a running from here to there sort of day before our guests arrived somehow we got not one photo of the buffet tables but you will have to trust me the menu was delicious. We always do a Passover Menu and an Easter Menu.
Spring Greens with Matzo
Grilled Leg of Lamb
Orzo with Feta and Parsley
Carrots Roasted with Pesto
Chocolate Walnut Cake with Orange
Layered Easter Salad
Citrus Glazed Ham
Sweet Potato Wedges with Chili Cream Sauce
This picture makes me so happy. All these little ones have grown up so much since we first started celebrating Easter together. I love the way they love each other and look forward to their time together. I love watching their relationships. I love watching how they encourage and exhort each other. That's how the Bible defines friendships to be. I love watching each one grow in their relationship with the Lord.
"Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness." ~Floyd W. Tomkins