Easter Sunday was forecast to be rainy. What's new in Seattle?! However, we woke up to bright blue skies and sun! It was cold and windy, but the sun was gorgeous and apropos for the day, I thought. And certainly welcome.
Ken snapped a shot of us girls in our Easter finery (which is really just Sunday finery that we don't usually even wear!). I'm only taller than my girls here because I had on heels and they had on flats. I'm usually the short one …
(That look on Emily's face is, "Please take the picture so I can finish my peanut butter toast. Thank you very much.")
Ben wanted to wear his new suit, but the pants are at the cleaners! And shoot, cuz that kid looks GOOOOD in his new suit … you know I would've taken a shot of that. Instead, he wore a graphic tee and flip flops. Yeah. Not kidding. And sported them quite well, I must say.
Church is always usually refreshing to me (just keeping it real, folks!), but this Sunday was especially sweet. Sadly, Ken had to make the difficult decision not to attend with us so I went with just the kids. That part wasn't the sweet part. That was the stinky part! The sweet part was the part when we were singing and watching baptisms, my son put his arm around my shoulders and our voices blended together (amid tears on my part!) in worship of our Risen Savior. That was the sweet part. I'm pretty sure it doesn't get much sweeter.
I dried my eyes, and riffed on my Valentine's Day bouquet for Easter. This time it was dark chocolate Easter M&Ms and pink tulips. The natives wouldn't eat the red jelly beans at Valentine's, but I'm noticing the level of the M&Ms is dwindling steadily.
Our Easter Dinner was shared with the nephew of my first boss and the friend from college that I wrote about the other day. We 'allowed' her to bring her son and her husband, but we're not sure that her husband will be invited back. He ate all my deviled eggs and then made us all laugh so hard our stomachs hurt! We had such a great time!! It was a bit of a Tennessee Easter given the fact that that is the state that ties us all together.
Here's the menu (because a couple of you texted me asking!)
- Baked Ham—I know Jesus was Jewish and Jews don't eat pork, but that's never kept me from making a Christmas Ham either. And Ken and Ben LOVE it and God promises to give us the desires of our hearts! That's my reasoning anyway.)
- Grilled Salmon—Who said you can't have salmon on Easter? Jesus made fish for the disciples for breakfast on the beach once. Hmmm … breakfast on the beach for Easter next year? That sounds good!
- Roast Potatoes
- Grandma's Carrots
- Sautéed Asparagus—love the fresh Spring vegetables!
- Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad (broccoli and cauliflower with cheddar cheese, onion, bacon and typically sunflower seeds and raisins. My aunt made this salad for their dinner as well and used pecans and craisins … so I followed suit and we weren't disappointed in the change!)
- Deviled Eggs (note to self: double the batch when Rob is coming!)
- OH!!! And Salby brought rolls that were Da Bomb! My Aly must've eaten 5 of them!
For dessert: Coconut Pecan Layer Cake …
Yesterday was also my dad's birthday and Emily's birthday is tomorrow so we put a candle on the cake, sang to Emily, and called Grandpa to wish him happiness, too. He said it was one of his more memorable birthdays! Now that is pretty significant seeing that he has had SO MANY birthdays! Just kidding, Dad, you not old … you're just somewhere between a young pup and a spring chicken! Right?!
I thought I had the recipe for the Vegetable Salad and the cake up here already … but I don't. I'll add those download links tomorrow because I'm "tired-with-a-capital-T" tonight and don't want to type them up. So shoot me.
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I hope your weekend was wonderful and that you took opportunities to make memories with family and friends. Here's to a new week!