Have I mentioned that it’s been warm here? Well, it has. There are a million and one beetles invading my yard right now. I should look them up to see what kind they are. I really should, but I haven’t yet and have a feeling that I won’t. They’re these little black and red things that are about ½ inch long. They love one side of my house and the 4 windows on that side. I don’t see any on the other side, so apparently they love the sun!
Last Saturday I made a double batch of pan rolls in anticipation of Easter lunch on Sunday. H3 helped me with the dough.
In almost 6 years of marriage, H1 and I are still working on family Easter traditions, other than church and participating in our church programs. There’s no debate over the bunny. Neither of us are big fans of anything to do with the “Easter Bunny”, unless you’re talking about a chocolate one. In that case, I will gladly eat the ears and give you the rest. So no Santa and no Easter Bunny. If you try to ask H3 about either, she will have no clue what you’re talking about. Anyways, H1 grew up decorating eggs and going on egg hunts. I did a couple egg hunts as a kid, but they were for plastic eggs with Bible verses inside. Nothing formal, just me and my parents in my front yard. H1 is very fond of his childhood memories and wants H3 to participate in all the hoopla. This year and last, H3 has participated in the egg hunt at church. The 8-11 year old class fills eggs and hides them for the two younger classes (4-7 and toddlers). H1 does love any kind of “seek and find” game, so egg hunts are right up her alley for fun. She ran all around that church yard in her hunt! I don’t really have any pictures from that, since I was trying to make sure everything was running smoothly, so everything is from Amber’s.
After church, we went to Amber’s house for Easter dinner. Her family has been gracious to invite us to join them this year and last year, and Amber has a little egg hunt set up for H3 when she arrives.
H3 is fascinated with the little fish pond!
After hunting for the plastic eggs which had fruit snacks hidden in them, we took a detour to the chicken coop so H3 could check out the chickens and collect real eggs for the house.
Dinner was delicious and I wish I had pictures! There was ham and smoked turkey, baked beans, salad, green bean casserole, regular and blue potatoes, and so many desserts! I especially loved the strawberry shortcake and the lemon bars. That meal was both lunch and dinner! I really enjoy spending time with Amber’s family. Her mom is so sweet and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her sister-in-law, Katie. Amber is a wonderful aunt for H3, and H3 adores her.
On Tuesday another of my former roommates, Becca, came to visit us from Lynchburg. I hadn’t seen Becca since before we moved here. In fact, I was 6 or 7 months pregnant the last time I saw her! She just drove down for the day, since she had a meeting on Wednesday and then is flying out to WA later in the week. We had a really good time catching up and taking walks through the neighborhood. I’m hoping to reciprocate the visit one day soon!
Last night H1 decided to give me a break as a mom. I had a few things on my list, so he took H3 out to Sam’s Club and Walmart for a shopping trip, stopping to eat pizza at Sam’s along the way. They were gone about 3 hours. It was a nice break. I didn’t have to make dinner or clean up a kitchen afterwards! Seeing as I didn’t have to make dinner for everyone else, I reverted to a childhood dinner favorite: popcorn. I took a walk, went on another walk with the dog, then sat and read a book for a while. It was so nice and relaxing! A couple days ago I had realized I needed a brain break, and told H1 that I would like to have one sometime soon, when I wasn’t volunteering up at the squad or running errands. He called yesterday afternoon to say that he would take H3 out when he got home. It so sweet and such a blessing!
Today is supposed to be a bit cooler, in theory, so I'm hoping to spend a lot of time outside with H3 today. H1 has a baseball game tonight and when he's done, I will be up at the squad for an overnight. Tomorrow's agenda includes a haircut for H1 and maybe a trip to JC Penneys to make use of the coupon I found - $10 off any purchase of $10 or more. Have a good weekend!