Monday, April 21, 2014

Everything But the Easter Bonnet

What a perfect weekend--the exact kind of weekend I needed to revive my spirit!  I've got that end of the school year burnout and I am longing for the summer to begin.  I'm longing for slow starts to my morning, coffee (or tea) and a novel on the deck and the early morning sun kissing and bronzing my skin.  So Easter was just the awakening my soul was beckoning for.

On Maundy Thursday Alee and I went to church for a beautiful service celebrating the Last Supper.  Kevin drove to SEMO to attend a senior recital of a fellow music composition major classmate.  Demi sang several of his original pieces of music. 

On Good Friday we finished cleaning the house and then headed to the niece's house for a fish fry.

 King Ralph and my niece's spousal equivalent prepared and fried the cat fish and crappie.
  The platter heaped full of arty clogging yum. 

The girls sat on the deck gazing out at the niece's thirteen acres of land,
sipping wine in fancy wine tervis-like cups. 
 A wine, that was tasty, but chosen solely for the fact that the label bared a rabbit--an Easter Bunny

 (looks like I needed to charge my phone hehehe)
It isn't family fun till the cousins act silly. 
No one can blame it on the wine and beer because two of these crazies are under twenty-one -
 that's just their regular ole' selves. Let us not talk about the Duck Dynasty wanna-be cousin.  Someone please explain this beard craze that is over taking the country?! 
I DO NOT understand it...there is no beauty in it!  
Saturday was left to yard work.  No matter how many times we raked in the fall and winter we still managed to fill three bags of leaves and yard clippings.  Dam never-leaf-ending-pin-oak. 
 Watching the Blues game...sorry my Blackhawk friends. Another overtime win!  
And our handsome, officer, Air Force pilot nephew arrived for a steak dinner and a slumber party. 
Beautiful. New life. Easter.
Baskets of Easter goodness for those home and away.
Next there was church. 
Then there was the traditional missing cousin picture. A sign baring that MIA cousin's name.
For years it was

Major C.  So imagine the joy he feels when it isn't his name on the sign.

(top: first cousins, bottom:second cousins)
Countered by an M photo--of I'm not missing, you all are missing 
(sadly baseball knows no holiday)
We ate and ate. There were Mai Thais with umbrellas (Lin you like that?)

 Lots and lots of yard games--washer, ladder golf and bocce ball.
 There was the bunny mask that makes an appearance every Easter
To end the day...
We had a mini family concert--Aunt Linda on the piano, Princess A dug out her flute, and D and Alyssa sang...this song

That my friends is how we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. 



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