To say that Easter weekend was filled to the brim would be an understatement.
To say that it was pretty near perfect would be an understatement as well.
Easter celebrations at various locations and a birthday dinner to squeeze in and hopefully make each special in its own right.
SPF and I worked hard all week ...the poor girl's school break...in order to be able to relax and enjoy the few days we would all spend together.
Asparagus was roasted and chilled.
Birthday cake baked and frozen as well as our Easter morning coffee cake.
The requested birthday dinner twice baked taters stuffed and focaccia baked.
The table was set.
We were ready to begin.
A friend delivered our oldest girl to us on Friday night and she went to dinner with her brother and cousin.
Saturday was able to be spent coloring eggs and just being a family together.
Saturday night, we would be celebrating Easter with dinner at our home with most of my sister's family and our parents.
And, as is the norm, my sister heads up some sort of antic.
This year's entertainment included teaching her nephew how to blow out eggs.
And then a challenge.
Made my head hurt just watching.
Lots of laughter and fun.
And a yummy dessert.
The recipe isn't on her website, but this is similar.
I made a raspberry sauce and served fresh berries.
The cream is a combination of whipping cream and Greek yogurt.
It screamed spring.
We were just missing my nephew.
Never complete with someone missing.
After the dishes were done, the table was reset for Easter breakfast and bed called our names.
Since the Easter Bunny of old retired last year, Chris stepped up again.
A final table setting change and mantle décor switch and we would be ready that evening for a 20th birthday celebration.
And no...I'm not weird.
Well, maybe a bit.
Then, with more food in tow, off to our nephew's home, who with his sweet wife was hosting Easter lunch.
Watching their cute little boys hunt for eggs and open their Easter baskets was a hoot.
I was reminded of the abundant energy little people have.
Fun, but exhausting!
Home again and more relaxing time together.
From the fire pit to late night chatting at the dinner table.
I adored it all.
A departure back to college Monday morning had her carting gobs of food.
Even a birthday cake that her Aunt had made for her, complete with a birthday bow.
I am always grateful for my family, but this weekend for some reason, I seemed to savor every single moment.