Happy Easter to you and yours! Our long weekend was awesome!

It is over early for us because Mathew is going in to the hospital shortly for his last round of in-patient chemo (yay!)

The last three days were terrific for all of us. Kristen returned home from University on Good Friday. John drove up to get her and they came back later in the afternoon with the SUV packed to the brim with her fridge, microwave oven, mattress, clothes, books, etc. Usually she stores the bulkier items in her residence but she may rent an apartment for next year so everything came home this time. Her short hair looks fabulous and it is so dark!

Company dropped by and Mathew enjoyed long days of visiting. He was feeling great so it was an ideal weekend for Easter and visitors. Yesterday was the family Easter dinner at my sister & brother-in-law’s house. It was one of the few times almost everyone could gather together so the 2 nephews and 1 niece who were absent were very missed. Our thanks go out to everyone who made the time and effort to visit and hang out with Mathew; he loved it. I took pictures so without further ado, here is Easter:

Even the weather cooperated! I took this picture on our back deck overlooking the lake. That ice? Almost gone today and did you notice the blue sky? Spring, people! Cool temperatures but sun and SPRING! DSC_0726

The Easter Bunny found us again ~ here is Kristen’s basket. Bright and colourful celebrating this great weekend. DSC_0723
Not too sure about the creepy little bunny though..it goes off at the slightest vibration and sings a little song. The singing starts at the weirdest times and makes you wonder if it is aliiiiiiive… It poops something out the backside but Kristen hasn’t taken the tape off to find out what it will lay. Ha ha ha you never know with Easter bunnies what gold it might have!

The Easter Bunny was scary this year. I know children everywhere expect a cute, fluffy white bunny to hop around leaving them gifts and treats. I caught the bunny though and I’m telling you this year a decoy was put out ~ here, see for yourself!

Decoy Easter Bunny

Decoy Easter Bunny

He kind of grows on you after a while so maybe we’ll keep him. His side kick was awfully cute: DSC_0770 Now she is adorable!

Easter Dinner was put together by Wendy mostly and it was fantastic. She plans her meal brilliantly: the turkey and ham are cooked a day early then set into crockpots early the morning of the festivities. By the time the meal is ready to be served the main meats and fowl are warmed up and ready to go. Everyone brings something, whether it is buns, salads, desserts or drinks. Wendy makes a few side dishes to go along with her main course and a huge buffet is available for all. Wendy and Andy’s kitchen is easy to navigate without bumping into each other. Here some of the family are perusing the choices and adding to their plates. DSC_0731
John pauses long enough to check out his lovely wife (me) as he fills his plate.
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Poppa contemplates his choices; he is easy to please and loves a Sunday dinner meal.
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My niece Jessica, her boyfriend Mike and his adorable toddler enjoy dinner. The little guy is a ham already and posed for the picture, more than happy to smile and say “cheeeeeese”! DSC_0733 Each time I took his photo, little cutie stopped eating to pose for me. I love little kids!

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John’s younger brother, Harry, enjoys his meal at the grown up table.

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I say that because some of the youngest relatives found a spot in the formal dining room:
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These cousins also found space in the dining room. Can you tell the two on the right are siblings? Sam and Ella are thrilled to have their picture taken! The two on the left are brothers; Grayson and Callum. DSC_0740

We don’t see these two brothers often as school and work obligations keep them in Nova Scotia more often than not DSC_0739
so it was extra special to have them around. It is great fun talking to my nieces and nephews as they grow up into adults. I see my younger self in their hesitancy about the future and changing from goofy teens (sorry guys!) into awesome adults.
My brother-in-law, Andy (aka the Easter Bunny) and I also chose the dining room as a great place to eat.
DSC_0746 The girls are laughing because while Sara (at the end of the table) made an effort to smile she accidentally spit out some food and sprayed Sophie in the face!
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Alistair found a corner ~ corner of a couch to eat his dinner. Wendy & Andy’s house is a large, homey place that holds plenty of room for people to visit.
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On nice days like yesterday, company spills out onto the deck in addition to the kitchen, living room and dining room on the main floor. The older kids sometimes disappear into the basement rec room or up into their rooms. Other times the cousins will walk across the backyard to Nana and Poppa’s house which abuts the property ~ backyard to backyard. Or you can take a short walk up the quiet side street and be in the main shopping area of Quispmasis within 5 minutes.

With dinner and dessert (and maybe a drink or two) settling us down into a drowsy state, the relaxing began!
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Jack and Kristen

Aunt Linda and Mathew

Aunt Linda and Mathew

Grayson, Sophie and Sarah

Grayson, Sophie and Sarah

Kristen and John

Kristen and John

Sam and his girlfriend, Jenna

Sam and his girlfriend, Jenna

Wendy’s mantel is always festive and welcoming whichever event she is celebrating.
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All too soon it was time for Linda and her three kids to head back to Nova Scotia
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Others followed suit and shortly thereafter only me and mine were left to visit. We stayed a little while longer while Wendy took a group selfie or two ~
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Before we too headed for home.

It was the best Easter and I was so grateful almost all of us could be together. These moments are precious.

Before I leave you to get ready for the trip to hospital, let me show you one final photo…there is always one that has you scratching your head ~

Sam and Ella

Sam and Ella

Sam, WTF is that look?

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