Sunday, March 23, 2008

Spring, Easter, Winter

Thursday was beautiful. It was 48 degrees (downright balmy after the winter we had) and the snow had finally all melted. I mean all melted....even those stuburn piles of snow at the end of everybody's driveways (from being snow blowed higher and higher.) We could see grass (albeit brown grass) for the first time since December. After all, we got 99 inches of snow over the winter. Only four times in the past one hundred years had we gotten more than that. We are talking about a record breaking winter.

But it was over. The snow was gone. It was sunny. I was ecstatic. Then Friday came. And it brought a "winter storm." That meant 11 inches of show. No, I'm not kidding. Good Friday was a snowy day. And it was the day that the Smiths drove to have Easter with us. What was usually a four hour drive took them seven and a half hours. What a bummer!
Here is a picture that I took on Easter Sunday -- showing the snow and icicles on a bush.

The great part is that they made it and we had a nice weekend.

We had a tasty fish taco dinner on Friday night (thanks, AJ, for the great recipe!) We slept in, had a good breakfast (eggs, sausage, toast, berries, kringle) and then dyed Easter eggs on Saturday.

Saturday night was our Easter dinner -- M was in charge of grilling (on a spit) the leg of lamb, which had been marinating in olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and rosemary for 24 hours. I made smashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and heated up some tasty, flaky rolls. I also put out a bowl full of berries -- strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. I think we've had this same meal for three years now and I love the simplicity and deliciousness of it. It was also a hit with the family. Of course, we used our china, crystal, and silver.

The next morning was Easter and the boys got on their Easter clothes. Both were proud of their duds. T was happy with his, but he wished that he had a tie. I told him that next year he can have a tie. (He loves getting dressed up. For the Christmas program at school, the teacher told them to wear their best clothes to the concert. T wanted to get a tuxedo because that's "the best." He was actually quite disappointed that I said 'no.' He said that we got him one for Uncle D's wedding, and this was just as fancy. Alas, he wore a Christmas sweater and slacks, much to his disappointment!) Anyway, don't they look so grown up?!

Here is T showing off his argyle socks that the Easter bunny game him. He loves a complete outfit.
After church on Easter morning, we headed off to the beautiful manor on the lake and had a wonderful Brunch. It was a great time in a lovely house. They offered us a tour of the house, but we declined since we had taken the tour on the two previous Easters. But what a lovely place! And what a lovely brunch!

Grandma and grampa were proud of their grandsons. We had a great Easter!


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CaliforniaGrammy said...

I'm in shock that it snowed and even icicles had a chance to form, what's up with all that? The menu was so yummo sounding, and I bet the lamb was succulent and grilled to perfection. And the table setting— Martha would be and I am so proud. My grandsons are, indeed, growing up so. Ya gotta love those argyle sox!

SeattleS said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic Easter. I can't beleive how much snow you got over the entire winter. How have you managed to live with that?!?!