I have grown to love Easter.
I must admit to not enjoying it much in my childhood. Mostly because of the dress. I HATED having to wear an Easter dress. If the dresses were cool, it was one thing (like in 5th grade I got to pick one out and i didn’t hate it that much), but mostly I had to wear what my mom told me to and it made my insides queasy all day. I despised the family photos taken inside the door at Nanny’s house because I knew I’d be going down in the history books wearing a ridiculous costume that I wanted nothing to do with.
And I cannot stand pastel. I think it is the absolute worst of all color hues…I cannot think of one thing that i think looks nice in pastel. It was one secret fear I had when I first learned that I was pregnant. “Oh No! People are going to send us pastel!!!!”
I am a vibrant color loving, only-wear-a-dress-if-you-think-it-is-cool kinda girl. So it took me a long time to grow into Easter.
Yesterday we (Team Neidens) hosted our 3rd Annual Easter Feaster. It was off-the-hook fabulous.
I prepared my first ham. I don’t think I’ve ever even touched a raw hunk of ham before. I sliced up a pineapple and stuck them on there and pushed cloves into the gross ham flesh (I don’t particularly care for ham). Made a broccoli salad and a carrot cake. The entire time I was preparing food it was with a huge grin on my face. I LOVE that I have a life that involves celebrating holidays with family, friends, food, and fun. Living so far from both of our families requires both a commitment to that and friends who double as family. There were 22 of us yesterday (reminder that we have a tiny less-than-1,000-square-foot cabin).
The Egg Decorating Competition was catapulted to a whole new level. The first prize winner had a diorama of the frontier with a herd of 10 buffalo being hunted by a painted indian riding a war horse…and there were peep jackrabbits standing watch.
|Daddio’s Turkey, with the Hargrave Hunter|
|Blue Ribbon Buffalo Herd|
|Just a bunny|
Delicious food of all sorts was set on the counter…ham, lasagna, wild-game meatloaf, braided bread, jalapeno poppers, wontons, hummus, salads, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cheesecake, carrot cake, pecan pie, brownies, chocolate chip cookies….beers, wine, gin, bourbon…
|Waiting while last year’s champion hid all the eggs|
The Hunt was the best ever. Over 50 eggs were placed throughout the property (and 15 mini bottles of liquor). The champion was crowned with a 9 egg booty…and 4 liquor bottles.
Before the festivities began, Daddio and I each got in our activities for the day. Daddio went for a hike with his buddy in the morning, and I got to go for a stroll with my buddy in the afternoon.
|Running the Squiggles|
As we stated in our wedding vows, the ingredients for a perfect day: fresh-air activity that is challenging, food that is delicious and nutritious, dogs at our side, visit with our friends and family.
|Just enjoying the view|