What a wonderful, busy weekend we had. I always enjoy the coming of Easter and what it signifies – rebirth.
When I first started this blog, I promised myself that I would not create a post solely about my family – I didn’t want to bore anyone and although my family is wonderful, we aren’t terribly interesting.
And so, I will keep my promise and show you a garden, sandwiched between two separate family Easter celebrations. That way, you can skip over the family photos and just look at the garden if you like.
You can see my two youngest with their cousin, planning their strategy on how to get the golden egg in the middle of the field.
Saturday morning found me with the kids at the Sun Lakes Annual Easter Egg Hunt. It is a fun event for the kids and they always look forward to it. I love to watch the joy on their faces as they anticipate the hunt and plan their strategy. I don’t particularly like having to get up really early on a Saturday though.
They both did pretty well and got quite a few eggs, but alas….the golden egg was found by someone else.
After the hunt for eggs was over, we settled ourselves to watch the Easter parade, which consists of golf carts decorated for Easter.
I will not show all of the entries, but I will show you the one that the kids selected as the best one.
After the parade was over, we went back to my in-law’s home. I am very fortunate that I have very wonderful in-law’s – (and they occasionally read my blog 😉 My favorite thing about their home is their landscape. It is a wonderful mixture of succulents, shrubs and perennials.
I was fortunate to have been asked by my father-in-law to design their front and back landscape when they had their home built. Prickly Pear Cacti, Agave, Golden Barrel Cactus, Pygmy Date Palm, Palo Brea Tree, Baja Ruellia, Katie Ruellia, Damianita and Firecracker Penstemon are all part of the front garden.
My father-in-law has a green thumb, especially when it comes to growing annuals, like these geraniums.
Our gardening styles differ in that he is more of a formal gardener. His plants are carefully pruned and his garden is the ‘cleanest’ garden I have ever seen. I am a more carefree gardener and prefer more naturally shaped plants and I do not mind loose leaves in the garden.
Last fall, my father-in-law asked me to re-design the corners of the backyard. The new Firecracker Penstemon and Blackfoot Daisy are growing in nicely. The original Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri), were kept in the background as they offer texture and a great color contrast.
After a wonderful Easter lunch of my mother-in-law’s lasagna and the ice-box cake that I made, I was ready to go home and take a nap, which I did.
The next morning, we went to church and then prepared to go to my mother and sister’s home on Double S Farms. My brother and his wife, my cousin and her family were to join us all there for Easter lunch and another Easter egg hunt. As my son put it, you can never have enough Easter egg hunts.
My two oldest daughters.
I had a great time catching up with my cousin and her daughters.
We had a great lunch and then it was time for the hunt. Tradition in our family holds that the men of the family hide the eggs.
The vegetable garden at Double S Farms made a great place to hid eggs, along with the fruit trees and the chicken coop.
Little & Littlest Farmers got a head start on the Easter egg hunt with assistance from their mother, Chicken Farmer. Little Farmer, figured that since he was hunting for eggs with candy that his Halloween pumpkin would work just fine.
I think this is the cutest Easter bunny I have ever seen 🙂
There were a lot of places to hide eggs, but the kids soon found them all.
Including my youngest daughter, who was so happy because she absolutely LOVES chocolate candy.
Well, I hope I have not bored you with our exploits over Easter weekend, but we had a wonderful time being outdoors enjoying the springtime weather and being with family. I do hope that you all had a very blessed Easter.
My next post will be a guest post by my sister, Chicken Farmer. You don’t want to miss it….