I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Easter day.
Our family gathered at Double S Farms, which is where my mother, sister and her family reside.
We had delicious lasagna (courtesy of Costco), herb corn, artisan bread, salad and of course, dessert. I love to make dessert, so I brought over a Lemon Trifle (made with crushed lemon sandwich cookies, lemon pudding, cream cheese, sugar and whipped topping). I also made Easter nests filled with M&M’s (the nests were made from rice krispy treats and formed into a cupcake liner).
I had a great time with my mom, sisters, brother, kids, nieces and nephews. We also spent the day with my cousin and her family.
Here is part of our day in pictures:
|The men in the family typically hide the Easter eggs.|
|My husband puts out some eggs that will be easy to find for the younger kids.|
|My sister, Jennifer, is in charge of the hunt and checks to see where the eggs are being hid.|
|I love my sister. We are only 16 months apart in age and she just moved down the street from us!|
|The peach trees make a great hiding place, as my brother-in-law discovered.|
|A peek over the backyard fence shows my mother’s two vegetable gardens.|
|For some reason, the women joined in hiding the Easter eggs this year. Maybe the guys were taking too long? The kids were having a hard time being patient.|
|Some of the hiding places were pretty ingenious.|
|The plum tree also makes a great hiding place.|
|My other brother-in-law decided to make it hard for the older kids.|
|My sisters, Jennifer and Grace. Grace is a great photographer and blogs at FinleyandOliver.com|
|My cousin, Laurena, and her family came. Laurena and I grew up together in California. She lived only 1 hour away when we were kids. Now, we only live about 40 minutes apart in AZ.|
|A rose bush also makes a great hiding place. This is the rose that I pruned back heavily a few years ago and blogged about it in “A Neglected, Overgrown Rose”|
|My sisters and I|
|Now the kids finally get to come and start the Easter egg hunt. My nephews, Finley and Oliver are among the first out the door.|
|My mother, my son-in-law, daughter and granddaughter. Next year, she will be old enough to participate in the hunt.|
|Some of the eggs were really hidden high up. But that didn’t stop my cousin’s son.|
|Sometimes when you run very fast to find eggs; you fall – as my son Kai discovered.|
|Lily wouldn’t look up for the picture because she was interested in her egg.|
|My nephew, Finley, found a lot of eggs.|
|Linnea and Camille are my cousin’s twin daughters.|
|One of the last eggs, was found high up in the plum tree.|
|My mother, my son-in-law and my granddaughter, Lily.|
|Isn’t she simply darling?|
|My twin nephews also were ready to enjoy the Easter egg hunt. This is Danny – doesn’t he look ‘spiffy’ in his Easter vest?|
|Here is the other twin, Dean. He preferred to sit and enjoy his eggs.|
|It is so fun to see the older cousins take care of their younger cousins.|
|Cousins, Danny and Oliver, checking out what is in their eggs.|