Okay, so Easter came and went & we came and went with it, but, boy did we have fun! The Cannons and their two precious daughters joined us for a festive day of mimosas, ham, mac and cheese, biscuits, and the coup de gras was homemade strawberry ice cream with fresh strawberries. I kid you not. This domestic goddess can't sew a button on a shirt, but I pulled out all the stops for our guests and made ice cream. It was, ahem, if I do say so myself, excellent.
Catherine, the eldest of their daughters seemed to think so, too. At first, she was hesitant about the pink stuff in front of her. She gingerly placed her finger in the bowl and then her eye lit up like the fourth of July. She tried to get the spoon to her mouth; no luck. The useless utensil was thrown across the room and with one hand, the little 13 month old picked up the bowl and the other hand became a shovel to push the goodness in faster. A brain freeze slowed her for a second, but then she was back on it. With her bowl clean-- literally clean-- she started crying for more. Eileen, who had no interest, handed the smaller child her bowl with her spoon. That spoon, too, hit the wall and the bowl was empty before the second freeze could set in.
It was her first experience with ice cream, but boy, was it a good one!
The kids were on a sugar high, the parents were on a mimosa high, and we were all jolly and enjoying the first burst of spring the District of Columbia has seen in a while. We blessed the food and the company...
"Thank you Lord, for letting us come together as family and friends. We know that friends are the family we choose; and we ask that you please Bless us, oh Lord in these thy gifts which we are about to receive, from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen."
Eileen had her basket of goodies from the Easter bunny, complete with finger paint (seriously, Easter Bunny?! SERIOUSLY? What were you thinking as you were perusing the aisles at Target earlier this week with Dr. Bunny was on call? Crayons, construction paper, AND finger paint? How about some caffeine & sugar to go with that...) and chocolate goldfish- which she was allowed to have for breakfast and consumed the whole container in about 3 minutes.
It was a good day- I missed my beautiful Mottahedeh, again, but the food, the flowers, and especially the company, more than made up for it. The children had their table set with linen napkins, silver, and their own arrangement, and we had ours. Welcome, Spring!
|(I love that her little paw could not stay off of all the silver on her table. She's my child!)|
Our first year is almost complete. There are no new grey hairs to report of and probably won't have any more until next winter-- here's hoping.