I’ve mentioned my Victorian on the blog in the past. It was a beautiful house. It was most beloved by my nieces and nephews because on the first floor there were basically four rooms – the kitchen, dining room, living room and the office/library. All rooms but the kitchen were connected by pocket doors so they could run through big, wide doorways to their hearts content. And they did. It was of particular delight at Easter when I would hold my annual Easter Egg Hunt for all of my “kids.” I think I filled close to 100 little colored eggs! Some Easter coupon codes would have been wonderful. Each child had their own color of egg and a basket to match. Once assigned their color they ran throughout the house looking for their eggs.
Oh! The chaos!
The noise! The running, the screaming!
The joy, the happiness!
Then the complete and total mess while they opened their eggs and exclaimed over what they found inside. Candy! Toys! MONEY!
I miss them so much. The holidays tend to make my being so far away all the harder. And they are not babies any more. This photo is probably 12 years old. After all of the egg opening it would be time for “photos with Aunt Patty.” They knew by now that I wanted my pictures! This was before digital cameras so they weren’t as easy to get as they are now.
We would all line up in the window seat and cameras would flash and flash and flash! (I’ve got pictures from various years in this post. I just pulled some of my favorites.) I have more photos of the kids in that window seat! I can progress their growth, some of them from an infant. I get such joy from reliving the memories.
|A very proud grandfather. We all miss him very much.|
While all of the fun was progressing the ham was cooking. If it was Easter it had to be ham. That is family tradition! My mother hated ham and she would cook it on Easter to please my father who loved it. I adore ham and cook it more often than this spring holiday but always do serve it for Easter dinner. It just seems right somehow.
My brother is a professional chef so he takes care of making sure all is carved to perfection. (This is one of the few photos of my bubble gum pink kitchen. I loved that kitchen!) We would then all sit down to eat and just enjoy each other’s company. With everyone having such busy lives the holidays seemed to the few times a year we could get all together even though we lived close to each other. There would be lots of laughter and lots of good food.
All too soon it would be time to pack the little bunnies off to their own homes. I would be left with the memories of another wonderful Easter Egg Hunt and another year’s photo in the window seat. Not to mention one great big mess. But it was worth it. I loved every minute of it!
What do you do to celebrate Easter?
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