Easter Weekend at Home

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all had a lovely and safe holiday filled with loved ones, turkey and lots of chocolate. Roger and I ventured up to the country this weekend and spent some quality time with my family. As per usual, we indulged in way too much home cooking and red wine. We exhausted ourselves running after Tundra, who insisted on embracing our newfound lakefront property. My parents' front lawn consists of a valley and it tends to fill up with water every spring, hence creating a large pond. Weather-wise, Good Friday was dreary and dismal. On a productivity front, it was wonderful. Roger and I crossed some important items off our wedding checklist! Step # 1: Get engaged. Step # 2: Set a date for the wedding. Step # 3: Choose a venue. We are officially passengers on the wedding planning train! We checked out the venue and started thinking about the guest-list and what we want to do for the ceremony. I imagine I'll have lots to blog about as we get closer and closer to the date! I'm so fortunate to have my family, Roger's family, and my girls on board to celebrate in and help out with the planning of our special day. April 20 - Planning Speaking of my girls, I asked my bestest bosom friend and childhood neighbour, Lindsay, to be among my bridesmaids. I brought to her an offer she couldn't refuse--a banana with my sentiments. We're extra weird; it's our little tradition to write on household fruits instead of notepads when we miss each other. Our friendship motto has always been "Don't ever become cool" and so far we're sticking with it to a T. She said yes to my banana question and cried like a wee tot. April 20 - Banana Saturday morning I went out for a tea with my friends Charlie and Naaz. We're spoiling each other lately with visits--birthday weekends in the city, lattes at home--April was a good month for long-distance friendships! I rushed home afterwards to help my mom with Easter preparations. She had a 24-lb turkey in the oven for our guests--both sides of my extended family--and needed me in the kitchen to make my famous cranberry sauce and gluten-free stuffing. April 20 - Happy Easter I also made eggs. I'm not sure what came first--the tray or the eggs, but eggs of the devilled variety have become an Easter tradition for my family. When we were little, we used to decorate boiled eggs and roll them down the hill outside my Granddad's house. Now we just eat them. April 20 - Eggs You can never have too many Easter flowers at the table! Or candy for that matter. April 20 - Flowers We had a new edition to our family this year! Jackson slept for most of the day and woke up just in time to say hello in the evening. It's amazing how the family dynamic changes when a baby is born; we all spent a good portion of the day either rocking him in the stroller or watching him sleep. The little cutie is almost two months old now! April 20 - Jackson We took advantage of the beautiful weather and played "Washers" while waiting for dinner to be ready. You pretty much take turns throwing washers with one hand and drinking beer with the other. April 20 - Washerss The dogs had a fun time playing around the yard (for Tunders maybe a tad too much fun.) He desperately needed the exercise; Roger took him to the vet and he weighed 104-lbs... just a big fat fat. Now he is on a diet and upset to be back at home after a super active weekend in the country. April 20 - Dog I tried to snap as many pictures as I could between socializing, cooking, and drinking wine. Surprisingly, climbing roofs is not an uncommon occurrence at my house and neither is boating in the pond in my front yard. Every family has its quirks; mine keeps me coming back for more without hesitation. April 20 - On top
April 20 - Bye Boat
I'm excited for the next holiday and for more wedding planning weekends!

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