Easter Blessings, One and All!
April showers bring ...

Easter, 2014 ~ Light, Love, Joy!

 Well, good Wednesday morning, my friends ... long time no see!

So I took my little Easter "break," and then right when I was ready to jump back in and start blogging again - Typepad crashed! And boy did it crash hard. Hoping they have it all worked out now ... so fingers crossed, everyone!

But enough with techy first-world problems, I hope you all had a nice weekend and a lovely Easter Sunday. Ours was wonderful - so good to spend time with family and friends - and as usual, I took a ridiculous amount of pictures so I'd like to share them here if I may. 

:)

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"Hot cross buns" for Good Friday. One of these years I'll make them from scratch ...

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Baskets at the ready ...

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Hard-boiled eggs cooling ...

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Jelly beans soaking in vodka ... (more on that later).

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Just like magic, every year! 

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The baskets were hung by the chimney with care ...

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 Next morning, Earlybird was the first to the spoils (natch) ...

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 A few of my fellas ...

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Note the cats behind Little Bear ~ they were after that pink crinkly stuff! 

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 "Yay! My biggest brothers are awake!" 

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Easter egg hunt #1 ... a bit chilly that morning.

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 Palm crosses in pansy pots ...

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My grandmother's first set of china, so lovely on a pink cloth ...

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Our forsythia wreath hung indoors - one of my favorite spring decorations.

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It's just not a party without punch ... :)

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 Love these orange-hued flowers ...

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 Preparing our "signature" cocktail for Easter, 2014 ~ the Jelly Bean Martini!

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Pretty pink tulips ... photo by Crackerjack. :)

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Pansies on the patio (also by CJ) ...

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The colored sugar rims really made these drinks pop!

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(We ran out of lemons, so we used clementine wedges as well.)

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Signs of life all over the yard ...

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 Dinner is served! Ham *and* turkey for our group of 25!

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What's Easter without a baby in smocking? :)

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My Uncle Karl's Pineapple Upside Down Cake. As good as it looks, and them some.

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 My mum's "peep" cake for her grandboys!

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My Peter Rabbit cupcakes. :)

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 Egg Hunt #2 ... this time with cousins!

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Little Bear gets a smooch from his Daddy ... :)

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Peace be with you ...

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"You go this way, I'll go that way!"

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Little Finnegan found one!

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The bigger boys (my brother included) had fun with bats, balls and frisbees.

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 It was such a nice day - sunny and almost warm (about 55). Perfect for sitting outside!

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Me and my Little Bear ... 

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 Sunlight on pretty china, crystal and flowers ...

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 One last egg remained hidden ...

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Happy Easter from my family to yours! Thank you for sharing in our joy!

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