Easter Antics

Easter is hands-down my favorite holiday. It’s in the best season with the best holiday food and especially candy. The church services during the Triduum are some of my favorites all year, and we are reminded that Jesus has conquered death and we have nothing to fear. What’s not to like?

This year Gavin and I attended the Vigil mass at our parish again. It was just as magical as always, with the darkness, bonfire, candles, Alleluias, and baptisms, and I found myself crying during the offertory because the veil seemed unbearably thin and I was imagining our loved ones in heaven preparing to celebrate Easter with Jesus. Oh my goodness, how incredibly beautiful to think about.

On Sunday, we went out for lunch and ate barbecue at Sugarfire and then had my parents over for dinner. The weather didn’t really cooperate with the grilled meal I had planned, but it was delicious nonetheless.  We had pork tenderloin with a wet rosemary-honey rub, scalloped potatoes, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, and sugar cookies.

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This week I’ve been at work in our little yard, bundling more bush honeysuckle, spreading my weight (and then some) in manure, and hoeing up weeds.  Watching the flowers bloom in turn and preparing for the summer bounties ahead makes me happy and hopeful. There’s just so much to look forward to in the spring.

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Colorado!

Gavin and I spent last week in Colorado! The first half of the week we were skiing with his whole family around Avon.  I had never skied before, so we went skiing ahead of time at Hidden Valley here in the St. Louis area so I could master the super-basics.  The first day we still started too hard and I fell a lot on our first run. Fortunately Gavin went out and found the easier green runs and I wound up having a lot of fun despite my lack of skill.

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We spent the last couple of days in Denver catching up with friends who have made their way there. We ate ramen,  walked around Boulder,

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visited the Capitol,
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saw the blue bear,

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took tours of Hammond’s Candies and Celestial Seasonings, ate brunch at Snooze at Union Station, bought the requisite souvenir Christmas ornament, and visited the Forney Transportation Museum.

And we even saw a prairie dog.

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