He is risen indeed!
Because we don't live close enough to any family, we didn't have big plans this Easter aside from attending Mass. Gabriel is still too young to appreciate things like Easter baskets or dyeing eggs, so we gave ourselves a "pass" on all the little traditions this year.
|Us in our Easter finery...which we seriously didn't try to color coordinate.|
Maybe next year we'll get a photo with 3 genuine smiles!
Honestly, we hadn't thought very far ahead in terms of what we would cook on Easter Sunday or anything of that nature. Then, when we attended last week's local event for Catholic young adults some people we know asked about our Easter plans. Soon enough, we realized that we could all get together to celebrate! Somehow, between us still being new here, several people being in Europe leading up to the canonizations, and most people having their own plans with family, we hadn't realized that we actually had a couple of friends here that we could make Easter plans with!
|Excited because Christos Anesti! And maybe because...|
babies love to see themselves and/or phone screens!
At the last minute, Michael and I decided to host a couple friends for an Easter dinner. Instead of the traditional Easter ham, we decided to go with steak (which worked out well with our guests' preferences), mashed potatoes, a nice Malbec wine, and our friends brought asparagus, rolls, and a banana cream pie. They even surprised us with sweet little Easter baskets, hand-crafted out of Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs (amazing). It's a shame I didn't get any photos because our meal was a veritable Easter feast! Much more so than it would have been if it were only Michael and me.
We enjoyed the remainder of the evening by playing a game and chatting. Pretty soon it was Gabriel's bed time and our friends (who each had 20 and 40ish minute drives back home) took their leave.
|A snapshot of some Easter JOY!|
"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."
-Pope (almost officially "SAINT"!) John Paul II