Four days of the most glorious weather combined with a relatively relaxed holiday made our Easter long weekend simply wonderful. I needed the sun - for my emotional and mental health - as well as a break from my online world. It's been a long winter.
Here's a recap of the highlights, although every minute was pretty sweet.
~ Waking up on Good Friday to two deer standing amidst the maples in the back yard.
~ Waking 2 sleepy boys to see the deer, followed by a leisurely breakfast.
~ Connecting with friends and family over lots and lots of ham.
~ Making Easter Brunch as a family: cider braised ham, maple baked beans, asparagus, scrambled eggs, and homemade Coffee-Glazed Doughnuts. Oh. MY. the doughnuts. (Yes, the recipe is coming.)
~ Enjoying brunch with family - and the first al fresco meal of the spring.
~ Catching up with the furry cousins, Roxy, Nelly & Tulip in our back yard.
~ Talking seriously about getting chickens.
~ Discovering signs of spring, and that the forest floor is carpeted with bulbs.
~ Finding the first crocus, only to see it trampled by little rubber boots.
~ Hours and hours spent outdoors, with a hand-built compost bin and fire-pit to show for our efforts.
~ Toasting homemade coconut marshmallows on that new fire-pit and establishing them as the new favorite delicacy for the summer.
~ Eating more meals out of doors than indoors.
~ Relishing in exposed knees and shoulders after a long winter, and even, the next morning, a touch of sunburn on the nose.
~ Enjoying the best part of camping -toasted marshmallows- but from the comforts of your own home.
~ Putting wasted kids to bed and staying up way too late with siblings and board games.
~ Watching geese, collecting rocks and hunting for worms on a casual day hike with friends.
Today we went back to the day-to-day stuff, but things feel different. I can compost now, for one. Then there are all those flowers in the forest to keep an eye on in anticipation of their blooms.
I also still have the canola oil from the doughnut fry-up, too....something tells me it's not going to go to waste.
Look for that recipe coming soon!