Monday, March 24, 2008

Traditions

'New tradition' sounds so much better than 'last minute traditions'.
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Eggs aren't a staple in this house. The little guy hasn't started with them at his age, I am allergic, Sam is ambivalent, and Tom enjoys eating egg salad much more than making it.
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Much to my surprise, Tom bought eggs and the dye kit for he and Sam. I thought it was cute. What made me smile more, is that we colored the eggs on Easter morning. It was one of the calmest, most peaceful and relaxing Easter days we have had, well at least since we had the kids.
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Sam went for a long visit with Granny. It was great for him to spend time with Granny and not have to worry about someone chasing the little one or balancing the 20 minute visit around nap and travel times.
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But most of all, it may have contributed the the "peaceful" feeling of this Easter. Not because he was gone, but because O got to enjoy the space of the house and all the toys without being nudged, pulled, swiped, hugged, or stepped upon. We put some cd's in and he played by himself and his new bunny cars for hours. I am not exaggerating, at least 3 hours. We tried to get him to take a nap, but he would quickly answer "no" and continue playing with the cars and looking at books. Hard to fight with a quietly playing child.
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Not sure if it was the music instead of the television (we really need to work on keeping the TV off) or the full reign of the house, but either way, I'd like to make that morning and afternoon my new last-minute tradition.
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We had a great night with (get ready Keith): A Gluten Free feast including Braised Leg of Lamb with a Rosemary Raspberry reduction, Smoked Maple Cured Ham on the Bone, Four Cheese Potato Onion Bake, Grilled Seasonal Vegetable followed with Chocolate Puddin' with fresh strawberries and pineapple. (Does that sound better than Hopefully fully cooked lamb and jam, ham, casserole and frozen veggies out of a bag?)
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Ahh, the afterglow of a great meal, with great family and fabulous day.

1 comment:

  1. WGG-

    I check in on this blog periodically to see how things are with you guys... your easter sounds lovely and i am with you on a couple things- new traditions (creating them)- it sounds like dying the eggs on easter morning is a good one!! and TV.. I do pretty well with keeping it off (except for two videos a day)... but I do think music calms everyone down. I swear by pod-casts in lieu of tv... and that seems to work well for both of us also.

    i am ready for craft night whenever- can we make kid sized aprons? etsy.com is the perfect place for you and your crafts... you go girl!

    -Rhona

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