We were in my hometown of Brighton for Easter. It's a lot of work to pack up the two little monsters, and monster paraphenalia, but it was well worth the trip.
On Saturday we had the family Easter festivities, which included my parents, my brother, sister-in-law and niece, and my aunt, uncle, cousins, cousins' significant others and cousins' children. In all, there were 14 adults and 6 kids under the age of 5. Cozy? Yes. Hectic? Understatement!
My cousin Karen organized craft time for the kids, which was fun. Zander had his first experience with markers, which left him with blue hands. He also decorated foam Easter eggs with foam shape stickers. He had a blast!
Everyone marvelled at how big Logan is. I'm telling you, the kid is HUGE! He was nothing less than entertaining for the whole family. He flashed his big smile with his two tiny front teeth, and batted his eyelashes and his big, blue eyes for all the ladies. What a flirt.
Much food was eaten, much drink was consumed, much laughter was heard, much fun was had, much cleanup was required.....much rest was needed!
Sunday was just immediate family....it was so nice to spend quiet time with my parents, as well as my brother Andrew, his wife Chris-Anne and our niece. We don't get to see them as much as we would like. Our niece, Georgina, is 16 months old, and changes so much between visits. She is absolutely adorable...and a handful! But I love her so much. I really wish we could see them more. Andrew and Chris-Anne are expecting their second child in July. I can't wait to see Georgi as a big sister!
In the afternoon, after all the kidlets were well rested, we headed down to the barn where are the "machines" (as Zander calls them) were parked. He got to sit on a tractor, see a dump truck, and get up in a big loader. He looked so proud sitting on the seat with both hands on the steering wheel. That was the highlight of Zander's weekend!
Zander & my dad on the tractor.
Zander's first ride in the loader.
Yup...that's Zander up there with dad.
Zander takes the wheel.
"Daddy, that tire is taller than you!"
"The only ride I got was bundled up in this crappy stroller!"
Maybe next time, Logan.
Everytime I go back to Brighton, I realize how much I miss living in the country, and small town life. Don't get me wrong...there are many advantages to living in the city, and I love my life here in Ottawa. But I was a small town girl until I was 20, so it's still a big part of who I am. It's just so peaceful there. And everything moves at a much slower pace. It's such a nice break to go back there.
All in all....best Easter ever.