Smiling.

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Birthdays usually don’t go as planned for me. Not to say that they’re horrible, but more like I seem to have child-like expectations and the day seems to miss it’s mark.

I have to say that this year I was more than pleasantly surprised. We really had no concrete plans, but I enjoyed almost every moment of it. Now, at the end of the weekend, sitting here with my cup of tea, I am happy.

Ry, the kids, and I went up to the lake house to see my Dad. I love it up there, from the quiet (my aversion to people) to nature, to spending time with my family… I almost hate coming back. We spent some time outside, the kids got to go on a walk on the shore to collect shells, and ate some delicious food. Between spending time with my family and getting some quiet moments, it was perfect. Ry and the kids picked out a matching bracelet and ring set made from spoons and we did an Easter egg hunt for the kids.

After all of that, we made the trek home. While we were up north though, Zach and Ryan built me a tea case. From cutting, sanding to assembling.. it was all them.

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I absolutely adore it! I love handmade gifts, and the fact that both of them worked together on it makes me tear up. I love it.

So here I am, end of the day, kid in bed and tea in hand. It was a good birthday thanks to my family.

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Easter for the Non-Religious

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It’s already Easter, March just flew by! ¬†It seems I was just bitching about it only being¬†February¬†and BAM! Tomorrow’s the first day of April. ¬†Easter weekend isn’t anything too special for my family, I haven’t been particularly¬†religious¬†since I was a kid. ¬†Basically after the trauma of losing my Mother when I was in 5th grade, Christianity just morphed into “being a good person”. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, I believe in God, I just don’t believe in organized religion or practicing my faith with in a church. ¬†What it comes down to for my family and I is regardless of what you believe, try and be a good person. ¬†I guess I’ll find out if that’s the wrong answer at the end of my life. ¬†*Shrugs*

Easter as a kid was a big production for our family. ¬†We’d all go (were dragged) to church in the morning after raiding our Easter baskets. ¬†After church we’d head to my grandparents house for an Easter Egg hunt and dinner. ¬†It was usually my grandparents, my parents, my sister and I, my Aunt and her daughter. ¬†Definitely some fond memories there.

Like I already said, my family isn’t too religious. ¬†I intend on teaching Nood about¬†Christianity (and other religions once she gets a little older) so she can make the decision for herself. ¬†So our house is pretty tame on Easter. ¬†Of course we do Easter baskets and egg hunts, and most years we go to my parent’s house where they do an egg hunt for Nood. ¬†This year we’re postponing it until next weekend.

One of the wonderful things about this Easter is that I had Good Friday off.  So hurrah for three day weekends!  Nood had a costume party at school on Friday, so I gave her the option of staying home with me or school, and she chose home.  So we hung out all day and relaxed.  Saturdays are always filled with errands here, so it was mostly shopping and cleaning, which we got a lot done.  Today though, today was extra nice.

Ry had to go help his sister move, so we did the Easter Baskets/Egg hunt first thing and then I dropped him off at the train. ¬†Noodle and I came back and hung out for a couple of hours this morning and then cooked lunch together. ¬†She helped make grilled cheese (with swiss on everything bread!!) and tomato soup. ¬†Lunch together today was different. ¬†There was no whining about food or any of that, she actually talked. ¬†Like told me her “great ideas” and what she wanted to do this summer. ¬†She’s a very vocal child as it is, meals are usually just punctuated with complaints since she’s the pickiest eater alive. ¬†So it was definitely nice.

After lunch it was finally in the 50’s outside and the sun was shining. ¬†We headed out in the backyard for a few hours, I got some writing in and Nood ran around like crazy alternating between the trampoline and swing set. ¬†I think the sun did both of us some good. ¬†Afterwards she helped me shell all of our coloured eggs and make Deviled Eggs. ¬†I even got her to try one. ¬†She tried so hard to eat it without making faces or complaining. ¬†I had to laugh and let up on her. ¬†Ha.

It was just really nice. ¬†I’ve picked up Ry already, and Nood got some bike riding time in on her new bike with the neighbor boy so everyone’s pretty content. ¬†I’ve sent Ry out to grill the skirt steaks I stuck in a marinade earlier, and for now it’s¬†eerily quiet as the kid relaxes.

I was a little bummed about moving Easter Dinner at my parent’s to next weekend at first, but I ended up having a blast with my kid. ¬†I wouldn’t trade today for anything. ¬†Besides, next weekend is a double whammy. ¬†My birthday (I’m growing down now) and Easter. ¬†Fuck yes, I’m going to eat everything and drink too much wine. ¬†:)

 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend too regardless of whether you celebrate or not.  Happy Spring!