Monday, April 01, 2013

Happy Easter

We had a really nice first Easter weekend in Pinedale.  It was downright spring like with 50-degree weather.  Unfortunately, the wind, which can be brutal here, made it a little less appealing to be outside.  We persevered anyway and soaked up lots of good sunshine.  On Saturday, we went to the community Easter egg hunt in the park.  There actually were no eggs, just candy strewn all over the park.  Isaac was unsure about what was happening as we gathered with friends and neighbors waiting for the big event to commence.  While many other toddlers had to be physically restrained before the starting bell, Isaac just sort of walked around in a daze.  Once the hunt started, he did enjoy walking around and finding candy.  The whole thing only lasted about 3 minutes, and he wasn't quite quick enough to rake in the goods.  It's a amazing how quickly a couple hundred toddlers can make a thousand pieces of candy disappear!  I was actually glad Isaac's basket held only a little loot.  Isaac loved playing at the park after the mayhem settled.  He and Dad spent a long time playing at the pond's edge.

For our walk home from the park, we took the long route along the meandering creekside path.  As we enjoyed the beautiful, blustery spring morning, we laughed about how different spring is here.   Instead of cherishing a lush blanket of green and daffodils sprouting prolifically, we find ourselves celebrating the melting ice. Ha!

On Sunday, Isaac got to hunt for eggs (really eggs this time) at our house.  He thought that was pretty cool.  Luckily, he never did really figure out that the eggs contain candy.  I sure have been enjoying M&M's all weekend.

The most exciting part of the weekend was the garage.  After being in the house for three months, we finally cleaned and organized it.  It had been a jumbled mess of our stuff, junk left behind by the previous owner, and discarded flooring (carpet, linoleum, particle board, etc).  And there must have a been a foot-deep layer of dirt and grime on every surface.  Matt spent time on Saturday borrowing a trailer to get all the trash to the dump.  Then, we spent all day Sunday working on cleaning and organizing.  Now, walking into our garage is like a breath of fresh air!  Eventually we will finish out the walls and build shelving and such, but for now, just having it clean and organized is wonderful.

See how enthused Isaac was about the prospect of finding eggs?
After all the families and volunteers were gone, there were two left.
"Cheese!" again.
Pine Creek
We don't need Antarctica.  We have our own little ice caps.
That footbridge crosses from our neighborhood into the park, making the park only a few blocks from our house.
Hunting for eggs at home.
"Where are the eggs?"
Distracted by the neighbor's cat.

The Garage. Hooray!!
Happy spring, everyone!

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