Happy Easter Bunny!

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That was my best egg this year.  It is a self portrait, although I didn’t nail my peaches and cream complexion or the shape of my head.  I spent Easter Sunday all by myself.  I had a blissful 24 hours alone. We had our first guests of the season at South this weekend.  Jess went to Toronto with the girls to have Easter dinner with his family, and I stayed home to tend to our guests.

I adore Jess’ family, and I am sure I missed a delicious dinner, and general Parker revelry last night.  But having the house to myself is a treat I rarely receive.  We did do lots of fun Easter activities together on Saturday.  Our annual Milford Easter parade and hunt is always a high point.  There is a chance to decorate your Easter bonnet at the Milford library.  I can never seem to convince my kids to wear a bonnet let alone decorate one, so we tend to skip this activity.  Our whole town and community meet at the town hall for the parade.  We walk, bike ride, and stroll through town together with our silly bonnets to the fairgrounds.  The Easter bunny is there, as are real bunnies, and Jen’s dog always rides her donkey to the fairgrounds.  I feel like that dog and donkey team are the unofficial mascots of Milford.  They are there for every event.

IMG_4719Once the Easter bunny gives the go ahead, hundreds of kids run off searching for treats. Our Recreation Committee dispersed 8500 chocolate eggs for our hunt this year.  The kids sweep that field clean in a matter of minutes. There are hot dogs and hot chocolate to consume, and neighbours to catch up with.  It is a small town event, and it is one that I have grown to love.

IMG_4720 The kids and I decorated eggs, and we had a wee hunt of our own Sunday morning.  Jess made a delicious breakfast and then they were off to Toronto.  I spent the day reading the paper, walking my dogs and organizing.  The dogs and I explored one of our local beaches, and found a trail I had never been on before.  I had a much anticipated plate of Easter nachos for dinner with a glass of wine.  I ended the day, cuddled on the couch watching a chick flick.  It was a perfect day.

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Now my kids are home, each one showing me their Easter haul from Nanny.  Back to the noise, and the chaos which is just fine with me.  It was too quiet without them.

Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend!

Easter Weekend

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We are having a bustling Easter weekend.  It has involved egg decorating, sap collecting (we are getting up to 5 gallons a day from our two trees), the Milford Easter parade with lots of silly hats, a giant egg hunt involving thousands of chocolate eggs at Mount Tabor, Easter angels (older kids redistributing chocolate eggs for the hunt late comers), donkeys in hats, pigs in blankets, hot chocolate, fire tending for our sap, friends for dinner, friends for cheese and wine, sleeping in, a gourmet dinner by Jess, dog walking and chocolate eating.  There is still Easter dinner to come with Jess’ family and visits with friends in Toronto.  I hope the Easter bunny has been good to you and you are having a wonderful holiday weekend.

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