Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Family Visit and a Well Shared Meal

Nothing beats family/friends get togethers. The Easter weekend offered just that opportunity.  Tie in a super Easter dinner and we were batting 100.  Our home came alive with with the sounds of the young and the not so young.
Two year old Easton heard that his Nana had set up a fun Easter Egg hunt.
Brie is a bit too young to understand all the fuss but she did observe what a family get together can be like.  She came dressed for the occasion.  Beautiful little girl she is!  We were missing Owen in person (his folks too) but Face Time took care of that.
Two month old Brie.
Basting the ham before starting the Easter Egg hunt.
It was not long before Easton and his folks got into the Easter egg hunt.  He was read the clues and had to go looking for the stash.  He did really well.....especially when he figured out that one stash was sitting on one of our motorcycles.  To his surprise, there was a little motorcycle there too.  He quickly forgot about chocolate and focused on the prized little two wheel toy.
Mom helping Easton with the clues.
Dad (Trevor) kept Brie involved in the action.....and she seemed to take in all of the fun. 
By the time the Easter egg hunt was over, Trevor's mom (Sandi) and his grand mother, Cleo were at our door.  They were some of our Easter guests.
Easton's maternal great grandmother arrives.
Brie and Easton did not lack for attention.  It seemed everyone's focus was on them.  Brie was coddled by everyone and it's always fun to watch adults get down on play mats to play cars with Easton. 
We Face Timed our Alberta family.  Easton is hanging on the little motorcycle toy he found during the Easter egg hunt.
At a pre-arranged time, we Face Timed Deni, Courtney and Owen who were with Jeanette's mom, along with other family members, enjoying a lively Easter dinner that Darlene (one of Jeanette's sisters) had planned.
Through Face Time, Jeanette's mom (cuddling with Owen) could see all the action at our home.
Jeanette's sister, Deb, along with husband Bob,  drove mom to Darlene and Toms' country home for the Alberta Easter dinner.  That is where Deni, Courtney and Owen drove to as well.  Face Timing connected our group, here in Langley, BC, with the Alberta group.  Great fun.
Jeanette's sisters with mom:  L-R  Darlene, Mom, Georgina and Deb.
Owen looked dapper in his cute summer time outfit.  I especially loved the debonair hat he was sporting.
Courtney, Owen and Deni
Everyone got the chance to Face Time and while all of that fun chatter was happening, Trevor chose to take Easton for his very first hot tub experience.
Easton's first time in the hot tub.
"Hey....this is fun...."
While Dad and Easton were enjoying the warm water, Jeanette was enjoying a short break with the food preparation to cuddle Brie.
Brie was exactly two months old on Easter Sunday
Our custom of giving each grandchild a new golf set was not forgotten on Brie.
When Easton was born, he was delivered a nice junior golf set.  That was two years ago.  A recent blog from Palm Springs had Jeanette and I present baby Owen with his golf set.  Now back home, it was Brie's turn to receive her golf set. That is three junior golf sets in our family.  I look forward to exposing our grand kids to the game of golf.
Golf is a game of honesty, integrity, friendship, mental toughness, precision and humility.  It is our belief that exposing our grand kids to the game - whether they choose to play it in their adult life or not - is good foundation in their development.  Exposing them is our only objective.  Should they choose a different sport(s) to focus on later in their development is completely fine. Our goal - not unlike any other sport - is simply to offer the exposure.
Jeanette brought out a pretty dress that Ginette wore as a baby.
Talk about nostalgia.  Jeanette had wanted to present Brie with a pretty baby dress that her mom had worn when she was a baby.  It was not long before Brie had the dress on and the cameras were busy taking numerous photographs. 

That beautiful little dress was a gift from my oldest sister, Rhea, who passed away from breast cancer, 20 years ago.  She loved gifting clothing and this dress has special significance.  A beautiful bracelet that she had bought for Ginette, all of those years ago, is now Brie's.  Very touching....!
Lovely bracelet for a little girl.
Brie looks as cute as her mom did in an earlier time.
Fun aside, our friends, Lorne and Mariette, rang the doorbell and once we had spent a good amount of time visiting, the chef called everyone to the table and our wonderful Easter dinner commenced.
And what a lovely meal it was.  Jeanette is a master in the kitchen.  Everything was incredibly good!
L-R  Ginette, Jeanette, Mariette and Lorne.
We gave thanks for the opportunity to get together to share this special holiday and to also share it with our Alberta family through Face Time.  What a great connection that was.
L-R  Mariette, Lorne, Me, Trevor's mom (Sandi), Trevor's Grandmother (Cleo), Trevor and Ginette.
Jeanette took the time and effort to prepare some awesome deviled eggs.  What a creative specimen of food that was.  We dug in!
Well decorated deviled eggs
Easton is devouring his deviled egg.
Suffice it to say that our Easter was shared with people we care about, and to spend it visiting and sharing a truly good meal is hard to top.  We are truly blessed.

Thanks for dropping in.


  1. As you said, there is nothing like getting together with friends and family. Our technology today makes it so easy to connect with those far away folks too. A wonderful family/friend celebration you had, thanks for sharing.

  2. a great family day!! thanks for sharing all the photos!!

  3. That sure looked like another great day!

  4. So much wonderful fun family time, creating great memories.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. What an amazing Easter you guys had with your family. Thanks for posting all the photos of the grandkids and all the other 'kids' including the grandmother.

    Nothing like a great, big family get together for sure.