Not quite what I had planned…

April 12, 2009

It will be interesting to see how this Easter is viewed in the family history.  Although it’s not been the least bit traditional, it’s certainly been a day with lots to tell about!

Sarah & D’Arcy arrived home from the hospital at around 12:30 am.  She doesn’t have meningitis, but does have a full-blown case of strep throat.  We managed to get the antibiotics they sent home with them into her, and exhausted, she went right to sleep in her own bed. 

The Easter Bunny left a pretty stern note on the gate at the top of the stairs, with a reminder that Sarah had had a late night in the hospital and no one was to start the search until all four siblings were awake.  As it turned out, Olivia developed a temperature and started vomiting through the night.  (Five times – will this bug ever leave this house??) 

Evan had taken me aside last night and asked, “You do remember that you told me about the Easter Bunny last year, right?!”  When I replied that of course I remembered and assured him that because he’d been so good about keeping the fun alive for his siblings, the Easter Bunny would also be coming to him, he was visibly relieved and said “YES!!”  I could tell a huge weight was lifted off his shoulder.

It was close to 7:30 when the oldest three went downstairs and we allowed them to start to hunt for Easter eggs as long as they promised to leave some for their sister.  They had a great time searching!  (Because of Olivia’s allergies, the Easter Bunny leaves plastic eggs filled with loose change instead of candy – they love it!)  We had a returning guest, an older gentleman, staying with us and he was delighted to be a part of their excitement!  He is a maple syrup producer and even brought them a little bottle of their own to share!  (Since they’re normally stuck with Aunt Jemima while the guests get the good stuff, they were thrilled!!)

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The Easter Bunny even left eggs in their footwear...

The Easter Bunny even left eggs in their footwear...

...and a special treat in each of their laundry basket(s)!

...and a special treat in each of their laundry basket(s)!

Alex's microphone for karaoke - does he look a bit excited?!

Alex's microphone for karaoke - does he look a bit excited?!

Evan & his new baseball bat

Evan & his new baseball bat

Sarah & her new baby

Sarah & her new baby

Mommy must remind the Easter Bunny next year to hide the treats where there isn’t so much clutter & mess!  Olivia woke up and came down around nine, not quite sure what all the excitement was about. 

Poor sick girl!

Poor sick girl!

She got into it pretty quickly though with her siblings’ help and was thrilled to find a baby just like Sarah’s!

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D’Arcy took the boys to Mass and as they turned around the corner of our property, this is what they discovered:

The retaining wall on the north side of our property

The retaining wall on the north side of our property

It had rained copious amounts last night; forecast as snow, but we were happy it fell as rain… until we found it washed our 105 year old wall away!!  D’Arcy spent the afternoon trying to clear off the sidewalk and get it stabilized so that more doesn’t fall over.

Once he got into it, he realized the morter has turned to powder!

Once he got into it, he realized the mortar has turned to powder!

The boys were able to go to my parents’ house for dinner around 4:30 and my mother was kind enough to send dinner down to us (Lamb kabbobs with homemade mint jelly, German potato salad, bean salad, orange salad, and roasted root veggies; cake with fruit & rum sauce for dessert.  She sent safe ham, carrots, applesauce & banana muffins with sorbet and apple juice boxes for the girls!)  “Jesus Christ Superstar” was on and D’Arcy & I both love that movie, so we lit a fire and had dinner in the living room (by candlelight) while watching it.  Sarah enjoyed all of the dancing and because we had talked about this in Sunday School last week, she could follow a lot of the story. 

The romantic, candle-light Easter Dinner (photo taken by Sarah)

The romantic, candle-light Easter Dinner (photo taken by Sarah)

What are we exposing our daughter to?  She liked King Harod and his fancy pants...

What are we subjecting our daughter to? She loved King Harod and his fancy pants...

 The boys are sleeping over with their grandparents & the girls have gone up to bed.  I’m hoping they’re not sick again, especially since Olivia last threw up around three and then had a full supper…  We’re planning to enjoy our Sunday night date night, watching the Amazing Race in front of the fire.  Although I missed seeing any of our family, had to clean up an awful lot of bodily fluids, am looking at potentially spending thousands of dollars to rebuild our wall, and we suspect something has died in our back porch (but we can’t find out where the smell is coming from) it’s actually been a really nice Easter and we ended up spending quality time together…  I’m just hoping for a better sleep tonight and maybe back to tradition next year…

Daddy & his girls

Daddy & his girls

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