Friday, April 1, 2016

March 2016

March always begins with our anniversary celebration which is a meal made by both of us and enjoyed by candlelight with quiet music and, at least, an hour at the table talking about our hopes and dreams!

We were invited to brunch at T and B's with the whole family one Saturday morning. 

They have room for a kids table and that was quite a novelty for them and for us too! 

I just enjoyed the afternoon of chatting and drinking tea ....

and being served by the local "fabric food" tea house girls. 

I came home with the beautiful coasters that the were made with love!

A few days later we went into Vancouver for a few days.

We walked the Stanley Park seawall. 

Though the forecast was looking mostly for rainy skies we managed well to dodge the showers and spent most of our days outside. 

The flower beds in early March were already so beautiful. 

Every year when we spend these days in Vancouver, we walk through the streets with the beautiful historical homes that are on streets lined with Cherry Blossoms. 

The Olympic flames were lit on one day to celebrate something. 

We stayed at a place right in Coal Harbour and enjoyed a table with a view at the restaurant right next door. 

When the view is this pretty from my bed,  we sleep with the drapes cracked open to enjoy it from the moment we wake up. 

Just another beautiful area to walk with lots of blossoms. 

The annual gala at our Poultry conference is always a highlight for us.

Who doesn't love a chance to dress in our best now and then and enjoy a wonderful meal with family and friends?

This isn't exactly photo bombing but somehow it was fun taking a picture of them doing a selfie.

 The west coast MGCC girls met together to celebrate Ellen's birthday on a blustery Sunday afternoon.

I baked hot cross buns because we love them!

The flowers are so wonderful this time of year. 

The yard is fragrant with magnolia blossoms.

My little forsythia that I planted last year did it's very best!

I was given this beautiful orchid for my birthday and so I colored eggs to match and slipped on the Easter Egg wraps that Ellen gave me.

I totally forgot to make bunny ear napkins this Easter but I did come up with a fun place card posy for each person around the table. 

We had our family Easter on the weekend before Easter. 

I made Rhubarb Platz to go with our Easter meal. 
Fresh Rhubarb!
I love living on the west coast.

sometimes the west coast is called the wet coast and on the day we celebrated it was too wet to hide the Easter fun outside. 

That didn't make the job any easier for them though and it kept them busy for a good long while. 
Who knew a little bungalow could have so many hiding spots?  
Now they know. 

Bea brought crafts for the kids to do since it was clear that it would be an indoor day.

There was the traditional sprinkle your own Paska event!

The little girls learned how to make pom poms.

A month of so ago, my beloved cut down a bunch of low branches off of  blossoming cherry tree that we replanted at the back of the property after it went wild on us. 
The blossoms have gone from pink to white but I still enjoy them so much each year and don't feel at all guilty for cutting branches to open up inside.

We went to the car show again this year.
Car shopping is among my least favourite things to do but it is fun to look when I know it's just looking.

Robert Bateman was there painting scenes on a vehicle that he and a friend once drove around the world.

We went to visit the kids one weekend while they were camping up at Golden Ears campsite. 

Just so you know... the campground folks frown upon driving the family to the hiking trail.

Who knew?

I'm including this photo because the hike was an hour one way.
On the way back the littlest (still full of amazing energy and words) claimed he couldn't walk another step.

All of a sudden I saw my beloved come around the corner with this limp body.

I wondered...

until they got close enough.

The sparkle in his eyes is the best.

So then I got smart and gave Grandpa the bag of Mini Eggs and sent him up ahead to leave an egg now and then for finding.

Before he knew it, the hike was over!

I love this boy!

When our church advertised that those that would come to the 7 AM Easter service would be served Tim Bits, Anneliese texted me to say that maybe we should provide little Paska Buns.

So on Saturday before the evening service we started mixing up 5 batches of Paska at 4 PM and put it in the big bowl to rise while we went to the 5:30 service.

After church at 7 the bowl looked like this.

We asked a few good bun pinchers to come help us pinch off buns.

633 buns.

We set them on racks to cool.

Then Anneliese and I and our two good men iced the Paska and tucked it away for the 7 AM Easter service.

We left the church at 10 PM.

If they ask us to do it again next year I think we'll say yes!

On Sunday after church, we had our siblings over for Easter brunch.

And that my dear friends, 
pretty much sums up my month of March.

I wish you all  a blessed April.

All for now, 
with love,