I think I'll work backwards, starting with Easter Sunday.
It's always a little tricky being away from home for holidays. You try to take some of the traditions with you and they may or may not happen. What matters to me is that the kids have a great time creating memories. And they did.
Holiday or not, being with their cousins is the "icing on the cake."
I was thinking about our Easter together, wondering what made it so grand (because it was)? We didn't go anywhere, we didn't really spend money, we didn't do anything fantastic, per se. But the sheer number of us made it GREAT (29 of us, I think). Getting that many people together who genuinely get along is happiness to me. It more than satisfies the heart.
We celebrated with the traditional Easter egg hunt and finding Easter baskets. We went to church and were filled with gratitude for the Lord. For giving His life for us and granting us the joyful hope of resurrection and eternal life with our families. Those who taught us at church were so connected in their messages, so sincere, and so Christ-centered, I loved every minute.
There were none of the normal, occasional squabbles amongst siblings because they all had a buddy-cousin or two to snuggle next to, reveling in the togetherness. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I love going to church. The fact that it was Easter Sunday was the cherry on top.