We’ve been told we’re “original”, “unique” and “different”. I think that may be because people have a hard time finding nice words to describe our family. We live in a community that was mainly ag and fire brick industry based until about 10 to 15 years ago. The fire brick industry dried up in this community. Ag is still a large basis but it’s mostly row crop farmers in our county. We only row crop to support our beef cattle habit. Does that sound like an opening line to a rancher’s anonymous meeting? Maybe that’s our ministry.
Mike and I both had Good Friday off from the town jobs. That set us up to celebrate Easter weekend in our own unique way. We started our day – Mike and Chris getting everything set up for flushing a cow and semen checking bulls, while Kailey and I ran errands.
When we got back home the vet was just heading into the house to look for eggs. Easter egg hunt #1 was under way. We grilled some steaks for lunch while Brittany and the kids showed up. Vet decided he should have more eggs that what he was finding so he went back out and flushed her a second time. Egg hunt #2 ensued. We ended up with 16 eggs by the end of the day! Success!
In the meantime we took Avery and Wyatt outside in the back yard and planted jelly beans. Great Grandma Bastian may not be happy with the planting skills we taught Avery. Drop and stomp was the method we employed in planting the jelly beans. Today was the first day of sunshine we’ve had and we all enjoyed just being out soaking up some Vitamin D.
We ate lunch then Chris and Kailey got changed and we started on their engagement pictures. Avery decided she needed to be the photographic director. Chris asked her if she was going to be Pearl when she grew up. “Uh-huh.” Pearl has been the only livestock photographer the boys have known (other than their mom) through the years. She took Jesse & Brittany’s wedding pics and is doing Chris and Kailey’s this summer. Avery has some big shoes to fill.
By the time we finished engagement pictures, it was time for Mike and Chris to go get hay from Grandpa Bastian’s farm. Avery and Kailey rode along in hopes of Avery taking a good nap. She did fall asleep but we’d worn the poor girl slick. Brittany, Wyatt and I stayed at the house, looked over some pictures and snuck in a short nap.
Mike and I went to Good Friday services that Genesis held at the Mexico Middle School. It was a unique, interactive service that was very good for us. When we got back home Brittany had the oil heated up and we started frying fish, chicken, potatoes, onions and biscuits. We also made some shells and cheese for Avery. We ended up with everyone just standing around the counter in the kitchen eating it as it came out of the oil. I couldn’t imagine a more informal, casual and perfect for our family Easter meal. I’m thinking this could become a tradition for us. As our kids get older and have more kids, there’s more and more demands on their time at holidays. If we can schedule a celebration for a more relaxed time, that might just be the best gift we can offer them.
After supper I put out some eggs filled with tea lights and some others that were pre-filled with candy. We left the porch lights off and it was after sunset by that point. Avery and Wyatt both seemed to enjoy the glow in the dark eggs. After Avery collected the eggs and Wyatt had chewed on his glowing one, we went inside for the to get their Easter gifts. Wyatt really enjoyed his little sports balls and book, Avery was excited for her bubbles and chalk and Mike and Jesse played with the ball and velcro mitts.
Yes, everyone was exhausted, but it was a celebration that I will treasure, no matter how untraditional.