Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter crazy

Sunday is coming up really fast.  It's the one time a year that I actually get to break out the China and have my family over for a sit down dinner.  That's my favorite.  Sitting around a giant table (well, actually 3 tables connected oddly through my dining room and living room and after 3 years I also have matching table cloths!!) and having barbecued leg of lamb and roasted fresh ham with all the trimmings.  MMMMMmmmm...
The laughing and the stories about my grandparents start pouring out about as fast as the wine.  Nothing beats it!
We missed it last year - one kid decided to throw up in the middle of the easter egg hunt at 6AM.  By 9, I had $150 worth of groceries in my car headed to my aunt's house so she could host everyone minus us. 
This year, I am determined - Purell everywhere.  Attached to my key chain.  On the kitchen counter.  Anti-baterial wipes in the car - and thankfully, even the grocery stores provide them now!
Now, here's a story in a story.  Yesterday, we went to jiu jitsu as we do every Wednesday.  It's our routine.  Little man's class first and teacher ends it with a game of freeze tag and then big little man's class ended by a game called "steal the bacon" - don't ask - it's weird.  So, yesterday, Sensei decided to end Big Little's class differently and played his own version of dodgeball to which my big little starts crying and running over to me disappointed in himself that he is crying.  He wants to play steal the bacon - but, also, doesn't want to cry at the fact that they are not playing the game that he wanted to. (did that make sense?)
Unfortuneately, he gets that from me.  I am a creature of habit.  I do not like routine to be disturbed.  It's kinda like OCD.  Maybe it is, I don't know. 
So, when last year was disturbed by a vomiting child, I was highly disturbed.  NOT blaming the kid.  He couldn't help it that he was sick.  I get that part.  It was everything else.  I was disappointed that I wasn't cooking this huge meal and having the family around the table (now think about that butterball commercial that the guy is carving a turkey to "hallelujah" and then he's brought back to reality by a screaming baby) 
That messed me up for a while.  I was upset for my child.  I was upset for me.  It sucked. 
So, here's hoping that this year I get my sit down dinner with my lamb and ham and all the trimmings.  I hope to have all the cleaning done by the end of today so I can actually enjoy myself this weekend.  From this moment on, my children will not come in contact with any outside presense - (please don't tell them that)
The groceries are bought and thought that I would share my menu with you as a send off to a happy weekend and a Happy Easter: A crudite platter to start things lite!
BBQ leg of lamb with gravy
Roasted Fresh Ham with gravy
Mashed potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
BBQ sweet potatoes
Applesauce (gotta have the applesauce)
For dessert:  Bunny Cake, Boston Cream Cupcakes, Cheesecake, and Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes.

Hope that makes you a  little hungry!  Enjoy your weekend everyone.........


Amanda Joy said...

Sounds yummy, especially the BBQ Sweet Potatoes:)

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An Irish Italian Blessing said...

Wow your menu sounds delicious!! I really hope everything goes off without a hitch this year, I think it will : )

VE said...

My oldest daughter is OCD about routine changes like that too.

Karen F said...

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Kirsten said...

I am now hungry.. that sounds delicious ! Thank you for sharing your story. You write like I do. Love it.. ;)

By the way I found you on VB ;) and I am now following you.


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