Monday, April 21, 2014
Easter Weekend 2014
The weekend started out Friday afternoon with Greg, Carrie, Hadden, Spencer and little Nash arriving from Nashville. We enjoyed catching up over glasses of wine and a few cocktails while cooking dinner at Linden and Gene's. Gene once again delivered juicy steaks and chicken hot off the grill, along with roasted potatoes, hash brown and green bean casseroles, as well as multiple fruit salads. We enjoyed chocolate pudding for dessert.
Saturday morning dawned with the sun shining and a high of 73 degrees - perfect spring weather. I dropped off Jena's Acura MDX at Firestone, and Greg picked me up shortly afterwards and we went on our traditional Saturday morning jog. It's a great time to catch up one-on-one, and distraction free with my bro-in-law.
Afterwards, we finished a few To Do items around the house and watched some of the Alabama and Auburn spring games. Bama looks stout on D, while AU's offense will be one of the best in the nation.
Cason showed good effort in his Tee Ball game, playing Center Field, First Base and Pitcher. He performed the best while playing first base, hitting, and showing hustle running the bases. He even made a triple play by fielding a grounder, then running to home and tagging out 3 runners in a row. I have a great time coaching not only Cason, but many of the other boys on the team as well. We have a wide range of talent and effort, so it keeps me on my toes. Cason enjoyed having his cousins there to watch.
We came back to Linden and Gene's for another great dinner Saturday night with a Honey Ham, plenty of laughs, and too many sides to count. The kids racked up with overloaded Easter baskets from Linden and Gene, along with the yearly Easter Egg Hunt.
The next morning we woke up early on my favorite Sunday of the year.
"He is risen, He is risen, indeed!" It was another beautiful morning with plenty of sunshine, flowers blooming and a spring-like morning temperature. We made it to the 8:00 AM service, heard a great message from Pastor Chris, and left uplifted. We stopped by Kelsey's grave next and reflected on how much we miss our sister, aunt, and friend. Hard to believe it's been over 5 years since we lost her.
Next we enjoyed brunch at Cracker Barrel, and made a quick stop by Home Depot. You just can't have enough mulch, can you? The rest of the day was filled up with a trip to the grocery for the week's supplies, mowing the yard, and other odds and ends. We enjoyed a dinner of leftovers and thanked our lucky stars we live in the USA, for our family and friends, and our faith in Jesus Christ. It was a great Easter weekend.