Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

 The Contini's had a wonderful Easter weekend.  I was able to attend both Holy Thursday and Good Friday Mass.  As a family we always attend the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday night. It is along, late Mass (8- 10:30 pm), and a beautiful one, my favorite of the year.  I was proud of Zach and Joey, who served as alter servers for the Mass, no easy feat in a Mass this long filled with lots of different parts.  They did a great job.  As usual Vinny was asleep 10 min after it started, at times snoring so loud Pete had to roll him over (wish I had a picture!) Christopher was asleep before 9, and Pete snoozed off and on as well.  No matter, I loved it.

 Sunday morning we awoke to find the Easter Bunny had arrived--a jelly bean trail led the way to their baskets.  She got creative this year, and led the trail outside to the van.

Vinny can never give me a normal pose--here is his Thinker pose

 We never got around to egg dying, so did it Easter morning.

 We then headed over to Pete's mom house for our annual Easter shin-dig.  The highlight of the day is the big Easter Egg hunt--so big we do it in stages.  Above  are the younger half, waiting for the "Little Kid" hunt to start.  It is the 2002 birthdays and below.  In the front row you will also see Katie, my brother in law's sister who was visiting.  She is in her 40's, but has Down's so was thrilled to join the hunt.  She is a total crack up!

 My handsome boys!

 Katie ADORES Pete, and insisted he help her with the hunt.

 After a delicious brunch, it was time for the "Big Kid" hunt.  And we mean really big kids.  Most of them are in college (or beyond) with only a couple of high schoolers left in the group (including Zach).  Don't let their ages fool you--these guys are as in to the hunt as the little guys.  Maybe because most of their eggs are filled with money--this year Zach's take was about $37.  Not his best year.  One of my nephews made almost $100!

 After the hunt it was time to hit the pool--the weather was perfect for swimming.

 And then it was time for dessert.  I made an Easter version of my Kit Kat cake, along with some cupcakes.

Singing Happy Birthday to the April birthdays in the bunch!  With a family this big, there is always a birthday to celebrate.  I am so lucky to have married into such a huge, great family.  I love them all!

Hope everyone had as wonderful an Easter as we did!


Suzanne said...

I want to be a big kid at one of your egg hunts. What's the age cut off? When they get married? said...

What a lovely family you have. A doctor and a mom of 4 boys, I am beyond impressed. You cook and blog too. How do you juggle it all?

Michelle said...

Thank you Stacey! How nice of you to comment. How do I juggle it all? Not very well at times, that is for sure! I recently discovered your blog and am loving it!