So, long time no blog. 
Thanks to some ongoing car drama we weren’t able to get home to England for Easter. 
Gutted doesn’t even start to cover the way I’m feeling about missing out on seeing my best bud run her first marathon, spend some time with my grandparents, see one of my school friends get married, show off Cora to her family, and spend a weekend on my Mum and stepdads boat. 
Sick to the stomach doesn’t even cover the way I’m feeling about the fact that repairing the car has cost as much as 7 flights to Florida and 2 days at Disney (and is now running into the 12th week being fixed) 
I feel like my entire life I make plans, and 90% of the time they just don’t work out. I would love to say Im ok with this but Im totally not and it annoys the hell out of me!! Part of me thinks maybe planning is not the way forward, but then I get really antsy if I have no plans, I need a happy medium between things set in stone and plans that change. 
Here is what we got up to this Easter (apart from generally being depressed and conquering said depression by eating my own body weight in chocolate) 

We picked up some new threads from the highly regarded designer emporium commonly known as Penny’s, we also repaired the Wendy house and have been enjoying the sunshine and playing Drs, shops, mummy and daddy’s house, and Kakey (when Amelie pretends to be Auntie Katie living at Uni and I get to come and visit her and eat gooten free stuff)

We celebrated my baby seestahs 21st birthday with a meal and cake at my Dads. Have you ever seen 3 people look more alike? Vivi takes after my Dads side of the family looks wise. Kakey is off to America for a year in August and Im going to miss her so much.

My Stepmum is an awesome cook. She makes a mean roast dinner but puddings are her speciality, exhibit a&b above = Orange Cheesecake and Fruity Pavlova. Nom nom nom.
The boys had 3 days at Granddads house and came home with cries of “Nanny Annie always has pudding after dinner”. Need to up my game.

Upping my game started with the above creation. Sponge cake, raspberries in one section, plain in the middle, banana on the right, serve with custard. Pudding = done.

Part of staying at Granddads house meant two days at Pony camp. Both boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and now know all about hoof picking and grooming. The transition to country from city kids is ongoing. 
***Note to self – show kids ‘City Slickers’, classic city/country horse drama comedy*** 

We made cakes. Everyone made their own batch and we took some to our friends house. Maxi thinks it better to make 11 small cakes and 1 large one for himself than 12 equal size cakes, Maxi is not Marxist material.

We painted. Good Friday – Easter Sunday was sunny sunny sunny. We managed to get out on the deck and do some arts and crafts and generally feel the sun on our skin and get some vitamin D. The patio set has been freed from the shed and I’m actually writing this in the sunshine on le deck.

Vivi the menace is in to everything and loved painting. Not only her paper but herself, the house, the deck, the grass, the baby…and so on. 

Chocofest 2014. We have this tradition on days of importance that we usually congregate in our bed for tea and cake (on birthdays) before we start the day. The Easter Bunny came early this year (6.23am to be exact) so before going downstairs to hunt for eggs we had tea and chocolates in bed and talked about Easter. Mainly about how Jesus died on Friday and came back on Sunday, but as himself, not as a zombie, even though zombies are people who come back from the dead. After our pre-breakfast treat we had an Easter egg hunt and went to mass, where we learned more about the Easter story and only had to stop Maxi from interjecting with his zombie fact 6 times.

Which brings us to today – Easter Monday. We have another week off school, and probably another week with no car, plans are gardening, house sprucing and generally playing. I hope you all had a great Easter! 

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