This post was originally entitled Easter Extravaganza. But then I got an email today, and I couldn’t resist using the punch line as my post title. I was emailing a colleague about how nuts life is and mentioned our new baby duck (see more below), and she wrote back, “I can’t even imagine … I have enough to manage just with myself let alone with triplets and a duck ;)”
Well, it really was a wonderful Easter! I’ve written about how I truly love this holiday. It’s a chance to celebrate the central tenant of my faith and also spend time with friends and family. Because of my love of the holiday, I have historically hosted family Easter lunches at our house. I took a year off when the kids were infants, but I jumped back into hosting last year. However, my hostessing talents were rusty and reduced, and while I’m not back 100% this year, I have made great strides in getting my entertaining groove back.
I love love love to host events. However, these events are usually EITHER kids events or adult events. They are not kid-adult combo events. But this Easter was most definitely a combo event – 11 children and 11 adults. So tried to (a) mix up the decor so there was a little something for everyone, (b) do pot luck so I wasn’t stuck roasting a lamb for four hours, (c) loosen up the schedule.
First things first, before we all got gussied up and out the door for church (see here),
The biggest surprise of the day was that my sister-in-law did not want to return to Austin with their new baby Easter duck. This was met with great delight from my children, but possibly less so from me. It is cute, but it is also pretty darn messy and a little co-dependent to boot. Nevertheless, we now are the proud owners of Doo-Dah the Duck. Hence my earlier email conversation. Bray’s building the little fellow a home. How is it that the man that won’t let us get a dog has very easily settled into us having a duck as a pet? So I introduce to you, Doo-Dah Vincent: