Happy April everyone!
Let’s not talk about the fact that it’s currently snowing -_- let’s instead rewind to the weekend…
Saturday was one heckuva beautiful spring day: 60 degrees and plenty of sunshine! Bernice just received her LPC license and is getting ready to launch a new chapter of her life/career. A bunch of us went out to Longhorn Steakhouse to celebrate her big accomplishment. It was my first time eating there and although I found it pricier than I was expecting, I must admit the food was quite delicious. I liked the combo of this mini loaf plus big knife (side note: this bread was rather amazing).
It was a ton of fun catching up with everyone. I was especially happy to see Ugo as we haven’t seen him in a couple months. His wife recently moved to Connecticut and he’s been helping her settle into her new home. I can’t wait to get to know her :) It was also nice to chat with Jessica who just got back from a conference in Hawaii. I think we are in agreement that more conferences need to happen in Hawaii, especially during Feb/March when winter feels like it’s dragging on forever. For my meal, I went with salmon, steamed broccoli, and rice. It was everything I hoped it would be. I ate every last morsel on this plate then went in for another slice of bread :)
Per usual, I drank copious amounts of water with lemon and lime slices. I continue to be amazed by how much water I drink every day. I know it has to do with the increased blood volume that happens during pregnancy, but wowiee drinking water has never been so easy! A couple weeks ago when my thirst was at an all-time high, I actually checked with my OB to make sure it wasn’t anything to be concerned about (spoiler: it’s normal lol). We hung out for a while chatting and laughing over lunch, and I’m pretty sure when all was said and done, at least 3 of these glasses belonged to me.
Easter Sunday was another gorgeous spring day and I fully embraced it in an old but never-worn maxi dress. I got this dress several years ago and it’s been sitting in my closet waiting to see the light of day. I finally pulled it out when I was trying to figure out what still fits over the bump haha. I had actually forgotten all about this dress so I’m glad to have rediscovered it –> feels like getting a brand new dress all over again! The material has some nice weight to it while still being breathable and soft. It’s also nice and stretchy which means it’ll be able to accommodate the growing bump. It’s a winner in my book :)
We went over to Amy’s for Easter dinner! She is quite the stellar host and of course an absolute blast to be around. I got there early to help her get the Easter eggs ready for the egg hunt. Instead of candy, we put Bible trivia questions in each egg. Amy has a big piece of property (1.5 acres) and there were puh-lenty of good hiding places for all these eggs.
Easter dinner was UNREAL –> Amy kills it every single time she cooks, without fail. This time around she made caramelized carrots, baked ham, honey butter rolls, roast beef (not pictured), scalloped potatoes (not pictured) and an out-of-this-world pasta-bake that pretty much knocked my socks off. Amy said there was cayenne pepper in the recipe which is what gave the pasta-bake a lovely kick. I kept going back for little nibbles of the pasta-bake over the course of the afternoon and evening. So crazy good.
After everyone’s bellies were happily full, it was time for the Easter egg hunt! Turns out these things are not just for little kiddies! :D Joel’s face is everything. Since picking stuff up off the ground is not exactly my forte at the moment (hah), Joel collected eggs for the both of us :)
Somehow Jeff ended up with the most eggs, which I’m pretty sure was rigged because everyone knows he is Amy’s favorite :)
After the egg hunt, we cracked into the eggs to get our Bible Trivia questions! The questions were suuuper hard but the game was a ton of fun. Jeff ended up winning the game and scored himself a prize of $25 visa gift card.
Amy, Ro, and I went down to the basement to check out Amy’s game collection. She’s got some good ones in there! We took a vote on what to play, between Taboo (here), Apples to Apples (here), and Name 5 (here), and ended up going with Name 5. I had never played it before but it was a lot of fun! You have to name 5 things in a certain category (i.e., name 5 movies starting with “E” etc) <– this was way harder than I thought it would be!
The dessert spread was pretty incredible. Amy made some cute Easter cookies that looked way too adorable. Pastel colored M&M’s win the whole day.
She also made some amazing cupcakes topped with lemon icing. So much YUM. Lee brought over a cannoli pie which Joel loved. Latasha brought an Oreo ice cream cake that I found insanely delicious. So many irresistible treats!
I’d say it was a pretty stellar Easter weekend :)
You know what else made the weekend particularly glorious? I did not need my winter coat at all <– this is a super big deal, considering last year I wore my coat till May hah.
But ya know, after such refreshing balmy weekend weather, it appears that on this Monday, we have regressed a teeny bit back into winter. While snow in April is not necessarily unheard of in New England, is always a bummer to me. Luckily it is too warm for the snow to stick around for long. Come on Spring!
What did you do over the weekend? Without Googling, can you name 5 movies that start with “E”? Your thoughts on April snow?
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