Easter Bonnet Parades and Pillow Fights
Well, I didn’t think it would happen, but we had a pretty eventful Easter. This was our first major holiday away from any and all family and friends, and it was actually really nice! I was apprehensive about how the day would play out, especially because I decided to cook my very first Easter dinner.
We ordered most of the food from our local grocery store for delivery. When they called me an hour before drop-off to tell me they were OUT of turkeys, I flew into a panic. I called around and eventually found a nice, all natural (etc., etc.) 12 lb bird at the Whole Foods Market in Union Square. Fortunately I only took Birdie along with me, because this was happening:
It was easily the most packed and absolutely crazy busy that I have ever seen it. SO packed, in fact, that I could barely push my stroller through the streets. Only in NYC will a massive pillow fight get in the way of some last minute grocery shopping. I got all of us home safe and sound though, and it only took me two hours.
That night I prepped some of the food for the following day and filled their eggs for the big apartment hunt. Last year and the year prior, we had no less than three egg hunts outside in the beautiful California sunshine. Bubba would decorate eggs at his grandparent’s houses and enjoy a bounty of loot from all sides.
This year, the egg hunt was inside our apartment (which will be really difficult as they get older. Even they already know each and every nook and cranny of this place), along with their hidden Easter baskets. It was a really fun morning and they both had a blast. We got the turkey cleaned and stuffed, and headed out to 5th Avenue to watch the annual Easter Bonnet Parade. This was one of, if not the most beautiful day I have seen in Manhattan. It was truly gorgeous. The perfect day for a parade.
… and then headed to Central Park…
By the time we got home the turkey had smelled up our apartment and it was wonderful. It smelled just like it does when my mother cooks. The kids got to open their Easter baskets and goodies from their grandparents, and then we sat down to enjoy our first holiday dinner alone together. It was lovely, and obviously bittersweet. I have to say too- what a sense of accomplishment I had after fixing that huge meal! Turkey, stuffing, yams, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, and finally home made cupcakes. Lots of dishes and leftovers. Lots of love to go around. It looks like I just may be able to swing this life in NYC after all.
I hope you all had a nice holiday and are enjoying the beginning of Spring!
If you get a moment, you should check out my dear friend Angel’s blog, Acute Angle. She is a stylist for Banana Republic online and one of my oldest, most wonderful friends. She is so creative and her vision and writing is captivating. We were two little fashionistas in high school and she decided to feature a post on us back then. Love me a little nostalgia. Thank you, Angel!
Happy April! xxoo