That's the best way to describe how things went this past Easter weekend for a first (and long-awaited) family get together with the grandchildren and their mom. We'd been vaccinated over 2 weeks prior to our weekend reunion in RI.
As expected and long-anticipated by us, there was the usual holiday event of egg coloring. While it had been a couple of years since we had last done this activity with both grands, they willingly obliged and joined in again. By way of a video visit, youngest granddaughter Lilliana, 3, joined in as she and her mom colored eggs in PA; the video photos didn't come come out good.
Naturally, both grandkids have really grown since we last saw them in 2019, which seems such a long time ago, 16 months to be exact. Bobby is 14 as of December and Ellie will be 10 years old this July. Both have been distance learning at home for nearly a year and expect to return to classroom learning by this fall — Bobby in 9th grade and Ellie in 5th grade.
A photo request resulted in a series of very happy faces from both Bobby, Ellie and Grandpa Grenville. It showed how glad everyone was to see one another again.
There was also a more serious look to photos of Ellie and with her mom, Shannon.
Although we were not able to visit with family members in other states, they sent some holiday pics. The top photos show granddaughter Lilliana in PA. And, not one, but two Easter bunnies visited my brother's NJ home to the delight of his granddaughter, Autumn (our great niece). Wearing her holiday finery, she posed with her grandparents after services. My brother also celebrated an Easter birthday.
We hope that your holidays had happy moments. Hopefully, this was the just the first of more family visits this year as travel becomes easier and, of course, safer.