Easter with Craig, Jodie and Tyler
Easter Egg Hunt, Boating and Fishing, Ham Dinner, Masters Open Golf

Sunday, April 8, 2007
Lake Wildwood, California

Posted April 9, 2007

Easter week as a family holiday has taken some serious blows as civil rights push out Christian traditions.  Now that the week is called Spring Break instead of Easter Vacation, teachers and school administrators feel no obligation to a specific date.  The week off now varies willy nilly from one school to another, so it is no longer possible to use the week for family gatherings.  Another bit of Americana has fallen by the wayside of diversity.

All that is to say that our Easter gathering this year was a small one, just Craig, Jodie and Tyler from Nevada City driving down 17 miles to spend the day with Grandma and Grandpa at Lake Wildwood.  I say "just" in the sense that there were just a few of us, not that it wasn't a great day with the children.  Soon after Craig and family arrived at about 2:30 p.m. we were out in the back yard hunting eggs that Mary and Jodie had hidden.

Before Grandpa could get downstairs and into the yard, Tyler already had his basket half filled.

Craig joined in the hunt to spur Tyler on, as if that were necessary.
He closed his eyes to compensate for his size, but only for this picture.

Meanwhile, Tyler was running so fast Grandpa's camera couldn't keep up.

Tyler had to unload some of his eggs onto Jodie to keep from spilling them.

Jodie enjoyed the whole affair.

So did Grandma Mary.

After all the eggs were found, Jodie put the overflow back into Tyler's basket, where he admired them.
Tyler then broke open his eggs to spill his loot into another bucket. Soon he and Craig took the speed boat for a ride and some fishing.  Meanwhile, Grandpa, Grandma and Jodie visited on the deck overlooking the lake and Grandpa went back to watch the end of the Masters Open golf tournament.  Some time later we all enjoyed Grandma Mary's ham, potatoes, buttered carrots, and spinach salad, and cauliflower dripping with cheese that Jodie brought. This was topped off with fresh coffee and cheese cake baked by Mary earlier in the day.  In the hour before sunset Craig and Tyler went back out in the boat and got a few nibbles. One day they'll actually catch some fish.