Doug had to work at 3:30am. It's a bit of a bummer that he doesn't get holiday's off unless he takes that week off as a vacation. But the good thing, as painful as 3:30am sounds, was that he got time and a half and was home by 10:30am because, being a statutory holiday, it wasn't very busy.
Chaeli and I decided to head to the zoo. So, after doing my p90x Plyometrics, we headed off to the zoo, arriving only 15 minutes after it had opened. It was packed already! I was just glad that I was able to get parking in the front lot.
We only stayed for about an hour and half – enough time for Chaeli to take her Easter Passport to all the Pavillions to collect an Easter stamp. On the way out, she showed that she received all of them and was presented with a Reeces Peeces chocolate cup in the shape of a big easter egg. They had treats also available for those allergic to peanuts and other nuts, as well.
When we got home (and away from that crazy crowd), Doug was already there. Hopping back into the car, we drove off to our favourite Japanese restaurant for some sushi, tempura, spicy seaweed, galbi and bulgogi (it's owned by Koreans so there's a bit of korean food mixed in – which is a bonus for me).
As a new tradition, my family has decided to each take ownership of a holiday feast.
My aunt and uncle will get to keep Christmas and Chinese New Year. My parents get Thanksgiving. Which means Doug and I get Easter.
Which is fine – because Doug makes a mean leg of lamb. It's by far the best lamb i have ever had!
Tomato, Bocconcini & Basil bits with balsamic vinaigrette dip
Smoked Salmon and a lemon-caper cream cheese spread, wrapped around bread sticks
Fig, Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, and Baby Spinach with a lemon-honey vinaigrette
Grilled, marinated herbed & garlic Leg of Lamb
Roasted rosemary Baby Potatoes
Roasted Baby Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Bacon, drizzled with truffle oil and parmesan cheese
Fresh Strawberries, with Whipped Cream, Angel Cake sandwiches
Latte or Coffee
It was by far the best menu and meal we've ever created. My family was just floored and I think everyone was on a food high afterwards. 🙂
The Easter Bunny was a very smart bunny this year. Instead of leaving too many chocolates around that's never finished and eventually thrown out, he about half of chocolates of what he usually leaves. The rest were other types of treats including three sets of mini-gel pens (flourescent, sparkly and metallic ink – six colour each), some roll-on, scented soap, a strawberry shake mix and a Hammy the Hamster DVD (six episodes).
After brunch, we commenced the egg colouring. I have enough coloured, boiled eggs to last me everyday for two weeks!