Monday, April 08, 2013

Easter at the Ranch

When I was a little girl, if you asked me what my favorite holiday was, it would have been really hard for me to decide between Christmas and Easter.  Really hard decision.  I have always loved Easter.  It is the first big outing of the year with family and lots of picnicing food, and you can get dirty as dirty and it doesn't matter.  Some of my most memorable times are with my cousins and siblings at Easter. 

I still love Easter for those reasons, although now I also recognize the reason for Easter is to celebrate the Savior's triumph over the tomb.  What a wonderful celebration - a new birth, the resurrection, and the wonderful atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ.

So for Easter this year, on Saturday the Crane Clan headed up to the ranch and spent the afternoon doing the things  I love and remember about Easter as a child.  It was a perfect Easter weekend in my eyes.  Some of those things are

rolling Easter eggs down the hill with the littler kids

having the older kids join the younger kids roll eggs, get bored, and then start an egg fight

adults have a conversation about who has the best throwing arm and aim, as we watch from not too far away

contests where the adults enter into competition with the teenagers and show them up

4 wheeling

keeping the babies out of the cactus and pricklies

root beer smiles

older kids involving the uncles in the egg fight and then regretting it

big splash as the ringleader gets rebaptized in the ditch

fun with cousins, the first best friends

Easter egg hunt

sunshine on my face, being with those I love

overflowing Easter baskets

baby's first touch of pasture grass (not very soft this time of year)

eating a delicious potluck picnic

the best memories with cousins

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