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A Birthday and Easter Celebration In One

I had such a wonderful weekend at home with my family!

Andrew had Friday off, and I had a half-day, so we left the city at about 1:00pm and headed for the foothills. Since we were able to leave early, we didn't have to fight traffic and made it up the hill in just a couple hours.

Since Andrew started on a new softball team here in the city, he wanted to stop at the batting cages to get a few swings in since he hadn't played since his move from San Diego. It was fun to watch him and enjoy the sunshine for a bit.

After a few rounds, we headed up the hill to my sister's house. I couldn't wait to see Phillip again! I can't believe how fast the past two weeks have gone. I definitely don't like being so far away. He has changed so much already! Seriously, what a little punkin!

**punkin: my friend Jen's word to describe something so cute you pronounce it, "pun-kin" instead of "pump-kin").

After a few hours visiting, i.e. staring at Phillip, we headed to my parents house for dinner. It's always so good to be home. Even though our apartment in San Francisco feels like home now, nothing is quite the same as going home to Mom and Dad's.

Saturday morning we were up early to go for a hike in the American River Canyon. It was a beautiful day, and quite warm. We did a loop on the Stagecoach Trail in Auburn. The wildflowers were really beautiful, and there were hundreds of butterflies dancing around us. But they didn't want to stay still long enough for me to snap a photo.

Once we made it down to the river, we walked over to the confluence, where the North Fork and the Middle Fork of the American River meet, to check out some Indian grinding stones. Andrew had never seen them before, so my Dad, the California history expert, gave us a lesson. They're pretty cool; it's so interesting to see those historic reminders juxtaposed with modern day life. It's fun to think about what it would have been like back then, and how things have changed.

After our hike, we met up with some of my friends for a lunch. Andrew can't go to Auburn without stopping for a pork mojo sandwich at Joe Caribe. It is seriously the best pork sandwich you'll ever eat. I definitely recommend it, even if you're just passing through Auburn on your way to Tahoe.

Saturday night we watched a great movie, Midnight in Paris. I loved it! It definitely has me itching to get back to Paris. I think Andrew and I need to start planning a European adventure.

Easter morning we woke up to my Mom’s fresh baked hot cross buns, fruit and a latte. I was so looking forward to spending the day with family. Not only was it Easter, but my sisters birthday also happened to fall on Easter this year, so it was a double celebration!

I was a baby hog all day, but since I live so far away, no one protested. It was so nice just visiting and relaxing around the house. My mom made a great brunch and we watched my sister open her birthday gifts, as well as Phillip’s first Easter baskets.

Phillip's Easter Basket from Auntie

Mr. Serious
Josh's Grandma meeting Phillip for the first time
Cutest Easter Bunny I've Ever Seen! That face kills me!

Overall, it was such a great weekend filled with family and friends. I already miss baby Phillip and can’t wait until the next time I can hold him. Thankfully I get a photo message each day from mommy telling me what they’ve been up to!

Also, a special happy birthday message to my sister! She is such a great Mommy, I love seeing her with Phillip. She’s a natural. I know this will be her best year yet!

I love you sister! 

How was your Easter? Did you do anything special?



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