Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Look at our Easter

Chocolate bunnies &  traditional red Easter eggs given to the children by our neighbors.

Easter was a week ago and I've finally got my act together so that I could post some photos from our celebration. It's been quite a busy week given the kids are home from school. 

Our Easter was very quiet this year. Friends that have spent the last two Easters with us moved back to the U.S. two weeks ago and another family that we invited informed us, on Friday, that they would be going away to a  spa resort for the weekend  instead. I ordered the lamb on Thursday. So, we had a much bigger lamb than we needed but everything always works out in the end. 

Enjoy the photos...
The coffee table ready for Easter. 

Here's a photo of Alexandra before church on Saturday night. The lambatha(candle) she was holding was decorated by her with her Yia Yia & Thia's help. The kids received many lambadas this year, typically they are given to children by their God parents/oi noni. 

A quick family photo before church. Foti is missing because he was sleeping. He was so tired and we didn't want to wake him up. Last year he went to church tired and he was so difficult that we learned to just let him sleep. 

Here's Izabella with her lambatha and the pretty dress that her Nono/God father bought for her. 

After the church service Alexandra is holding the Holy Light and ready to play tsougrisma. Izabella's egg cracked last so she'll have good luck for the year. 

Outside of the church after midnight- everyone is leaving with their lambathas to bring home the Holy Light. 

The children decorated their eggs with Yia Yia and Thia, they were so proud. Izabella's is the one with the face, Foti's with the ribbon and Alexandra's with the flowers. 

Early in the morning on Easter Foti helped Kosta clean and prepare the lamb for the souvla/spit.

Ready to go... sharing a proud "guy" moment. 

Myself with my proud little man. A proud "mom" moment. 

Foti enjoys snacking on tyropita near the lamb. Gigi wants a piece but we don't allow her to eat our food. Poor Gigi. 

Izabella spent a lot of time with her tortoise on Easter. 

Homemade Restina given to us by our neighbor. Actually, it's mine. No one enjoys it more than me!

Pouring myself a glass of Retsina. 

The lamb is ready! Time to eat...finally. 

A quick shot of the table. I was in a hurry to eat so I snapped this very fast because I was hungry! 

Finally, here's a shot of a pear blossom. We roasted the lamb near our pear trees that were in full bloom and thoroughly enjoyed their blossoms. Later in the evening we had friends stop by for coffee and dessert which was a nice way to end the day. 

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  1. kosta, you are eating really well!

  2. Maria...he says the wind was blowing his shirt from the back! ;)
    so funny...

  3. It looks wonderful. So much of this post is stuff I miss about Greece, especially the wine in a water bottle! It all looks delicious, and happy Easter!

  4. Thank God there is a day that our husbands cook and we get to rest. Everything looks wonderful. Kai tou chronou!!

  5. @ Syd...I'm glad you enjoyed this post. Life is fairly simple for us now and Easter was very nice & pleasant. I was so glad that the weather was nice. Everything was delicious, so much so I couldn't eat for a few days afterward! :) How's spring in France?

    @ Ivy...Yes, they do the cooking but I still had to do everything else, but what I love about our Easter is that we keep it very casual without much fuss so it's relaxing. I usually make the salads about an hour before the lamb is ready so I have the whole morning to drink coffee and relax. I even had time to go to the neighbor's for a bit this year.
    Have a nice Sunday! :)

  6. It looks you had a splendid Easter holiday! Gorgeous pictures as always! Hugs.

  7. Phivos...Yes, it was nice. Thank always! :) Have a fantastic week!
    Sending hugs back :)

  8. There is something missing from these pictures...I can't quite put my finger on it...... :(