E is for Easter Monday

Happy Easter Monday, everybody! I hope that you and yours had a wonderful holiday!

As a Christian, Easter is a particularly special time for me and my family. On Good Friday, my home church had a special evening service. I’m such a mess of a human being, and it is always humbling to reflect on the sacrifice that Christ paid for even a fool like me. I don’t deserve His love, and am so completely wonderstruck that He chooses to give it to me unconditionally anyway!

On Saturday, I attended a Filipino cooking class at the local cultural center. Both of my parents are from the Philippines, but I was born and raised here in the US. So it’s always fun to learn more about my cultural heritage. After that, I went shoe shopping with my mom. I absolutely hate shopping. I don’t like crowds, and I’m not too interested in fashion (I would wear tennis shoes, jeans, and a t-shirt every day if I could. Curse you, social conventions!!). But I ended up getting a few new pairs in preparation for spring. I spent the rest of the day just hanging out with family — watched some tv, played some games (tried Hanabi for the first time; it was fun!). After that, I got some reading in before bed time (As to the book’s title, I’ll tell you this much: look for my review when we get to the letter O…).

Sunday was, of course, Easter. I helped lead worship at Church with my brother. He played guitar and I played bass. It was a good service; lots of new faces as regular attendees brought family and friends. While Easter is often associated with springtime and candy, to those who follow Jesus Christ, it is a reminder of our Lord’s resurrection and His power over death.

O Death, where is your sting?
O Hell, where is your victory?
O Church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead
He’s alive! He’s alive!
– “Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher

After church, we went to my aunt and uncle’s house. We had a potluck style meal complete with ham, pork, salmon, egg rolls, macaroni salad, rice, vegetable soup, and more. It was all so delicious, and as per my own personal custom at holiday family gatherings, I over-ate.

I have a very close-knit family with many cousins, and we always get into some kind of foolishness whenever we get together. Our Easter tradition consists of double elimination, tournament-style foam sword fights and several rounds of Ninja. Did I mention that we’re all in our 20s and 30s? Yeah… Once we all get together though, we revert to our eight-year-old selves. We’re all such geeks. I love them so much!

Once our rapidly aging bodies decided we had had enough physical activity for the day, we went inside to play some parlor games. This year we mainly stuck to Celebrity (We play a three round variant where round 1 is any clue, 2 is a three word clue, round 3 is Charades only) and Telephone Pictionary/Telestrations.

All in all, I had a wonderful weekend with my family. I am so incredibly blessed to live so close to my parents, siblings, and most of aunts, uncles, and cousins. I love them all dearly and treasure the wonderful times we share!

How about you, dear blog friends? How did you spend your Easter weekend? Any fun family traditions?

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16 thoughts on “E is for Easter Monday

  1. Our family traditions at Easter include getting together, having an egg hunt, playing games, catching up and basically tormenting one another! I got to see my brother this weekend, and I haven’t seen him in a few months. I adore my brother – we’re like two peas in a pod so it’s fun and annoying for everyone else when we’re together šŸ™‚ Your Easter sounds wonderful. I’m glad you had a good time. My bro is a military man and doesn’t go back home until Wednesday, so we have plenty of activities planned and fun will be had by all!

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  2. I love that you played Ninja – not one I have played myself, but we have watched videos of the SourceFed crew playing it and it seems like a blast!

    Our Easter included other games, including Takenoko and Tragedy Looper! First game of both for most of us, so that was a lot of fun. And I even remembered to take pictures to share on social media… šŸ™‚

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    • Haha, yeah, Ninja is super fun. I love Takenoko! (Though anything with an adorable panda = instant win for me, haha.) I’ve never heard of Tragedy Looper before, but it sounds really interesting! Will have to check it out šŸ™‚

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      • It was a recent find of ours… it’s a one-versus-many game where you play as time travelers trying to stop something bad from happening! You repeat the time period multiple times trying to figure out how you can stop the bad thing from happening! Very fun trying to solve the mystery, trying to out-guess each other, trying to communicate telepathically so that you can work together as a team… yeah, that last part didn’t work very well šŸ™‚

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