This weekend Jack and I headed out to visit my Mom in Chicago. My son Craig and his family were going to be in the area visiting his wife's family so we thought it would be a great time to get together and see them too. My Sister then decided to make it a family get-together and have a little early Greek Easter. She and my brother Greg put together a pit to roast lamb and the plans just kept on rolling. It turned out to be a bigger gathering than what I had anticipated with my other brothers coming with their kids and grandkiddos...I wish I had brought my kids and grandkiddos from Ohio with us when I realize how big this was going to be. It was a fun weekend with family, friends, food and most of all...happy memories. But first we had to have the best Chicago pizza in the world. So we ordered a couple of these beauties on Friday night...Yummo is all I have to say! (Not to mention calorie overload!)
Now that's how pizza is done right!
Saturday morning dawned chilly and cloudy and damp. But we had high hopes that the sun would shine and the temps would rise. It did just that. The temps were in the 60's later on but in the shade it was cool. We enjoyed the time outdoors anyway! Midge and I put the table cloths on and I thought the yard looked really nice.
My Sister and Mom made beautiful loafs of Easter bread for every family.
The lamb was done to perfection..and not pictured were the delish chickens roasting on the grill and all the other yummies that got grilled up for us.
What? You don't have Greek statues at your family gatherings?
I think we had enough food for an army...speaking of that, I think we actually did have an army!
My Mom was making sure the crowd was well taken care of. She tromped all over that yard!
We had a good showing of little kiddos! This is a swing full of cousins. We had games set up for them but they also found enough things to do to keep busy all afternoon.
My Niece's little daughter Brooke thought up the games. She wanted to do the egg race so we lined them up and handed out spoons and eggs. It was a fun game that everyone enjoyed.
They're off! We did this game a few times over and I'm not sure who the winners turned out to be!
On your mark, get set...GO! Some of the parents teamed up with their kiddos for the 3 legged race.
My Daughter-in-law Amy with her son Taylor...winners of the 3 legged race!
Next was the Easter egg hunt. Instructions were given out by my Sister and everyone got their baskets and headed for the front yard.
Taylor and Katie had success!
Sophie found some eggs too!
The games all done, the Easter egg hunt over and all the cousins have smiling faces!
A quick pic with my Son Craig's family before they had to head out.
This was the one we took first. My Sister noticed something wasn't right...Sophie thought it was the perfect time to grab PawPaw's mustache..and he did too! He's as bad as the kiddos!
So, let's do what this sign says..what the theme of our weekend get-together was...let's enjoy this wonderful life we've been given.