I went out into our back yard to hide the eggs about a half hour before my sister and her family arrived. By the time the egg hunt began less than 45 minutes later, some kind of critter had located one of the hard-boiled eggs and chewed through the shell. I tossed that egg into the woods for the animals to finish at their leisure. When I gathered the real eggs from the kids' baskets and counted them, I was short one more. I hope our local wildlife enjoyed their little snacks.
One thing I didn't notice in the yard while intent on hiding eggs: a long-dead mammal of some kind - probably a rabbit, heh - strewn across a corner of the yard, most recently, it seemed, by the lawn mower. We kept the children herded away from it. Fortunately I hadn't been dense enough to put any eggs in that portion of the yard.
I had noticed that there were a bunch of fairly large tree limbs on the ground in the back of the yard. What I hadn't realized until I stood in the yard and looked closely is that a dead tree had fallen onto our shed. It must have fallen fairly gradually and gently, because the only visible damage to the shed is some smooshed shingles on the back point of the roof. Today I collected tree service recommendations from my co-workers and ServiceMagic, and chose a company to come out, saw up the tree and take it away.
So anyway, the Easter dinner went pretty well. I ended up serving our food later than I'd meant to because I didn't take into account how long it would take for the ham to heat up all the way. That just meant everyone was extra hungry by the time we ate - except for the kids, who had that much more time to eat candy.
Incidentally, I got a huge amount of traffic over the weekend to my recipe for dinner rolls. I hope all of you anonymous Internet people enjoyed them. We certainly did!
For dessert we had lemon chiffon pie that my sister made from our great-grandmother's recipe. I'll post that recipe here sometime soon.
As soon as our guests left, my husband and I immediately took a nap for several hours. Ahhh!
This coming weekend I'm throwing a birthday party for my husband. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it goes as smoothly as last weekend's entertaining!