Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Easter Time Once More

And as usual it was crazy and eventful :)

At work, one of my reps had the great idea of doing a "Secret Bunny" with the team. What that means is we all drew names, kept it a secret, and with a simple $5 limit we exchanged gifts the Thursday before Easter. An idea that originally sounded cheesy and lame actually turned out to be very fun and thoughtful. It definitely contributed to the unity of the team. As they presented their gift, they were required to say a few nice things about the person they drew and the rest of the team was to guess who they thought the recipient was. My gift was this beautiful flower pot for my desk! I LOVED it!

The perfect companion for my desk phone (which was far too neglected ha)

Enough about work....who cares about that anyway, right?

Thanks to BYU graduation happening during Easter weekend, we got to see the Spencer and Tuttle families! With this convenience, we took the opportunity to throw April a baby shower. No place better to do that than La Jolla Groves in Provo. Such amazing food! If you get a chance to go there, get their Salmon dish! To die for!

Alli, Erin, April, Amy, Stacy, Khirsten, and me

Can I just say that I LOVE what they've done with the Riverwoods Mall? It is so much better. I still say they need some more "normal people" shops. But they're making progress!

Behold, pictures from the madness at that Grubers:
Capri, Alex, Mya, Clara, Oliver, and Harlan
Too much cuteness for one creek bench!

A Gruber favorite past time

This year, my family did something a little bit different for the Easter Holiday. Saturday evening, we met up with the fam in Draper for a Passover Dinner. So fun and so interesting! We had fun learning about and eating the kinds of food they ate at the Passover Feast at the time of Jesus, as well as other foods that were eaten at that time. Check out the menu:

Beitzah - roasted egg  -- symbolic of roasted offerings sacrificed at the temple.
Maror - bitter herb - horse radish - symbolic of suffering under task masters
Haroset - fruit and nut mixture - symbolic of building material used by Israelite slaves
Karpas - parsley - symbolic of Israel's new life of freedom
Matzah - unleavened bread - represents Israel's quick escape
Zeroa - roasted shank bone of lamb

Other things we had representing the time of Jesus:
Lentil soup
Honey Comb

As you can see, we even semi-dressed up and ate on the floor.
We're legit! Ha

Thanks Mom for all of the hard work you put into this meal to make it so memorable and enjoyable! You rock!

Sunday dinner was spent with the Grubers. Dinner was delicious, as usual. However, I sadly have only one memory from that meal...or day for that matter. It all began when I was examining my next bite of delicious spinach salad. This isn't an unusual thing for me, Jason calls me an "examiner" whenever I'm eating a meal...always having to check my food out from all angles and with all of my senses before taking a bite. I think he exaggerates... but I digress. So, I was moving my salad around a bit while Jason and I were telling a story to the family. While I was "examining" I saw something dark and round in my salad that didn't seem normal. As I peered closer, my heart stopped and my head got very hot. I did not know how to respond to what I just saw. Should I tell someone? Should I exercise class and keep it to myself? April was sitting across the table from me and saw a look of alarm on my face. She mouthed to me, "Are you okay?" I just smiled and nodded. I then looked to my left where Jason was sitting two seats down from me and continuing our story. I looked at him with a funny expression and he knew something was up. This, of course, brought the table's attention to me. I looked down at my plate and said simply, "I'm a little concerned about this..." I then showed them all the lovely surprise on my plate. It was a small brown caterpillar that was starting to make it's way into my scalloped potatoes. As you can imagine, the table burst out in an uproar. Needless to say, nobody ate any salad after that. Word to the wise, thoroughly check your pre-washed salad bags.

My little salad friend

 Other pleasant pictures from the afternoon:


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