I must confess, rightly or probably more wrongly, Easter in our house (a house full of chocoholics) is all about the sweet chocolate.
I remember my first Easter with hubby 21 years ago. He’d been rather generous in the chocolate giving department that year (40 eggs of varying sizes) and I was looking forward to indulging and sharing in the sweetness for weeks to come.
Easter Tuesday saw me return to work after four days off, with Mr C remaining at home due to his flex or day off from work. I remember arriving at work, discussing how pampered I felt and guesstimating how long it would take me to get through the remaining 36 chocolate eggs.
Little did I realise, at the time, the extent of Mr C’s chocolate addition. He honestly took sweet tooth to the next level.
When I arrived home to find not one egg left, I couldn’t believe it. Who in their right mind would firstly gift someone 40 Easter eggs and then secondly eat the majority of them IN THE ONE DAY?!
I knew admitting you had a problem was the first step, only there was no admission of guilt here. When questioned the best Mr C could come up with……
“it’s not like I ate them all in the one go. I had some for breakfast, some for lunch and the rest for dinner”.
We were living in Crows Nest, Sydney at the time and just down the road in Neutral Bay was a cafe aptly called ‘Death by Chocolate’. It was a chocoholics dream come true, for the rest of us, not so much but I decided then and there, Mr C was beyond help and this would be the perfect place to take him for his upcoming birthday.
These days my dodgy pancreas means ‘Death by Chocolate’ is a distinct possibility but that doesn’t stop the rest of my little family over indulging. Our three girls have all inherited their father’s love of all things chocolate and sweet. If chocolate does make it into the house alive, it needs to be under lock and key to survive.
Easter is no exception. There is something about good quality Easter chocolate that sends my chocoholic family into overdrive.
This year however, I’m finding Easter a little bittersweet and it has nothing to do with the chocolate or in this case lack of it as we all try to cut back on the sweet stuff (blogged here).
On Good Friday we spent the evening at Perth international airport, seeing Miss 16 off on the trip of a lifetime to Greece. Part of her Ancient History studies for year 11 and something she has saved hard for (almost $5k) the past 18 months. I’m so proud and sure Miss 16 will have a fabulous time but as a mother with one my daughters on the other side of the world, I’m also anxious.
Our goodbyes at the airport were rather short and sweet as well. Gone are the days where you can sit and watch your loved ones depart. Only ticket holders were allowed through at a certain point and Miss 16’s tour group couldn’t get through the check point fast enough. An entire 2 1/2 hours early.
There was a fleeting glance from 16 who seemed to take this international travel in her stride, while I noticed others in her group hanging off their parents with tears in their eyes. I’m not sure what I would have found more comforting or more bittersweet.
All I know is, Easter this year just doesn’t feel the same for me.
Do you have any Easter traditions? Is it all about the chocolate in your house?
With my chocoholic family it’s probably a good thing that on April 20, we are starting a low sugar lifestyle program as a family. If you are interested in hearing more or joining me head HERE for details and to enter my latest giveaway, as I’m looking for two like-minded mothers and their families to join me.
Now speaking of giveaways, let’s get the latest Aussie GIVEAWAY Linkup party started! Only our second week since taking over the linky but it would seem we are already gaining some momentum. Thanks to everyone that shared the linky love and/or linked up last week.
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Just a reminder that the Aussie Giveaway Linkup kicks off each Sunday due to the fact Mondays are generally reserved for our weekly confessions for I Must Confess with My Home Truths. Something I’ve combined this week due to Easter. Next week, we hope to be back to our normal blogging schedule.
I’m still playing around with the new linky blog button which will hopefully be revealed and in place for you to grab next week. You can cast your vote for the new button HERE, true to giveaway linky form, it includes a giveaway.