For Easter this year we decided to host at our house. The night before around 11:30pm we arrived home from a date night. While walking in the door Arista and I started pressing buttons on our security system, which doesn't work...or so we thought. Before we know it sirens are howling as well as Arista. No matter what we pushed we could not get the alarm to turn off. We frantically searched the house for anything with a telephone number of the security company or password. After what seemed like hours, but was probably only minutes we found the telephone number and called the security line. "We are sorry, we can't turn it off unless you have your password, or secret code name." WHAT?! We are renters we had no clue that the thing even worked, or was on. The proceeded to tell us that the police were on their way and would have to talk to them directly to turn the alarm off, just to make sure the house was secure. 5 minutes later a very large police officer arrived, and explained to us that if he had to come back he would write us a ticket for $500. Chris asked him if he could talk to the security system so we could get the alarm to turn off. The police officer said he needed to get on the streets, and to figure it out before a ticket was to be written. After lots of probing and pleading he finally gave into talk to the security people, only to find out that they still would not turn it off without a password or code name. WHAT THE HECK?! Chris got their customer service on the phone and had to manually dismantle the alarm from the inside of our garage to get it to stop blaring. "Chris looked at me with sweat dripping down his face and said "Don't ever touch those buttons again." We had a great laugh about it afterwards. Man was it an ordeal. The following day we recieved an email from our landlord in England wondering if everything was okay and telling us that we could use the system free of charge. At least we got something out of it.
After staying up WAY too late cleaning and cooking the Easter bunny arrived at our house, leaving Arista a basketfull of goodies. She was so excited to see what the bunny had brought her. She recieved a beautiful Easter dress from Grandma and Grandpa McDonald, we a darling little poodle purse that went along with it. She got a giant baby, candy, and lots of cute clothes from Grandma and Grandpa Martin. Spoiled? Heck yes!
After seeing what we got, we headed off to 8am church. We had a beautiful Easter program, and a wonderful meeting.
I wanted to go all out for dinner this year, and since we were having guests I made the most out of everything I made. I decided to make my very first cheesecake, but not only was it chesecake it was Carrot Cake AND Cheesecake. If you have ever had Cheesecake Factory's Craigs Crazy Carrot Cake, it tasted exactly like that. It was beautiful!
I made an all white chocolate flower bouqet centerpiece, and homemade chocolate covered marshmellow eggs for each place setting. The marshmellow eggs were so delicious, I wish I would have made more.
Arista snuck into our baskets during dinner and started eating the candy with the wrapper on. Silly girl!
We had a wonderful dinner of Honeybaked ham, homemade rolls, Jello, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, funeral potatoes, and carrots. For dessert we had yummy cupcakes, carrot cake cheesecake and better than sex cake. Everything tasted fantasic, and the company was even better. We had Chad and Sue, our dear friends Stan and Leah, and Chris' wonderful boss Angus. Such a wonderful way to celebrate the ressurection of our Savior with friends and family.