Saturday was so fun, I am glad I filled it with time with friends. Sunday came, and I was ready to make it a day about faith and family. I got up early to get ready and was glad for the extra time. I don't like feeling rushed. A few weeks ago dad offered to take me shopping to find a new dress to wear for Easter. It was so incredibly sweet and out-of-the-blue of him. I'd love to have the money to buy new dresses every holiday, but I don't. I am so grateful for his generosity :)
We thought we were beating the crowds by getting to church a half hour early. Wrong! It was so crowded we barely got a seat in a pew. I've never seen The Basilica so full, every pew and over flow seat was full. People were standing just to be part of the service. I have to say though, how awesome that a church is packed? I missed Substance a bit, but I love attending mass on big holidays-- especially Easter!
The service was pretty long: an hour and a half and I really admired what the Bishop had to say. After church I walked around and took a few photos. The Basilica is just gorgeous!
We headed back to dad's and I enjoyed reading some blogs on my ipad and had a snack. Usually we cook on Easter, but every few years we go out. After throwing two showers almost back to back, mom and I decided we should go out. This is the second Easter brunch we've had at Cafe Maud. Had to enjoy a bloody mary:
I couldn't believe how delicious my crab cake benedict was. I could of taken a photo, but I was more excited about eating it. We ended up ordering some blood orange cheesecake for dessert; it sounds a bit strange, but again, delicious. Cafe Maud just knows how to do it.
I have to admit, it was fun to wear a brand new outfit for Easter. Both my dress and cardigan are from Anthropologie. I can't quit stripes, they are my favorite :) Here's a photo of mom and I; we had a high of 39 degrees so Easter outfits in Minnesota mean tights!
What a great day! I spent the afternoon napping, catching up on the news [so depressing, so glad I don't have a TV at home!] and reflecting on the week ahead of me. Most of all, I tried to keep Him at the center of my thoughts: