It was Palm Sunday and bits of vegetation were duly waved. Some with more enthusiasm than strictly sanctioned, I'm afraid.
We hosted Erika's birthday party this year and she requested a menu of roast chicken, rice, Caesar salad ("because Elizabeth likes it so much") and some kind of chocolate mousse cake along with caramel icecream with chocolate chunks in it. Challenge accepted! The triple chocolate mousse cake I ended up making was SO good. I made two because it only served 12 and we were twenty but in retrospect we could probably have gotten away with one because of the ice cream. I don't think anyone objected to having extra... I made Erika take home the leftovers because it's lent and we wouldn't have been able to eat them. One of these days we'll try freezing it but it seemed a shame to waste in case it didn't work out. Strangely she didn't argue :)
At thirteen Erika is growing up to be an impressive and responsible young lady. The next's generation's first official teenager is very popular at our house. A good friend to Elizabeth, Erika is a frequent visitor to our house. It's pretty neat that she can get here and back home all by herself! We are really enjoying having cousins practically in the same neighbourhood after so many years where even being able to skype was hard due to the opposite time zone!
It's also fun to see how quickly she's progressing in karate and her enthusiasm to learn from Elizabeth in addition to showing Elizabeth how to do all kinds of older cousinly stuff is amazing.