This year for Easter, we got to start some new traditions in my little family. In years past, both kids were too young to understand, so we waited until this year to participate in all of the Easter activities.
(Photo credit: Rex Rudee)
Our New traditions (to us) for Easter:
1. Easter egg hunt!!
My daughter is no stranger to looking for eggs. But this year was the first time we took her to a community Easter egg hunt. It was packed with crazed kids out for
blood chocolate. The one we went to was at a grocery store. To give you an idea of what it was like, between the Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch Doritos, there was a plastic egg full of candy. I have to admit, it was a really weird place for an egg hunt.
There were folks there that just wanted to buy some milk. Little did they know, they would have to dodge their wide-eyed six year old neighbor. I would have rather been anywhere else.
Why did we go there, you ask? Because it was the only one in the area that worked with naptimes. And we all know, life revolves around that.
The Little Miss had a lot of fun though. I don’t think she would have noticed if we were at a grocery store, park, or an airport-she loved it.
2. Dyed eggs.
Out of curiosity, I bought an egg dying kit from the dollar store. Fully expecting it to fail me miserably, they were a pleasant surprise.The eggs turned out incredibly vibrant and we didn’t have to let them soak for hours. Z got to dye them (pretty much) all by herself.
Her favorite part was moving an egg from one color to another, to see what it became. Eventually we had to make her stop because some of them were starting to look gross.
3. The Easter Bunny is Coming!
We left the freshly dyed eggs out for the Easter Bunny to hide. We also left an empty basket for each kiddo to be filled with toys/candy. And lastly, we left a nice big carrot for him as a “thank you.”
While I was putting Z to bed that night, she asked why we left him a carrot. I told her because carrots are delicious and healthy which the Easter Bunny loves (never mind the candy he leaves behind.) She sat there thoughtfully for a moment, then asked if I thought he might like a strawberry too. My sweet girl! So I left him a strawberry also.
Easter morning the kids woke up to an eaten carrot and strawberry, and jelly bean trails to their baskets.
1. Time with Family.
We went to my Aunt’s house for the day. The youngest had to stay home with daddy because he wasn’t feeling well. They celebrated in their own way.
2. The FOOD.
I made my “famous” chocolate covered strawberries. Strawberries from Costco dipped in melted Dove dark chocolate. Delicious! There was also ham, scalloped potatoes, and other amazing dishes. And of course cake, chocolate, jelly beans…Cadbury everything…
My dream came true! Z got to be a Team Captain this year! (It probably has nothing to do with my family reading my last post.)
I was a little concerned at first because it can get a little nuts. Ten adults yelling “cheep, cheep, cheep!!” to a three year old can be extremely overwhelming. I thought she was going to crumble into a puddle of tears because she had her “expressionless look” on her face so I didn’t know which way it was going to go.
Then I saw it. The tiniest hint of a smirk, and I knew she was having the time of her life. I think she was envisioning the candy that was inside every single egg. All fifty-two eggs. Our team lost, but my girl didn’t notice as she was dumping out all the candy.
After we emptied the eggs, I had her carry the basket around and offer candy to people. At first she was torn, but I think she saw that she was making people happy (or maybe she saw that there was still PLENTY left for her.)
By the end of the day, we were wiped out and ready for bed. At least I was!
Why is it on every holiday the kiddo(s) are more exhausted than any other day, yet they still don’t get to sleep until two hours after their normal bedtime? Why is that?! Something to work on for next time.
How was your Easter? Did you get to uphold some beloved old traditions? Did you create some new ones?