Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter 2017 recap

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday.  We had gorgeous weather and played outside a lot.  I am loving this spring weather, having the windows open and listening to the kids playing outside. 

Holidays are a great time to get a family picture since the kids are dressed in their Sunday best.  This Easter I wasn't able to get one with all of us.  The best I could do was individual pictures of 3 out of 4 of the kids.  Oh, well, Mother's Day is right around the corner and I'll try again then.

Since we like to focus on the true meaning of Easter on Easter Sunday, we did all the Easter baskets and egg hunts on Friday and Saturday.  Here are the kids opening their Easter baskets at our house on Friday.  I try to put in spring/summer things like outdoor toys and summer clothes.

Then we had an egg hunt.  In previous years, I've hidden different colored eggs for each kid so each one has to find only their color.  This would allow me to hide eggs in the grass for the youngest kid without having to worry that the older kids would take them all.  This year I didn't bother with that, I just told the older kids not to take the eggs on the grass, so much easier that way.  I don't know how I've accumulated so many eggs.  I hid them all over the yard this year, including the front and sides.  It took the kids a while to find them all and some of them needed to grab another basket to put all their eggs in.

Saturday we went to visit my family.  There were more Easter baskets and egg dyeing.  This year we not only dyed eggs the traditional way, but also with little egg rollers which the kids really enjoyed. 

We tried the toddler friendly egg in the whisk trick.  It worked OK.  This little guy really loved painting the eggs and wasn't afraid to get his hands, and the rest of him, dirty.

I made this cute Peeps Easter Garden Brownie.  I got the idea from HERE.  The original recipe uses a cake, but I used brownies instead and it was delicious.  Finally an Easter dessert that didn't fail.  If you want to check out last year's Easter food fails, just click HERE.

One of my favorite Easter Bunny books is The Country Bunny.  Recently I've been feeling a little like the Country Bunny in the sense that my 'babies' no longer take all of my time and can do some of the work for me.  It's great having older kids to help out with the younger kids, especially babysitting so I don't have to take everyone with me whenever I run errands.  This book has a cute story of how a mother country bunny with 21 children became one of the Easter bunnies.

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