What Was Your Easter Like?

Our Easter festivities began on Wednesday of last week when Cutie Pie had his preschool egg hunt after chapel.

Since I am room mom for Cutie Pie’s class, I helped hide the eggs for his age group in the little fenced yard by his classroom.  It was adorable watching the children scramble around looking for eggs.  The children made the most adorable bunny bags to collect their eggs.

On Thursday evening we got together with the cousins to dye eggs.

I hard boiled 30 or so eggs that afternoon and quickly learned that I’m not so good at it.  A few cracked and I’m pretty sure half of them were under done.  Oh, well.  I don’t really like hard boiled eggs anyway 🙂  It was more about the process and letting the kids have fun.

And fun they did have!

Wildman proved that we didn’t need those little wire dippers to do our eggs!

In the end we had a few trays of very lovely (if somewhat cracked and underdone) Easter eggs!

The boys had a swim then were rewarded with pizza for all their hard work on the eggs.

Good Friday brought more Easter fun in the form of Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!  We went with my friend, B, and her two children.  The bunny was kind of scary, as always

Wildman even had his head patted by the bunny…  I love the look on his face!

After a breakfast of doughnuts and juice, the children were released by age group to hunt eggs.

The children were thrilled with their loot!

After the egg hunt we picked up T-bone and Cousin B for lunch at McDonald’s then a trip to the theater to see Rio!  Steph is on a 10-day vacation to Israel and Paris with her boyfriend.  So, I thought we’d help out Big Red by taking the boys off his hands for a few hours so he could do some work on his business.  B and I had our hands full with six children but it was a really fun afternoon.  When the movie wrapped up, we headed back to B’s house to color some more eggs!  She made some Rice Krispie treat sushi rolls and cake pops for a snack.  YUM!

We didn’t do many Easter-y things on Saturday.  Just a t-ball game in the morning, the Melbourne Art Festival in the afternoon followed by a trip to the beach.  We called it an early night because we had plans to attend sunrise Easter service at Patrick AFB with J’s parents, Big Red and his boys.

My alarm did not go off at 5 AM on Sunday morning as expected so we awoke to the sound of Big Red’s phone call saying that he was ready and waiting for us outside.  Sunrise service started at 6:30 AM and he called us at 6 AM!!!  J and I shot out of bed and scrambled to get ourselves and the boys ready for church.  We sped through town and somehow managed to meet up with everyone just as the chaplain had begun to address the congregation.  Whew!  Naturally, I left my camera at home in my mad panic to get out the door.  No pictures from our early morning adventure…  I will tell you that it was a lovely service that we followed up with breakfast then a spin through Starbucks for a much needed latte.

My mom decided to spend Easter with her sister this year instead of coming to dinner at J’s parents’ house.  So, she dropped off Easter baskets to the boys in the morning before we left for the beach.

We gorged ourselves on lots of yummy food at my in-laws’ house after our beach trip.  A nap was in order after stuffing ourselves to the top with ham, assorted casseroles and desserts.  J and I caught a bit of a nap while the boys played with their new Easter goodies.  I’m sure they also ate more than their fair share of candy too…  Big Red invited us over to hang out with his parents and his boys in the evening.  The boys had their one billionth egg hunt at dusk.

The boys went to bed full of Easter candy and completely exhausted from the day’s activities.  Ah!  To be a kid again…


Happy Easter

From our house to yours, we wish you a blessed Easter Sunday!

Easter Bunny Photo

I promised the boys a trip to see the Easter Bunny this morning.  But, first, they had to get haircuts.  They love going to the barber shop because Mr. Carmine gives them Tootsie Pops afterward.  They’ll do anything for a lollipop.  It’s a good bargaining tool.

Wildman busied himself trying to find Waldo while we waited for his turn in the barber’s chair.

After the haircuts, I settled the boys into the car with their snacks, lollipops and a Diego DVD.  It was nearing noon by the time I pointed the car toward the mall.  I knew I didn’t have much time before the call for lunch went up.   Preemptive snacks were the way to go.

With it being Spring Break this week, I knew I was taking my chances venturing out to the mall to see the Easter Bunny…  Luckily, there wasn’t much of a wait.  We ended up being second in line.  I was so happy that Cutie Pie was a willing participant.  I wasn’t so sure that he would like sitting on the bunny’s lap this year since he’s a persnickety two-year-old.  However, I promised them both a ride on the Easter train if they were cooperative for the picture.  It must have done the trick because the photo came out pretty cute.  Granted, Cutie Pie looks a little stunned…  but at least he’s not screaming.

I had to take a photo of a photo because our scanner has long since crapped out.  So, the quality of the above image is pretty bad.  At least you get the gist though…

My, how they’ve changed from last year!

Here they are in the caboose of the Bunny Train that looks remarkably like the Christmas Train…  Look how happy Wildman is 🙂