Monday, April 6, 2015

The Easter with three egg hunts

We kicked off this year's Easter festivities with an egg hunt at the school where Alice will start kindergarten in the fall. 

 The fire department put it on and said the hunt would start when we heard the sirens. We had to wait a few more minutes and Alice kept her hands over her ears the whole time. In the end, they just did a countdown. And the girls were off!
 There were lots of eggs, and lots of kids! Ivy was pretty focused though and managed to get a few eggs right away.

 Another dad decided his daughter's basket was too full and chucked a few eggs Ivy's way...

 Alice got quite a few, too - definitely more than in years past. Even though it was chilly, we had to stop and open all the eggs to make sure we didn't get the golden egg. And sneak a piece of candy...

 And with Egg Hunt #1 complete, we went home to dye our eggs!

They had a great time and did a great job, and didn't even make a mess on any of our rented items. Ivy just liked dumping the eggs into the dye, she wasn't super patient about letting the eggs bathe. We had to rotate the colors nearest her, or all the eggs would have been yellow! We got quite a lovely assortment.

 Alice discovered the purple towards the end and made a series of purple eggs that looked like dinosaur eggs.
On Sunday morning, the girls were thrilled to see that the Easter Bunny hopped over and left some treats. Ivy has been saying for months that she hopes the Easter Bunny will bring her a chocolate bunny, I don't even think that she noticed, or even knew what it was. She figured out the other candy pretty quick, though!

I did not have the time or energy to make Easter outfits this year, or even to shop for them, but I managed to procure an adorable pair of dresses at the very last minute. The girls were super excited to put them on and we had to hustle off to church. Luckily, it was a lovely, sunny day, so we got some photos by the pretty tulips!

We came home and took a little walk around the apartment complex so I could "take some pictures" while Jon went ahead to the apartment to make sure the Easter Bunny was gone...

 The girls were delighted to see that the Easter Bunny had stopped by again while we were at church. So commenced Egg Hunt #2!

It took them a little bit, but they did a pretty good job finding all the eggs except that when we put them all back in the carton, we were missing one. It was Jon's worst nightmare, he's convinced we won't find it until it starts to rot, or he steps on it or sits on it... We looked and looked and looked and couldn't find it anywhere until Jon finally checked his shoe again. Good thing, or his nightmare would have come true! 

We had an easy brunch, with our pretty eggs, bacon, berries, scones with Devon cream, jam, and honeycomb, and OJ. It was just right!
We took naps after lunch, and then headed over to our new house to see if the Easter Bunny had stopped by there, too, by chance. And he had! The back yard was full of plastic eggs, which took a long time to gather up because the girls kept cracking them open and stuffing their faces!

 I even found a stick with a pretty ladybug! I only had time to snap a photo before she flew away.

And that was Egg Hunt #3!

It was a beautiful afternoon, and I was delighted that we had such pretty sunshine for photos and WEREN'T boiling hot! 

We headed home for an easy Easter dinner and barely got to the table before the girls were self-destructing from the few pieces of candy they managed to snag. We had a pot roast (pre-cooked, from Costsco - so easy, so good!), garlic green beans, and honey glazed carrots. I was going to make bunny rolls a la Pinterest, but they definitely didn't seem like they would work out with the frozen dough I was using. And my dumb cat jumped on the tray of risen rolls... But it was a yummy end to a lovely Easter.

I hope you had a nice Easter, or Passover, or Spring day, with all your favorite people and treats and traditions! Say what you will, but I enjoyed seeing everyone's photos of their holiday dinners and baskets and egg-dyeing and celebratory festivities.  

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