Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

March 6, 2018

The Bunny Done Good

Dana and I have been mostly home bodies thus far. Aside from accompany Nicole to a birthday party just shy of five weeks old, our outings have been mostly doctor related. I have been itching to get out of the house, and today felt like a good enough day to do just that.

Today Dana accompanied me for some Easter shopping. We needed new baskets, and things to go in the baskets!

The past couple years I’ve been getting the girls flip flops and jelly shoes. (I strive to fill the kids’ baskets with mostly useful things for the changing season.) The girls get excited for the shoes, but wear the flip flops for a day, and the jellies slightly longer. They just don’t find them comfortable. Instead they use their crocs for water play and hanging out near the pool. This year the Easter Bunny decided one special pair of crocs was better than two pairs of unused shoes. They take up roughly the same amount of space in the Easter basket too.

I’ve been feeling a bit guilty lately about being a mess-phobe. Back when Nicole was a toddler her preschool teacher remarked about how wonderful it was that I didn’t mind her drawing on me with chalk. So I was hoping to find something art related to put in her Easter basket. Nicole got a set of bath time finger paints for her birthday that she loved, which seemed like the perfect balance between creative freedom and controlled mess. I was about to purchase a set of six off Amazon for $20 when I decided to check target first. I’m so glad I did! They were $1 a piece! I got the full set – twice the number of colors – for each Nicole and Alexis for 60% of what I would have paid.

In years past I’ve also included sunglasses and stuffed animals, but we’re inundated with that stuff. Instead I was looking for something that can be used outside and settled on punch balloons shaped like animals. We finished it off with a chocolate bunny (for my chocolate lover), and a marshmallow bunny (for my marshmallow lover). Of course it’s one of each for each child, even though the chocolate lover will like the concept of the marshmallow bunny lollipop in concept way more than in implementation. Don’t worry, the bunny can take up the cause of finishing it after she rejects it.

I think these baskets will be the biggest hit yet. The bunny done good, and felt great getting out of the house!

March 26, 2016

Bunny Chips

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We celebrated Easter today. I’m a big believer that it doesn’t matter when you celebrate a holiday, it matters with who you celebrate it. Today was the day family could come, so today was the day the bunny came.

This is our fourth Easter and we’ve got the bunny basket thing down. Each year he brings us anything we might need for the changing season: flipflops, water shoes, sunglasses. We get a new toy, and, of course, it wouldn’t be an Easter basket without a chocolate bunny. Incidentally this is the same philosophy we use for Christmas stocking. Some years it works out better than others. This year we’ve had a bit of a heat wave, and it’s rare for us to have a really cold winter.

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Alexis sporting her new sunglasses & flip flops. We were too excited to wait for mommy to take off the tag.

What I wasn’t too sure of was how to handle the Easter egg hunt. Alexis is too small for jelly beans or temporary tattoos. Stickers didn’t seem to be a fabulous idea either. There isn’t really a good treat that works for both kids. Daycare came to the rescue with a fabulous idea: cereal. The girls eat mostly cheerios and kix, so a colorful sugared cereal is a special treat for them.

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Fruity Pebbles, or as Nicki referrs to them “Bunny Chips”

Once Alexis realized there was something in their she sat down with her basket and insisted on opening each and every egg she had collected so she could eat their contents.

Nicole was not so easily distracted. With her sister out of the hunt, she quickly filled up her basket. We had enough eggs to fill both baskets, which meant Nicole’s basket was overflowing and there were still eggs to be collected. Nicole requested a second basket, but settled for a bag for the extra eggs. Once each egg was collected the girls enjoyed sitting in the new chairs eating their bunny chips.

March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter!

Setup for our Easter photos was very last minute. Easter just snuck up on us. Friday night I sent Domingo to the store for an Easter basket and some plastic eggs. The eggs were decently stocked, but the baskets? Not so much. The only one left in white wicker had an ugly yellow cloth lining. After Saturday’s morning nap we made a quick trip to the store to get some decorative ribbon. After her afternoon nap it was off to a different store to get an Easter dress, and after she went down for the Night I sent Domingo to the fabric store to get a backdrop. Crazy last minute.

Our first attempt at photos was right before naptime. I know, rookie mistake. I woke up with a bad headache and it was the earliest I could pry myself out of bed. We only managed one smile (the above photo) in the morning, but what a smile! I think this is one of the very few times where she actually looks younger, partly because she has a mostly toothless grin. We were more successful after her nap when the lighting was better. She loved playing with the eggs and got so excited when we got out her Easter basket again. When I put her down in front of it she started doing the arm waving happy squirmy baby dance.

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She started out taking the eggs out of the basket two at a time, but quickly learned dumping the whole basket was a lot faster.

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