Holidays are great but they are even more wonderful when you get to see the holiday magic through the eyes of children. Last Easter, Viv was such a tiny peanut that even though the Easter Bunny brought treats, she didn’t even know what was going on - she was still very much just a lump and snugly baby.
This year, she was excited. When she saw her basket in the morning she instantly started yelling “BABY!” because the Easter Bunny had brought her a baby doll. Anyway, I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s backup to Saturday first.
On Saturday we were supposed to go to a fun Easter egg hunt and BBQ with my mom’s group but unfortunately it got rained out. Since the big party got cancelled, Marissa - who was hosting it - still wanted to celebrate so our family, along with Keri, Guy and River still got to hang out. As luck would have it, the rain stopped for a bit too so we took the kids outside to try out their egg hunting skills. They loved it!
Family Easter photo
The hunt started on the deck but then moved to the yard. It was chilly out but the kids didn’t seem to care as they ran around in the grass picking eggs up and putting them in and out of the shared basket. It was a hoot to see them so interested in the activity. None of them wanted to go inside but we finally decided we were getting cold so we dragged them in!
We had some dinner and chatted while the kids played for a bit before it got too late and bedtimes were near. Despite the on and off rain, we had a wonderful time - after all, these are Pacific Northwest children even if us adults are all transplants!
The gang (minus the Ross clan)
Sunday morning brought the excitement of the Easter Bunny’s visit. When Vivian woke up she was greeted by jelly beans and a decorated egg carton at the stairs right outside of her room.
Viv didn’t realize that the colorful little rock look-a-likes actually were edible at first so she was diligently collecting as many as she could in one hand while going up the stairs. Near the top, when her hand was full, she somehow realized that the jelly beans were treats that she could eat!
The jelly bean trail lead to the the first “hidden” Easter egg and Vivian was thrilled to find out there were treats inside of the eggs too. She carried around the opened egg snacking on her bunny crackers while we tried helping her find a few more eggs. Then she spotted her basket.
Viv with her Easter loot
Kisses for baby - she’s going
to be such a good big sister!
Eggs and jelly beans were no longer important. She spotted a baby doll.
I don’t know how, when or where she realized that baby dolls were so amazing but some how my little miss fell into the girly-girl stereotype of loving baby dolls. After exploring the other goodies in the basket she got the baby out and carried it around saying “baby” over and over. Clearly the Easter Bunny had brought the perfect gift.
The girls at church
Finally, Tyler and I decided to get some breakfast going so Viv didn’t fill up on jelly beans and crackers and so that Viv and I could eat, get dressed and make it to church where we were meeting Katie, Marlee and Carmen.
I arrived just in time to get Vivian checked into Sunday School/nursery with her cousins before Katie and I sat through service. The little girls played together and when service was over Viv did not want to leave the play kitchen at all. After church we all went back to our homes to nap the kids (and myself!) before getting together that afternoon for our Easter dinner and another egg hunt.
Ready for a hunt!
Being pushed around for the hunt
While Viv and I were napping, Tyler held down the fort. He had to wake both of us up so we could leave on time. Once we got to Katie and Brandon’s house the kids started playing and snacking while the guys hid the eggs. We eventually headed outside to start the egg hunt and Vivian immediately got distracted by a push bike. She could care less about the eggs this time around and only wanted to ride the bike. So I decided to merge the two activities and took her down to the grass with the bike and her basket to find eggs while riding around on her throne-like chariot bike. Of course she loved every minute of that!
We all stayed outside long after the hunt was over to enjoy the beautiful sunny and warm day. The kids played on the swings and slide and Viv even decided to try out the big girl swing and loved it. She also climbed the ladder up to the slide (with very closely hovering supervision from Tyler).
We had dinner out on the patio and it just couldn’t have been a more lovely Easter.