Easter

Did everyone have a nice Easter weekend? We had a fairly casual one around here, mainly centered around eating and hanging out with family. And since John’s sister and her two sons and hubby had a long drive to NY ahead of them on Sunday, we did most of the celebrating (and eating) on Saturday. Though we did squeeze in a mini Easter morning get together at our house on Sunday morning before everyone headed out.

That’s Clara and her cousin John (who’s about 10 months older) getting their color on:

The main event was giving the kids their Easter baskets – each had one from their parents and one from their grandparents to discover (we ceremoniously “hid” them around the living room). Here’s Clara finding the one from her Grammy and Tom Tom:

Clara’s rather slow with things like this, since she’s wants to stop and play with (or eat) each item as she gets to it.

She got lots of fun stuff to enjoy from her grandparents – like snacks, coloring books, toy cars, stickers, etc. But she’d just have to enjoy them later, since there was still more Easter basket goodness to find. Update: Thanks to lots of outfit questions, those are birds on my shirt, not turkey legs (it’s an Old Navy clearance rack score). But in all fairness, I would probably buy a shirt with turkey legs on it too if I saw one.

Watching the kids hunt for their baskets was so much fun. Obviously at this age you can’t make it too difficult (which is why Clara’s first bag was just behind the arm of the sectional). Mostly we relied on slipping them behind the curtains.

Even then, we had to give both Clara and her cousin John a few hints to get them headed in the right direction. Burger is also a good hint giver.

Eureka!

Clara’s “basket” from us was actually a zippered bag that we got mainly to help wrangle some of her smaller toys like matchbox cars, small plastic animals, etc. We figured it would be fun to present it to her with a bunch of Easter goodies stuffed inside (to hopefully help her understand that it’s meant for her stuff). So far she loves putting things in it and taking them out (and playing with the zipper) so I’d say it was a success.

As for what was in her “basket” from us, she got:

Just as we’d hoped, the bunny was a big hit. It even made its way into this little family portrait that we managed to capture before everyone left. Why do we have so few photos of all of us all together? I swear we only get one or two a year. Oh right, it’s because our kids are wiggly little buggers and we usually have various food smears and dog fur on our clothes.

Easter kisses ensued. And yes, Burger was involved. Clara tried to open her mouth for that one. Glad it’s not on film…

Here’s Burger after being scarred by the open-mouth approach that he got seconds before. Notice I’m doing that typical mom thing: smiling like everything is normal. Nope, my kid didn’t try to french kiss the dog.

Speaking of The Burgs, John got a special portrait taken with him and the new bunny  – who, in the tradition of Bear-ger, was named Hare-ger. (Clara better watch out. We might just rename her: Clare-ger).

Did I mention Burger and Hare-ger are great buddies already? PS: Check out Burger’s weird extended foot. I think he’s part dinosaur.

So that was our Easter. A fun, easy, family weekend at its finest. Hope you guys had a good holiday too!

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