Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Eggstavaganza


Easter is becoming as crazy as Halloween around here. Not really, but it felt like it the last couple of days. Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I love the spring weather (not this year!), I love the pastel colors, I love Easter decor and candy and I love celebrating our Savior's resurrection.

Last year, my kids came home from church on Easter complaining that no one talked about Easter. I didn't believe them and pressed them on it. They said "All we talked about was Jesus--no one even mentioned the bunny!" So this year, I got the brilliant idea to tell my kids there is no Easter bunny--it's just me!

My plan totally backfired. From that moment on, they pestered me about what they wanted for Easter and begged for certain items for their baskets. Sheesh. Just for the record, I didn't buy them a single thing they asked for just on principle--you don't ask for stuff from the Easter bunny!


Easter festivities started on Thursday when my awesome mom picked up the kids and took them to her house to dye Easter eggs. I am so not into doing this so I'm grateful my mom picks up my slack:


She also built an Easter snow bunny with them--how cute is that? The weather here in Utah is so crazy in the spring:


Thursday night, I took my kids to the mall to do a return just to get them out of Sam's hair while he worked on the floors. They ended up sitting on the Easter bunny's lap which I'm totally opposed to--once again, too much like asking for stuff from Santa...


Friday I took my kids to Thanksgiving Point to the Dinosaur museum along with every other family in the greater Salt Lake area. Crowds give me claustrophobia and I had to bail pretty quick. I think we were there for a total of 30 minutes and then enjoyed a leisurely lunch in the cafe:


Saturday was Sammie's birthday. We woke up early and went to not one--but two Easter egg hunts. This was my first time taking my kids to something like this. The first hunt was amazing and really well organized. There were clowns making balloon animals for kids and really great prizes for the kids if they found tickets inside their eggs:




The second hunt we went to (at Farnsworth Farms) was a total disaster--muddy, crowded, disorganized, chaotic and squashed plastic eggs everywhere. I was ticked off (mostly at myself for trying to do two on the same day.) Lesson learned. I didn't even get a picture at this one because I was up to my ankles in mud and carrying around a 30 pound toddler.

Saturday night, I filled the kids' Easter buckets after they went to bed. I kind of went overboard but I justify it by telling myself it is all stuff I would have bought for them anyway like flip flops, an electric pencil sharpener, workbooks for our trip to CA, etc. They were totally thrilled with their loot this morning:


Our day was nice. We have no kitchen and when I say no kitchen I mean we have no appliances, no sink, no counter tops and only a few cabinets, none of which have fronts. It's really fun. I put my range and microwave on KSL last night and some people came and bought the microwave this morning so I can't even heat up stuff from the fridge. Maybe I should have thought that one through a little more...

We hung around in our pjs all day and watched conference.

This evening we went to my mom's for Easter/Sammie's b-day dinner. My mom always decorates the table so cute. Sammie loved the princesses:




My mom had an indoor egg hunt for the kids where she hides little presents in addition to eggs:


Sammie got everything she wanted for her birthday. While the adults were preparing dinner, she and Luke literally combed my parents house until they found Sammie's bike hidden in a closet. classy:


That was our Easter. Glad it's over. Is anyone still out there? Sorry this turned out to be the world's longest post. How was your Easter?

16 comments:

Lance said...

Good heavens your Easter week exhausted me!

I once ducked behind the Christmas tree to search for holiday goodies, and I totally found the stove and fridge my dad made for us. Just like Sammie--classy.

Love the baskets (and good loot)and Sammie's princess spread. Your mom is so cute--I'm glad she has the energy and inclination to do such fun stuff with your cute little clan.

Happy Easter! Can't wait to see pics of the progress on the house.

PS--that Easter Bunny freaks me out.

Lance said...

And by "Lance" I mean Kaari.

LKC said...

Where did you get those Easter buckets?! So cute!

Heather said...

Easter looks way fun at your house. It's just not the same without kids!

brooke said...

LKC,

I got the Easter buckets at Pottery Barn Kids a couple years ago. Luckily I bought an extra one in each color to cover me whether my last baby was a boy or a girl. I had my friend who does vinyl lettering print my kids names and I stuck them on.

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh, I can't believe how much Easter you did! It's like a Christmas post. You even let your kids sit on the bunny! Mom's party looked adorable and she goes so all out--I'm sad we missed it. The Easter snowbunny is the cutest--she's a good woman.

Jill said...

Our Easter pretty much sucked! We had a house full of company and tickets for Conference (from our guests) so rather than staying home in our jammies we had to dress up, drive, hike, stand in line, sit for 2 hours, then hike back to the parking garage, wait forever to get out, then drive home. Needless to say I didn't end up having very spiritual feelings after all of that.

I told Whitney there is no Easter bunny on Saturday evening when we were at Seagull book and she was playing with a ridiculous stuffed animal (penguin that talked) saying she hopes the Easter bunny will bring that to her. I crushed those hopes immediately. I am so mean.

Linde said...

Wow! You were busy for one weekend (I know you're always busy, but that is a lot--espeically for a pregnant woman!) :)

Megan said...

Love, love the Easter baskets you have for your kids. Where did you get those bad boys?

Megan said...

Clearly I need to read ALL of the posts before I post my own. Disregard.

Elizabeth said...

Your Easter looked brill. Sammie is just gorgeous in her tutu skirt and yes you are demented for trying to do 2 Easter Egg hunts...in the snow!
Thanks for the great post.
PS When I grow up I want to dress like the little girl in the skinny jeans and black boots at the sandpit at Thanksgiving Point...

Elizabeth said...

PPS. The little blue "bunny" in his ears and jim jams is so cute he should be illegal.

Jill Tew said...

I like the title Brooke. And that snow bunny is pretty impressive! Still chuckling at your account of breaking the news. :)

Bill said...

WOW!

Liz said...

Sorry..I said that. bill must've been logged on.

Toria said...

after multiple egg hunts and living in a place where there isn't Easter candy and decor etc everywhere- we just sort of forgot the bunny thing all together. Totally accidental- they just had so many egg hunts they didn't notice. I think I'm gonna break the news too. Santa- I'll keep that strong. Tooth fairy too. But I'm thinking Easter will be egg hunts and baskets- from mom and dad or friends or whatever. Good to know that no "magic" was lost!

your kids are adorable!