Easter morning began with excited calls from behind closed doors,
“Can we come out yet?”
Once Toby and I positioned ourselves in the living room we gave them the green light to come out and see if the Easter Bunny visited.
There were a few sighs of relief to see a basket with their name on it. For some of our kids there is always a bit of anxious anticipation on the eve on Easter and Christmas as they wonder whether this holiday will be their morning of reckoning for some less than stellar choice made in the previous weeks.
But like Santa, the Easter Bunny was merciful, and all found full baskets on this Easter morn.
I was transported back the childhood joy of digging through Easter grass in search of the black jelly beans, as I watched my kids pull out their Easter surprises from their baskets one treat at a time.
After everyone’s baskets were empty it was time for the egg hunt.
The Easter Bunny hid the eggs we dyed the night before around the main living area of the house, with the kids all in charge of searching out and seeking 10 eggs each. The egg hunt didn’t end until ALL eggs were accounted for. Unlike plastic eggs, it is essential that all the hidden eggs are found when you are searching for hard boiled eggs!
Then it was time for church. Baskets were laid aside and everyone got dolled up for Easter Sunday. Breakfast consisted of hardboiled eggs and resurrection rolls.
After church we joined Toby’s mom, aunts, uncle, and cousins at Aunt Beth’s house for Easter dinner.
It was so nice seeing family that we haven’t seen for the last two years. I couldn’t believe how big all the kids had gotten. I know the feeling was mutual, especially when they saw Rusty.
Our Easter celebration at Aunt Beth’s began with an egg hunt outside. Rain was expected in the afternoon so it was wisely decided to begin the day with the egg hunt and end with dinner.
The kids were split into two groups with two different hunt areas. The three under five year olds searched Beth’s yard, while the eight older kids searched Mimi’s yard.
It seems that whether 8 or 18, an egg hunt is always fun!
After each kid found their 10 eggs we moved back inside for our delicious Easter dinner of ham sandwiches, potato salad, deviled eggs, baked beans and strawberry pretzel salad.
Everyone filled their plates and wandered off to find a place to sit with much of the family moving outside to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
We spent the afternoon enjoying family, catching up, and playing frisbee.
It was a perfect Easter.