Pre~Easter Fun

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When it comes to holidays, I think Christmas and Easter have a monopoly on activities. It seems like we are always SO busy with pre-Christmas and pre-Easter stuff! I feel like every year we end up with like 10 egg hunting experiences. 

I lumped all of our pre-Easter stuff into one post πŸ™‚ Now that both Britt and Kye are in school I get to visit each of their classes for their egg hunts. I’m thankful they didn’t end up on the same day! Britt’s class had a great party…it was a TON of food. Like it was full on lunch! She was so thrilled to have Tess and I there and it was a really fun morning with her. 

Every single time I visit Britt’s class I think “I could never be a preschool teacher” haha

Each child got to hunt a certain number of eggs. Britt did great with her counting!

Tess had fun hanging with us πŸ™‚

My girls!

For Kye’s class egg hunt we had it at our house! Kye was possibly more excited about the get together at our house for the egg hunt than he was for his birthday party πŸ˜‰ Kid LOVES to host (he gets that honest!). It was a little nerve-wracking because the weather kept changing and we were having a lot of rain. I was nervous about it having to be moved inside…I mean his class is small but an egg hunt indoors would be a tad insane? Thankfully the weather held off for us and it all worked out great!

Waiting for everyone to arrive

His teacher got each student a cute basket with goodies

The moms went out back to hide the eggs while the class read a book about Easter

I kept Britt home from school that day so she could join in the activities. She was HILARIOUS. She acted like she was just one of the crew. She kept asking his teacher to help her with stuff and kept talking and making herself comfortable as a kindergartner. She wasn’t shy AT ALL with his friends!

Ready to hunt!

After the hunt everyone had their snacks outside and did a craft

Then the kids all enjoyed the playground together. Kye loved having his class over to play and we are planning another get together with everyone for the last day of school πŸ™‚

Spring Break started the day after Kye’s egg hunt. I was really excited to hear about Chick-Fil-A having an Easter breakfast. They had a deal where you could get free chicken minis, Easter decorations, crafts, free lemonade icees, and even pics with the Easter Bunny. The timing worked out great for Tess’s schedule and I was looking forward to some family fun. Sadly poor Tess was sick (more on that later but Zach actually took her to the walk in clinic while I was hosting Kye’s Egg Hunt) so she needed to stay at home. I still took the big kids and we had THE BEST TIME. It was really awesome and my heart hurt that Tess had to miss it!!!

Britt FINALLY likes the Easter Bunny!

He did this 100% on his own. Child is growing up! I kept trying to help and he was like “Mom, I got it!” It is a frame magnet for the fridge and they printed off copies of the pics of the kids with the bunny to put in the frames! Super cute!

They even gave out goody bags that included coupons to use at a future visit. Can I just say I LOVE CFA!

We hung out in the playground for a bit before heading home. A family came in with an older boy (probably around 11 or 12) who had a 1-2 year old little sister. Of course I talked to him and asked him how he liked having a sibling that much younger than him. If he liked helping or if it was annoying. Etc. I’m all about grilling some random strangers. But I know Kye will be much older by the time we have the last baby and I’m always interested in seeing how that dynamic will be. I don’t know if this kid was just being polite or not but he was really sweet with the younger sister and said he likes helping with her. So it gives me hope πŸ™‚

Last year I tried to get all cute and crafty with my egg coloring and it totally was a disaster. This year I went back to being simple and old fashioned. I hardboiled eggs the day prior (no broken ones, thankyouverymuch), we colored them with crayons, then we died them and were DONE with it. I decided that I straight up despise coloring eggs. If Zach’s family ever decides to switch it up and do plastic eggs I can see the Easter Bunny just hiding plastic ones at our house too. Egg dying is not my favorite thing. At all! 

Tess was pumped for her first egg coloring experience!

Tess’s first Easter egg!

The day prior to Easter (the same day we colored the eggs) our neighborhood had an Easter Egg Hunt at our park. Zach really, really didn’t want to go. But the timing ended up working out where we could be there (rain delays made them move it to 4 which was perfect for us!) and I basically begged haha. I mean it’s FREE and the kids have fun and it’s in our neighborhood. There really isn’t any excuse not to go?!?! 

They had two huge bounce houses and the kids had a BLAST with them. I don’t see us ever renting a bounce house (hello it’d cost my whole party budget!) but I see the appeal. Kids just LOVE them! 

The egg hunt was split into age groups. Britt and Tess were in the same age group and Kye was in the older one. It being Tess’s first egg hunt I felt like I needed to stay with her and Britt to take pics of them and Zach held Tess. So Kye went to the big kid section on his own. We could see him the whole time but it was still a big step! It is SUCH a blessing to fully trust him. I knew he’d be fair and nice and wouldn’t get in some fist fight or something crazy over an egg. I did see him trip up over another child but he didn’t let it stop him or slow him down and I was glad to see him be tough when it happened! 

I’m not sure Tess is too thrilled about the egg hunting!

Tess’s dress is actually the one Britt wore for her first Easter.  Britt was right at 4 months old when she wore it…Tess is wearing it at 8 months old. It’s crazy how LITTLE she is! 

The bunny may have been a tad creepier than the one at CFA but at least Tess got to meet him! And no tears either!

I’m proud of myself for letting go of the we-must-visit-the-Easter-Bunny tradition. Yes, it worked out where Tess did get to see an “Easter Bunny” but I didn’t feel like I had to load em up and go to the mall for the traditional picture like I used to do. I didn’t like that tradition so I stopped doing it! I really appreciate the great advice from my friend Kelly about that!  (You can see Britt’s bunny meeting here and Kye’s here)

While I think everyone agrees that pre-Christmas activities are more fun, Easter ones are pretty awesome too. Springtime is such beautiful weather (when it’s not raining!) and egg hunts never get old…neither does raiding the kids candy stashes after they go to bed πŸ˜‰

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Pre-Easter Fun

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Usually every year we have quite a few pre-Easter activities. This year things were a little different! Our neighborhood party and egg hunt got rained out which meant it was the first year ever that we didn’t meet the Easter bunny! I honestly wasn’t too concerned about that though…but I DO think Britt may have done better this year with meeting him since she did so great at Disney with the characters? I’m sure we will meet him next year being Leo’s first Easter!

Every year a sweet family from our church hosts a big event at their home for Easter. We have never been able to attend because it’s right after church and would cut into nap time. This year Kye came home talking about it from Bible Class and Zach and I discussed it. This is the EASIEST life is going to be for awhile. Why not go this year since we most likely won’t be able to go next year due to Leo’s schedule? Yes, it meant Kye and Britt would go down for nap late, or even have to skip it completely, but they are old enough to allow that to happen on occasion! 

For the church hunt we needed to have 24 dyed eggs. I started our egg dying adventure off with 39 eggs. When I opened them 10 were broken in the carton (obviously the bag boy’s fault, right?!?!). So I only boiled 29. Then 7 of those were broken in the pot when they were done boiling. So we had exactly 24 left to color! 

I decided to try out that melted crayon idea that was floating around Pinterest at Easter time. It sounded simple enough: hard boil the eggs then color them while they are still warm. Simple right? Surely I could handle that solo with a toddler and preschooler! No big deal! Ha. Ha. Ha. 

Ready!

It’s kinda hard to color an egg while in the carton but the eggs had to be warm in order for it to work and they were SO warm that it was impossible to hold them. So we tried using wash cloths to grip the eggs and color them at the same time. 

Y’all. It was a nightmare. The kids would get to coloring and then the egg would slip out of their grasp and break. We broke NINE of the 24 eggs. Britt gave up and went and played something else and poor Kye kept trying over and over again and kept dropping them. He ended up crying he was so upset. I, of course, was dying laughing by this point. I mean how awful are we that we start with 39 eggs and end up only having 13?!?! Sometimes you just have to laugh!

Renewed spirit! I explained to him that this was just a terrible idea and it totally wasn’t his fault for dropping so many!

Our 13 finished products. Which I don’t even think the crayon thing looks all that cool anyway?!?!

Group shot of the 13 survivors and 9 losers…

Thankfully when I posted about our egg disaster on FB Kori volunteered some extra eggs they had! So sweet of her and gave us plenty of eggs to bring to the hunt the next day!!! 

We left church as soon as it was over and were among the first people at the hunt. Our church doesn’t get out until 11:30 and the location of the hunt was pretty far away from there, as well as from our house. It was a BEAUTIFUL farm and such a fun afternoon! I’m very glad we went and had time to relax and fellowship with our church family. I feel like we aren’t able to do things like that often enough and it was such a joy to see our children enjoying their friends from church! I pray they all are always such a good group of kids!

They had this really cool swing that all the kids were obsessed with!

Kye and Kailyn

with cousin Jesslyn

I love this of Kye with another cousin…Jayson!

Of course Zach ended up taking over pushing duties! The kids LOVED it!

Kye and Jack

While Kye was enjoying his friends and the “big kid” swing, Britt had all the older little girls wrapped around her finger. She loved the bench swing and all these girls kept taking turns pushing her in it. Such a little princess πŸ˜‰

I took Britt and her friend, Bella Kate, and we walked around the farm together. It was so cute seeing Britt with a friend her age! I feel like she doesn’t get to play with friends very often!

Britt is a hugger!

Playing chase!

The most interesting part about the whole hunt was the realization that our son has quite a bit of game with the ladies…haha. That morning in church Kye had written a note asking Kailyn to marry him (I know…so funny!) and I guess that note was THE talk of the young kids. They all kept pairing up for the swing and waiting in line together to swing together and some of the older kids (by older I mean like 8-10 years old) kept calling it the “date swing.” SO funny. I guess several of the little girls were wanting to swing with Kye and I had one little girl actually come up to me and ask me about the note Kye wrote Kailyn! She said that Kye had told her sister that he liked her and that her sister found out that he also likes Kailyn. I mean I didn’t even know who this girl was and she told me that her sister is 11 years old. Maybe she needs to find a kid her own age?!?! Haha. I def don’t want to get involved in my son’s “love life” even if he’s only 5 so I just tried to stay out of it!

I guess Spring Time really is the time for young “love” to blossom…check out these two cuties on their swing πŸ˜‰

We all ate lunch and then it was time for the hunt (btw I had a hot dog and it was AMAZING. And I don’t even usually like hot dogs!). All the kids went inside the house while some of the adults hid the eggs. Of course I opted to go inside with the kids πŸ˜‰ For having THAT many children together they all did amazing! We sang songs and kept them busy and the hiding didn’t take long!

We later heard that more stuff was going down during the egg hunt wait! I guess a little girl (who I think is like 7?) told Kye she likes him and asked if he likes her. He has NO CLUE about that kind of thing or what she meant and he said that he told her yes, he likes her. Of course he meant he likes her as a person/friend b/c that’s all he knows “likes” means. I’m thinking she meant a different kind of like…poor kid is leading girls on already and not even knowing it!

I love how sweet Britt is with her friends! Waiting for the hunt to start outside!

Kye was part of the older kid group that was allowed to start after the little kids. With that big of a group, the eggs got found FAST and Kye was disappointed that he didn’t have many eggs. Nothing to fret over b/c one after one girls kept coming up to him and giving them some of their eggs!!! It was HILARIOUS. We rarely see Kye interacting with kids because we don’t teach at church and we obviously don’t go to school with him. Zach and I had NO IDEA that he had such pull with the girls!!! I think we may have a heartbreaker on our hands πŸ˜‰

We really did have SUCH an amazing time!!! Britt ended up being quite a hot mess without her nap but we still didn’t regret going. It was so wonderful to visit with our friends from church and especially to get to see our children enjoying their sweet friends. One of the main reasons we attend church where we do is because we wanted our children to grow up among many Christian families and their children. Zach grew up in a small church and did have a lot of friends from there. However, there aren’t really any families with young kids at his church now and I LOVE that our church has so, so many families! I do not care at all about my kids making friends at school. The friendships that are the most important to me are the ones from church! These are the kids we pray our children grow up being around! 

The next weekend was actual Easter so we had to do more eggs as a family. This time? We went for the traditional egg dying technique. The kids colored the eggs with crayons prior to dying them which I much, much prefer!!!

None got broken…I think Daddy doing the boiling helped πŸ˜‰

Each of us with our favorite egg!

Kye also had an egg hunt at school (thankfully NO eggs had to be colored for this event! Just the plastic ones with candy…which I can def handle haha). Britt tagged along with me and I made sure to be VERY on time (last year I was late…remember?). It was SO precious to see how excited Kye was to have Britt there with him! He had her come sit with his class and was so protective of her πŸ™‚ Precious!

Everyone lined up and waiting!

This is such a “don’t mess with my sister” face!

Each child in the class could only hunt a certain number of eggs, so obviously that meant Britt didn’t participate. And she did SUPER great about it! Until the kids opened the eggs and had treats inside, and then she melted down and it was pretty embarrassing. I’m glad she’ll have her own class hunt next year πŸ˜‰

Sweet school friends!!!

I am so thankful to be able to attend so many things at Kye’s school with him!!!

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My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Babywise.Life. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

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