Easter 2015

Dyeing eggs with Stella is quickly becoming one of my favorite activities. Last year we only got through about nine eggs but this year I made a few more because she was really into finding them at a friends house a few days before Easter.
DSCN4271After using various small cups last year, I told myself to remember to buy plastic cups to dye the eggs but of course forgot. So we made due with what we had. Stella didn’t mind at all.
DSCN4275She dropped an egg in each color and then tried to fit another, moving them around as she saw fit.
DSCN4280 More than a few of them cracked from the drop into the cup. DSCN4281 DSCN4282
The next morning she found all of the eggs and each time she spotted one she was so excited and proud of herself. Tsunami did find one of them before Stella and managed to have a little treat before we put her outside. DSCN4289 DSCN4294 DSCN4295 DSCN4298 DSCN4300 After finding all the eggs, we moved on to Easter baskets, where Stella was spoiled by grandparents and Auntie Wendy. I don’t remember Easter presents being huge (actually, the gift that sticks out most in my mind is the year I got a word search book) so I tried not to go overboard and got her a butterfly kite and bandaids. But Grandmas spoiled the kids with books games and (the big winner) mints. DSCN4301 DSCN4307 After finding they dyed eggs, we went over to our friends’ house to search for the plastic eggs filled with goodies. DSCN4337

I have really great memories of going over to my cousins’ house to hunt for eggs and loved that we were able to do the same thing with close friends. There were close to a hundred eggs with only two 2 1/2-year olds to find them so we tossed most of them on the grass to make things easy for them. The delight on their faces when they found them was so much fun to see.
DSCN4313 DSCN4325 And, of course, the stickers, tattoos, finger puppets, candy, and figurines that were hiding inside the eggs were pretty exciting, too. DSCN4353 James was more interested in the electronics that were out. DSCN4397 Afterwards we went to the beach where Stella got buried in the sand over and over. Jack wasn’t interested in being buried so he did the shoveling. IMG_1378 James and I spent time snuggling on the blanket because he was not feeling well. Once we got home I realized he had a 101 degree temperature. No wonder he wanted nothing to do with the water!IMG_1386After the beach we had lunch before heading home. IMG_1397 Stella has been trying to climb trees for a while so Dad helped her out. IMG_1403 And then we went home to put James to bed and fly Stella’s new kite. It was a beautiful day to do it. Stella ran around like a nut and jumped of the utility box cover that is a favorite toy of all the neighbor kids. There was lots of jumping before we all finally took a much-needed nap. IMG_1411 IMG_1417 IMG_1441 IMG_1486 IMG_1490 IMG_1501 IMG_1502 IMG_1503

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