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.
After 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.
She dropped an egg in each color and then tried to fit another, moving them around as she saw fit.
More than a few of them cracked from the drop into the cup.
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. 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. After finding they dyed eggs, we went over to our friends’ house to search for the plastic eggs filled with goodies.
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.
And, of course, the stickers, tattoos, finger puppets, candy, and figurines that were hiding inside the eggs were pretty exciting, too. James was more interested in the electronics that were out. 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. 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!After the beach we had lunch before heading home. Stella has been trying to climb trees for a while so Dad helped her out. 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.