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We don’t do much on Easter since our families live out of town and everyone else we know here have their own families to celebrate with. That’s okay, though. We enjoy the quiet Sundays that our Easters have been. Last year we dressed Charlotte in a dress but didn’t leave the house. This year we left the house to go to HyVee.
This morning, Chris and I hid some plastic eggs around the house and encouraged Charlotte to look for them. She was much more interested in opening each egg the moment she found it and eating the contents than putting it into her basket and looking for more. I think her priorities are actually spot on.
The small plastic eggs were filled with trail mix and a couple of jelly beans, but Chris and I are still laughing about what else we put in her Easter basket. She has two jumbo-sized eggs that can fit small gifts, and we filled one of them with a cereal bar and the other with one of her toy horses. She’s two; she doesn’t know that toys she already owns aren’t supposed to wind up in her Easter basket. She was totally thrilled to find “Papa neigh-neigh” hiding in the egg. And girlfriend really does love cereal bars. We figure we’ll milk this stage while we can.
Frankly, we’ve been skimping on her gifts her entire life so far. For her first Christmas, we figured our gifts to her were a successful childbirth and keeping her alive another day (she was two weeks old). And the next two years she got so many presents from grandparent, aunts, uncles, great-grandparents, etc., that we only felt the need to give her one gift (mainly so we wouldn’t feel guilty). The same is true for her birthdays. I just don’t feel the need to contribute any more to the Toys R Us that our house has already become.
I actually started a thread on Hellobee earlier today to see if any other parents filled an Easter basket like we did. And yes, they do! One mom said she gave her son a gift he already received for Christmas. Another mom gave her daughter stuffed animals from her toy box, and another said she gave her son food he’d normally eat. LOL!
Whether you love to shower your children with real gifts or fake gifts, it’s all good in my book as long as your day is spent together. I hope you had a great one!
Here is Charlotte listening to music from her “computer.” She really loves to “feel” the emotion of each song….
Let me just preface this post by saying that I just spent an hour and a half editing these photos instead of watching the season finale of The Bachelor. What is wrong with me??
Actually, this is only because we still don’t have a TV, so I have to watch all my shows the next day online. I can’t wait to see who Sean picks to marry and live happily ever after with. (Or just date for the next two months. Whatever.) No spoilers please!
Charlotte and I made a simple and cute Easter craft on Saturday. I pinned this picture last year right after Easter, and mentally demanded that I remember to try this with Charlotte next time.
Thanks to Pinterest (follow me!), I actually remembered, and now we have these cute little thumbprint bunnies to gaze at for the rest of the month.
The link from Pinterest doesn’t lead to a tutorial but rather a series of pictures of other bunny-themed craft ideas. (At least, this is what I imagine since the website is actually written in another language). Point being, we had to figure this one out ourselves. Good thing it’s entirely self-explanatory.
Step one: Gather supplies. We used some washable craft paint, a single brush for painting fingers, and thick white paper.
Step two: Paint your toddler’s thumb and pointer finger.
Step three: Wipe the paint she just smeared all over her face.
Step four: Re-paint Toddler’s fingers, don’t let go of her arm, then press her fingers onto the page for her. (Thumbs for bodies, pointers for heads)
Repeat until you get at least one that looks like it could pass for a bunny. This may take awhile.
Step five: Wipe the paint off your toddler’s face.
Step six: Take off Toddler’s clothes (actually, this should be Step Zero), put her in a highchair, and give her the paint, a brush, and blank paper to keep her entertained while you hand-paint the ears and tails.
Step seven: Cut around your bunnies in a cute little shape, hole-punch, and string ’em up!
Step eight: Learn how to use your camera so you can take a much better picture than I did:
Ta-da! I swear, this is cute in real life.
(Please excuse the fact that I have no idea how to decorate a shelf/mantel/table/any flat surface and just place random objects in spaces that look empty to me, hence the stick-ball.)
Step nine: Photograph Toddler looking adorable in her war paint:
PS: In first grade I had my birthday party at a ceramics studio. We painted these bunnies. I still think it’s totally adorable, and I will keep it forever (and also probably force Charlotte to display it in her bedroom at some point).