I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.
Easter Weekend By the Numbers
2 – Outdoor Easter Egg Hunts – That’s right, not one, but two egg hunts were had on Saturday. The first one was at their preschool, the second at the park a few blocks from our house.
28+ Eggs Found –I didn’t get an exact count. Each one carrying sugary goodness, reminding me we still have Halloween and Valentine’s candy to eat….
2 – Bags of Popcorn – The first hunt supplied snacks and the kids proved they are definitely my biological offspring by devouring popcorn. I may have “helped”.
4 – Eggs Given to Another Child in Heart Warming Moment – The Tackler, in a completely un-Tackler-like move, noticed a child only had a single egg (I believe they arrived late). Without prodding or even a nudge, and completely of his own volition, he gave four of his eggs to the other boy.
I missed witnessing this, as I was with Lil Diva’s toddler egg hunting division, but to say my heart warmed and melted into mommy goo when I heard about his actions would be an understatement.
2 – Cheeks Face-Painted –Lil Diva just barely sat still long enough to receive a butterfly, while The Tackler went for an old favorite – the rocket ship. Neither survived the rest of the day’s shenanigans.
2 – Bouncy Apparatuses of Craziness –The second egg hunt also supplied two bounce “houses”. The kids completely ignored the playground and went jumping crazy.
1 – Free Lunch – The second egg hunt also supplied free hot dogs, burgers, and side dishes for all who attended. The kids stopped bouncing just long enough to eat…. then it was straight back to jumping.
1 – Easter Bunny –Sure most people get the creeps from giant bunnies, but my kids shocked me by seeking him out and actually hugging the bunny. Lil Diva even went back for seconds an hour later.
2 – Exhausted Parents – CG and I wanted nothing more than to nap following three hours outside. The Tackler remained energized and Lil Diva only slept 90 minutes.
1 – Failed movie attempt – I wanted to relax after the crazy day with pizza and a movie, but the kids refused to pick up until it was too late, eliminating the movie option.
1 – At Home Egg Hunt – The kids each had twelve (empty) plastic eggs. The Tackler hid them in one room for Lil Diva, while she hid hers in another for him. They loved finding the eggs, although each one (especially Lil Diva) wanted to show the other their secret hiding spaces.
And that was just Saturday.
Sunday was another story entirely.
1 – Family Bike Ride – The four of us hit a trail not too far from our house. Thanks to me sleeping in a bit and logistics of getting out of the house, it was 10:30 before we left. Forty-five minutes later, we reached one of our parks and let the kids run loose. We wisely anticipated the slightly-uphill mostly-un-shaded-trek in the full noon sun close to naptime would not be a good choice.
I biked home alone with the baby trailer in tow – the trek still taking me thirty minutes – and returned with the van.
11 – Painted Eggs – I found a “Volcano Easter Egg Dying” post and could not think of a more perfect way to decorate eggs with The Tackler. We took our baking soda paint, coated the eggs, and then poured vinegar all over them.
So. Much. Fun.
I think we will paint eggs in the future, as opposed to my previous method of using dyes – it allows the kids to be more creative and even Lil Diva was very focused and into it.
2 – #Failed Peelings of Decorated Eggs – I didn’t buy my eggs early enough, so each egg peeled was not pretty. In fact, the only egg peeled to date without a hitch was the missing #12 – which cracked during boiling. I left it in the pot with the others, it cooked perfectly, and peeled like a dream.
Is it wrong I’m thinking about poking holes in my egg shells in the future?
1 – Silly Hose and Wading Pool –The afternoon was hot so we pulled out the spray hose and the wading pool. At first it was calm, then The Tackler’s buddy RT came over and crazy, giggling chaos ensued.
6 – Homemade French Dips – Your traditional Easter fare it is not, but Bobbi was craving them, and suddenly, I could not think of anything more delicious. I’m pretty sure I moaned in ecstasy after dunking the sandwich into the au jus and then sinking my teeth into savory goodness.
Yes, they are that good when paired with Bobbi’s au jus sauce. Even Lil Diva ate most of hers. Though The Tackler first whined “I don’t want this,” once dipped into the au jus, I didn’t hear a single peep as he inhaled his sandwich.
3 – More In-House Egg Hunts – We had another hunt like the night before, followed by the kids hiding them for Bobbi and I, then Bobbi and I hiding them for the kids.
By the third round, the kids were wired, running crazy, re-hiding eggs, and the decibel level had raised several notches.
It was a wonderful weekend.
But I could really use a nap.
**Note** – I was not showing favoritism with the photos even though Lil Diva is more heavily featured. The egg hunts were by age and the kids rarely were in the same place at the same time when outside, so I was usually off with Lil Diva (and the camera) while my husband was with The Tackler.
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