Easter!

On to Easter! It dawned on me that the whole Easter bunny/egg hunt thing was something we could now participate in and the thought made me really happy.

I gotta say, though, having now experience the Easter bunny as an adult with a kid, that it’s… just a little weird. Elena didn’t seem too keen on the whole thing either.

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Honestly, neither did the bunny.

My friend edited this picture into a little movie that slowly zooms in on its eyes while playing “hello darkness my old friend…” which is amazing.

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After seeing the bunny, we let Elena run around the empty department store section of the mall (we still like doing this – there aren’t many people and it’s a wide open space with little she can get in trouble with) and that made her happy.

The dress is from Little Miss Marmalade and it’s one of my favs.

Elena looooves the fish on the wall. I think we first word was actually fish and I don’t know where that came from. Moana??

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There is a woman who sells gorgeous hand-made chocolates at work every once in a while. I bought this. It’s a box and it had beautiful chocolates and jellybeans inside!

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We tried to dye Easter eggs with Elena!

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We found this “eco egg” kit which seemed non-toxic, so we gave that a try.

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I saw a sign for an Easter egg hunt at the Town Center. I’m a newbie to this parenting thing so I didn’t know that these public Easter egg hunts are, according to one friend of mine, “shitshows.” Sadly this one was no different. This little section of lawn was reserved for toddlers:

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By which they meant, the parents of the toddlers would swarm over it like locusts, running small children over, and all the eggs would be gone within 30 seconds. Here I thought the little ones would go by themselves to pick up eggs and maybe you could intervene if they needed help. Oh sweet summer child, no.

Well, we still had fun, and there were a few eggs right near us, so once I saw how it was going down, I grabbed the few near us for Elena so at least she didn’t come away with nothing. I mean, I’m not a total beginner. I do remember the town Easter egg hunt when I was a kid. But I recall bigger kids being the problem, not parents. Back then, the eggs had little slips of paper in them and it would give you some gift from a local store in exchange. After years of getting nothing, one year, as we were waiting for it to start, my Mom pointed out an egg very near me and suggested I focus on that eggs and forget anything else. So when they said go, I dived on it and got it. It was the only one I got (presumably it too was over very quickly), but I did get it. And it won me a spider plant.

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Here’s one of the two eggs Elena got!

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Here’s Elena Easter morning with the Easter “basket” of stuff I got her:

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A few more pics from the morning:

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Then we did our own Easter egg hunt I got these really cute eggs on Amazon that have little stuffed bunnies inside them, plus some eggs from the supermarket that look like pastries, plus the few eggs from the town center egg hunt, and we just scattered them in the backyard for her. She got it right away and picked them all up and put them in her basket, which was part of her Halloween costume.

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After that we went for Easter brunch. Mimosas!

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If you want to watch her pick up eggs, here is a video! Click on the picture and it should go to the video!

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She loves these eggs and even though it is now August, she will dump them all out and play with them and open them and they are one of her fav things.

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