Good afternoon! Hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did this past weekend! I meant to post at some point during all the Easter festivities but ended up relishing every moment instead! Sorry this post is way overdue and I hope you’ll forgive me! We were mostly just having too much fun!
But sadly our poor little three year old wasn’t feeling very well over the weekend. He was extra grumpy Saturday evening and I could tell he was coming down with something. We mostly stayed close to home and took things pretty easy. I loaded everyone up with extra vitamin c and nourishing soups. He was the only one who got sick, thankfully. And we still tried to keep the fun going as much as possible to relish in the simple pleasures of Easter!
The adorable bunnies, Easter eggs (representative of new life through Jesus), and hot cross buns are just a few of the annual Easter treasures I always look forward to! There are also the festive parties, delicious meals, and all sorts of games, from egg hunts and rolls to sack races and croquet!
But the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, with the possibility of a renewal for each and every one of us, is the best part of all!
And now on to our Easter amusements…
As I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, I try to keep our Easter decor very simple. It seems the less clutter, the more we appreciate the things we do have! We have an Easter tree, an Easter countdown calendar, our home grown Easter grass, a banner, and a few sweet bunnies, birds, crosses, and some eggs to decorate the table on Easter day itself for brunch. The boys also like to decorate the closet door in their playroom for Easter! We usually make our own bunny out of construction paper but this year dad brought a kit home from the store so all we had to do was peel and stick! I’m hoping to be able to reuse this one for a couple of years!
This is our Easter tree. Our three year old makes a habit of ‘redecorating’ it most mornings while I’m unloading dishes, haha. We were blessed with our Easter tree several years ago now. But it the past, I would collect branches to paint white, or simply use flowering branches when I could find them, to decorate with our colored Easter eggs! Those trees were so lovely, as well as the memories of making them together with love. We certainly love our treasured Easter tree but I’m hoping in the future to make our own occasionally, whenever time and resources permit!
We always begin our official Easter celebration on Good Friday by making hot cross buns. Some years, we make them completely from scratch. This year I took the easy route and just used all natural refrigerated crescent rolls and raisins, (along with organic powdered sugar and almond milk for the frosting), to make hot cross buns with the boys. Of course the boys never forget the cross on top. And they love when I recite the classic: Hot-cross buns, hot-cross buns; One a penny, two a penny; Hot cross buns! Our oldest knows it by heart and now recites along with me. The little ones light up and are learning it as well. It’s pretty adorable if I do say so myself!
While devouring the hot cross buns, I like to bring out our Resurrection Eggs. We purchased our eggs about 5ish years ago and not a year has gone by without going through the lovely story, and taking out the accompanying tokens hidden within each egg, at least once! The boys like to take each token in hand one at a time to examine thoroughly. This visual representation of what actually happened so many years ago really seems to touch their hearts more than hearing the story alone! I’m so grateful for this family treasure and tradition!
After the hot cross buns and Resurrection Eggs, we got messy with some egg dying! Some years we use the store bought kits. We’ve done the naturally dyed eggs as well, using deeply pigmented foods such as beets and blueberries. This year we decided to use what we had around the house, food coloring with the aid of vinegar. We searched for an online egg coloring guide. Then, we got creative and made up a variety of lovely shades.
On Easter morning, our little sleepy heads awoke to special deliveries! A trail of foil covered eggs lead from the boy’s beds all the way to the front door and their awaiting baskets.
The morning was spent nibbling on bunny pancakes and trying Easter treats. Our three year old wasn’t back to his old self yet but he was still super excited and even ate a bite or two of his candy!
Our oldest super helper punched out all the pancakes, while I kept them cooking in the pan! (I like to brag on him whenever I can because he’s getting to be such a responsible young man!)
Relatives arrived around 1pm for our annual Easter brunch. On the menu were breakfast meats, made from scratch Belgium waffles, two different types of quiche, breakfast potatoes, and asparagus, along with homemade sparkling strawberry lemonade and strawberry pie and carrot cake for dessert! It was some feast for our fairly small gathering!
After brunch and dessert, the real festivities began! Dad and papa headed out back to hide candy filled Easter eggs, along with the elusive golden egg. After the big egg hunt, came the Easter egg roll. I drew lines on the driveway with sidewalk chalk and everyone chose an egg and a stick. Then, we all raced to see who could push their egg to reach the finish line first without going out of bounds! The little kids, as well as the big kids, lol, had such a blast!
Big brother found the golden egg- with two dollars inside! What a haul!
Hope you had a wonderful Easter!
How did you celebrate?
Thanks for stopping by!
Lots of Love & God Bless!