Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Unless you watch Nacho Libre as much as our family has you probably don't  
add an S on the end of your Easters like it is in this house.   

Now for some cellphone pictures.
Taken at some neighborhood church that hosted an egg hunt.
It was a good one.  I think we will attend again next year. Nice and calm, plenty for everyone, even though there were 100's of kiddos.  And they separated all the kiddies into age groups including disability.
Then they had lots of fun stuff, jump houses etc to do after.

 What is it about little kids gathering eggs and putting them into a basket that is so dang cute?  
Maybe Naomi flitting about giggling with each egg she put in her basket.  Or maybe it's Gage grunting as he picked up every single egg, then plop down in the middle of the field to try and open the ONE egg he had collected.

 Easter eve.
We can't decide what to do about the Easter bunny.  Yes we do and LOVE Santa, but the Easter bunny.. I don't know.  The kids saw a lot of the Easter basket stuff before and either forgot or just played along.
I mean as far as Easter bunny coming in the night like Santa...Meh,, I don't know how much energy I want to put into that delusion.   I grew up with it and loved it, but not sure if we want to do it in our home. You know, different kids need different ways to be raised.  "The BEST" is not just a cookie cutter you know. I wish!  I really want to instill in them the "Wonder and aaw" of what Easter is truly about. 
Not trade that in for cheap plastic eggs and candy and cranky kids. . We will do the Easter egg hunt and candy(cuz really it's super fun for me too,)  just debating on if we say it's from the Easter bunny or not.  Or do the candy hunt in the evening AFTER church etc.  Maybe I forgot what it was like to be a kid and am overthinking Easter.  I don't know. Any suggestions would be welcome. 
What do you do?
We have a full on rival going on in this house and I don't think it's ending anytime soon...

No I didn't give the baby his own giant chocolate bunny.
But yes he did steal and eat everyone elses at every chance he got.
I'd catch him and take it away.  He wouldn't cry just wobble away and go find another bunny and sit himself in the exact same spot.  Take that one away too and he'd just go get the first one he had!
He got Cache's 90% eaten before anyone noticed his strategy.
Cache laughed at him.  If that had been Nay this story would've ended a lot different.

That's a wrap.


Unknown said...

I hear ya on the whole Easter Bunny thing. We decided a few years ago that we wanted to make Easter more Christ-centered. We started a tradition of going camping on Good Friday (which you can do in Texas spring). We do our Easter egg hunt while camping--plastic eggs filled with goodies (not all sweet) that we "crack" open into a bowl to make trail mix to share. The kids know full well that I'm the one hiding the eggs. Then Easter morning (back at home) we do a sunrise picnic breakfast, where we talk about the atonement and resurrection. Then we give them the Easter basket. This is one large basket that is for the whole family. It has something for everyone along with a little bit of candy. This year we got them scripture hero trading cards and puzzles. We've always just skimmed over the fact but this year we told them it was from us.

Amie Orton said...

i love your traditions Marissa. Full of fun and substance and candy! We also have the tradition of watching the sunrise easter morning, but so far it is also tradition to accidently sleep in and miss the sunrise. I'm gonna definately read over your comment again and plan see how some of that can be applied to our family. Thanks a bunch.


Aubrey said...

Great ideas from Marisa. We include Christ centered things in the Easter basket...perhaps you could do a sunset? :)

Cindy Spratling said...

It's funny because Ben and I kept having the same conversation over and over again this year. Trying to decide if we should do the Easter bunny thing or not. We went ahead and did it, but the kids didn't really care. We didn't give them any gifts besides new socks. But of course there was candy and then there was crankiness! I decided that next year we will put coins in their eggs, and then maybe 2 or 3 with candy. Then I can let them eat ALL their candy and not care because it won't be very much. Aside from that, I have been thinking about doing that on Saturday morning and then doing something special on Sunday. I love the sunrise idea. Or maybe go walk around the temple grounds. Or even as simple as make a yummy breakfast and then read scriptures about our Savior.
But so true, every child is different and each one, each generation, each family has different needs and struggles.