Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter!

We tend to hear a lot about children hunting for eggs at Easter but in my family, we did things a little differently. Instead of hunting for eggs, we hunted for the actual basket. And instead of just the kids doing the hunting, we made the Easter Bunny do some work as well. The night before Easter we hid our empty baskets. I always loved the excitement of finding a really great hiding spot - on a dining room chair hidden under the tablecloth, in the dryer, in the back of a closet. After we fell asleep, the Easter Bunny would come to bring us candy but first she (I've always thought the Easter Bunny was a woman) had to find our baskets. My sister and I are the oldest of four so as we got older, we noticed the "Easter Bunny"  asking us to follow our little brother and sister around, find out where they hid their baskets and report back to her. I guess the hiding spots were getting better and better and finding them was getting harder and harder. When my brother and sisters and I woke up, we had to earn our candy by finding our basket because after filling them, the Easter Bunny hid them from us!

This year, we passed the tradition on to Nathan. Nathan and Will hid the empty basket last night. It took a while but the Easter Bunny finally found it, behind the TV.

She filled it with fake grass, a couple cute stuffed animals and some bright and colorful plastic eggs full of cheerios and yogurt melts.Then she snuck into Nathan's room and hid it for him to find in the morning.

When we got home from church, Nathan and Will looked everywhere and finally found it tucked behind the toy bin. Nathan immediately figured out how to crack open the eggs and began chowing down.

After finishing up with the basket, we went out and enjoyed a nice brunch together, as a family. At the end of the day, we had a wonderful first Easter Sunday.

Basket - $1.99
Paper grass - $0.79
Plastic eggs - $0.99
Watching Nathan hide, find and enjoy his first Easter basket.... priceless.

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