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Going on a hunt…

‘Tis the season for the bunny and egg hunts! It’s always so much fun for me to see the kids scramble after little plastic eggs. Emily is at the age still where she isn’t concerned with the number of eggs that she gets. She just wants to enjoy the hunt and excitement of seeing what is in the egg.  Zachary….Well, this is his first egg hunt season. He was a little overwhelmed at the first egg hunt we went to. I don’t think it was the hunt itself as much as the sheer number of kids there. He has been going through a little separation anxiety so he was a little clingy. He didn’t want me to put him down for quite some time so that made picking up eggs a little difficult.

Our first egg hunt was with our amazing playgroup. The amazing hunt organizer stuffed over 400 eggs for the kids to hunt and spread them out over a large field in the park. My hat is off to her because I can only imagine how much time she spent stuffing, closing and hiding. She did an amazing job! Thanks Ana! Besides the egg hunt, there was food. Lots and lots of food. Our group sure knows how to eat! This shindig was a lot of fun! Zachary eventually warmed up to the whole thing and had fun. He actually got down and played at some point. Emily even got to dye some eggs! She had a blast of course!

I don’t have any pictures of the second hunt. It was just Daddy and Zachary. Unfortunately, it has rained the day prior to the hunt. Hunt day was wet and chilly. Zachary enjoyed some donuts and playtime with Daddy before they slip, slided in the mud.

The next egg hunt was held down the street from our house! It was our subdivision’s annual egg hunt. Always a great time! They have tons and tons of eggs for the kids to hunt so there are no fighting. They even have an area roped off for the 3 and under crowd. Emily got her first “painting”. She has never had her face or hand painted, if you can believe that!

Both kids had lots of fun. Zachary was finally getting into the whole hunting thing and picked up some eggs to put into his basket. The kids then got to pick some attendance prizes. I love that Emily isn’t about the biggest. most expensive. She was happy with a little stuffed bunny and a paddle ball. Zachary got a car in an egg and was more impressed with the egg. Got to love the innocence. Soon enough it will be about bigger and better. I am enjoying it while I can.

Luckily, the weather has been pretty nice for the past week or so. We have been able to get out and enjoy. I love spring!

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To the farm…

Purina Farms that is.

The kids, Grandma and I headed to Purina Farms with our playgroup last week. What a beautiful day it turned out to be! The weather was perfect and the crowds weren’t bad at all. A great say to visit the Easter Village.

We had never been before so this was an exciting adventure for all of us. During Easter, they have an area set up with lots of baby animals to see and some to touch. Chicks, bunnies, piglets, lambs- just to name a few. They were very cute! Emily really enjoyed being able to touch many of them. Zachary- not so much. He was more concerned with why the women had floppy bunny ears on. He just couldn’t get over their appearance to focus on the animals. He really enjoyed looking at the kitties though.

There is also a cow that you can milk! Emily had no problem milking the cow. Which is kind of amusing considering she would not see Peter Cottontail when we arrived. Zachary just went with the flow for most things. I think the biggest hit of the day was the dog show. We got to see dogs and a pot bellied big play with Frisbees and go through the obstacle course. We even got to see them jump into a pool after the Frisbees. The show was really neat. We then went on a wagon ride before our picnic lunch.

It was a really fun day. Totally worth the 45 minute drive. The kids really enjoyed themselves, as did I. Zachary was so worn out that he fell asleep in the car. That rarely happens. What is even more rare was the fact that he went back to sleep when we got him into the house. He was farmed out.

Sorry about the poor picture quality. I remembered to charge my camera battery but forgot to actually put it back into the camera…. Doh!

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Easter weekend

To us, Easter is not just about candy, painted eggs and bunnies. It’s about getting together with our family and reflecting on the true meaning of Easter. Miracles, new life and the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. We celebrate with Mass and continue our celebration with family.

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! 

Emily doesn’t quite get the concept of the Easter bunny nor did we really explain it to her this year. She just thinks the Bunny is scary and that’s it. We did tell her that the bunny hides Easter eggs but that’s about it.

She enjoyed another hunt from the Easter bunny on Saturday. We also dyed eggs Saturday night. You might notice in the pictures that Emily’s paint shirt is wet, as is the table. Green…..all over the floor. No green eggs for us! The good thing is that everything cleans so no harm was done. I was actually surprised that neither of her shirts nor her jeans or Stephen’s socks were green after laundry today. Who knew??

On Sunday, the Easter bunny left some eggs full of coins and stickers. “Money!!! I love money!!” He also left her a basket full of goodies. She has truly discovered the delicious-ness and addiction of candy. She’s open an egg and try to shove all the candy in before I got to her. We have to ration and hide.

After church, we spent the afternoon with Stephen’s parents and sister. We had a wonderful lunch. Everyone had a good time watching Emily try to shove marshmallows in her mouth when she opened the eggs. Grandma and Papa had an Easter gift for Emily. Too bad the weather was too yucky (today also!). Emily still hasn’t gotten to play in her new sandbox! It was a good day though.

I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful life.

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