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Easter Weekend

2014 April 20
by Becky



So here’s where we left off last week, a happy family at the Botanical Garden Easter Egg Hunt moments before Ethan broke down in his worst tantrum ever.

Since I talked all about that already (and got quite the reciprocation!! Sounds like three is kicking all our asses), let’s back up and focus on the wonderful part of this experience.


Upon arrival, Ethan ran right up to the super scary cute Easter Bunny to give hugs, shake hands, and give fives before grabbing a treat out of the giant bunny’s basket. It all happened very fast…hard to catch on camera. Who knew a man with a white beard is more terrifying than a giant plush rabbit?

Then it was time for the hunt. Stu had Ethan PUMPED UP. He shot off as if from a starting block, practically knocking other kids down to get to the eggs. No violence occurred and we steered him away from the more crowded areas. He calmed down a little.

But he was still on a mission…




Egg hunts are SERIOUS.

At the end, we sorted through the bounty…in that basket is the seemingly unimportant piece of candy that brought our day to a screeching halt.

But it sure was cute before the fireworks.





A few days later, after leaving Ethan in the car when he refused to let me unlock his door (he was safe, in the garage, car turned off, me standing 5 feet away, after he yelled “YES!” when I asked if he wanted to spent the night in there), things made a drastic turn behavior-wise and we heard “No” less, were defied half as much. Who knew 8 minutes of faux-abandonment would make such a difference? He hasn’t locked the car door since. Not ONCE.

I’ll be expecting my Parent of the Year award any day now.

His improved attitude sure made our real Easter weekend so much more fun. To make it even more special, Stu’s parents were visiting from California. Even while fighting through a pretty nasty cold, Ethan dyed eggs with gusto and ran downstairs Easter morning for a backyard egg hunt.

What is it about Easter that makes Spring so official?


Just the vinegary scent of Easter egg dye gives me the urge to plant sweet potato vines and basil. Makes me want to lie on a blanket in the park. Mix the pastel colors, chocolate bunnies, brightly clothed children, and crunchy basket-filler grass on a Spring day, it’s a recipe for perfection.

We may have gone a little overboard on the egg hiding, but Gaga and Papa were there to help the Peanut find each and every one.





Next year I’m filling the eggs with pennies…candy just causes issues. Ethan could have eaten it all in one sitting. We all said, “No more chocolate!” about 100 times. Why must every holiday involve candy????

Oh yeah, because it’s ridiculously fun. And I love me some Cadbury Mini Eggs.



After PJ-clad egg hunts it’s off to brunch at my uncle’s house where all food-sensibility flies out the window and we gorge ourselves on buttery egg dishes, fresh cinnamon rolls, and coconut pies. Oh and mimosas…what holiday brunch is complete without them?


Ethan was clearly still in recovery from his seasonal-allergy-snot-fest-constant-cough because halfway through egg hunting he announced, “That’s enough, we can do the rest tomorrow.”

This from the kid who’s been talking about Easter for a month. Poor baby. I’m sure feeding him tons of chocolate and jelly beans was the perfect medicine. (Pretty sure that wins me another award nomination?)

Hope your weekend was amazing and beautiful!

3 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    April 22, 2014

    It looks like Ethan had a great time at the Easter Egg hunt. I especially love his serious look while hunting for goodies. He is a man on a mission.

    Enjoy the beautiful weather, strong storms headed here on Wednesday.

    • Becky permalink*
      April 22, 2014

      Oh he was SERIOUS. NO storms!!

  2. April 23, 2014

    Bunnies ARE scary.

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