Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

Easter arrived a day early this year. My sister-in-law Karen and her husband Jeff invited us to their country club for brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt. How can you say no to an offer like that? So Saturday morning we got all dolled up and headed to the club.

Molly was thrilled to get her picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Six months ago this would have involved, at the very least, some heavy bribery, coaxing, processing of feelings, and tears. A lot of tears. And even after all of that, there was a good chance that there would be no lap sitting anyway.

What a difference a few short months have made!IMG_6019

Molly was so eager to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap that she volunteered to do it again with her cousin Allison.IMG_6022

At brunch, Molly got very brave and tried two new foods: bacon and sausage. Healthy? No. Delicious? Yes! And Molly agreed whole-heartedly. She devoured them with gusto. 

This might not sound like a big deal to you, but a few weeks ago I tried to get Molly to try one little nibblet of corn. The gag reflex kicked in before it was even on the fork and she almost hurled right on her plate.

Eating two whole pieces of bacon and a piece of sausage for the first time is big news in my book!

After a delicious brunch it was time for the Easter Egg Hunt. It wasn’t so much of a hunt as it was a grab. There were eggs everywhere. Non-stop rain for an entire week had left the lawn completely saturated. As a result, the hunting ground had to be reduced to a patio.

No matter, Molly still had a great time collecting her eggs.IMG_6030IMG_6032

And she loved having her Allison help her!IMG_6033

After the hunt Ally and Molly headed back to the clubhouse to check out the goodies. It was sugar-fest, as Easter should be.IMG_6035

Then it was time for family pictures. How cute are we?IMG_6041IMG_6043IMG_6048

In addition to everything else, the club has hired two people to make balloon sculptures. Molly was beyond thrilled.IMG_6055

She picked a pink flower. A perfect selection.IMG_6057

Uncle Jeff had to attend a family funeral so didn’t make the brunch or hunt. He did manage to make it right before we left, so had to get him in a picture. Karen and Jeff, Thanks for inviting us to spend the day with you. We had a great time!IMG_6058

Back at home, it was time to color Easter Eggs.IMG_6060

Molly took this job very seriously. In previous years, she did not have the patience to let eggs sit in the dye very long. We had lots and lots of pastel eggs. This year, she had boatloads of patience.IMG_6062

She let her eggs marinate for what seemed like hours so that she could get nice bright colors. She carefully checked, and rechecked, and check her eggs again.IMG_6064

Nope, not even close to being done…IMG_6066

There was plenty of time to take pictures (and do laundry, and wash dishes and mop the floor and…) while we waited for the eggs to achieve the perfect hue.IMG_6073

Finally, the task was completed (and it was almost time for bed).IMG_6079

Molly had more fun after the eggs were done. She sat and mixed colors, moving liquid from one cup to another to see what would happen. A hot mess is what happened, but she seem to be thrilled with the results.IMG_6084

Late last night the Easter Bunny visited, filling Molly’s basket to the brim.IMG_6094

Molly was up at 7:00 AM, eager to check out her basket. Her Dad and I were not so eager. We invited her into our bed to cuddle and grabbed a few more ZZZZZ’s.

By 8:30 we couldn’t delay the inevitable any longer so headed downstairs.IMG_6096

Molly carefully inspected each little surprise that the big furry guy left for her.IMG_6103IMG_6104IMG_6106IMG_6110

Yes, she was a happy girl!IMG_6115

Mmmmm, nothing says Easter like a sugar coated Peep. Yummy!IMG_6118

I am sure Tony (and the jowls that Molly created for him) are less than thrilled with this picture, but dang if that little Molly isn’t looking cute as a bug!IMG_6120

Since it was raining, the Eater Bunny left a big basket of eggs with instructions for mom and dad to hide them in the house.

Five-year-olds are not great and finding things that are right in front of their faces so trying to find things that are hidden is a real challenge. Maybe the country club had it right, just throw the eggs out everywhere and let the kids grab.IMG_6121

After what seemed like an eternity, Molly found all two dozen eggs.IMG_6122IMG_6136IMG_6138

Then she got cracking, opening up each egg to reveal its sugary surprise.  IMG_6147IMG_6145

Sure, there’s a smile on her face now, but there will be tears and a timeout later--after the sugar high wears off. Just saying.IMG_6150Happy Easter, Baby!

And Happy Easter to all of our friends and family!

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