We had a pretty spectacular Easter! We may have finished dying eggs just minutes before midnight the night before, but we got it done. We took the natural dyes route again, and red cabbage is by far my most favorite. Such a beautiful shade of blue. We planted jelly beans that grew into suckers, and left the boys' baskets by the front door (per Liam's request). Surely the "Easter Egg Bunny" would find them there. As I filled their baskets late that evening, I was filled with joy (and wine!). Experiencing the holidays as a parent is almost just as sweet as it was as a child. I love all of the magic and wonder.
The whole family slept in, so I told Liam I needed to "make sure" the Easter Bunny came before he bounded out of bed in search of his basket. Really this just meant that I sprinted downstairs and hid our hard boiled eggs in the backyard as quickly as possible. Per usual, Finn was just along for the ride as Liam ran down the stairs whispering about the Easter Bunny as if he were still in our house. The baskets were a big hit, with Liam most excited about the dinosaur eggs he had been asking for.
The big event, was the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. I got together with the other moms the day before to stuff far far too many eggs (also wine, also candy eating). But seriously, the number of eggs outnumbered the amount of hiding places by far. Some were neatly hidden, but many were eventually just scattered in the grass. Perfect for the little ones. Kids 5 and under were given a head start, and Liam jumped up and was the first off! He scored tons of eggs, and I've been raiding his candy stash all day.
After the hunt, we brunched on eggs benedict; made dairy free by Conor (coconut oil instead of butter, and I could barely tell the difference). We busted out the Waterford crystal for some morning rosé bubbly and felt all sorts of fancy. I really need to drink from a massive champagne glass far more often! And then it was time for church. And while my kids are some of the most well behaved during mass on every other Sunday... holiday masses are not for them. Maybe it's the sheer amount of people, or the sugar highs, but we have a hard time holding it together. So more bubbly was needed immediately after.
Naps all around, and then I started cooking our Easter feast. Glazed ham with a raisin sauce. Every single year, and it will never change. While Conor finished up dinner prep, I drove to the airport to pick up Nana! Yes, my mama is here for over a week! I just took a big sigh of relief and the relaxation is already setting in.