When Easter is in March, I feel like it is just so early and kind of sneaks up on us! And, because I am not able to shop unaccompanied by children ever during tax season, I have to be prepared. This year I was prepared...ish. (Ryan, who had to go buy plastic eggs during a quick break from work on Saturday, may beg to differ.) Anyway...
Saturday morning we got to go to two of Reed's buddies baptisms. We've loved going to his friends' baptisms this year and each baptism only makes us more excited for his! After the baptism, we headed straight for Town Square for an easter egg hunt, with plans to meet Kayla and Ben there. We got to Town Square, took one look at the GIGANTIC line to REGISTER for the hunt, and the kids literally said, "I don't think this is really worth it." Well said, children. I completely agreed. So we went to meet Kay and Ben and enjoyed lunch together. Then, we walked through the booths set up at Town Square, which were not really that great, and convinced the kids that a different park would be WAY better than the insane Town Square park with their Easter hunt crowd.
We played at the park and had a dandy time until the kids were not worn out at all but the adults were ready to sit down! I gave Ben a few instructions, then Kay and I headed to the General Women's Session of Conference. Conference was amazing, as usual, and I was grateful Kay and Ben were there so I could go--Ryan was STILL at work.
After the conference, we drove home to find that Ryan had arrived! Hooray! We got right to business: egg dyeing. Egg dyeing just grows more delightful as my children grow older, less prone to throw eggs (balls?) across the room, and less prone to knock over entire bowls of egg dye. This year was so, so good. We all had fun and the boys even talked me into leaving two eggs in bowls of dye (inside the fridge) over night. Those eggs turned out quite vibrant. Reed and Asher also each made eggs with warnings written on them--Asher's egg had a crab drawn that would pinch you if you picked up his egg!
We put the kids to bed, then enjoyed several rounds of Catch Phrase! with Kayla and Ben. Then, while we slept, the Easter Bunny came to town!
In the morning, the kids were super pumped to hunt for eggs. And the Easter bunny had hidden eggs everywhere, inside and out. The boys' favorite egg was the one taped to the ceiling fan. Lila's favorite egg was any egg that was pink or purple. If she found blue eggs, she'd give them to Asher. If she found green eggs, she'd give them to Reed. Silly girl. Asher found a golden egg with $3 (!!!) inside, which was also quite exciting.
Before long, all the baskets and eggs were located and the kids were digging through to see what they'd gotten. Then we hustled through breakfast and out the door in time for 8:30 church! That Sunday was fast Sunday, so we got to hear various ward members' testimonies, which all focused on the Savior. When we got home, we continued the theme by doing our "resurrection eggs" while we ate lunch. Each egg contained an object that represented a part of the story of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. The kids even mostly paid attention.
After lunch, Reed did a few magic tricks, then we spent time enjoying each others' company until dinner, which was super tasty if I do say so myself. All too soon it was time for Kayla, Ben, and Grandpa--who'd arrived only that afternoon--to head home.