Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hop to It

This year's Easter festivities began on Saturday with Jake & Mal getting to color eggs for the first time. I loved this activity as a kid & was excited to get to do it with them. We stripped them down to their diapers before beginning, just in case.

I'm not sure what word I was probably in the middle of saying, trying to get Jake to look at the camera, but it's still a sweet picture of me & my boy.
They both got the dipping action down fast & really wanted to do it without assistance.
Waiting for the eggs to change colors was not our strong suit, so our eggs ended up more pastel than the bright ones we'd attempted to achieve.

Mal spilled yellow dye in her chair & so ended up with yellow feet, but it really wasn't as messy as I'd expected.
Once the kids were in bed, the Easter bunny dropped by to leave just a few goodies.
Mom & I got to work in the kitchen to prepare for the next day's meal. I failed to get any pictures of the table or our guests, but we had a great time! We had a total of twelve people here to enjoy a menu of ham, green bean bundles, corn casserole, deviled eggs, salad & rolls. For dessert, my mom made a coconut pie to satisfy my dad's craving, & I made this chocolate bunny cake. This cake was an Easter tradition for J's family when he was growing up, but this was my first time to make it. Bonus: the leftover cake worked nicely when cut up & made into a trifle for my ladies' class luncheon on Tuesday.
Mallory & Jake got to check out their loot Sunday morning before heading to church & were quite impressed. The Pez dispensers have by far been Mal's favorite, even though I haven't loaded any candy in them yet. She carries them around & plays with them all day long. Are these not the cutest kids you've ever seen?! I'm only a bit biased.
Posing with Nana & Papa
This was the best family pic I got that morning. Jake was distracted, & Mal kept wanting to hold her new bunny right in front of my face.
After lunch, it was time to hunt for eggs. Sadly, it was raining outside, so we moved our hunt indoors.
Jake quickly grasped the concept & was hurriedly finding eggs & placing them in his basket.
Mallory, on the other hand, seemed to think that I was trying to take away her precious eggs when I told her to put them in the basket. She preferred to just grab a couple & hold onto them until she saw a new one. We'll have to do more practice runs next year.

We had a wonderful day of good food, time with family & friends & fun activities for the kids. But more importantly, we paused to remember the resurrection of our glorious Lord & Savior, for which we are forever grateful. I hope your Easter was as happy as mine!


Winters said...

Sounds and looks like y'all had a memorable Easter! And, yes, you've got some cutie-pies on your hands :)I LOVE their Easter outfits and baskets!

1greatfamily said...

Hey Allison--I was reading your blog about easter egg coloring and I thought I would share something that might help next year. Put a hard boiled egg in a whisk and let the kids dip into the coloring. Hannah & Caroline did this and it was a lot less dramatic!
Love your blog! From Brandy Smith (Greg Beckmon's sister)