I don’t have any great family pictures of us or even any of just the kids in their cute little Easter clothes. I was so preoccupied with getting stuff ready for church that capturing the moment in pictures did not even cross our minds. We got a few of the kids with their Easter baskets this morning so that will have to do.
Gee…you think they’re related? And also, how is it that the 2 year old’s head is almost as big as the 4 year old’s?
A little bit of Easter basket fun.
We had a great day that involved getting out for a bit, naps, hunting for eggs and mostly just relaxing. We go to church on Saturday nights so we were able to rest and enjoy today.
After baskets, we took advantage of being in the small minority of people in our area who weren’t at church this morning to go to the walk-in clinic. No worries, everyone is well; this was a planned visit. We decided to go when we had a good hunch it wouldn’t be super busy to go and get Mark’s stitches out. You’ll have to ask him the story. Since the stitches are out and things seem better he’s probably ready to tell the story. I’m sure I could tell it with a lot more dramatic embellishment but I’ll be nice and leave it to him.
The plan was to get there late morning while everyone is at church, get those stitches out, and then beat the crowds at lunch. Sometimes we’re smart about things. Mark walked in, barely sat down, got called back to get the stitches out, paid the bill, and was back in the car in less than 10 minutes. I want to say it might have been closer to 5 but that may be some of that dramatic embellishment I was talking about. None of us got a chance to get restless and I didn’t even get to the coffee in my travel mug so you know it wasn’t long at all. First part of the plan went perfectly so off we went to find a restaurant. We found one just down the highway, got seated and were leaving just as the crowds were coming and the parking lot was starting to fill. We came home for naps and since I had been up late translating, Mark let me take a nice long nap. I love when things just go according as planned and then you get a little surprise nap in, too.
After dinner we decided to let the kids hunt for eggs. The yard was still a little wet but we were heading for baths anyway so figured it wouldn’t hurt. Mia wore her rain boots since it was so soggy. Finn doesn’t love walking in his so I didn’t even try. Wouldn’t have mattered anyway, he didn’t venture much in the yard anyway. He’s got this funny way of going about Easter hunts…
He’s the funniest kid I’ve ever seen when it comes to hunting for eggs. He did the same thing last year. Find an egg, pop it open, squeal at what’s inside, discard the egg and enjoy the treat right then and there.
Finn was here.
Mia found a basket full and Finn found maybe 6. It’s not about quantity for him. He does not rush out and find as many eggs as he can. He is so slow and meticulous about it (which is funny because Finn is never in slow motion about anything). But if he lays eyes on a chocolate bunny, that thing is getting eaten right then and there.
He’s not risking putting it in that basket and never seeing it again.
He’s probably the smartest one since when I went to get down eggs from last year I found many with the treat still inside. When I told Mark he said, “Man, I didn’t do my job well enough.” Finn’s just not even going to take a chance on that happening again.
Find an egg, enjoy on the spot, repeat.
If you happen to find another one while you’re still eating one, just hold on to it and wait for a second. Can’t rush through a chocolate bunny experience.
And don’t you dare try to get him to hurry up and find more eggs. Unwrapping a chocolate egg is serious business.
Does he care that there is a blue egg just sitting there behind him, waiting to be found? Nope.
Mia was so great. At first we told her not to pick up all the easier-to-spot eggs so that Finn could get those but once we realized Finn would never make it out to those this week, we let her go ahead and have at it. She was really sweet to sit next to him and encourage him to go ahead and get the egg.
It took him a good 10 seconds to figure out if he wanted to go ahead and get that one. Seriously…it’s funny. He’s going to get smoked on the playground Easter egg hunt tomorrow.
Mia, on the other hand, has this thing figured out. She kept missing some pretty obvious ones which was funny but since she didn’t have any competition from the other hunter, it really didn’t matter how long she took.
Using the new climbing wall!
When did this happen? I blink and there are flowers on the tree. I blink and this girl is so big.
And then we tried to get some of both of them. I can mastermind a schedule of activities that will maximize our time and efficiency at many places in one morning, but get a good picture of these two kids? Impossible.
Cute of Mia. Finn’s just trying to enjoy those bubbles he just found in that egg…
It’s hard to say cheese when you’ve got half a bunny in your mouth (side note…he only had two little bunnies, I know it looks like he had a whole herd but he didn’t. He was savoring the experience, remember?)
Finally! Finn is ready to smile (notice his completely empty basket)…aaaand Mia misses the cue.
I think they’re both pretty much done…Finn is at least.
Hunting for Easter eggs and trying to document it is hard work…
So yeah, pretty great day. Except for one small thing.
Not sure how, but we managed to get something that has simultaneously created the most delight and the worst agony for Finn. The most smiles and laughter and the worst sadness and tears.
This was part of his Easter basket:
Oh yes. Best and worst purchase from a consignment sale this week.
He carried this thing around aaaaalllll day today. I’ve never seen him play for so long and so intently with a toy. When it was time to go in the restaurant though, we said Buzz had to stay in the car. Oh boy. That was not what he wanted to hear. We’re not anti-toys in places where we know we are going to have to wait, but this thing is loud. As in, where are those speakers hidden so I can put tape over them. Pretty sure the people next to us wouldn’t want to hear about going to infinity and beyond or having a laser shot at them every 30 seconds. He finally got over that, was so! excited to see Buzz back in the car and then we had to relive the drama all over again at naptime. Mark finally got him down and then…yep, tears all over again before bath and bed. Now, usually substitutions work great. I had gotten him a Toy Story bath book but not even that was going to cut it. Bath was just an excruciating period of separation. I said that he had a surprise waiting for him in in his room after bath so to just hang on. That helped. Some. I had pulled out some Buzz pajamas I found on super clearance and had stashed away in the closet. Pajamas usually seal the deal. Nothing. Not even a slight curling in the lips. He’s probably thinking…guys…really? Why would I settle for a PICTURE when I have the REAL DEAL hidden somewhere in this house! There’s all kinds of spin-offs I could go into about settling for substitutes and holding on to the real thing but my brain hurts from dealing with Buzz separation. I’m getting anxiety about the next time he plays with him. He’ll soon figure out it’s a stay at home but not take into bath or bed toy…but it’s not going to be pretty. I would almost regret bringing into the house after seeing so many tears and sadness in the little guy but after watching him play with Buzz, seeing him grab his face and whisper stuff in his ear, running down the hallway making him fly? No way. Best toy deal in a long time. But wow, not for the faint of heart. Mia’s attachment and fun with her new Tangled doll (also an excellent deal find) is more my speed. Loves playing with it but understands when she can’t. Even was willing to leave it in the car at the restaurant since Finn couldn’t take his in. Although she did almost have a breakdown when she thought she had lost all the clothes and accessories…. Oh toys, why must you be so fun and so cruel?
Now it’s time to get more Easter eggs and treats ready for tomorrow. And make sure that space ranger is out of sight.