Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Easter Easter

 Happy Easter, everyone!

 We had a fun-packed weekend that started with an egg hunt in a neighboring town.

 We met our friends there and Orelia was so happy to hang out with her friend after getting her allotted four eggs (ha).

 The egg hunt was sponsored by the fire department, which was a big part of the draw for us.

 And much to everyone's delight, they had fireman costumes to try on.

We had to wait in an excruciatingly long line to ride on an antique fire engine, and for the first time (ever?) Orelia asked me to take this photo of her.

The fire engine ride was a thrill for Bennett, so it was (almost) worth the line.

 That night our friends had an Easter party, and the kids were thrilled to keep on celebrating.

 Bennett was especially thrilled by the bounce house.

 I've never seem him enjoy a bounce house as much as this, and I think it was because he could hang out in there bouncing around by himself for a change.

 While everyone else ate dinner Bennett just went outside to have the bounce house to himself.

 It made John and I laugh since Orelia has always been drawn to where the most people are, instead of being drawn to solitude.

 He arranged all the balloons on one side of the bounce house and hid behind them and laid on them, as content as can be.

Orelia and I had to leave the party early to go to a birthday party that night, but luckily we could stay for the egg hunt.

These eggs were filled with toys, and John walked around helping Bennett get his equal share.  My friend who threw the party included some whistles in the eggs, which one can be assured will be out on the curb for trash day this week.

 Easter morning John took the kids on their normal Starbucks walk, and I set out to Easter Bunny the house (though we actually tell the kids these baskets are filled by us - less hiding on packaging that way).

 These eggs were filled with candy, so there was even more motivation.

The Easter Bunny took note of Orelia's weird candy habits (who doesn't like Reese's, Snickers, Milky Way, etc.??) and provided her with plain chocolate or jelly beans.

 Bennett was fairly blasee about the whole thing until the realized candy was involved.

 Then he hopped to it.

 I just love the little way he bent down to pick up eggs.  I'm not sure if it was the too-tight pants or his two-year-old self that made him scrunch his knees together like that.

 The Easter Bunny is very specific about how many eggs are hidden at our house, so we didn't stop until all had been accounted for (lest Harper be left to find the extras).

 Orelia was SO excited every time she opened an egg to find Kisses.

 Bennett was happy to find any candy at all.

He can't get enough chocolate in his life.

 The cap off our egg hunting weekend we went to our fourth and final egg hunt at a friends' house.

 If the kids couldn't figure out how to find eggs by now, then they don't stand a chance.

 Bennett was a little slower on the draw than his sister.

 Daddy was always around to lend a helping hand when Bennett needed it (especially since if we told Bennett out loud where to find an egg, and older kid would hear and snatch it up before Bennett could grab it).

 Orelia carted around her new "Bun Bun" (bunny) that Auntie Joyce made her everywhere she went.

 Once he wasn't allowed any more candy, Bennett retreated to the sand box for a little bit.

 Orelia, true to form, wanted to stay close to her best buddies.

 Or if they were busy, she wouldn't mind a push on the giant swing by one of the big kids.

 Bennett methodically moved the grass back and forth for so long that I thought he might have a future in that one day.

 John spent a summer (or more?) mowing grass when he was growing up, so maybe Bennett comes by in naturally.

What a busy and unbelievably fun Easter weekend we had!  I hope you had a great holiday too!

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