After some discussion, we decided to host another holiday at our house. (I remember when Jessica’s sisters bought their respective houses, everyone wanted to spend holidays there. I imagine the same will be true for us, for the foreseeable future.) Fortunately, we had a little more time to prepare than we did for Christmas.
Easter basket hunt
Before everyone arrived, however, we had our own traditions to uphold. We like to assemble an Easter basket for Namine — separate from the basket she receives alongside her cousins — and hide it. As she discovered at Halloween, there are many more hiding places for treats.
Of course, we did hide her other basket, too.
We had originally planned on having the egg hunt inside, for a couple reasons. First: we have a large house, so we figured there would be plenty of room. Second: it was cold outside. By the time we wanted to have the egg hunt, however, we were wrong on both counts.
No, our house didn’t suddenly get smaller. What changed was the space inside: it was filled with people, and it made sense to send the children somewhere where they wouldn’t be stampeding (which is an apt term) through where people were trying to hold conversation. And much to our surprise, the weather improved quite a bit. (Although not so much that the chocolate inside the eggs melted, which has happened before.)
In years past, Namine has had to participate in outdoors egg hunts on the ground. Not so this year: since she has a grabber, she can reach the eggs on the ground and otherwise out of reach. Wheeling on the grass, on the other hand, is still difficult. Nevertheless, she did so with little help from me.
The last activity we had organized for the kids — and adults, too, if they wanted — was dyeing hard-boiled eggs. Rather than solely having dye in which the eggs could be immersed (the typical avenue for coloring Easter eggs), we also got some paint pens.
We had about 30 eggs, which we thought was enough. It was not. The eggs were all colored before we knew it! There was more art potential than just the eggs, however: the tablecloth itself was also a giant coloring mat.