What about hunting for eggs? My neighbor told me that her girls hunt for chocolate eggs. Somehow it is set up so they find a small one first, and then each egg after that gets bigger and bigger. We also saw some Easter egg hunts that were more of a scavenger hunt. Instead of picking up plastic eggs, the children had to draw what they saw after each clue, and then they all received a chocolate egg when they finished. I know that the Easter Bunny and plastic eggs are not what Easter is all about, but it sure makes the celebration of the day fun and memorable for kids.
Luckily, our Easter Bunny packed up our baskets and plastic eggs to bring to England. Our kids were almost as excited as they were on Christmas Eve when they went to bed on Holy Saturday. Dylan, who is our early riser, woke up at 6:30. Eric kept telling him he had to wait until 7:00 to go downstairs. That was torture! After waking Amelia and finding a few eggs hidden in their rooms, we all went downstairs at 6:50. They were thrilled to see their Easter baskets full of treats, including a chocolate egg. Amelia dug right into her candy. When we turned around, she had eaten the top of her egg already. They both squealed while hunting for eggs around the house. Dylan was very concerned about getting the same amount of eggs as Amelia. He asked for the Easter Bunny to leave a note telling how many eggs were hidden so they could split them evenly.
Looking at the goodies in their Easter baskets
Dylan's note so he knew exactly how many eggs to find.
Amelia hunting for eggs in the playroom
Counting how many eggs they found...20 each!
Cute little bunny
She waisted no time. She bit right into her chocolate egg. Great breakfast!
Speaking of breakfast, Daddy made bunny pancakes.
Opening their gifts from Uncle Dan, Aunt Becca and Lily. They love the new card games!
The kids opened their Easter gifts and enjoyed playing with their new things all afternoon. We were able to get some decent family pictures in our garden (backyard). We got to Skype with our families to wish them a Happy Easter. Then, the Easter Bunny surprised Dylan and Amelia with more eggs hidden outside. So they got to have another hunt. Nana, Grandpa, Emily and Ben were able to watch this hunt while we did Skype. That was nice, but we still wish we were in St. Louis with our families for Easter.
All dressed up!
One of her first smiles caught on camera
Family picture time...not bad for having the camera on the patio table and setting the timer
One more kiss
This was the best treat in our Easter basket!
Hunting for eggs in our backyard. The funny thing was, Amelia is not usually a fast-mover. While Dylan was shouting out where the eggs were, Amelia was sneaky and quiet. She ran faster than we've ever seen her to collect eggs.
Amelia hunting for eggs
Dylan hunting for eggs
We planned to go to church on Saturday evening so we could enjoy Easter morning at home. We got everyone dressed and ready, drove into town and came to realize the mass was moved to 7:30pm that evening. That was too late for our kids, so we headed home and read the Easter story from their children's Bible. We had been talking about how Jesus died for us and came back to life on the third day. My kids love to hear stories from their Bibles. God is good!