You’re probably thinking, “Wait…what’s this? A post from that girl who used to blog?”
I know! I know! It’s been a long hiatus. And I don’t really have a great excuse other than it’s been a long, dull winter with a lot of sickness (especially for poor Jake!). But right now I just want to blog about Easter.
First things first…don’t look for any Easter Bunny pictures here. We took Jake to visit him last weekend, we got him all dressed up in the cutest outfit you’ve ever seen…and he refused to sit with him. Refused to even go NEAR him, really. All we could get were those terrified, screaming/crying photos, and Justin was not about to pay $40 for a picture of Jake looking traumatized by the Easter Bunny. We’ll try again next year.
Phase two was taking Jake on an Easter egg hunt, which we did yesterday. We found that most of the egg hunts were done last weekend, for some reason, but we found one being hosted by the Big Ridge State Park about 25 minutes away from where we live. It was a little chilly out for an egg hunt, but we took Jake (after conducting a not-so-successful practice session in our front yard the evening before). There was a very large crowd gathered for the 0-2 egg hunt first thing in the morning, and when the foghorn went off, Jake seemed a little rattled by all of the noise and commotion. I tried to se him down on the ground so that he could pick up eggs, but he didn’t want me to put him down amongst all of the children and adults scurrying and yelling. All told, after he gathered up some courage, he collected about 5 eggs in his basket.
We let him hang around for the next hunt (which was supposed to be ages 3-5) and try it again. He seemed to get the hang of what was going on for this one, and he was ready to gather his eggs! He collected 17 the second time, including an egg with a special ticket inside which he could redeem at the park office for a prize! I was more excited than Jake was about that (probably because Jake didn’t know what was going on). We won a giant platter of beautifully decorated Easter sugar cookies, which we took to church the next day to share with all of the children in Jake’s nursery.
This morning, Jake opened his Easter basket as soon as he woke up. He’s been talking about Cookie Monster non-stop for the past few weeks–he is *almost* surpassing Elmo as a favorite, so he got a Cookie-Monster-themed Easter basket. I haven’t allowed him to have much candy as of yet, and Jake really isn’t big on stuffed animals, so it was hard to figure out his basket! He got a book, some bubbles, and a jar of “cookies” to feed Cookie Monster and practice his counting, along with a Cookie Monster plush. I’ll let you watch the video, here:
We had a lovely service at church, and we had the chance to snap a few family photos afterwards. It was a really nice weekend!
And it’s nice to be back “on the grid.” I promise I’ll write again soon and update you on our recent trip to Florida over spring break!