I must say, each Easter seems to get a little more fun as the kids get older. When Rita Clare was younger (much like how Tyler is now), she really didn't understand too much about what was going on, nor could she participate in the ways she did this year.
After cooking the color into the water/vinegar, I poured the contents through a strainer. If I had strained it with a cheesecloth, I wouldn't have had any specking of the eggs. Honestly though, I kinda liked it speckled! At that point, I was ready to set up the dyeing station. The stress level was low because I had it all prepped before Rita Clare came out from her nap. Tyler sat up at the table and watched, while eating an undyed egg. Both the kids (and actually Brian and I too) have been eating a ton of hard boiled eggs recently. Some mornings, Tyler will eat two in one sitting! Here are a couple pics of the dyeing process:
|All three cooking at the same time|
Highlight #2: Setting out everything from the Easter Bunny. This year, I progressively picked things up. I especially was excited for the opportunity to support a few local businesses in our gifts: Little Speckled Frog, Happy Little Monkey, Handmade Natural Wooden Gifts, Earth Fare, One Week Boutique, and a local vendor (I can't remember now) from Spring Time Tallahassee. This year, I wanted quality rather than quantity. Brian still thinks I went a little overboard (and I probably did) but many are the gifts that will bring us quality time together as a family. Here's what it looked like before I turned out the lights last night:
Highlight #3: Little moments in the early morning. As neat is it the moment they come out to look at everything, it is usually immediately followed by a craze that I have a hard time handling. This is especially because I am always woken up earlier than normal and have not had my first cup of coffee. Despite all that and some of the greed that is in there, there were a few memorable moments I'm glad I captured:
|Tyler secretly swiped Rita Clare's chocolate & decided to help himself to it. When caught, he started laughing as thought he knew what he'd done and was proud of it!|
|Sister & Brother Love|
|Satisfied with a full basket|