Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter candy makes me a little unfocused.

My 3 year old thinks we killed eggs for Easter.  After all, we "died" them.  And so we kicked off our Easter festivities with murdered, I mean dyed, fingers and 48 boiled eggs.  (I used the method The Damsel in Dis Dress recommended to boil them, I hope it works!)

This Easter happens to fall on the same weekend as our church's semi-annual world wide conference (which I blessedly can watch from my television).  In case you don't know, General Conference has four 2 hour sessions (2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday).  Want to know a great idea for keeping little ones still for two hours while watching people speak?  It's a solution only a genius such as myself can come up with:  have your Easter egg hunt in between the two Saturday sessions so they are hopped up on sugar for the last 2 hours.  Oh yes I did.  I, know, you are in awe of my great idea making abilities.

But seriously, I do have a great idea.  When we hide eggs we give each child their own color.  A bag comes with (lucky for me) 6 colors of plastic eggs.  I fill the eggs evenly (each color gets 1 jelly bean egg, 1 peep egg, etc) and then the eggs can be hidden by skill and age level.  Little kids can find theirs easily while the older kids scour the yard for theirs.  No older kids hogging the eggs or someone "accidentally" ending up with all the malted robin eggs.

We invited friends over for the hunt, it was a lot of fun.  Also, the neighbor kids were bursting with excitement and eventually came over to help find the eggs.  I wondered if they celebrate Easter (I've never seen kids so excited to find other people's eggs).  I'm 95% sure I saw a Christmas tree up last year, so hopefully we didn't cross some sort of religious holiday line by letting them help.

Ryan couldn't find his last egg, and when I finally made him recount ("I've already counted it three times, it is short by one!"), it was in his basket all along.  We looked an extra 1/2 hour for that "missing" egg.  It was our friend's boy who ended up with the traditional unfindable egg.  I'm sure it will turn up sometime in the next year.  (It is due to that tradition that we hide plastic eggs and not the real ones, by the way.)

So the dyeing eggs and hunting plastic eggs is finished and, due to it being conference weekend, the need for dressing in new church clothes won't be around until next Sunday, we can focus tomorrow on the real reason for Easter.  Surprisingly it isn't all the spring sales or spring break.  It is the atonement and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  This holiday is immensely personal to me, and I love it.

I would write more, but my brain is a little dysfunctional tonight.  My kids aren't the only ones overdosed on chocolate.  I happen to know where the extra malted robin eggs are hidden.  Right next to the extra Snickers eggs, Reeses eggs, and Hershey's Kisses.  Wow.  I'm surprised I can even focus for longer than 3 sec ... Was I saying something? ...  I need more chocolate ... Did I post about us almost getting flooded out of our neighborhood last week? ... Oops.  That will be my next post ... if I can remember that long ...


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16 comments:

  1. Would it surprise you if I said I do the plastic eggs the same way? One color per kid. LOVE it!

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  2. Wow what fun. Must have been warmer out there because the kids are all bare foot. Chocolate yum wait I am not eating candy. Uck.

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  3. I didn't even notice the bare feet. We didn't even hide eggs on the beach, just lazy I guess.

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  4. You are wise...the color coordination, the perfectly allotted assortments...the extras hopefully within arm's reach. My kids got frustrated after 2 minutes of not being able to find eggs....they must have shorter attention spans than your kids.
    PS That's a lot of boiled eggs.

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  5. I find chocolate to be a great tool for finding focus. The problem is I only focus on chocolate. Oh, what a tangled web we weave.

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  6. Oh drat! I wish I had read this BEFORE I filled all the eggs with candy!

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  7. I recently bought this T-shirt, which is IMO perfect for the LDS female chocoholic:
    http://www.latterdaylightbooks.com/catalog.php?Iit=3326&Ict=16

    (ObDisclaimer: my sole financial connection is as happy customer)

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  8. My mother-in-law bought me that same t-shirt a couple years ago! You're right, it is perfect for the Mormon chocoholic!

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  9. My first reaction is: Wow, your egg hunt scenario is tremendously creative.

    My second reaction: Holy cow, I cannot imagine it having to get that complicated, but then I'm reminded, 6 kids and ya, the simple things are no longer simple.

    Well done! Also...enjoy some chocolate for me. I'm trying hard to stay away from it.

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  10. Well, I'm all egged out too, Charlotte, but for a different reason. Passover uses a tremendous amount of eggs!

    Hope you're having a wonderful Easter!

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  11. I love your sorting-and-hiding-by-colors idea. I would definitely use it if my mother-in-law didn't take care of the Easter egg hunt for me. I love having one big holiday that the kids look forward to and all I have to do is make a salad.

    Conference was great. I sent my sugared-up kids out of the room so I could hear the speakers...and now my house is a wreck. I guess they'll spend their first day of spring break tomorrow doing some spring cleaning.

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  12. Your way of hiding eggs is brilliant! I may have to go back and re-read the end of the post but did I see no mention of cadbury mini-eggs? Love your new layout and header.

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  13. Great pic! And happy Easter!

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  14. I used to buy stickers and stick them to the eggs and each kid had a sticker. Your idea is less stickery and pretty much smarter.

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  15. LOL, that is great--the sugar between sessions. I think maybe I'll one-up your idea and not hide any eggs, but tell my kids I have--they just have to look REALLY hard and do that during conference sessions. Good idea on the color-coded eggs. ALthough, come to think of it, some of my kids are colorblind and I worry they might use that as an excuse to steal their sibling's eggs

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