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Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter {Saturday} Around These Parts

Our Easter {Saturday} was wonderful.

We started preparing earlier in the week (Wednesday night) when I returned from Washington. I wanted to emphasize to Adi the true meaning of Easter, so we started reading her Easter board book about the true meaning of Easter. I would ask her who Easter was about (Jesus), how he died (on a cross), after (3) days he came back to life, he was (resurrected).

I quizzed her the next day when I asked her to tell my dad the Easter story. It was so cute! Her little voice saying resurrected is so precious.

The closer we got to the weekend, the more she remembered, which was perfect because I wanted to start emphasizing that while Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Bunny treats were great, they all pointed back to the greatest gift of all: Our Savior.

Thursday and Friday, the eggs started descending.

To date, Ryan and I hadn't started any Easter traditions with Adi, so we thought this was the perfect year to start.

A few weeks ago after putting together the e-flyer, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who said they were going to come. And, come they did!

Through simple goody-filled egg donations, we ended up with nearly 500 eggs!

Some of the youth in the ward came to "hide" the eggs all over the field, and they did a great job (even hiding some in the trees for the older kids)! And of course, Adi was there to help!

When all was said and done, we had over 55 kids!

We staggered the start line a bit...  

And everyone got to keep at least nine eggs... 

It was definitely a success and a new neighborhood tradition! I can't wait to do it next year! (Just don't tell the Bishopric, they might put me on the Ward Carnival or something like that... ;)

After the hunt, we made our way to Lowe's for the first we're-home-on-a-Saturday-and-can-do-yardwork trip!

Adi enjoyed the adventures...

She's definitely an independent little girl... 

And she found this hat and said "I'm a cowboy!" (Not quite sure where she comes up with some of this stuff!)

We stopped by the Whiting's house and they were sweet enough to give us delicious potatoes to eat and as starts!

In the meantime, Adi enjoyed playing with Katelyn on the tramp...

We made it home and 1) rearranged the outdoor furniture, 2) raked, thatched, added top soil, and seeded our lawn, and 3) prepped and planted some of our garden boxes (lettuce and potatoes).

We. Are. Excited.

We finished the day by adventures in egg dying at my parents' house.

Adi, Ryan, and Naif (my parents' exchange student from Saudi Arabia) dying eggs 

Smiling for the camera... 

"Naif" in Arabic

Bri getting in on the egg-dying action! 

The goods. 

And, when all is said and done with those eggs, what do you do with them? 

You hide them of course! 

And find them. Again. And again. And again. 

I think Adi definitely got the hang of it! 


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