Easter weekend was filled to the brim with family, friends, and joyous celebrations. We started with a Good Friday dinner with Troy's family.
Grandpa hid Easter eggs, filled with carousel tokens and lots of chocolates, throughout the house for Madelyn to find. Madelyn also received an Easter basket that included a Hello Kitty University of Oregon shirt. It doesn't get any cooler than that for a preschool football fan! While Mommy and Daddy oohed and awed over Madelyn's new fan wear, Madelyn stuffed herself with chocolate.
Upon seeing all of the chocolate, Madelyn’s first question was an important verification, “These not my potty m&m’s?” (We have used m&m’s as an incentive to use the potty.) Between all of the potty and non-potty m&ms that day (and hershey kisses, etc.), a certain little someone had a spectacular sugar high and couldn't settle down until 11 pm.
The next day we were up early for breakfast with friends and some Easter Bunny grooving.
After breakfast, Madelyn took an impressive nap to make up for the short night. Then we enjoyed a few hours outside in the beautiful spring weather we were blessed with for the weekend. There was playing and a little yardwork.
We also discovered that Madelyn is officially tall enough to ride her balance bike now!!
In the evening, we brought Madelyn with us to "grown up" Church service. We chose the Saturday 6:30 pm service at our church because it is typically the least crowded, and sat with her in the balcony. Honestly, she did great. She LOVED the worship music, clapping and dancing while we sang. Sitting through “all the talking” was a little more on the challenging side.
Easter morning brought a few planned activities for us - all of which came together incredibly simply. First up was the Resurrection eggs.
We prepared eight eggs instead of the traditional 12 based on the items we had on hand during the 15 minutes before Madelyn woke up on Easter morning: (1) grass blades to represent palm leaves, (2) a perfume-soaked cotton ball to represent the perfume Mary Magdalene used on Jesus’ feet, (3) a cracker to represent the bread at the Last Supper, (4) three dimes to represent Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, (5) a cross, (6) cloves to represent the burial spices, (7) a rock to represent Jesus’ grave, and (8) an empty egg to represent the resurrection!
We loved telling the Easter story in this way and will certainly do it again. Next up was the Rolling Egg Art.
We all got our hands messy and had lots of fun.
As a bonus, the results were not half bad.
And they were the perfect material for Uncle Timmy and Madelyn to later try Egg Wars (which Madelyn referred to as Star Wars).
Although Uncle Timmy taught Madelyn the rules of the game, it was somehow Uncle Timmy who ended up with hard boiled egg all over him. Madelyn is the luckiest person I know when it comes to winning games!
After Star Wars, with eggs, there was of course more chocolate. Madelyn received a gorgeous gourmet chocolate cake with candy eggs on top from a friend at work. Thank you for the cupcake, Page. Madelyn loved it:
The creme de la creme of the weekend was the Carlisle Easter Egg Hunt - the one Madelyn has been talking about for weeks. It was a pretty extravagant affair again this year - there were cash prizes, stuffed animal prizes, and candy prizes. Madelyn ran full speed to gather as many eggs as she could. The huge smile on her face was absolutely priceless.
Madelyn's cash winnings were just enough for her to purchase this 50-piece alphabet block set from Walmart. She had played with the same set at Ainsley's house and loved it. It has lower and uppercase letters, pictures to match the letters, and numbers and plus/minus/equals signs for math work as well. At just $12.88, I would say it is a great deal.
Thank you, Grandpa and Grandma Carlisle for hosting such a fantastic tradition that only gets better each year!
- Tricia Olson, 2012