One of those traditions was putting out the ceramic bunny (pictured here) for decoration. It just wasn't spring/Easter until this little guy was put out. I was so thankful that my mother brought the bunny out this year. Even though I know Pap-poo is in heaven, I felt like a little piece of her was watching over our celebration.
Another tradition that Pap-poo began "way back when" was the Bunny Cake. My mother and Shaba Girl made, designed and created a delicious Bunny Cake this year. I love the cute expression on his face. I think the white jelly bean teeth are my favorite. The tie was milk chocolate icing and the face was vanilla icing. My mother only had a little left of each, so she mixed the two kinds of frosting together to do the ears. Very creative, I thought!
Also, most of the family doesn't like coconut on their cake, so my mother left it off this year. However, there was plenty of coconut to scoop up and add on if someone wanted it!
Shaba Girl did most of the decorating this year. Everywhere I looked, I would find another bunny, chick, duck or other Easter-y decoration. It really made the house feel springy and festive. Shaba Girl's attention to detail amazes me sometimes.
I love these ceramic eggs (pictured below) my mother painted about thirty years ago. She put them on display in the kitchen window. (They are in the "glasses" I got my parents for their anniversary!)
Can't forget the Easter lily (pictured below). My father bought a lily for my mother. They usually bought one for Pap-poo at Easter.
I packaged the Easter Story Snack mix for my family in these cute little cardboard chick boxes. Everyone seemed to enjoy their treat and the story that went along with it.
I had everyone pick a number to see who got to choose something from the Prize Basket first. I had filled the basket with some traditional Easter candies and other chocolates as well as some fun items like hand sanitizer and an Incredible Hulk washcloth (which Joe chose). It was fun to have everyone get a prize "just because" and everyone could participate.
I can't even explain the feeling I got seeing my girls hunt for eggs in the same yard that I hunted for eggs in so many years ago. My mother filled 113 eggs with dollar bills (the special eggs each child got) and change from her change container. She even taped all of the eggs closed (a labor of love, I tell you!) so my girls wouldn't pop eggs open in the yard and lose their contents. (That happened last year with Sweet Girl!) There are a lot more places to hide eggs here than in our yard!
Each girl had a big egg at her starting point and then was free to go wherever they wanted in the yard. The girls had so much fun looking around in the grass and in bushes and even under bark (yes, the family members who hid the eggs were sneaky!) to collect as many eggs as they could. Shaba Girl got the most eggs with sixty, Sweet Girl came in second and Love Bug was a close third.
After counting everyone's eggs--three times--my mother said one egg was missing! My sister, brother, sis-in-law and mother went looking for it, but it was my sister who found it! I would've been out there, but they beat me to it! Who says egg hunts are just for the children? :)
The day was full of blessings. We got to celebrate the risen Lord! We got a crazy deal on the pizza for lunch. The rain let up so we were able to have the egg hunt outside. Daddy was able to join us after work and have a special dinner with everyone. Time was well spent with family. Can't ask for more than that.
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