Holidays can be challenging when someone in the family has food restrictions, but this Easter Sunday was one of the loveliest family days we’ve had in a long time. Jade was quite excited in the lead-up to Easter. Every day she wanted to make more decorations.
We started out with classic Easter egg dyeing; my mom had sent us some neat stickers and special transfers that made some of our finished eggs quite spectacular. Jade loved directing me to pour the hot water and vinegar into containers and then proudly put the food colouring in herself, dunking the eggs, and fishing them out again all on her own.
Another morning we made an Easter tree. Small trees decorated with Easter eggs are a tradition in Germany, but I’ve never had one before. I’m quite proud of myself because the project only cost about $2.50, but was easy and fun to do with Jade, since there was table time and outdoor adventure time. We were able to stretch the activity for several days by making new decorations for it. Plus I think it turned out really cute. As you can see, Halia was delighted with it; she loved batting the little bunny ornaments (also sent from my mom!) and would squeal with delight in watching them swing madly to and fro.
Saturday night Michael and I cleaned like mad (the house is in chaos because we are in the middle of replacing our furnace, which meant cutting new holes in floors and walls for cold-air returns, plus emptying out the front-hall closet to make way for the new chimney) and decided Monday would do for an egg hunt. But Sunday morning I couldn’t bear it and “hid” the eggs (I use the term loosely, as you can see…) all over the living room while Michael kept the girls distracted. Since Jade can’t have chocolate, we did plastic eggs. Which are way more fun, if you ask me.
Jade got to crack open her eggs as she ate her breakfast. (Here you can see she’s having chicken thigh, banana, and a vanilla coconut smoothie; this is her most-requested meal these days.)
We actually got all this activity done early enough that I could wash my hair and get out of pajamas so we could all go to church together. I haven’t been to church at all lately because of Michael’s constant travelling, and was happy to see a lot of friends I hadn’t seen since Christmas. We tried to go to the after-church coffee get-together, but Jade got upset about not being allowed to have any of the Easter treats out on the table, so we made a quick exit and headed for home. Happily, the forbidden treats were quickly forgotten in light of more Easter surprises.
Gran’s Easter surprise for the girls was a bag full of craft supplies and some very cool 3D alphabet flashcards, which was a huge hit. (Check out Halia taking off with Michael’s car keys AND the glitter glue. We should have named her Trouble.)
The girls also got some homemade gifts from our friend Linda.
After lunch and nap/quiet time, the sunshine beckoned, and Halia made it known that she wanted to get out into it. Michael obliged the girls (after I made them change into play clothes, of course). I stayed in and roasted ducks and chopped vegetables and read some blog posts in blissful quiet.
And we finished off the day with Easter dinner, complete with lashings of rich gravy and a Skype chat with Michael’s family. Jade insisted on getting back into her “fancy clothes” for supper. She got to have duck like the rest of us, and she chose a side of tangerine. Duck a l’orange: the girl has taste.
Just a simple day with family, but the togetherness and good humour (almost no whining all day!) and break from computer work and yummy food and sunshine… yes, it was simple, but perfect.