We had a very enjoyable Easter that was filled with some of my favorite Easter-y things. I’m thankful for being able to spend it with family – my three littles sure love their cousins. We are lucky enough to have quite a few cousins very close in age! (As of the end of this fall, there will be 9 children 5 and under on David’s side of the family).
David and I did not grow up with Santa and the Easter Bunny, and so we have not passed on these traditions to our own children. In spite of this, our children are completely obsessed with Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the latest fascination- the tooth fairy. (We just had the “Is the tooth fairy real” talk last week). I don’t want to disappoint or hurt their feelings, so I don’t ever actually say that any of these mythical holiday figures “aren’t real,” but instead offer that “it’s a pretend game we play.” They are very adept at pretend play, and often I cannot gauge the extent of their understanding when it comes to holiday existentialism.
This year, Dmitri and Damon were unusually excited about Easter. They have been counting down for weeks, and the anticipation has closely rivaled Christmas. They informed me weeks ago that they would be receiving presents from the Easter Bunny in their baskets, and they have spent countless hours wondering what the bunny will bring (hop-fully, a “weed eater and a real rocket ship”). On Easter Eve, they were flipping, head-standing, and donkey kicking at bedtime, and in exasperation I resorted to saying, “The Easter Bunny cannot come until we go to sleep.” They immediately snuggled under the covers and tried to lay still. They both smiled at me and Damon said, “Mama, you are the Easter Bunny!”
This fact has only made the holiday more fun and magical, for all of us. I like getting a little credit for the effort I put into a holiday. Why yes, I AM the Easter Bunny. And they love that they think their very own mother is, in fact, the Easter Bunny. Not taking my job lightly, I left a labyrinth of jelly beans through the house for them to follow to their baskets, which I fill primarily with art supplies (thanks to Treehouse Kid & Craft!). They were thrilled- and who doesn’t love eating jelly beans off of the floor for breakfast?
I cannot wait for Christmas, when I get to be an elf.
And here, are some photos of our Easter fun.