Last night I realized that my favorite part of Easter is preparing everything for my children. My husband and I have had very different experiences with regards to Easter and growing up. Mine was always started with an Easter egg hunt. Discovering the new places that the "Easter Bunny" had found this year and returning to some of the old favorites as well. The foil wrapped eggs and then we always knew to expect on big chocolate bunny. My husband had the memory of the chocolate bunny but not a hunt.
Last night we started hiding the eggs. I knew my children would love finding some of the neat spots that the "Easter Bunny" chose this year. In little pots in the living room, behind the statue, on the piano keys and around the drum kit. Some around the stereo and in the drawer knobs of the dinning room buffet. Some tucked in the play kitchen and a few balanced just right on some of our statues. My husband and I spent quite a bit of time finding the perfect hiding spots and it was so much fun. I even woke up a bit earlier than the kids so that I could hide some larger eggs outside, afraid that the animals would get them over night.
Everyone woke up very early so excited to run downstairs and get at the chocolate that they knew was waiting for them. My middle child started right away before even grabbing his basket. My eldest and youngest wanted to see their large bunny and small gift that was waiting at the table before starting their hunt. The boys were so great with their little sister and helped her find some eggs and get her basket full as well. Our hard work in hiding was over in less than 10 minutes as all the eggs were found and collected.
I love watching the excitement that my children experience in the traditions that we have passed down to them. I remember being so excited as a child and am thrilled to see my children experience that same sense.
Now as the day goes on we are filled with sugar highs and lows. More chocolate dropped off by Nana and a nice big family dinner to follow. I am just as excited to share the family tradition of having our whole family together. The same cousins that I spent Easter with as a child. Now adding new traditions of taking turns hosting and everyone bringing something delicious to the table. Mostly it is just so nice being together and watching our children have as much fun as we did as kids!
Jennifer is an RMT, long time yoga practitioner and teacher. Follow her musings as an RMT, yoga teacher, prenatal educator and mother of three.