(Sorry for the picture heavy post.)
After getting a lot of outside work done on Saturday, we treated the kids to ice cream sundaes and then got to work dyeing eggs. Over the last few years I’ve seen more and more amazing pictures of naturally dyed eggs, some made with resists created by using found plant and flower materials, and they are lovely! If I were working by myself, I’d probably want to try a few of them, but here’s the thing – I’m not dyeing eggs by myself, I’m doing it with my children. And to get those amazing colors with natural dyes they need to soak for a LONG time (like 24 hours). I don’t know about you, but my children don’t really want to sit and wait for 24 hours to see what color their egg turned, they (and I, in this season) want a project we can complete in one sitting, start to finish, so we can admire all our lovely work. And, too, it takes time to gather all the materials you’d need for natural egg dyes, time that I really don’t have right now.
So, Paas egg dyeing kit to the rescue! Our evening was fun, easy, creative, easy, memory-making, and did I mention easy? I think there’s a lot of pressure for parents these days to live up to images on social media. I’ve been parenting for a lot of years – my oldest two were teens before social media became a thing (yes, I’m that old), so I know what it was like to parent before and now. It seems as though many moms are now competing not just with other moms, but with themselves, to always do more and better and bigger, and they’re losing something in the process. There’s a lot to be said for simple and easy, and children don’t care about Pinterest worthy projects.
This is what I’m trying to say, but I’m not doing a very good job of it. Sometimes you don’t need elaborate projects to create beautiful memories. You just need to create beautiful memories.
Our Easters are usually pretty simple, as we try to keep the focus on the reason we celebrate the day – that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead that we may live eternally with Him if we choose to accept His gift. We didn’t get to church though, as one of our children has been dealing with some random and sporadic health issues and wasn’t feeling well in the morning. It was overall a very sweet day, and I think it was good for my Grandmom, who is still trying to adjust to life without my Grandpop by her side. She enjoyed being around everyone, though every now and then we’d catch her with tears in her eyes.
Our weather was simply perfect this year and we were able to have an outdoor egg hunt. Without snow! My Grandmom watched from the porch – egg hunts were always her favorite thing about Easter – and the Littles ran about finding eggs that the Middles hid for them. There was time for frisbee, and tag and then inside for dinner and drawing and some play. Our oven is broken, so we weren’t able to have a traditional dinner, but pulled pork, deviled eggs, coleslaw, potato salad and dessert went well with the late spring temperatures of the day. What a blessing of a day!