Friday, April 22, 2011

Flashback Friday: Easter Buckets

Now, I know we're not supposed to compare ourselves to others, but reading so many blogs daily has revealed a few things about myself, or made me notice them in a way I hadn't before.  Looking at other people's designs and inspiration pictures has really sort of cemented for me my own taste.  I've also realized that I am VERY low key about holidays.  I don't really decorate.  At Christmas it's a tree and nothing else (and we didn't even do that for 4 years when the girls were teeny and we weren't home for the holiday anyway.)  I'm not big on ceremony (though I would like to invent some family traditions here and there--I've got my eye on May Day).  And my husband's influence means that gifts should have a practical bent, and sugar should be minimized.

Today we will be dyeing eggs the old fashioned way: with a PAAS kit from Target.  That's it!  That's all we're doing!  The girls will get small easter baskets.  I didn't make them, I bought them.   They will have non-handmade items in them, including the Tangled polly pocket dolls that the girls really, really, really want.  And some bunny-shaped sidewalk chalk so we can get outside (if the weather ever clears up) and get creative.

Here's Easter last year, in our little rental in Boulder.

We made easter buckets so they could use them again.  There's a little bit of candy and yogurt covered pretzels in there, but also card games, socks with favorite characters on them, and seeds to plant.

Here's Eleri checking out the contents.  It's hard to believe she was so little just a year ago,

We also believe in easter egg hunts.  I think my husband let me put a single m+m or gummy bunny in each egg,

We have two kids.  The third bucket was for the girls best friend, Dakota.

Suckers are delicious.

I suppose the other important tradition for us is Easter dresses.  My mom got them each THREE choices this year because she couldn't decide.  They love them all.

Though it is worth mentioning that Eleri is wearing a Christmas dress this morning--which was her cousins about 4 years ago, and then Clio's, and now, well, it's seen better days.

So that's it's low key.  I have to say, I admire the people who make beautiful decorations by hand, and even more the ones who work with their kids and display the decorations no matter how lopsided or unique they may be.

What do you do for Easter?


  1. My son is 15 months old, and we did the town's egg hunt. He was too distracted by the other kids to bother with the eggs. So we're taking that to mean that we've got another year off from worrying about a basket. Or dyeing eggs, which I am looking forward to- and will use PAAS for, definitely!

    No decorations out. We're like you- Christmas tree, yes. Halloween pumpkins, yes. Anything else, no.

  2. I think you're keeping the focus on your family, which is what we should all be doing, right? A happy childhood is a way better gift than felt bunnies :) Happy Easter, Heather - and your girls are adorable!

  3. Easter always sneaks up on me, but I love to celebrate just about any holiday (I hope you plan to check out the Powderhorn May Day Parade as part of your May day celebration - its cool, and I generally poo-poo parades) so I end up scrambling to get some eggs dyed and gather some Easter basket fixins. When I was growing up, the Easter Bunny did not hide eggs, but we had to hunt for our hidden Easter basket, so that's what I am doing too. One change I am making because I see no sense in buying a new Eatser Basket each year, is getting each child a special basket that they can leave out much like a Christmas stocking year after year. I like to go easy on the candy too. A few jelly beans and suckers go a long way. Instead I like to get warm weather supplies they need anyway like new sunglasses, flip flops, sidewalk chalk, super balls, etc..


Let me know what you think. I love hearing from you!


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