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Our Easter

IMG_6026Our Easter was a very quiet one this year. Just the six of us. Well, as quiet as anything can be when there are six people together, but you know what I mean.

One of our traditions is to take our littlest ones to our local Shaw’s store for their annual Easter egg hunt. We’ve been doing that since the boys were wee tots and we’ve always enjoyed it. But this year we missed it and I was feeling really guilty about it. So, we did an egg hunt in our own backyard instead.

IMG_5969We did the egg hunt in two stages. One for the boys and one for the girls. That way the girls would have a fighting chance. There was even a golden egg for the girl’s hunt. And of course they were both determined to find it. Can you find it in the picture above? It was even hard for me to spot!

IMG_5960We hid the girl’s eggs in pretty obvious places. On tree branches. Peeking out of shrubs. And some just laying on the ground. The girls have a very low frustration threshold which we really didn’t want to cross.

IMG_6003But the boys? Yeah, my husband had a bit of fun making it very hard for the boys to find their eggs. Once the boys found out that their eggs were not filled with candy like their sisters eggs, but with cash instead, there was much more passion in their search.

IMG_6018You know, it’s pretty cool how something so childish as an Easter egg hunt can make even the teens smile. There are very few activities all four kids can do together that they all can enjoy, but this one got them laughing and helping each other out. Except for that golden egg. The girls were each determined to find that one on their own.

IMG_5984In the end, Leela was the victor. And this did not go over well with Shannon. Next year there will be no golden egg. There should be no tears on Easter. Unless they are shed in gratitude. I’ll make an exception for that type of tears.

IMG_5990Leela being the tender hearted kid that she is, she shared her prize with her sister. While the pastel eggs were filled with candy, the golden egg was filled with two dollar bills which she split with her sister.

IMG_5995And that did my mama heart good. With that, we all went into the house and stuffed our faces with chocolate. The end.


  1. Aww, what a sweetheart you have in Leela! I swear your girls get cuter in every picture you post! I love the idea of hiding money in the eggs for the teens. I might try that next year.

  2. Sounds like a great day 🙂 We had a prize egg for each of the kiddos and they still tried to share their money with each other not knowing that the other one got the same thing. I love it when kids are sweet to each other. Hope y’all have a restful week!

  3. Soon to be 34-yr-old son and his wife came, at the last minute, for the Easter weekend. Caught them looking wistfully out at the backyard on Sunday morning and suspect they were hoping the “Easter Bunny” might have come and hidden some eggs for them to find like the good old days. Makes you glad you made those happy memories when they were young. Sweet story and pictures, Melanie!

    • Melanie says:

      Sniff. That makes me wistful too! I wonder what age is the right age to stop doing baskets and hunts. 21? 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Happy Easter Melanie! I am also very proud of Leela for sharing with Shannon, good egg! Pun intended! Seeing the teenage boys participating and even smiling was an unexpected treat. I’m glad you all had fun and I’m sure everyone enjoyed those Cookie Butter Popcorn Bars we read about!!

  5. Sometimes the “quiet” days are the most fun! I love you you mixed it up and made the hunt fun for the boys! (Memories!)

    • Melanie says:

      Well, it’s been years since the boys have participated in a hunt. I think I’m going to continue this new tradition. Everyone really seemed to enjoy it. But as they get older, I think I’m going to have to up the prize ante. Inflation, you know?? 🙂

  6. Why not 2 golden eggs and you are only allowed to find one, if you find the other you must be silent and leave it where it is? That is what we do since I don’t like tears on Easter either.

  7. Their probably on sale right now 😉 lol!

  8. Never stop with Easter baskets and egg hunts. Even adult kids want to be urged into hunting eggs. I always used the “only one prize” to teach my children they cannot always win. And, they must learn to lose graciously. Cute pictures of all four.

    • I am all for the “not everyone wins all time, not everyone gets a trophy” but I cut my kids a little bit of slack for things like the golden egg on Easter. Sometime everyone can win! Why not?

  9. My parents (or… Easter Bunny)… still hides a basket and eggs outside for my brother (26), myself (29), and my boyfriend (30). It’s a tradition that is hard to let go and I doubt we will ever stop. It will just change once we have kids. I think we’ll be going along with our kids to find the eggs / baskets. The eggs are now filled with money or papers related to prizes such as lottery tickets or gift cards. Last year the eggs had fake money in them that we all used to buy items in an ‘auction’ style. Some items you knew what they were and others were wrapped so you didn’t know what you were getting.

    It’s all fun and creates memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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