Friday, 18 April 2014

Family Easter Celebration

Easter basket, Easter flowers, Easter decorations

This Easter, with winter dragging on for so long and spring just barely arriving in time for the end of April, we weren't exactly able to fill the house with pretty fresh flowers for our holiday decorations. No problem in a house filled with such enthusiastic little crafters!

Pom-Pom flower craftOur Easter preparations kicked off with some creative holiday crafting to brighten up our home:

we spent days creating colourful pom-poms and placemats and centrepieces...

Tissue paper Easter egg craft

...Easter eggs and chicks and bunnies...

Easter chick craft  Easter bunny handprint craft

Tissue paper flower craft
...and a beautiful bouquet of tissue paper flowers.

We dyed two dozen eggs for Easter Sunday brunch and made a few special ones into minions.

Minion Easter Eggs

I baked my super-special sticky-sweet carrot cake with cream cheese icing (delicious!)

Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake

And when Easter weekend came with a surprising burst of warm, sunny weather we were ready to enjoy four full days of relaxing family springtime fun.

Good Friday was spent outside - playing in the backyard, biking through the neighbourhood, walking through the ravine and soccer at the park. On Saturday we went to the annual Town Easter event with holiday crafts, outdoor activities for the kids, a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny and a massive egg hunt through the woods, then hosted the in-laws for Easter dinner.

Coloured Easter Eggs
Sunday was our own family Easter egg hunt - a hundred and eighty tiny foil-wrapped eggs hidden throughout the house and yard for three very excited little boys to find - followed by an enormous breakfast of bacon, ham, fruit, fresh bread, and of course our traditional coloured eggs, hard-boiled and ready to crack.

Once again my oldest son was the family champion with the longest-lasting egg (although I'm not sure "winning" the egg cracking competition is all it's cracked up to be - everyone but the "winner" actually gets to eat their eggs while the champion is left hungrily holding a beautifully decorated, completely intact egg.)

The rest of the weekend was spent up north at my parents' house with the whole family - kids, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins - the usual wonderful noisy jumble of people and music and toys underfoot and a game in the background and oodles and oodles of delicious holiday food and drink.

Happy Easter!

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