Each year, the holidays seem to get more and more exciting in our household. This year, apparently the excitement was so overwhelming on Easter Eve that a certain three year old couldn’t get himself to go to sleep until 11pm! Papa Gaga and I were so worried the Easter Bunny was going to have to skip our house, but when we woke up in the morning, it was clear he had still hopped by for a visit.
The kids got a kick out of the bunny tracks he left throughout our house. Neither one of them would touch them, but they certainly studied them intently.
We followed the bunny tracks from the front door, down the hallway, through our living room and to the back door.
Toddler Gaga was a wee bit confused and thought the tracks ran cold there. But a little more prompting led him and his sister to look outside for their Easter baskets.
And voila! There they were sitting on an adorable new kiddie picnic table we had been eyeing the last time we were at Ikea. That Easter Bunny sure does pay attention.
Baby Gagette was so proud of her discovery and instantly brought her basket over to us so we could help her open it. That girl is strong!
The kids had fun sorting through their bounty and finding Goldfish and M&Ms in the bottom of their baskets.
Sidewalk chalk, a bug net, a board book, sunglasses, stickers, Crocs, Melissa & Doug lace-and-trace… and just a minimal amount of candy. This Easter Bunny is very kind to parents.
While these two continued to have fun playing with their Easter goodies, Papa Gaga and I washed up and started prepping in the kitchen. We had two hours before everyone would arrive at our door for a potluck brunch.
As always, Baby Gagette and her cousin were a riot to watch together. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if there’s a WWF match going on between these two or a hug-fest. Either way, it’s adorable and they seem happy.
Toddler Gaga enjoys seeing his youngest cousin, as well, and read to her all about “Biased Methods” from a book he pulled off of Papa Gaga’s shelves. Cousin Gaga-Googs, clearly, was fascinated.
After storytime, it was time to consume an insane amount of delicious calories — monkey bread, roasted veggie frittata, bacon, sausage, hash browns, muffins, apricot almond bread, fresh fruit, blueberry coffee cake, white chocolate popcorn, Bloody Marys, mimosas, spiked coffee — you name it, we ate it.
After the feast some of us kicked back and rested up in anticipation of what was to come.
The first annual Easter Egg Hunt in our new home!
All three kiddos participated.
But this one, in particular, was especially intrigued once she realized there were treats in the eggs.
We might’ve had to “recycle” a few eggs out of Toddler Gaga’s basket since he was so speedy compared to the younger baby ladies.
Oh, and did I mention that this little one was obsessed with opening ALL the eggs?
Seriously… it was nuts. She even solicited her brother to help her.
And her baby cousin.
"Must… get… more… chocolate!!"
Then there were cascarones.
Toddler Gaga thought those were pretty cool and insisted on throwing the rest of the confetti-filled eggs up in the air so he could watch them all splatter on our sport court. That makes for fun clean-up (note to self: don’t buy cascarones next year).
And more Easter baskets from the grandparents.
This equated to even more consumption of sugar. Somehow the kids remained awesome and pretty well-behaved though!
And what Easter brunch would be complete without a test run of Google Glass?
So many fun moments and laughs. But if you’ll excuse me, I now need to go brush my childrens’ teeth for the next hour. It was all worth it, though. I declare Easter 2014 a success!