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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hippity, Hoppity, Easter's on its way...






It's almost Easter, y'all! And you know what that means? It means the Easter Bunny is hard at work in his chocolate factory preparing special treats for all the little children of the world :)

Easter has always been fun for me -- kind of a mini Christmas. Despite my strict Christian upbringing, my parents still bought me elaborate Easter baskets filled with candy, toys and stuffed animals, and as I got older they'd add small things to the mix like books or an accessory to wear with my Easter outfit. And yes, even at eighteen years old, I was still running around the yard or the living room (depending on the weather) searching for hidden eggs.

As a matter of fact, Eric and I, as married adults, used to do egg hunts for each other...pre-baby, of course. Now it's all about her, and I find that I'm the head organizer for the Under 3 Egg Hunt in our building for the second year in a row.

Obviously, I've been scouring Pinterest night and day for Hippity Hoppity inspiration, and I've found a ton of recipes and craft ideas...that I promise you I will *never* use.

It's not that I don't want to! It's just that I have this glorified idea of what it will be like to bake intricate Easter egg sugar cookies for 45 people, but experience has told me it will only be a nightmare in the end, with me up at 2am the night before the egg hunt, covered in pastel frosting, pulling my hair out as I try to create the perfect cookies.

So, I collect all these ideas, and then inevitably, I end up at Walmart at the last minute, grabbing anything and everything Easter-related that's left on the shelves, desperately hoping that it will all come together in the morning. No matter how hard I try, I don't think I will ever be one of those people who gets ahead of things *sigh*

What about your Easter?? Do you have special traditions or favorite candies? Do you carefully craft baskets, cookies and egg hunts, or are you running around like a chicken with your head cut off, praying that Target still has a decent selection of pre-made baskets on Easter Eve??

If you'd like to see more of my Hippity Hoppity pins at Pinterest, I invite you to follow me, JerricaKC :)

-Jerrica, Her Grace of Grammar

35 comments:

  1. Jerricca ~ LOL! I'm picturing you now at 18 running through the house on an Easter egg hunt!

    We don't really have any Easter traditions. But I do have fun Easter memories from when my son was young. I remember when he was two, he was hunting for eggs in the front yard. (Dyed eggs, not plastic ones). And whenever he spotted one, he put his basket on the ground and then spiked the egg into it like a football player making a touchdown. It was hilarious. (If you consider 12 busted-beyond-repair eggs hilarious, which I do.)

    Good luck with your hunt!

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    1. Ava, that is HILARIOUS!!! I love it!

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    2. It was so funny. Now I'll have to dig out those pictures somewhere. :)

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  2. We used to decorate eggs on Saturday and then hubby and I would hide them before the kids woke. As the kids got older the process became longer. You would think it would take forever with small children, but when your oldest is an artist, each egg needs to be done just right. She makes beautiful eggs.

    We always put baskets together for the kids with something small especially for them and a book. I thought they were getting too old for baskets, but my middle child informed me just the other day that she wanted good chocolate in her basket this year. She gave it up for Lent and doesn't want any of the cheap chocolate I got away with when they were kids, but good stuff - lol.

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    1. Jane, I want to see pics of your daughter's eggs!!! And I totally agree with your other daughter...no cheapy chocolates!! LOL!

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    2. Cheap chocolates are NOT worth the calories! Only the good stuff. LOL!

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  3. I laid down the law. This year we are not doing the Egg Hunt. Eldest was relieved, Youngest a tad disappointed. But it had begun to loose the magic and I want to remember it as special and fun!

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    1. Now *I'm* disappointed! LOL! Maybe you could start a new tradition for Easter to bring back the fun and magic :)

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    2. Well, I was eyeing Samantha's scavenger hunt idea....That would be fun!

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  4. With our kids being five years apart, it feels like we will never be finished with hiding eggs at midnight. We use plastic eggs with candy inside. One year it was so cold, we just rolled them on the hard-packed snow. Sometimes the squirrels break into them and steal the candy, so they really enjoy Easter, too. We have to hide eggs outside, because according to my kids, that's the way it's done. :)

    We also hide the Easter baskets and my hubby makes up silly clues to send them on a scavenger hunt. It's a lot of work, but I know it's creating good memories for the kiddos. One thing I've learned the hard way is not to start something unless you want to continue to do it year after year.

    I have everything I need for Easter already, so now it's just a matter of putting it all together.

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    1. I love the scavenger hunt idea, Samantha! Brilliant! And yes, it's a ton of work! But it usually turns out to be worth it. lol.

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  5. What a great post, Jerrica! We do the traditional Easter Egg hunt at our church, but the Easter bunny tends to shy away from bringing my 5 year old too much candy. He seems to know that Mom and Dad will scarf it down secretly while watching Season 2 of Downton Abbey. Nowadays, the Easter Bunny brings my daughter her new swimsuit, a beach towel, and flip-flops--a great way to celebrate Spring!

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    1. That's so smart, Lily!!! Brilliant way to ring in Spring! I'm stealing it! :)

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  6. I love that picture at the top- it's so funny!
    Obviously, being raised a Jew, I didn't "do" Easter. But I did get to go to a few hunts as a kid, invited by neighborhood friends. They were crazy and fun. My grandmother (my dad's Catholic's mom!) would give me Easter baskets, but my mom wasn't thrilled by that, lol...
    My 6 year old came home from school last week and wanted to know why we didn't celebrate Easter. Yikes! We told him we weren't Christian and it's a Christian holiday, and he seemed to accept that, but we'll see. My husband thinks we should take him to one of the local church's egg hunts, because they are open to everyone, but I think that's kind of weird. Not really in the spirit of the holiday- "Hey, y'all! We're not staying for the service, we're just here for the candy!" Lol....

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    1. LOL, Olivia! Just have your own egg hunt in the backyard -- I'm not Christian either, but I do love candy. Ha!

      But one year my mom and dad -- who are devout Christians -- decided we were going to do a Passover dinner instead of an Easter dinner. It was quite funny, and modeled after the Seder in Fiddler on the Roof. She made us all wear doilies on our heads and I vaguely remember some Hebrew chanting. I'm pretty sure the 4-year-old Jerrica just wanted candy. lol.

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    2. That's hilarious! Yeah, there's no candy on Passover. ;D

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    3. Olivia just call it the candy hunt. You don't need the words Easter egg hunt.

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  7. We always got spring-esque toys in our baskets, like bucket and shovel sets for digging in sandboxes. Since there were five of us spread out over a ten year span, as some of us got older, we were tasked with helping the Easter Bunny with certain things like decorating and hiding eggs for the hunt. I was kid #2, so that means I was one of EB's helpers. :)

    Now my nephew is the one doing Easter egg hunts. When he was 1 1/2 and did his first one, I'll never forget...each time he found an egg, he emptied all of the eggs from his basket and then put them all back in, including the new one, one at a time. That was the longest egg hunt in my memory, that's for sure. But it was adorable, so we went with it.

    The best piece of Easter candy, though? Cadbury's Cream Eggs. And now they've got Caramel Cream Eggs. Oh. My. Goodness. I better go stock up now, come to think of it.

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    1. You had me at Caramel Cream Eggs. I'm so outta here! LOL!

      So funny about your nephew...that must have taken forever!!! LOL!

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  8. When I was young, we always did the dyed egg hunt, and even though we don't have kids, every now and then I bust out the dye and get busy coloring eggs at Easter :) Sometimes I'll hide a little bag of goodies for my hubby, and sometimes starburst jellybeans will find their way into my hands. I do always make a lovely Easter meal, complete with ham, potato salad, deviled eggs, and dessert. All in all, its a wonderful holiday for us, both for it's true meaning, and for the traditions that go along with it.

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    1. I love that you and your hubby hide things for each other and dye eggs still. Too sweet!

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  9. You know what's really hilarious and adorable? That bunny-butt cake you've got pictured up there -- L.O.V.E. IT!!! Happy Easter, everybody! I have a great Easter candy story, but I'm not going to share it, 'cause it's cute, but also sad. Mm, Cadbury malted milk eggs with the hard candy shell, my FAVORITE . . . enjoy your holiday, ladies . . .

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    1. Oh, wait, I don't think they're made by Cadbury . . . mixing up my candy manufacturers, I think . . . but you get the idea . . . :-) . . .

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    2. Nope, cadbury makes those delectable, sugar-high-inducing, goo-filled eggs! MMMmmm...now I want one!
      My hubby, on the other hand, loves the malted eggs like you. Not my thing, but thats good since neither of us has to share!

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    3. Isn't that bunny cake amazing!?!? I love it!

      And as far as candy...I'll take Cadbury AND malted eggs. Whatever you two are willing to share. lol.

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  10. Ok, this year we are probably not going to celebrate easter. Not because we don't want to, I just don't feel cleaning on top of what I need to do. We might buy the candy, because cadbury eggs are tasty with peeps.

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    1. You must at least buy candy, Melody!! :)

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    2. I plan to because we love our candy here. Next year when things are all settle we will do easter. Next year should be entertaining because my bossy little girl will probably control her little brother.

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    3. LOL, Melody! That's what sisters are for. (Just ask both of my brothers.)

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    4. I know I have 2 younger brothers too.

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  11. Easter has always been a big deal at my house, Jerrica! I love the egg hunt, it brings out the kid in me and I get the chance to be silly. My oldest boys just laugh because I still make them get involved but I want it to be as special for my four yr old as it was for them as they were growing up. So they must play with us or meet with a very angry momma bear. I think they secretly like it as well. Though they're too cool to say anything.

    We got to my mother's house every year, have a wonderful Easter dinner, and then have an egg hunt after that. It's always fun for us and usually it's one of the few times my entire family is together. So it's double special because my oldest brother lives so far away and I don't get the chance to see him often. I hope you guys have a blast for Easter! It sounds like a ton of fun with that many people!

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    1. I love that you still make your older boys participate in the egg hunt, Melissa. I'm sure you're right -- they probably secretly love it :) I hope you have a wonderful time with your family!!

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  12. What a great blog, Jerrica. And how I love pinterest.

    We do the whole egg hunt, but only at the grandparents homes. Our church has like 1500 kids that participate in the one they have, so it's slightly crazy!

    The Easter Bunny likes to fill up the kids' baskets and hide them around the house. It's so much fun to watch (and video) them looking for their treats. :)

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    1. 1500 kids?!?!?!? Are you kidding me?? That's insanity! I don't blame you for going to the g-parents!

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