We're blessed to be in one of the few remaining places in Canada that actually recognizes Easter Monday as a holiday. Since Easter services are held on Sunday anyway (though wasn't the resurrection ACTUALLY on the Monday? This has always nagged at me.) we celebrate EASTER then. Starting on Good Friday, we focus on the Saviour and the true miracle of Easter. Next year I hope to push that back to include Maudy Thursday, and eventually the whole Easter week. Maybe even Lent. (My religion doesn't celebrate Lent, but I personally do. That Catholic upbringing has deep roots.)
Once the miracle of Resurrection Sunday has been observed (complete with feasting), that pesky bunny makes a Monday morning appearance and we wake up to this:
Little plastic eggs are hidden throughout the house and the kids go a little crazy finding them. So crazy in fact that, even on Sports Mode, all Mom's camera can capture are pictures like this:
I have about 50 out of focus blurs and blobs. I'm so glad we switched from film to digital...
Eventually we have a pile like this:
(they went and found that basket in their toybox upstairs. Clever kids.)
Then it's time to assess the loot:
(the waffle box was grabbed to put the empty plastic eggs in)
Not all eggs contain chocolate! Some contain very silly toys!
If all of this seems like just too much joy to contain, you may even want to break into a spontaneous Dance of Happiness
One of the funniest moments. EVER. They just broke into dance. Any event that causes such absolute joy is welcome in my home (even if it is heralded in by mythical creatures).
Once they'd gotten it all out, they settled down to their new sticker books and the weighty business of deciding just where to place each new sticker.
And what do parents get from all this madness? Well, if you're Daddy you get a few extra minutes of sleep (I can't believe he doesn't like Easter). If you're Mama you get to see that Dance of Happiness. And if you just keep on clicking the camera, you may even score a few treasures like these:
And the madness doesn't stop there, oh no. For LO, we have a birthday! And so after the excitement of the Easter morn, we had a party in the afternoon.
It was a long day. With much chocolate. I'm still feeling a little woozy.
But this child here?
Is 5 years old today. And so happy about it she just might burst.