We had such a fun Easter this year and it was mostly due to party planner extraordinaire, Olivia!
We started things out on Thursday morning with her school's annual Easter Hat Parade.
Unfortunately, I picked her up that evening and she was burning up with a fever. An immediate stop at urgent care confirmed strep! But after some medicine, popsicles, and apple juice, she was good to go within 24 hours! Just in time for our baby shower + Easter.
We read an Easter book and left out some carrots & jelly beans for the Easter Bunny.
She woke up bright and early on Eater morning to find that E.B. had eaten the carrots and jelly beans + left a scavenger hunt again this year for her. She was pretty much able to read all the clues herself this year and I think she had fun running around the house until she found her Easter basket -- in her brother's rocking chair!
And she immediately dug into the candy!
Then we headed outside (note its like 6:15 am at this point, so still dark!) to hunt for eggs!
No sugar high over here. Nope not at all.
And then she got dressed and patiently waited for the family to arrive. Because it was 7 am, those 3 hours went by VERY slowly! But finally everyone arrived and she went into "cruise ship director" mode. She had a schedule and a plan and made everyone follow her instructions.
First up, pin the tail on the bunny. This was all Olivia's idea. I made it happen by buying a $5 template off Etsy that we took to Office Depot to be printed. Easiest thing ever that brought her SO MUCH happiness. We hung it up on Friday night and she "practiced" all day Saturday. And by "practiced" I obviously mean she figured out how to peek out of the blindfold to see the bunny. (This was frankly a welcome change from her response to not cheating. The first time she did it, I covered her eyes and spun her around. She put the tail on the completely wrong wall from where the bunny even was, took off the blindfold, saw her tail placement and immediately fell on the floor crying. Competitive much?!).
Most of us got our tails on the board.
BUT....Olivia got hers DIRECTLY ON THE TAIL. It was a win for the times and she was beaming with joy.
The final score (clearly my mother is a cheater too).
Next up was an Easter egg hunt. Olivia re-stuffed all the eggs she got from the Easter Bunny and hid them around the house for us to find.
And then it really turned into "The Olivia Show" -- she literally pulled out her guitar and made Yasmin play a song while she invented lyrics on the spot. As I watched her shine as the center of attention and looked around at her loving and captive audience, I couldn't help but wonder how baby brother will fit into this craziness next year. I can't wait to see what his little personality is like.
And finally we sat down to brunch. Given the pregnancy, new house and an array of work obligations - we kept it super simple. But I think it was still yummy and everyone seemed to enjoy!