Easters past

I used to be that mom, the one who had her children coordinating in super cute outfits, awesome egg hunts for all the kids and cousins, a scrumptious brunch for the family.  but now… boy, that has all changed.  now that we are a week out from easter, i think i have accepted it. 

1//  past – i coordinated kids in easter outfits
      present – the kids have clothes on

I think this is where it went south, at some point after J came along.
maybe it was i couldn’t keep up with getting 3 kids cute that early in the morning.

I spent money on these cute outfits, they coordinated, I did their hair, had them looking good. 
then, those clothes never got worn again.  into the closet they would go and sold at the next resale event, if they would even sell.   i think i have given away multiple cute little ballet flats in every size.

i mean come on…does this kid even look happy in this hat? 

i wanted her to look adorable in her easter bonnet, but we didn’t even go to church, so I’m dressing her up to push her outside into the cold, muddy, wet backyard. 

2//  past – fun outside egg hunts
      present – eggs thrown in the back yard

we live in CLE, the chance of having warm, tank top dress weather in the CLE at easter is slim, like really slim.  I mean often times we have hunted for eggs in the snow and more often rain.  i have never understood how or why we have these super cute sundresses.  unless it comes with a warm, warm overcoat, cute snow/rain boots, hat and gloves it just doesn’t make sense to me.

3//  past – baskets hid by the bunny
      present – baskets right on the table

really, now that these kids are older, there is just no hiding the baskets.  there is not very many places you can ‘tuck away’ a big old basket.  if there is, chances are i have put it there at some point over the past 14 years.  i consider it a win the bunny came and hid the eggs.
speaking of…

4// past – a fun night of dying easter eggs
     present – it is 11pm and the bunny will be here soon, get these eggs dyed

it was an event, have dinner, hard boiled eggs were all prepared and ready for fun colors.  we bought all of the different egg dyes, added oil, tye dye, shrink wraps, stickers, markers, everyone had an egg with their name on it fun!  this year, we came in the door at 10:30pm on easter sunday, thankfully grandma had come over in the day and hard boiled the eggs for us, threw some dye dots in some cups and dyed them several colors which pretty much turned them all shades of green/tan.  some had names, but not the names of anyone in our family. total time spent, approx 15 minutes and 36 eggs were done.

5// past – delicious easter brunch with all the fun
     present – a cold ham purchased the day after easter with boxed potatoes

this may be the biggest disappointment for me.  i love brunch, i love that we get to eat breakfast and lunch together, but this year, it was lame.  im pretty sure we didn’t even all eat at the same time.

we were not even home on easter.  easter, this year and last, was spent at  mccormick place in chicago watching grace and team play in tournament. while this year had a better ending, still times have changed.  this year, the younger ones and i had a happy easter group hug, then enjoyed our free breakfast at the hotel, before a full day of volleyball. 

but really…we were together and that is what matters.  we spent quality time in the car together, and on the home stretch everyone shut down their devices and we sang and danced our way into the driveway.  that is the memory that may have replaced dying eggs or a massive hunt and in the end im ok with that. that and we still pound a good couple three packs of peanut butter eggs.

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