Sunday, April 24, 2011

The traditional Easter

I love holidays, and all the family traditions that go with it.  Saturday Laura came over and helped me and Bradley dye Easter eggs.  Dying eggs was a slow tedious process for Bradley.  He got good and messy though, and then we spent probably as much time dying eggs as I did scrubbing his hands afterwards.

Mixing the colors together at the end
 Blue hands
 All the pretty colored eggs
 Laura's relatively clean hands
Later in the day Bradley and I made Resurrection Cookies.  I was hoping this would become a fun new Easter tradition for us, but sadly, the cookies didn't turn out.  It was a cool idea though, and we will definitely try again next year.

We also made Bunny Rabbit cupcakes. Okay, so they were kind of ghetto, and nothing that would ever appear on Beth Allen's blog, but still, they were cute, and you get the idea. Bradley had fun sprinkling the coconut on the cupcakes, and eating the sugar!

 Easter morning we got up and went to the 8a.m. service- why not, Bradley's up at 5:30 a.m. every morning!  After we got home, the Easter bunny had come, so we headed outside to- what else- hunt more eggs!  Bradley had brand new "boat shoes" to wear, and a cute shirt and tie combo from Old Navy.
 Here I think he was distracted looking for worms

 After the egg hunt with all our spoils
 Bradley & the Bradleys, Easter 2011
 A typical photo of us sisters
 George's parents came over for lunch.  I love Craig & Diane, and am so glad they were able to join us today.  I wish I had taken a picture of the actual food, but it was amazing as usual:  Ham, fried corn, burned rolls (ha!), scalloped potatoes, deviled eggs, and the most incredible Brussels sprouts made by Laura.  (Brussels sprouts and blue cheese- who knew?)
 Instead of napping, Bradley got out of bed after about 30 minutes, so I gave up and let him stay up.  We had dessert, and then had our traditional egg fight.  This is probably my favorite Easter tradition.  Everyone gets a hard boiled egg, then you pair off, and hit little end to little end, then big end to big end.  If your eggshell cracks, you're out.  You keep challenging other family members until a winner is declared. 

Bradley & Ms. Diane
 Laura & George were the last two contestants, and George cheated to win.  This picture totally encapsulates the Murdoch couple!
After Craig & Diane left, we opened our Easter baskets (really bags) but were too full to sample any of our Easter candy!  Except I think Bradley had some Pez, and Dad ate one of his Peeps.  Laura cooked fish and shrimp for dinner along with bacon wrapped asparagus, and it was so light and perfect to compliment the heavier food from earlier.  Bradley was pretty cranky as the day wound down (a day without a nap will do that to you) but overall it was such a good Easter.

The Lord is Risen.  He is Risen Indeed!

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