I hope you all had a very lovely Easter! Here are some of the highlights of our special family day.
I started really thinking about Easter baskets last week. With four kids, keeping costs down is pretty important to me. I don’t want to end up with a basket too full of junk food and I like to avoid all of the disposable belongings that somehow always find their way into my life. This year I made the rounds for the Easter Baskets: (my husband was gone most of the week, so when he got back in town, I took off for some retail therapy…)
~ I found some really nice books at Goodwill.
~ Using Menards (a hardware/home improvement store) rebate money, I bought chocolate and bubbles AND Terra Cotta pots – I decided to use them instead of baskets this year.
~ I bought more chocolate at Aldi (and some peeps – had to get a few of those nasty things for some reason…)
~ I got some electric Nickelodeon toothbrushes – Dora the Explorer & Sponge-Bob Squarepants – at Walmart, Colgate toothpaste, and bath bubbles.
I was actually pretty excited to think of the pots. I always end up throwing away the flimsy little baskets and I tried to come up with something with a little more staying power, but something that also wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. The flower pots fit the bill! We’re going to paint them later this week and then plant flowers in them. I can’t wait to see what my kiddos end up doing with them. Here is a picture of the completed “baskets:”
The toothbrushes were actually a HUGE hit. I’m not lying. No sooner did they unwrap those things, they were all in the bathroom brushing their teeth. It might help that I rarely buy them electric toothbrushes, but if I would have known how much difference an electric toothbrush would make over a manual toothbrush, I would have bought them a long time ago! I did hear my almost 8 year old make a snide remark about Dora the Explorer…I maybe should have bought her something else. She’s growing up too fast!
Toothbrushes will come in super hand because not only did we eat a TON of chocolate and candy today, we also made and ate this at our family Easter get-together this afternoon:
But eating isn’t the only thing we did today. We enjoyed a really lovely afternoon with my husband’s family at their farm. Grandma gave each of the grandkids a new John Deere shirt. Sadly, getting a nice picture of all 7 of them at the same time proved impossible today, but I love this picture of the older girls laughing and talking with each other:
And this picture of the three younger ones being super silly.
When we came home, my kids ran to the bathroom to use their new toothbrushes and toothpaste again, watched a documentary on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and went to bed.
It really was a very nice day. I hope you had a fabulous day too!