This Easter we decided to do a lot more than we normally do for the Easter celebrations. Now, that my two are getting older I am enjoying every minute of each holiday that comes around. They can get more involved in the games, crafts, baking, and fun. We have done our duties of church, and charity for the religious side of Easter and we have done our duties on baking Easter cookies, egg hunt and traveling to see family for the special day. Egg hunt are a must for young kids to explore and get excited about. I have so many fond memories of egg hunting with my own siblings when I was a child. We tried to do an egg hunt last year but the kids still were a little young to understand especially MM so I think I was more excited to see how it would go this year instead. Boy, was I not disappointed.
The kids had sheep and bunny masks to dress up in. There baskets we got from Hobbycraft which we lovely felt and we can use them again next year. Our back yard was covered in plastic colorful eggs in yellow chick baskets with grass and numbers and signs pointing along the way to help guide the kids. I don’t think they even gave the signs, arrows, or numbers a second glance. They quickly got the concept of what an egg hunt was and how fast they could run around and get more than the other. It was a mad race and didn’t last as long as I thought remember it lasting when I was egg hunting as a child. Instead of putting things inside the plastic eggs I had them count them up and trade them in for a chocolate egg treat. They couldn’t believe their luck that Mommy was letting them have chocolate which doesn’t happen very often in our house. It really was such a special time for them together as much as it was for me sitting back and watching them.
While they were gathering their eggs around the back yard and putting them in the basket, I was sat pondering. How fast does time goes by us? Just last year, MM was just under two years old and she has changed SO much in the past year. Now at almost three years old there doesn’t seem to be a gap between my two anymore. They are friends along the way on life’s greatest journey together. Yes, they bicker or argue like normal siblings but in their moments of extreme happiness like on our egg hunt they are constantly checking the other doesn’t need help, or holding hands, or laughing over their eggs they collected being empty. It’s in the exciting moments they are inseparable and loving. They are best of friends. I got emotional thinking they are growing up so fast and while I love their bond they seem to have a inside language that is growing stronger without me. They don’t seem to need Mommy as much anymore and rely more on each other instead. It’s time I give them that freedom together.
The photo above is one of my favorites. I apologize for amount of photos in this post but so many are so special for the moments they capture. This one above is just one example of a moment I snuck in and snapped of them watching over the garden for any eggs left behind. B grabbed MM’s hand and kissed the back of it so sweetly and then told her, he loved her. I think it’s the first time I really ease dropped on them and heard him tell her he loved her without being prompted by someone or something.
We had such a lovely morning on our egg hunt. I enjoyed setting it all up for them as much as they did tearing it up in a mad race to collect on the eggs. I stepped back and let them really bond and have fun together. As a controlling person, I find it hard to let them do things themselves sometimes. I will be the first to admit. Its something I am working on especially while we bake or do crafts I find it hard to let them do it how they want not how I think they should do it.
We have been blessed with dry weather for the most part and got to get outside a lot for Easter. We even got a few days in Ireland for some much needed family time with cousins and aunts and some friends too. You can peak at our Easter video here or stay tune for my blog post. I hope all of you have had a lovely Easter 2016 too.
My two continue to make me proud, make me laugh, fill me with joy and happiness, and so much love between us. It’s the greatest journey to be their mother and apart of their lives. I am trying to slow down and soak up on the little moments as much as I can. It’s a work in progress but I really have done more with them by doing less of other things. I think its important if you can when they are this age. We have done more crafts, coloring, baking, exploring, and traveling more than ever together lately and long may it continue. This is the time to cherish, the here and now. I am learning this as I go along.