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Easter Traditions

April 4, 2010

What’s your most memorable Easter tradition?  For me, it was springtime bonnets, white patent leather shoes, the end of Lent and Easter Sunday Mass.  Growing up in the northeast, it wasn’t uncommon that Easter Sunday was accompanied by snow…didn’t matter though; we still wore our springtime attire.  It was Easter after all and that signified out with the winter and in with the spring season.

Another memorable tradition at Easter for me, was the Easter basket…every year my sister and I would each get a delicious giant chocolate covered peanut butter egg (I think my sister’s was vanilla crème filled) topped with a flower made of icing.  We had to cut them with a knife and would savor every bite which often led to belly aches as we were sitting in Mass.  I also remember we always had coconut covered mini chocolate eggs in our baskets too…guess the Easter Bunny knew those were Mom’s favorite.  😉

As parents, you easily become a kid all over again as you watch the excitement and curiosity in your child’s expressions as they partake in what may very well turn out to be holiday traditions.  For Clare, this year was her first Easter at home that she will probably remember.

It started out with decorating eggs and leaving carrots for the Easter Bunny to snack on while he dropped (or should I say, hopped) by during the night.   A bit of anxiety hit the next morning when she peeked outside (“Daddy, hold me’) to see if the Easter Bunny had eaten her carrots…I think she was nervous the Easter Bunny would be on her doorstep.  😉  She wore her Easter bonnet with her dress and crocs (she is quite particular about her shoes) to church.

Easter Sunday

Her favorite moments of today were discovering small bottles of brightly colored nail polish in the eggs the Easter Bunny left in the yard along with some Crayola sidewalk chalk shaped liked Easter eggs.  Hmm…Nail polish and sidewalk chalk, could this become part of our Easter tradition?  😉

"This chalk looks like an Easter Egg!"

"There's something in these Eggs, Mommy"

I know what will not become a holiday tradition in our house…roasted asparagus with the ham dinner.  Although it’s a favorite of mine, I discovered that’s not the case for Robert and Clare as I was the only one eating it.  That’s okay, they enjoyed the Peeps all to themselves as that is clearly a favorite of theirs (and a definite tradition for us at Easter time)!

Clare and her Daddy LOVE some Peeps!

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It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas

December 20, 2009

Annual visit to Booger Mountain to find our Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

We ventured out after work on Friday, December 5th to find our 2009 Christmas tree.  Robert and I began going to a tree lot years ago in Raleigh called “Booger Mountain”.   This tree vendor happened to open shop in Wake Forest the year that Clare was born …it has now become a tradition that we all look forward to every year.   We decorated the tree that Saturday morning.  After nearly 3 hours (lights, decorations, vacuming the needles, tree skirt…) our tree was officially decorated! 

Santa's helper...decorating the tree

Two hours later, Clare and I heard a thunderous CRASH.  They say a picture says a thousand words…check it out… 

Uh Oh!

Tree decorating—take two!  Clearly this was a BIG tree!  Thankfully no one was hurt and as Robert told me…ornaments can be replaced.  Luckily, not ALL our ornaments were glass so we still have lots of memorable ornaments adorning our tree.  😉 
We will be buying a new tree stand for next year…that’s for sure!   Something tells us this will be a Christmas to remember…