Our Easter

Easter is the absolute perfect holiday for toddlers.  



1. Most importantly, Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, His triumph over the grave.  In the last few months Camden has had a lot of questions about death and what it means to die.  It's a brand new concept to him.  How cool is it to be able to tell him that death isn't something to fear!  That because Jesus Christ is risen, we will rise too!  That because Jesus loves us, He provided a way that we can live with Him again with our families forever and ever!

Yup, we loved focusing on that good news with our little one this season.  The brittle grass seemed to be waking up, the birds returning to sing by our windowsills, the flowers blooming and raining down from the trees.  Spring is a lovely symbol of resurrection, and it was fun to see Cam grasp that even just a little.


2.  That being said, we certainly didn't skimp out on the chocolate.

 

3. But that's another great thing about this holiday for toddlers.  It doesn't matter what's inside the egg, it's the thrill of finding them that makes the hunt so exciting.  I mean, at our library egg hunt we got a quarter-sized dollop of partially dried Playdough in one of the eggs.  You would have thought we found a gold nugget!

 

 I thought Camden enjoyed the hunt last year, but this year we reached a whole new level.  We actually had four different Easter egg hunts throughout that week, and it only got more and more exciting.  {As Camden likes to say, "I so 'sited!"}



Between Easter egg hunts we made necklaces and bracelets out of the beads sent by Aunt Kirsten, played outside as often as possible, and put together a nursery for Baby Girl.




4. Then on Easter Eve we dyed eggs, which was such a treat for Camden.  He may not be into arts and crafts, but he can dunk an egg.  What toddler doesn't love multi-colored messes?

That night we set out our baskets for the Easter bunny, who may have gone a little overboard this year.


Then it was Easter!




I took a deep breath, fully anticipating a struggle with the cute Easter outfit Grammy sent.  Cam has never been a fan of ties, and it was highly unlikely the hat would stay on.  Weighing my options, I decided it would be worth the fight.

But the fight was non-existent!  Camden loved his "special Easter" hat and bow tie.  He proudly wore them to church, occasionally adjusting his hat to make sure it was just right.  When it came time for the children to sing Jesus Has Risen for the congregation, he leapt out of his seat and sprinted to the front without a second's hesitation.  Being the first child up front, he took to the podium, grabbed the microphone, and began to sing without waiting for anyone.  Luckily someone had had the sense to turn off the microphone before then, so we couldn't hear his voice.  We just watched in shock as his lips moved and he stared down the audience with his confidence.  I've never been so smitten and so embarrassed at the same time!  Stinkin' cutie!



After his Sunday School class he told me all about the lesson - about how Jesus died but he "came back to life."  Even though we had been discussing it all month, it seemed like having it come from his teacher really solidified the story and concepts in his mind.  So thankful for sweet volunteers who teach our little boy this essential stuff!

Once we got home Cam refused to change out of his special Easter clothes.


The idea of having Easter dinner without any family seemed strange.  Luckily we had a number of chums who felt the same way, so we all combined for a big framily dinner!  Ten adults and a bunch of kids running around.  Just like it should be.

After a proper feast we had one last little Easter egg hunt for the children.



Followed by a game of smash-the-plastic-eggs on the trampoline.


We Buckmasters fell into bed that night exhausted but smiling.  So happy for Easter.


1 comment:

  1. So fun! And I definitely want to see some pictures of that nursery!

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