I’ve said it again and again but Easter always has and always will be one of our very favorite holidays to celebrate. I didn’t think we could beat last year’s Easter but adding Thomas in to the celebrations made this holiday even more amazing than we had imagined.
We also learned this year that Caroline will do anything for a hot pink peep. This includes sprinting to the tub and ripping her clothes off for bath time. I am so not above bribery to make evenings run smoother and can’t wait to stock up on clearance peeps.
On to the weekend! School was closed for Good Friday so Thomas and Caroline brought their teachers some treats the day before. I had to work on Friday but I opted for a delayed start so we could let the kiddos open their Easter baskets and then stay home with daddy all day.
We knew Saturday morning was going to be a bit chaotic with getting everyone dressed, fed, packed and out the door for a short road trip to Mimi and Grandad’s house so we planned to have our Easter bunny arrive Friday morning. So as soon as the kiddos were tucked in on Thursday night we got to work putting together the Easter baskets and creating a “bunny trail” to the front door.
Matt totally rocked the bunny prints.
The next morning Matt took the kiddos out the back door around the house to meet me at the front. From my high pitched voice, it was pretty apparent that we were all equally excited that the Easter bunny had hopped by that morning.
The bunny trail absolutely stole the show this Easter. Caroline couldn’t stop talking about the “bunny” and asked to go outside over and over and over again to look at the prints. What’s even cooler is a few weeks ago a family of baby bunnies were born somewhere in our yard. And earlier this week Caroline finally spotted one of them hopping across the driveway to the backyard so she is convinced that one of those bunnies is the Easter bunny and kept asking to go hunt the bunny down in the backyard. Adorable.
The Easter baskets were exciting for all of two minutes before Caroline was asking to go back outside to see the bunny trail.
Thankfully I decided to keep the baskets super simple! Each babe got a sippy cup, a pair of $1 Target sunglasses and some random snacks I snagged from the pantry. I also threw in a large pack of markers for Caroline because I briefly lost my mind and thought it was a good idea (but hey, I’ve had worse ideas). Thomas also received a set of flash cards.
In typical bossy big sister fashion, Caroline insisted on ripping through Thomas’s Easter basket first. You know, to make sure he didn’t get something cooler than her.
Back outside we went for some bunny trail inspecting.
And she taught Tom Tom allllll about the bunny.
It was the best morning ever.
On Saturday morning we got up early to head to Winston. The neighborhood Matt’s parents live in throws the absolute best Easter celebration so we were really excited for a fun day.
Caroline was clearly more interested in planning out her egg hunt strategy than taking pictures.
After last year’s Easter bunny trauma, Caroline was on high alert the entire morning. We promised to keep her a safe 300 feet away from the bunny at all times. Any closer and she would completely panic.
Instead we focused on the petting zoo.
Brunch was incredible and both kids put down plates and plates full of eggs, sausage, grits and hash browns.
Once everyone had a full belly we lined up for the Easter egg hunt. There were so many kids on the “under 4” hunt I was worried Caroline was going to get trampled over.
But nope. She went wild collecting Easter eggs as fast as she possibly could.
I love this sweet moment I caught between Matt and Thomas.
After the egg hunt we took the kiddos back to Mimi and Grandad’s for naps! The next morning we opened Easter baskets, ate a yummy breakfast and headed back home. It was the perfect Easter weekend!
See our previous Easter celebrations here:
2015: Our 1st Easter with Caroline & the Scary Bunny
2014: Too pregnant to celebrate Easter