Celebrating Easter

Easter is a pretty big holiday at our house.  We buy the Easter outfits, the Easter bunny comes to visit, we do lots of fun crafts, and of course we spend a lot of time at church.  Our church has 3 days of worship experiences and watching people celebrate our Risen King is one of my favorite things to do.

Over the last few days I put together a few of our favorite activities to share with y’all.

My good friend Angela brought her kids over to have a little Easter party at our house.  We had a lot of fun having an egg hunt, bunny hop and egg drop races, and lots of playing.

I made lots of yummy food.  I love how Annie’s has a lot of bunny themed food, so I got a lot of their snacks to enjoy.  I also bought their mac and cheese, but I ended up using the noodles but doctoring up the cheese to make a crock pot version instead of the powdered cheese.  I also made a bouquet of flower cupcakes and bunny sugar cookies.  (And yes, I used my buttercream icing for both!)

I  had crafts for us to do.  We were so busy playing outside that we didn’t get much done, so I ended up sending them home with Angie and then afterwards the girls and I did them together.

The first thing we did was some Pinterest things that I had printed off.

For the last few years we read through this “devotional” about the Easter Bunny.  I feel like it kinda gives a reason of why the Easter Bunny comes to our house. (Found here)

Every year we also go over the Resurrection story using Resurrection Eggs.  We still used our eggs this morning, but I also saw these printable/coloring Resurrection egg craft and decided to do these too.

Then we also read these Bible verses about the Easter story.  (I’ve also used the Valentine’s hearts and the pumpkin verses in the past.)

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The girls favorite craft was making these pompom bunnies and chicks.

All you need is some yarn, googly eyes, and some different crafting puff balls. (And scissors and glue.)

Start by wrapping the yarn around your hand a bunch of times.  I didn’t really count how many times… Just remember the more you wrap the bigger and fluffier your pompom will be.  Also I tried to use the kid’s hands at first, but they were way too small.  I had to do the wrapping around my own hand.

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Cut a small piece of string to tie around the middle of your loops.

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Cut the loops on both sides to create your pompom.

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Puff and then add your eyes, nose/beak, and ears for the bunny.  (Actual cotton balls work best because you can stretch them out for more of a bunny ear shape.)

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Cammie also was really proud of her spring flower.  She could do it mostly by herself so she felt like a big girl.  All you need is green popsicle sticks, glue, and cupcake liners.  A dot of glue and you have a happy 2 year old.

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Every year we also make Resurrection Rolls.  (See my Instagram post for the recipe and Bible verses.)

And of course we dyed eggs.


I’m excited about getting dressed up and going to church in the morning and celebrating that HE IS RISEN!

 

Pillow Talk

Breeley has a loose tooth.  She has been anxiously awaiting this for years.  I have not.  I hate teeth!  Loose teeth are my nightmare.  I don’t want to see them or talk about them.  Just so you know, if you post a picture of your child with a gap in their gums talking about babies teeth coming in or school age kids loosing them, I scroll past that as quick as possible.  I know that lots of people think kids with a toothless grin are so cute, but not me.  It’s just not my thing.

Anyway…. My way of trying to be encouraging and show my excitement about this is to read tooth fairy books and to help my girls make their own tooth fairy pillow.  Once they have their first loose tooth we head to the fabric store where they can pick out their fabric and ribbon.  Yesterday was Breeley’s day.  She, of course, wanted sparkly. And blue. And pink. And purple. And polka dots…. It took her awhile, but finally we had what she needed and she proudly walked up to the counter and asked the lady to cut her fabric for her.  She was giggling the whole time.

Materials she picked

  • 1/4 yard pillow fabric (purple)
  • 1/4 yard pocket fabric (blue)
  • fiberfill
  • ribbon
  • thread (we had 2 pinks. One for embroidery and one for stitching)

pillow matterials

Breeley helped me with sewing so we did this as simply as possible.

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pillow directions

1 – cut pillow material to 11×19 inches

2- fold over edges

3 – on one edge pin 2 centered ribbons. Ours are 24inches long.  Sew your edges.

4- my sewing machine does small embroidery jobs, so we put the pocket material on the hoop and embroidered her name.

5- cut pocket material. Ours was 10×7 inches.

6 – fold in half and sew 2 of the edges. Leave one side open to pull right side out.

7- Fold in unfinished edge.  Pin centered onto front side of pillow material. Sew 3 sides to create your pocket.

8 – Fold your material in half and sew both sides.

9 – Pull material right side out and add your stuffing.

10 – Finish by sewing your top opening.

And now you have your pillow ready for a visit from the Tooth Fairy!

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Now all she has to do is lose her tooth.  I may super glue it in.
Update:


Good thing we made that pillow! She pulled her tooth the next day.  In her excitement she lost it in the playroom and Alyse had to find it.

This is what the Tooth Fairy brought her:
 Today she isn’t so sure about this missing tooth.  She keeps staring at herself in the mirror.  But she does like that sparkly money.