The entire week has led up to this special holiday we call Easter. Most of the focus has been spiritual, with a healthy dose of chocolate and other goodies to make it fun. Just as it should be, in my opinion. Here are the highlights of our week:
Monday, we had a special Family Home Evening lesson on the events leading up to the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of the Savior using the Easter Eggs in a Carton I got last year from my friend, Andrea. We turned it into a quick hunt, the first of two egg hunts for the week. The kids could not get enough.
Wednesday, we colored real hard-boiled eggs which I have realized that a) we don’t eat enough of and b) I do not know how to prepare (probably why the consumption is rare). The shell always sticks to the egg whites and/or the eggs crack before they are done cooking. Anyone out there an expert and can tell me how long to boil them, whether to start them in the cold water first, or to drop them in once the water is boiling? I just don’t seem to get it right…
But the coloring process for the 9 eggs I did manage to salvage was a blast and the kids enjoyed the activity. Jake and Joe were only spectators this year but definitely got caught up in the excitement.
Friday, we drove down to the Los Angeles Temple and stayed the night in the Temple Patron Apartments. Warren and Maddie were bursting with excitement to go. It was the first time we had been since August and the first time taking Jake and Joe. Despite ridiculous traffic getting down, and Maddie protesting sleep until about 9:30PM, it was a wonderful experience. We were glad to be reminded of the blessings of temple attendance and were grateful to focus on the Savior as a family.
Saturday, we headed to the Valley to spend the day with my family. Maddie and Warren enjoyed the 2nd egg hunt of the week, this time with candy-filled eggs, while Jakey and Joey cuddled with Hotda and Nana. As usual, the kids were spoiled with gifts, including chocolate bunnies, LEGOs, and other fun toys.
If a terrific ham dinner wasn’t enough, my mom went all out and made these adorable little chick cupcakes– chocolate chip eyes and a gum drop beak.
Sunday, Colin and I sang in the ward choir as we farmed out our children to various wonderful people in the ward (congregation). Sadly, though the music was just as powerful (including one of my favorites–especially as an alto– “This Is the Christ” by James E. Faust), the meeting’s end was not as eventful as last year’s. But we were still glad to participate.
And to top off the day, Maddie wore her new outfit made by Grandma Tuki. Absolutely darling though it may be difficult to tell by the reluctant model.
A wonderful week spent with family reflecting on the miracle of the love and sacrifice of our savior, Jesus Christ.
“Christ the Lord is risen today! Hallelujah!”