24 April 2011

Hoppy Easter to All...

Knuffle Bunny is on the left while NEW Mrs. Knuffle is on the right

The Easter Bunny made his (her?) way to our house last night for the first time in a L-O-N-G time! I think the last time he graced us with his presence was quite possibly 1999. I'm glad he found us as we've only moved twice since then! But then, bunnies have a way of finding sweet children, especially cute little girls, on Easter morning. I think they share a GPS and Global Interface system with Santa Claus. I believe I've heard a rumor that the Tooth Fairy is outsourcing her Direction Acquisitions Department to this same sourcing, but it's going to be a few years before she needs to find us, I hope!

Mirai was very surprised and excited to see the basket of goodies left for her once she was dressed and ready for church this morning. We didn't have a lot of time for her to see what goodies there were but she was pretty quick, though thorough, going through the contents before we headed to the car.

After Bible class and worship service, we went to Perry's Steakhouse for our (first annual?? ;) Easter lunch. Mirai was good as gold which is quite a feat considering it is a very nice restaurant that takes approximately two hours to complete an entire dinner service. But she had Knuffle Bunny as well as Mrs. Knuffle Bunny (whom the aforementioned EASTER bunny - my what a lot of bunnies today! - had brought her) so she had lots with which to occupy herself. Those bunnies "ate" lunch and "drank" water just like we did!

She is now down for an afternoon siesta to recover from all the excitement - I plan to follow suit immediately after posting this! She has her two bunnies with her, of course. Mrs. Knuffle became an instant favorite much to my surprise given how enamored she is of Knuffle Bunny.

Happy Easter to all! May your chocolates be many, your weight gain be none, your nap uninterrupted and your family time be fun!

P.S. For those unfamiliar with Knuffle Bunny, I'll have to do a post later on extolling the virtues of this wonderful leporidae.

23 April 2011

An Easter egg in the basket...

...is worth none in the bush. This week has brought Mirai the wonderful concept of candy hidden inside eggs which are hidden in "plain sight", bushes and trees. There were two Easter Egg hunts - one at school and one at a friend's home for the younger children and their families from church.

Picnic supper before the Relay Race and Egg Hunt

I'd been talking to Mirai about the Easter Bunny and how she will put her basket out Saturday night and sometime during the night or early morning, a (I assume 'large') bunny would quietly visit and leave surprises in her basket. She looked at me as if to say, "Um, sure. Okay. Out of respect I'll listen, but you are NUTS, woman!" Well, after the first Easter Egg hunt at Yellow Brick Road School on Thursday, she was a believer. How can you argue with a basket full of petrochemicals shaped into the form of eggs and filled with various forms of chocolate and jelly beans??

Fernanda Cannon and Mirai

Getting ready to do the Relay Race

Last night we went to the home of friends from church, the Brockmans, and had another egg hunt as well as a relay race. Seeing a group of mainly preschoolers attempting to hold a plastic egg on a spoon and walk it across (without dropping it - right...) to the other side of the lawn was hilarious! Mirai did pretty good if I do say so - she dropped it only once coming and once going. Her concentration was intense as she cautiously walked and balanced her egg in that spoon.

Major concentration

Steady now!

Oops! Try again!!

I don't know if it was her first egg hunt but it was certainly OUR first egg hunt with HER! If her reaction to the festivities is anything to go by, Sunday morning is going to be a blast!

Mrs. Palmer and Mirai after the Egg Hunt

Mrs. Palmer is one of Mirai's favorites (she's the mother of Beth Brockman). They have a mutual admiration society that is very sweet to watch.

Altogether a VERY fine day!

Thanks to Mac and Beth for hosting the Egg Hunt at their home - we truly enjoyed it!