Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring Holidays

While they usually fall close together, this year Passover and Easter fell in the same weekend.  Needless to say, the past three days have been extremely busy around here.

Friday we went to Philadelphia to celebrate the first night Seder with Aaron's family.  We drove back here late Friday night and my parents were here, anxiously awaiting our arrival.  Mom and I stayed up until after midnight stuffing Easter eggs for Saturday's big hunt.

Saturday we were joined by the Schochs, the Rings and KB for afternoon cocktails and egg hunting.  The boys had a blast running around the backyard.  Last year Nate was clueless but this year it didn't take long for him to figure it out.  Especially the part where you can shake the eggs to figure out which ones have money in them.  Nate managed to clean up in that category, ending up with almost $10 in change.


Will was probably the smartest kid in the hunt.  He hates grass so instead of participating, he sat in the middle of the lawn and let the older two bring him eggs.  That kid is a genius.

Will: You all work for me!

As soon as we cleaned up from the egg hunt, I started preparing Seder for the second night of Passover.  We were blessed with a table full of family and friends to share the holiday with and I was glad my Dad was able to experience his first Seder.

The fun didn't end there.  Once the matzah was put away (no kidding though, we forgot to look for the afikomen and I just discovered it a few minutes ago) we started preparing for Easter Sunday.  Another late night as we got things ready for the Easter Bunny's visit and starting making preparations for Easter dinner.

This morning Nate woke up at the crack of dawn.  We're lucky he's not quite old enough to get the concept of the Easter Bunny's visit so Aaron and I were able to sleep in a little while my parents played with Nate.  We held off on hunting for the Easter Bunny's treats until after mass.  When we got back from church, Nate discovered all the goodies including a Mater PowerWheels!  This particular Easter Bunny gift came from the same Easter Bunnies who raised me and arranged for my annual baskets.  Let's just say these bunnies seem to have grown more generous in their gift giving since the days of my youth!  (Also, I need to watch the movie Cars because I had no idea who Mater was.)

Thank you Gymboree for your bank-breaking adorableness.
Finally, we spent dinner with my cousins Richard and Cyndy.  It was, as always, a wonderful family evening.  It was the first holiday without Cyndy's Mom and I think we all felt her absence.  But the fact that Cyndy looks fantastic despite being in the middle of chemo was an uplifting sight.  And Nate loves his big kid cousins, he spent the entire time chasing around after any one of them.

Nate got a delayed start on account of his foot being stuck in his bucket.

For more pictures of our Easter fun -

More Easter fun in store tomorrow as Aaron and Nate are heading to the White House for the Easter Egg Roll.  Pictures to come!


  1. oh my goodness, you haven't seen cars yet?!?! what are you waiting for? first watch the original. then watch mater's tall tales. you can space that out and watch a couple episodes at a time for little bits of screen time with nate if you like. then you have to watch cars 2. cars 1 is classic and therefore considered superior by many. however, cars 2 is worthy of accolades for its own creativity and unique brand of humor. then shortly after that you can start collecting all of the cars toys. though good luck finding some of the characters. it took months of searching, repeated visits to TRU, walmart, target, ebay, amazon, the disney store and an old college friend in CA to complete what we set out to collect. i've also since had to purchase separate storage containers for the hotwheels tracks and the cars tracks. the cars vehicles have their own distinctive cars 2 box for storage, separating them for the other 4 totes of hotwheels and matchbox cars and trucks. (monster trucks also have their own tote, soon to be upgraded to a larger tote.) our lightning mcqueen comforters and sheets are nearly worn out but i haven't budgeted to purchase new ones - hopelessly hopeful that we could graduate to plain ones. we recently had to purchase larger size cars underwear to replace the outgrown undies....thank goodness for sales at kohls. the socks are terribly worn out and replacements haven't been found. those were new at christmas and apparently go with everything! then of course you have the wii games. the original cars games all start out as single player, meaning daddy had to spend hours unlocking things and setting things up so the boys could really enjoy them. cars 2 fortunately is multiplayer throughout. have fun. you are entering a whole new world of boyhood.

  2. You'll love Cars! A is a lover of all things cars (original one). I hear "Tow Maaater, he's funny!" at least 2x a day. ha! BTW, I did a double take on that first photo - I know we've discussed but it looked so much like A. Really, its uncanny sometimes. Long lost cousins, perhaps - you know the christian, jewish, chinese kind...ha!