Happy Easter Everyone! Here in WA many people go away for Easter because it’s an extra long weekend and, at least this year, the school children don’t go back until Wednesday, which makes it a perfect opportunity to get out of the city. As is our style, we didn’t go anywhere, but we really enjoyed out time together as a family.
Tim returned on Friday night from his first swing away since before Christmas. This year he’s on a three week roster: 10 days away followed by 11 days in Perth, with 4 of those 11 working in the Perth office. I think overall we did pretty well with him gone. Both girls asked for him lots and needed many more snuggles, cuddles, and general play time from me, but we made it through.
Friday morning we had a friend over for some Easter activities. There were three beautiful girls and two mammas just enjoying a calm morning at home. It was lovely.
Before Anna and Elise arrived I mixed up some Hot Cross Bun dough using this recipe and let it rise while we were dying eggs. After getting washed up we kneaded the dough and Elise taught us a song she learned about kneading at her Waldorf playgroup. Sadly, I didn’t think to take a picture of the girls kneading the dough, but this was the end result:
We had a lovely lunch together, followed by fresh hot cross bunnies, and then it was time for our friends to go home and my girls to have naps! The rest of the day was pretty normal, and then Tim came home at 7:30! I briefly considered going to the airport to pick him up, keeping the girls up a bit past their bedtime, but they both were in a state at 6pm, so I decided against that disaster.
Saturday consisted of a lot of Daddy loving. It’s so nice being together after being apart for so long. We went on a family bike ride to the park for a play and a picnic.
In the afternoon we headed out to Fremantle for some fair trade chocolate at the Oxfam Store; sadly, they were sold out, so we had to get a pack from Coles. We took in some of the Street Arts Festival but it was pretty busy so we didn’t stay long, we couldn’t really get close enough to any of the acts to see anything… well, Tim could see, but the rest of us couldn’t.
Sunday morning we celebrated Easter! I went out and hid some eggs while Tim changed both girls’ poopy bums – muahaha. Eden found the family basket straight away and was only interested in the chocolate eggs inside.
Inside the basket were winter pjs for everyone, undies, chocolate eggs and two books. I purchased “The Tale of Three Trees” by Angela Elwell Hunt and “Easter in the Garden” by Pamela Kennedy from The Book Depository, my favourite place to order books – shipping is free (worldwide) and it’s really quick! They are both really beautiful stories and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for Easter books that don’t focus on bunnies, eggs, and chocolate. Tim and I both got a bit misty eyed reading The Tale of Three Trees…
Eden went searching for eggs. She needed a bit of direction, but did pretty well.
Here’s a video of Eden discovering that there was chocolate inside one of the eggs. I must say I LOVE her expression! You’ll want to turn up the volume for this one.
We chatted with the grandparents, then read our new books, as well as the resurrection story from the Jesus Story Book Bible, then got ready for church.
Tim led worship this morning and these two “best friends” were standing and clapping during “Oh Happy Day”.
We had a lovely “bring and share” meal (pot luck) after church and some of the bigger girls showed me the Easter garden they had made in kids church.
Then we headed home.
Over all a fabulous day, and we still have tomorrow to enjoy together!
Happy Easter everyone, He is Risen!
On a different note, here’s a video of Eden’s rendition of Frere Jacques….the video isn’t great because it had to be done discretely, but we love it! It may correct some of the lyrics for those of you already familiar with the song.