jana banana

April 4, 2010

easter rookie

Filed under: carmen, holidays, moseley — Jana @ 4:59 pm

As a mom of two young children, I am stuck in weird spot.  I want to make holidays special for my kids, yet I know they are still pretty young… and don’t know any better, so I just want to coast for as long as I can.  I mean, soon they will be old enough to have expectations and… stuff, right?  So, I end up not planning ahead in any way, and then feeling guilty and going to the store the night before to make up for my lack of prep.

I did have a few small things, I bought the kids sand buckets instead of baskets because I was thinking I’d be practical… but then Lee and I started waxing nostalgic about our own baskets and how we both distinctly remember ours from when we were kids (his woven plastic, mine white stuffed fabric).  Which led to the aforementioned store run.  I got a few small toys to put in their new baskets.  A ham and stuff to make funeral potatoes.  I didn’t want to do a ton of candy this year because I am having slight problem with sugar addiction, and I don’t want to make it too much worse.  I did however buy a package of those mini Cadbury eggs and also some mini reeses eggs… just so my kids (translation: I) didn’t feel totally  gypped on the easter candy front.

I sneaked out early in the morning to hide the eggs thinking the sprinklers had already come on earlier… although the dryness of the grass should have tipped me off.  The second I had everything “hidden”, they came on (of course).  I dashed over and shut them off  to save whatever stuff hadn’t gotten wet yet.  I then went in and waited for Carmen to wake up.  When she did, I showed her the new dress her daddy picked out for her (not for easter… just for fun), she wanted to put it on.  After she was all ready,  we went out  to hunt.  I’d say about an hour had passed since I had put the candy out.

We got out and I started looking around thinking “What happened to all the candy?”  Just then we saw a crow land and make off with one of the last few pieces.  Sweet.  The only thing left were the real eggs, some confetti eggs, and 4 (out of about 30) foil wrapped candy eggs.  WHAT THE HECK!   I remember back when I worked at the golf course I saw those crows fly off with all kinds of stuff.  One guy set his hot dog on the seat of his cart, went back to get some ketchup and by the time he got back a crow had snatched the dog right out of the bun. Them things are crafty!  I should have known better.

So, I guess we’ll be doing things a bit differently next year.  The easter bunny will be told to strictly stay indoors. 

Luckily for me, the kids are still young enough, that they still had fun.

This was Moseley’s first experience with easter egg hunting… he dove right in, and for not even being able to walk yet, he loved it.

Daddy tried out the new bubbles. He commented to me about how impressed he was with the “new technology” in bubbles.   Millions of bubbles from only one dip of the wand!  Amazing! :)

Hmm this looks tasty… let’s try it…

Uh… hey Carmen…

Here, I found a really good one, just for you.

Later, we were just sitting down outside to eat our feast when we started to feel some shaking.  Me and Lee looked at each other and at the same time realized we were having an earthquake.  I’ve never experienced one outside before.  The ground was moving in waves and it gives you the strangest feeling of vertigo.  It lasted a while  probably 40 seconds or so, but no harm done in the house.  Carmen couldn’t figure out what the heck was going on.

We finally sat down to eat and since it was so windy outside, the food was cold and my potatoes were under cooked!  Like I said… rookie.

Actually though, I had a lovely day.  I got to spend it cooking in the kitchen around my family, listening to general conference.  Afterwards we got to clean up together and dance around the kitchen while listening to tunes.  I loved it.  Next year, I’ll try a little harder to not be so lame.



  1. Happy Easter Jana!!! You did great! That’s the biggest basket of eggs I’ve seen for one little girl! What amazed me about your pictures was the grass…that is the greenist, most luxurious grass I’ve seen…of course, everything is just starting to green up around here. How fun for you to have such a nice back yard for the kids!

    Comment by mama q — April 4, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

  2. You weren’t kidding about getting tan. Carmen is super sun kissed!

    I loved those plastic woven Easter baskets. I’m pretty sure that “the Easter bunny” hid my basket in the oven one year.

    Comment by reese — April 4, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

  3. haha I have TONS of people ask me, what are you getting your baby for easter? I’m like…um…he is too young to care so… nothing. And then their like..oh we always do this or always do that or always got the baby in the family some plastic eggs and baby food jars.
    And Im thinking….why in the heck would you waste your energy?!

    Comment by Carly — April 4, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  4. We’re just as lame and almost bagged the whole thing due to some nasty colds. But in the end the kids love whatever you do. And from the looks on your kids faces I’d say you pulled it off nicely, crows, quakes and all!

    Comment by Chantel — April 4, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

  5. Your yard is beautiful, like the garden of Eden. I would definitely go with “easy” now when the kids don’t yet know and work your way up to bigger traditions. The gray dress Carmen is wearing is darling! Moseley looks great in green too. Glad the earthquake was minor. Tell Tiger to get with the watch dog routine! He’s letting the crows get away with Easter. :)

    Comment by mom — April 4, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

  6. Pretty pictures! I love Moseley in his green on your lush lawn.

    I was inside and felt really dizzy from the quake, too. I think it was just one of those weird ones plus it lasted forever.

    The whole time I was thinking about that time we were talking on the phone and that quake hit. I was like, “are we having an earthquake?”. And you said, “no!… um, yeah, I guess we are.”


    Comment by littleredwren — April 4, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

  7. doesn’t sound lame at all Jana! except for the dang crows…

    Comment by Tami — April 5, 2010 @ 7:48 am

  8. Looks fun! Do you have some thousand dollar amazing camera? Your pictures look great. We want to buy a better camera, so maybe you can tell me what kind you have since we know very little in that department.

    My food prep was lame too. I put a turkey in the oven and then we went outside to play for hours. I came in right as I needed to take it out and then made everything else real fast (which wasn’t fast). Then when all was finally done some friends came over for an egg hunt. When they left we came in to eat and it was all cold. Everything last thing!

    Comment by Jeanette — April 10, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    • It’s a nikon d3000, we got it at costco.

      I like it a lot. I need a better lense with a wider apeture, but the two it came with work fine for right now.

      Comment by Jana — April 10, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

  9. […] know, Carmen’s are much cuter…I love this girl. Easter Morning we searched for eggs.  Last year the crows ate all of our candy in the back yard since THE EASTER BUNNY didn’t think it […]

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