What will ACTUALLY Happen on our Easter Sunday

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(Gigi playing with cascarones, confetti eggs, in front of our house. The egg shells are still all over the walkway, we’re REAL classy!)

So far I’ve written like 3-4 posts with round-ups for fun Easter crafts, Easter activities, and last-minute basket fillers. And you know me, I love to be festive, I love to craft and make things more complicated than they are. I sincerely enjoy doing it and I take pride in posting things I’m actually doing and things I’m actually making.

But I also like to keep it real. So just in case you’re feeling like a failure for not filling your kid’s baskets with all handmade gifts, or for not planning a Martha Stewartesque table scape for your guests, I thought I’d share our Easter Sunday plans.

We will wake up and I will have a basket for Gigi. Not a cute handmade container, but like a basket from the thrift store. It will be filled with items I got in the $1 section at Joann Crafts…and that I used my 25% off coupon for. We’re talking Monsters Inc. stickers, a giant pencil, and some sparkly nail polish in star-shaped bottles. I’m planning on riffling through our toy bins to find some of the Bunny Finger Puppets that I made last year to put in her basket again this year. Yeah, I’m re-gifting, she’s 2! I got some plastic eggs at a community Easter egg hunt, and I’m filling those with jelly beans. The cheap ones, not the good ones. I’ve also got like a dozen cascarones (confetti eggs) that I’ll tuck in there then let Gigi go outside and smash. And that’s all the little princess of the world is getting. I’ll also totally let her eat the candy for breakfast, and probably Easy Mac n’ Cheese, cause that’s all she’s wanted to eat lately. All in all I probably spent 10-15$ on everything.

We’ll then go to church, where I’m teaching a lesson to all of the young children, and I’ll be horribly enthusiastic and animated for 15 minutes, and then I will need a 2 hour nap. Usually we’d go to Eric’s parents for Easter dinner, but they have plans, so we’ll have dinner here.

So today at the grocery store I said to Eric, “Um, should we like get a ham?” Pointing to the gigantic gold-wrapped meats other people were carefully inspecting. “How do you make ham?” I asked him.

“You just heat it up.” He said. Sounded good to me! So we put a giant ham in the cart and I grabbed some oranges so I can make my grandma’s amazing orange rolls. I might make a salad or potatoes…but only if I’m feeling crazy!

We might have some neighbors over, but I really can’t entertain at this stage in my pregnancy, so if we do, I guarantee there wil be no place cards, in fact, I don’t even have a dining table. We will eat on the couch. It might be fun to let the kids watercolor on some print-outs or decorate some eggs, but again, I’m REAL pregnant. And even if I wasn’t this is probably what would happen.

Is this kind of a downer? I actually am really excited for Easter! I’m super excited for Gigi to see her stickers and new crayons and eat jelly beans. I’m excited to prepare a lesson for the lil kids about what we believe the meaning of Easter is, and I’m excited to eat all the ham I can.

I have my cute Easter crafts on display, and the rest of the house, as usual, is pretty much a mess.

I’m excited to incorporate and adopt new traditions as our family ages and grows, so I’d love to hear some of yours! But I also just wanted to let you know that I haven’t forgotten what a holiday is really about, and to me, it’s setting aside time to be with family, eat delicious food, and shift the focus from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life to something greater and bigger. No matter what you believe.

So I hope you have a wonderful holiday! And I love you all!

Tomorrow we will continue our regularly scheduled frivolity. Promise!

xo
Alison

8 Comments

  1. Kim

    Ahh I love this post! Thank you so much for sharing the reality of your day…I love it! It’s so similar to how I run my own events, and so it feels better to know that even though you are super-amazing-killer at crafting, you’ll have kind of a laid back day too.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Here is one of my (typically Swedish) Easter decorations: http://290daysofcolour.blogspot.se/2013/03/58-easter-time.html

    1. that is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Kim

    I absolutely love this post! I never comment on blogs but I don’t know what it is about your blog, I feel like I’m commenting all the time! So much of what you wrote rings true for me too! I love doing fun and crafty things but I’m also downright lazy which tends to be a problem (my semi-finished Easter wreath sat on our family room chair for weeks with yarn and felt and ribbon draped all over the place)! Wish I could offer some fun and easy Easter traditions but our day will basically reflect yours (actually, this year my husband will be working so I may or may not even cook a real meal!). Happy Easter!

    1. I love it! Please comment more! oh man i would not cook for just myself! I’d probably hit a cheap mexican drive-thru…mmmm

  4. i absolutely love all your crafty, creative, and fun posts, but girl – these thoughtful and honest posts always get to me. i am working the night before and the night of easter, but there will be little baskets with cheap jellies around here… maybe some fake flowers, because she is two, and thinks they are amazing.

    again, thanks for keeping it real.

    1. thank you so much for commenting and encouraging! It really means a lot to me! xo

  5. Erin Dougal

    I was just talking to a friend about how behind on Easter I am. But I do blame the pregnancy. Glad I’m not the only one who is taking it easy this year 🙂

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