Ah, what an incredibly fun Easter Sunday. While I do regret that we did not get to church this past Sunday, overall, it was a beautiful, sunny, family-filled day.
My husband and I headed across the bridge first thing in the morning to help my folks get their house ready. When we arrived we realized that my mom had already been at her Easter Bunny Duties! (If you missed this past Say What Saturday, you should go back and read it so that you can fully grasp how cut-throat our family egg hunt really is…) Once the house was prepped and the table was set, I decided to die some eggs while we waited for everyone to arrive. I mean, when in Rome right?
This year I used the Paas tie-dye kit. It was really quite cool, except I would recommend to Paas that next year, you put more than two pieces of the white, tie-dying material in the box. My paper towels didn’t work quite as well – but really did leave a cool effect!
Beautiful right? 😉
Next on our Easter agenda was lunch. I’ve mentioned to y’all a few times that between my food allergies, my sister going veg, my dad not eating red meat… our family functions can be quite interesting. I always giggle at this card my mom has framed that sits on the table:
Since there were so many family and close friends over, we had to divide and conquer. Here is most of us (except you cannot see my god-mother and my husband. Apparently no one taught them the “if you can’t see me, I can’t see you” rule…)
And then my sister and her boyfriend volunteered to sit at the bar… I’m pretty positive they volunteered so that Leslie could stare out the window, planning and hunting for Easter Eggs while we all chowed down… Aren’t thye cute?
After lunch – things got real. My mom handed out the bags and counted us down. Nine adults sprinted off the deck, swiftly through the 3 acre yard in search of 98 Easter Eggs, including 2 Golden Eggs. The Goldens are the ones with the big money. Apparently even the Easter Bunny was hit with the recession – they each only had $5 this year. ($10s and $20s in the past.) But quite frankly, it’s really about the beautiful shiny egg and the title… not the money.
Y’all – you would’ve thought that this was the end of the world and these were the last coins we would ever see again. While there was no pushing and shoving this year… things got pretty heated at the end when my sister and I were tied for first place with the same number of eggs, and 97 eggs were found.
It was like some lame sitcom. I kid you not… the 98th egg that was missing was one of the Golden Eggs. So the search continued for another 30 minutes or so. We gave my mom such a hard time because she did the hiding and could not remember where in the world that last egg was. Now, I wouldn’t have expected her to remember every random pink, yellow or green egg… but the Golden Eggs?! She should’ve known exactly where they were!
Eventually we all gave up, clouded with defeat and haunted by the mental image of my dad chopping the Golden Egg up with the lawn mower, then shooting it across the yard. And then off went my mom. In hopes of not losing this family egg, or her mind. (Are there any Gilmore Girl fans out there who remember the episode where they used real eggs one Easter, then the whole town started to stink?) Since my mom worked as the Easter Bunny and did all the initial hiding of the eggs, we told her she couldn’t participate. Until the Golden Egg Debacle. At which point – she hunted for another 15 minutes and eventually came back with the 98th (MIA Golden) egg. She got to keep the $5. We are all still wondering if it was in her pocket the whole time…
So who won the infamous Benjaminson Family Easter Egg Hunt of 2015? Well… in the end my sister pulled ahead with one more egg than me. HOWEVER! I did find the first Golden Egg, which put me over the edge in terms of money. While everyone else found mostly eggs filled with coins – I ended up with 23 eggs, equaling a whopping $12.13! #WinnerWinnerEasterDinner! Then my husband and I proceeded to take selfies with the Golden Egg.
All in all, it was a really great, stress-free, sunny, golden day! I wish every Sunday was full of that much love and competitiveness!
How was your Easter? Does your family have an Easter Egg Hunt? Do the adults partake?