Oh, yes. I know it was 3 weeks ago. It's just that that's how long it takes me to process things these days. And, it's also how long it took me to sort through the EIGHT HUNDRED pictures I took in a 48 hour period. Shameful.
ANYWAY, Easter this year WAS so great, and one of the reasons was that Henry was old enough to really get into it. And since I really like to get into it, I LOVED that he was so excited.
I can't remember if I've mentioned it before on the blog, but I do preschool a couple hours a week with the 2.5 & 3 year old girls that I care for. For the past few months, I've been doing it with Henry & K too, as they get old enough to do more & more. This year we did a 2 week unit on Easter, and it was AWESOME. We read the Easter story every day, from a variety of children's bibles & books, and the kids absolutely loved it. They acted out the emotions in different parts of the story- sad, scared, surprised, excited, happy. And we did a bunch of the usual Easter stuff like decorating eggs, etc, but the kids' absolute FAVORITE activity was making these Resurrection Rolls. It's basically just a marshmallow wrapped in crescent dough, but when you bake it the marshmallow melts and the roll holds its shape, so when you break it open, it's empty. JUST LIKE THE TOMB WAS EMPTY. I know, I know, hold your applause.
We made the rolls a few days before Easter, so we had been talking about the Resurrection a lot already. I let the kids wrap the marshmallow up in the dough themselves, and tried to kind of prep them that there was going to be a SURPRISE when we opened the rolls, "a surprise like the surprise Mary Magdalene got when she went to the tomb."
Guys, seriously, I wish you could have seen Henry's face when he broke open his roll.
"EMPTY!" he screeched. "EMPTY, YIK DA TOOOOOOOM IN DA BIIIIIIBLE!"
Then I let him eat like four of them.
It was awesome. We're totally making them every Easter now.
I'm sorry I have no pictures of the Resurrection Rolls activity, because it is absolutely my favorite memory from Easter this year, but what I DO have some pictures of is the Easter egg hunt that my parents did for Henry in their backyard. (And, by 'some pictures' I mean a kajillion.)
Check this kid out:
The focus, you guys, THE FOCUS. I got him to smile for ONE out of almost 200 pictures. Other that that one shot, he basically was like "Out of the way, Mama, there are eggs out there, AND I'M THE MAN TO FIND THEM."
And then, you know, there were the Easter baskets.
And the Easter candy.
Easter candy, guys. Hallelujah for Easter candy.
It is the best candy EVER. I like to think that it's God's way of saying to me, personally, "Rachel, I love you so much that I sent my son to die for you. And, as if that's not enough, I ALSO GOT YOU THIS CANDY."
Happy Belated Easter, friends! I hope the holiday filled you with joy, hope, & your fair share of chocolate.