The season of Easter is one of my favorites. I love the bright colors, the beautiful flowers, the egg hunts, the egg decorating, and most of all, the celebration of grace-- reflecting on the pain of our Savior Jesus' death and then rejoicing in the miracle of His resurrection... all for us. I love the reminder that death does not have the final word in our lives. We can rejoice in Christ's victory over sin and death. Praise God for Easter and for all that it means in our lives!
Our family celebrated Easter in several different ways this year. Our first activity was an Easter event in Grammy and Papa's subdivision. The entire extended Walquist family was able to go together. How awesome having everyone living in the same community now!! After arriving, Cody, Ryan and Jaden wanted to go directly to the bounce house.
Soon, it was time for the egg hunt for the 4-7 year olds. This age range consisted of TONS of kids! I much preferred last year when Jaden and Cody were still with the 0-3 year old bunch, where kids are significantly calmer and slower. Mommy needed have worried though-- these two did just fine!
Here are all the cousins, lined up and ready to go!
|Ian, Ryan, Abby, Cody, Jaden|
It always makes me laugh that these are called egg hunts when the hundreds of eggs are all in plain sight on one large field. I guess that "egg gathering" or "egg pickup" doesn't quite have the same ring to it. :)
Jaden and Cody knew just what to do this year and were off to "hunt" quickly!
The field quickly filled up with kids.
The boys were very pleased with their stash of eggs and candy!
After the hunt, we stood in line for face painting.
I ended up exchanging my two boys for a tiger and a frog. :)
The Eggstravaganza event also had other carnival-type activities, so Jaden and Cody played this basketball game...
...and rode a train with Daddy.
Aunt Kim gave us the tip about this meaningful, hands-on event at a nearby church. We were glad to attend something that would help our kids learn more about the Holy Week events leading up to Easter. It was obvious that this church had put in a lot of time to organize this event, and it was impressive seeing all the volunteers that stepped up to work it too. Jaden and Cody learned about an olive press...
...and then sat down to eat at a Last Supper-type meal. They were even given a piece of unleavened bread to try.
At this station, two ladies washed either the kids' feet or hands and talked with them about how they could be a servant in their own homes. I didn't hear Cody's conversation with the volunteer, but Jaden told his lady that he could be a servant at home by helping with his sister Adley.
Next, the boys visited the Garden of Gethsemane and heard about Jesus' prayer and the disciples' tiredness.
Here, Jaden and Cody were given the chance to pound nails into a board.
They tried lifting up this crossbar to experience (on a small scale) how heavy the cross may have been for Jesus to carry.
For the final station, we entered Jesus tomb...
...and found that it only contained Jesus' grave cloths. He had risen!
Each station contained quite a bit of talking, so Cody and Jaden got somewhat bored at several of the stops. Hopefully, though, the experience as a whole made at least part of the Passion Week a bit more real for both of them.
Dyeing Easter Eggs
We kept our Easter egg dyeing VERY simple this year and just did the basic store-bought dyes. Cody and Jaden didn't seem to remember much about the dyeing experience from last year, though, so they didn't mind the simplicity. Even watching the color tablets dissolve was exciting. :)
Both boys could be completely independent with the dyes and eggs this year. Yay!
The boys were especially interested when I told them that the darkness of the color depended on how long they left the egg in the dye. They were very patient and left some eggs in for quite a long time!
Adley wanted to be part of the action, too, for her first egg-dyeing experience. :)
Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!