Monday, April 16, 2012

Too Late for an Easter Post?

Oh well. Time got away from me. Better late than never I guess....

Easter was really quite perfect. Archie and Ace got to meet the Easter Bunny.
It wasn't long ago that they were both deathly afraid of anything in costume...

Now, they are obsessed...
Saturday morning we had Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

And then a big egg hunt!
They each had several egg hunts this Easter. Ace is very methodical and careful in her hunting practices. Not a lot of chaos for her.

Archie didn't know what to think, he did not care too much about gathering eggs yet. Maybe next year!

They got to spend time with Gigi and Papa. My grandparents. It is always so special for my kids to be with them. We are so lucky that we have them around!

Easter morning was exciting. Before Ace could even open her eyes, she asked me, "Did the Easter Bunny come?"
The night before Easter, I was lying in bed trying to think of a new and special tradition we could start for the kids. I had gotten them a bunch of treats for baskets, but I wanted to do something different. They had each already gotten several Easter baskets filled with toys and candy, and I knew they would be getting even more the next day. Not to discount the awesomeness of a good Easter basket. They of course were thrilled with all of their goodies and we are extremely blessed to have so many people who love our kids.

I wanted to try something out with them. Try and see what they would think about giving something away (something that they would really want to keep) on Easter Sunday.

So the Easter Bunny did indeed pay us a visit.....

And left some super exciting streamers on the stairs.....

That led to a note he had left for them...
It said something along the lines of "Hi Ace and Archie! Happy Easter! I have an important mission for you....." And it went on with instructions to go to the park to find a buried treasure.

He left them some gardening gloves and shovels. When we got to the park Ace found a little flag in the ground with their names on it... the first treasure was buried beneath it.

They dug and dug...

Until they found an egg...

With a letter inside.

They were to each find and dig up a treasure, but the Easter Bunny made it very clear in his note, that the treasure was not for them to keep, but to give away to someone else. And it was very important that they carry out the mission.

They found their treasures....
It was very exciting!

At first they were on board for giving their treasures away to someone else. Then Ace started trying to tell me, "yeah well, maybe we could try like one person, but if they don't really want it then we can keep it, right?" Haha. I just told her I didn't think that was what the Easter Bunny meant. So she started contemplating people she could give it to.

We got to church and Archie quickly knew who he was giving his treasure to-- Mr. Mark. Mark is an awesome man at our church who Archie just adores. As soon as he spotted him, he shouted, "Mommy, Mark! Mark bunny!!" And he ran as fast as he could to give him the bunny. Mark loved it.

Ace had already decided she wanted to give hers to her sweet friend Campbell. We found her right away and Ace was so proud to give it to her.

In the end, I loved our new tradition, and I think we will continue it. The Easter Bunny did tell them that if they completed the mission, he would be back next year with another one for them..so looks like I don't have much of a choice either way.

But really, my kids are as spoiled as the next. I don't claim to be a mom who doesn't grab that dang Barbie doll in HEB and promise to buy it if we can just have a peaceful shopping trip. I am so that mom. Some days, I feel like bribery is the only thing I have on my side. But I am really trying to get better about it. I want to slay the entitlement beast as early as possible. And hey, if it takes the Easter Bunny teaching them a good life lesson, I will take it. Cause let's face it, If I had told them they needed to give those gifts away to someone else, we would have had some major meltdowns.

But they were so happy, and they really and truly felt good about giving something to someone else. I think sometimes I forget that it actually does feel nice to give. And I guess it can even feel nice to a little kid.


Yes, Archie wore his gardening gloves to church. Much like the helmet, there was no prying those things off of him.



I will leave you with a little clip of Ace and Archie singing in front of "Big Church" on Easter morning.

Lots of Love!
Lisa

6 comments:

Gesci said...

I love that new tradition! What a great way for them to have a great time while learning about the joy of giving!!

Mandy said...

I love the video and how quickly Archie ran to you, when he was finished singing. Sweet boy :) Ace did a great job, as usual. You could hear her sweet voice, loud and clear! Glad you all had a happy Easter :)

Beth said...

That is awesome!!! I love it!

Jonana said...

What a good idea for Easter morning! Also, about the Barbie and if we have a good shopping trip thing...don't feel bad about that. There is a HUGE difference in trying to get a child to stop doing the wrong thing by offering them something to make them happy and offering up a reward on the front end. By offering the reward on the front end (if we have a good shopping trip then you can each pick a pack of gum for example) then you are teaching them personal responsibility and that there are blessings for choosing the right thing.

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