Easter was celebrated a week late for the Hammerick's this year. Because Easter fell on the last day of my spring break, Allie and I flew home from Boston on Easter. If we would have celebrated Easter in Boston, it would not have been as special as it was today. I also really didn't want to take all of Allie's Easter gifts on the plane (nightmare).
That Easter Bunny is one smart rabbit. He knew just what Allie needed (or wanted). Allie got lots of goodies that made her a happy, happy girl. She received a new bag that she can carry her milk and water to day care in. Inside her bag was a number puzzle (Allie is getting more and more interested in puzzles lately, a football just the right size for Allie's hands (the Easter must have talked to Todd about that one), new book, and SUPER CUTE Detroit Tigers outfit to wear this fall (because that's how long it will take her to grow into it) when the Tigers are in the World Series...keeping our fingers crossed.
In Allie's basket were Easter cookies, applesauce pouches, fishy crackers, a cute leopard flower hair clip, crayons, shampoo, and cereal bars. Funny thing...Allie hated those cereal bars until this morning...I guess the ones the Easter Bunny brings are better tasting than the ones I buy.
Allie also got a shopping cart because she LOVES to push things around. Some days I'll find her high chair across the kitchen because she decided it needed to be relocated. Inside the shopping cart the Easter Bunny left mini eggs filled with Allie's breakfast. The eggs had Cheerios in them that Allie gobbled up. Good thinking, Easter Bunny!
|Check out what the Easter Bunny left for Allie|
|Allie checking out her goodies|
Allie looked very spring-y in her white dress. Thanks Ainsley...Allie looked adorable! She loved it and was a very neat eater...no stains at all! I did have a pink sandals picked out for her to wear, but after Allie cried for 5 minutes because I put them on her, Todd was her saviour and took them off. He told me to put her in gym shoes...is he crazy?!?!? She doesn't mind wearing tights though.
When the Grandparents arrived, we dyed eggs. Yes, Allie is a bit too young for this...but since I was already boiling eggs to make deviled eggs for brunch, and I happen to find an egg dying kit in the Easter bin (probably from the 1980s that my mom gave to me MANY years ago)...I decided it might be fun. We didn't go over board (we only dyed 8 eggs and used 3 colors). Allie was only an observer. Partly because she was wearing WHITE! She looked very interested in what was going on.
|Getting a good look...from afar|
|Purple, orange and green|
|The finished product|
All ready for brunch. I had the plan of making bunny pancakes for everyone...but I only ended up making one for Allie. The rest of us just had regular pancakes...and lots of other yummy food too. Allie ate the eyes off of her bunny...and that's about it. Today was not a pancake day apparently. She'd rather eat her pouch that the Easter Bunny brought her...and the cookie that Grandma gave her.
|Bird's nest cupcakes for dessert|
No Easter is complete without an egg hunt. Todd "hid" the eggs in our living room. Allie is getting REALLY good at finding those Easter eggs. She found surprises in them too...fishy crackers, raisins, marshmallows (her FAVORITE!) and money!
You'd have thought it was Christmas in April with all the gifts Allie received. Todd, I think, was more excited than Allie to play with her new gift from Grandpa. We stayed up LATE (to us) putting it together the night before. Who would have thought this little plastic car would take THREE hours to put together?!?!? Todd brought this out first...like I said...he couldn't wait. Allie was not intimidated in the least. She walked right over, opened the door and got in. Allie loves to ride in her "cars." At day care I hear she spends many of her days riding in her car and talking and her phone.
Todd really liked the "truck" version of the Cozy Coupe. I think the best part of it is the horn. It sounds like a semi truck's horn. Todd only had to show her how to use it once...she blew the horn so often I'm surprised the batteries are not worn out yet.
Auntie Ellen, Uncle Joe, Grandma and Grandpa...so sorry, but Allie would not leave her car to open any gifts. I will make Todd take full responsibility for this because he is the one that rolled out the truck before Allie opened any other gifts. Allie did have time to enjoy a few animal crackers from Auntie Ellen and Uncle Joe...and check out her gifts in the trunk of her car.
Allie's is going to be all ready for the Tiger's games this summer with her new Tiger's dress and Tiger's cookies...so CUTE!!! Grandma was so thoughtful with her Annie's BUNNY cookies (I love these...Allie is going to have to share)...and a brand new outfit with matching bows for our summer cruise.
Bad Mom/Photographer moment: totally forgot to get photos of Allie with the grandparents. Ooops! My bad...so sorry. I really meant to. Thank you Grandma for all your help with food and cleaning up. It's really hard being mom, photographer, chef and host....ahhhh!