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easter

April 3, 2010

Graycen in aww of the Easter bunny (2010)

I’m just getting back from a quick trip to Ohio. My parents live there and I took my son who will be staying with them for the week. That’s Graycen (above) with the Easter bunny at the local mall just down the street from my moms house. That look of horror on Graycen’s face is identical to the face that has greeted Santa the last two years. Ahh, but at lest he is consistent. These photo shoots always start out with me explaining to the photographer “he’s going to cry and it’s ok, just keep snapping.” I hope when he’s 32 he chuckles as much as the rest of us have.

What I love about my son is how upset he gets yet he never jumps down and runs away. You would think that in all his fear he would make a run for it, nope – not ever. He just sits there and takes the 16 seconds of mommy torture like a champ. I love him immensely and although I miss him I’m also having a wonderful time without him (I suspect that he must be feeling the same way). Grandma is a heck of a lot of fun and his daily routine has been amped up to enjoyment overload.

For those that celebrate, have a wonderful Easter.

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happy easter

April 12, 2009

This year I was a bit late to getting into the Easter Basket mode but once I did I got all excited. And boy, was it hard not to hand over the goods before Sunday… but I held off. In the end it was a total flop. Kids are funny like that. Graycen took one look at the basket and pretty much rolled his eyes. At least he would have if he knew how to. And then we “hid” a few eggs. As in, we left them out in plain sight for our son to “find.” Some were filled with money and a few with candy. Well, my adorable kid walked right by them like he could care less. He finally “found” one about 7pm this evening and then upon opening it up he threw the candy on the floor and stomped off. But the highlight was when he decided to chomp on one of the crayons. So glad I made the purchase.

Maybe next year will be better? Or maybe next year mommy will skip the basket and eggs!

Graycen's Easter Basket

Graycen's Easter Basket

Crayola Beginnings - Bath Crayons and Washable Paint

Crayola Beginnings - Bath Crayons and Washable Paint

Graycen's First Easter Basket

Graycen's First Easter Basket

That a boy, go for the pink one!

That a boy, go for the pink one!

Yum!

Yum!

   

eggs, baskets and hats

April 9, 2009
Image from Martha Stewart Living

Image from Martha Stewart Living

Ack, Easter is almost here!

I’m getting more and more excited since this year Graycen will be getting a little ol’ basket. I debated about this since at 17 months he has no clue what’s going on but my desire to start traditions has won out. I then proceeded to spend way too much on goodies. Unfortunately toys cost more then candy and we aren’t candy giving kind of parents (at least not yet). So this week its been like a mini-Birthday Bash going on in our place. Slowly packages have been arriving and every day I’m tempted to skip Easter and just hand the goods over. It’s so hard for me to practice patience and wait for Sunday to arrive. Clearly I’m the one having all the fun at this point but… well, it’s fun!

If you are following along on the production of my Easter hats for the Bonnet Festival I am sad to report only one hat is complete. It’s two days until Easter and I still need to craft an entire hat from scratch while also figuring out how to attach a bird to my sons head. Cause… lets be real here, Graycen will not be wearing a full on Easter hat. At 17 months old it just wouldn’t go over well with him. Ideally Easter should be tantrum free, no? And he still has no pants to wear which is sort of important, right? If I have to dig something out of his closet it will be disastrous since he’s been sporting mostly high waters these days. What can I say folks, motherhood is a lot of work.

Well, I have tomorrow off from work so I’m going to try and do something fun with my son. If I don’t get back in here before Sunday – have a Happy Easter if you celebrate.

Before getting out of here I want to drop this off. I’m not a knitter but how cute are these from The Purl Bee.

via Purl Bee

via Purl Bee

 

via Purl Bee

via Purl Bee

crafts: easter & bonnets

March 20, 2009

When we first moved to New York I had a pocket map of the city. It was in the form of a small guide book and included a short list of things to do. To pass time I would often read, and re-read, over the list. I’m not certain why but a few things in particular always stuck in my head. Like the Bonnet Parade on Easter Day. Prior to the birth of my son the only holiday I managed to make a big fuss over was my birthday. But these days I feel like I need to spread the love, put down roots and start traditions. Sure we can go to church, and church is a good place to be on Easter Day, but the Bonnet Parade won. Now, from everything I’ve read the guide book detailed the event as a parade where people wore clever bonnets (or hats) that they had spent the year crafting. With this being New York you can imagine the thought and effort that would go into some of these festive sombreros. And so I began to craft.

Now, in my head I’m Martha Stewart. Well, actually… in my head I’m better then Martha Stewart but that would probably be ridiculous to admit. It doesn’t matter how crappy my creations turn out, mentally I think I can create things that are equally drool worthy. Now, I’ve created a few things that are spot on spectacular but I’ve created even more things that were pretty disastrous. But no matter the end results, I feel certain I can out craft Martha. Let’s just say that my mom did a great job at instilling confidence in me.

Last year I decided to make three hats for the Bonnet Parade. The first hat I started on was for my husband. It turned into a huge undertaking that resulted in a lot of work. The construction was difficult. After several dedicated weekends consisting of shopping, buying, cutting, gluing and questioning my logic I had a not so masterful masterpiece. All I could do was repeated over and over that I don’t make bonnets for a living. Unlike MS, I don’t have a creative team of brilliant minds and unlimited resources. The end result was less then a masterpiece. Having spent so much time on the first hat I had little energy to dedicate on mine. In the end, my hat recovered birthday hat was worse. Graycen’s looked fabulous but all I had to do was attach a butterfly to his blue corduroy apple hat so anything less then stellar would have been embarrassing.

As Easter Day approached I began to feel hesitant. My creations stunk and what could more embarrassing then having to parade yourself amongst the public in something you designed that truthfully looked pathetic. But my husbands a trooper and he wore his crappy hat. My son was six months old and had no say in the matter. We arrived at the parade late morning only to discover the parade isn’t really a parade. Yes, streets are closed off. A handful of people wear hats. An even smaller group of people get decked out in fabulous Gatsby attire. BUT a much larger group of people stare at the silly folks in hats. In truth, so few people wear hats that if you have dared to don one people will compliment you. They’ll sing you praise and then with a huge smile ask if they can take your photo. Many many people asked for our photo that day. Grown men kept telling my husband how cool his hat was. In those moments I felt like I really did outshine Martha. Not that it matters because we had did what we set out to do. Roots were laid and a tradition was started.

All year I’ve been thinking of ways to outshine last years crap creations. I didn’t think it would be hard but here we are, a month away from Easter, and I haven’t started. I’m worried folks but this weekend (or maybe next weekend) I promised to get my bum in gear.

A few months back I got an email from a stranger. He asked me if I had attended the Easter Parade. He was vague but I went with it. Shortly after, this photo arrived in my inbox. It was such a treat to see that one of the many many people that took our photo had taken the time to send me a copy. Thank you Alan!

New York Bonnet Parade (2008), Photo by Alan Lungen

New York Bonnet Parade (2008), Photo by Alan Lungen