This is the end of another great weekend! The kids and I traveled to Mt. Airy on Friday to spend some time with our family there. We stopped on our way at the Children’s Museum in Greensboro and had the most fun time. They basically have a town set up for young children, complete with a grocery store, theater, a doctor’s and dentist’s office, a post office, a news studio, a firetruck, and tons more stuff. I wish I had videoed Charlie’s reaction when we walked in. He kind of doubled over with his arms out and just went “OOOOOOOOOOOOO.” It was the funniest thing I have ever seen. I love being there for experiences like that with them. We had a great time there and I could barely get them to leave.
We had a great visit in Mt. Airy as well. I am always glad when we can go and spend the night rather than rushing back home in one day. Even though I don’t get much sleep that night, it is worth it to get to spend some time with Daddy and Grandma and Julie. Daddy spent time coloring with the kids and he and Maddie made pancakes on Saturday morning.
Today was a busy day at church for us. Jason and I taught Sunday School, then after the service the youth sponsored a lunch to raise money for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. It is always great to spend some extra time with my family from church! After lunch the kids had an Easter egg hunt. Because of the cold, rainy weather, we had to “hide” the eggs inside, but it was still fun!
After we got home, Charlie and Maddie dumped out their baskets and started going through their findings. Of course it was mostly candy. I have been thinking today (especially considering that Charlie has a dentist appointment tomorrow) that there have got to be some alternatives to candy in the eggs! Here’s what I came up with:
1. stickers (you may have to cut a sheet of stickers into smaller pieces to fit in the eggs)
2. necklaces (I found some good ones here: http://www.orientaltrading.com/bright-cross-necklaces-a2-36_1494-12-1.fltr?Ntt=crosses)
3. hair bows or clips for girls
4. quarters, nickels, and dimes
6. stamps and ink
7. small containers of play-doh
9. stuffed animals (these baby chicks are too cute: http://www.orientaltrading.com/baby-chicks-a2-48_8752.fltr?prodCatId=550678&tabId=6)
10. packets of seeds
12. toy cars
13. Silly Bands
16. bouncy balls
17. rolled up socks
18. Lego pieces (look at this cute bunny and chick set: http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Seasonal-Bunny-Bagged-40031/dp/B007F824HW%3FSubscriptionId%3D14H876SFAKFS0EHBYQ02%26tag%3Dhubp06ac0-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB007F824HW)
19. Band-Aids (the kids love these)
20. little plastic animals
21. lip gloss or chap stick
22. nail polish
23. mini hand sanitizer
24. pencil sharpeners
25. fruit snacks
Any more ideas? Comment below! I am sure I’m not the only mother who would appreciate having the Easter bunny leave things other than candy behind in those baskets!