Easter falls on a Sunday near the end of April this year but we decided to celebrate yesterday. None of us were sick, we were at a good place emotionally, and we just didn’t really want to wait until when it “officially” arrived, so we went ahead and celebrated!
I made the kids’ Easter baskets and handed them out instead of them searching the house for them (this way, Elizabeth could participate). Maggie said she only wanted a few things and no chocolate, while the boys wanted as much as I’d allow, lol.
I gave Elizabeth a basket with three plastic eggs each filled with a chocolate. She had fun opening each one and eating the candy inside. I had realized that the only way she was going to be able to have candy was if I gave her an amount she could eat right then so I just did three. After a few minutes, I got the basket put away so she wouldn’t take the beads off and she didn’t notice. 🙂 After the big kids finished exploring their baskets, they took them to their rooms so she wouldn’t want what was in them. This was the first time Elizabeth has been able to participate in a holiday, and as her mommy, it felt SO GOOD. Yes, we had to modify things but everyone still had fun.
Izzy got some cute little finger puppets. Elizabeth stole them, of course, but after she enjoyed playing with them, she didn’t mind Isabella playing with them again. 😉
We spent the afternoon off of computers and game systems. We enjoyed talking about future holidays and starting new traditions, about how we could get back to having fun together, how we can help Elizabeth join in on more things. It was great fun brainstorming having a luau party and celebrating the Fourth of July. 😀
We then played the Wii and laughed together. The little girls took afternoon naps at the same time which was a blessing. And then I cooked a big Easter dinner. Maggie and Joshua helped with the potatoes and dressing. They joked that they weren’t sure which holiday we were celebrating based on the food because I cook basically the same thing for Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving. And they’re right, Oops! Gotta try some new things.
And finally, after dinner, Stephen turned on The Gospel of John and we watched from the Resurrection to the end of the film. Wow, what it must have been like to be a disciple and witness seeing Jesus after His death. And then to be filled with the Holy Spirit by Him before His return to Heaven. Just wow.