Our Easter Weekend, Part One

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This weekend was packed with lots of fun and craziness. We were on the go almost constantly and by Sunday night, poor Zoey was just absolutely exhausted from all of the excitement.

Here’s how it started:

Saturday started out with swimming lessons, which Zoey LOVED. Her favorite part? Jumping off the side of the pool at the YWCA into Greg’s arms in the water. She would have done that for the entire class if we had let her.

Although she continues to be unsure about whether or not to like pool noodles, she really enjoys the singing games that we always do for half of the class after a couple of drills. And her teachers, Emily and Rachael? BEST teachers EVER. If we could hire them to be babysitters we would. Zoey adores them and even when she’s telling Greg and I that she doesn’t want to do something, Emily or Rachael just have to smile at her and she complies.

After swimming lessons, we took Zoey to lunch at MacDonalds–her special treat for being such a good girl in swimming lessons.

Then we went to the grocery store for a few things. Miss Zoey insisted on pushing the cart all by herself–which means her arms were extended all the way above her head so she could grip the handle of the cart. And yeah, she couldn’t see where she was going. I stood at the end of the cart and gently guided it around obstacles like shelves and people. When Zoey asked my why I was holding onto the cart, I told her that it was so I didn’t get lost (otherwise she would have tried to make me let go and then she would have run the cart into the nearest wall).

We’ve started allowing Zoey to walk with the cart (as opposed to riding in it if she doesn’t want to) because it gives her a little more freedom and I think it makes her feel like a big kid. She knows that there is only one rule–she HAS to stay with Mommy or Daddy and the cart at all times. She knows that the consequence of breaking the rule is that she has to sit in the cart for the rest of the shopping trip (the back part; her legs are getting too long to put her in the front part through those pesky leg holes). Granted, sometimes she needs to be reminded of the rule, but she’s done really well with it so far. Just a little bit of independence, but she loves it.

We headed home after shopping to take care of groceries and let Zoey rest for a little bit before we left for Greg’s sister’s house in the afternoon. Zoey fell asleep on our couch and we waited for her to wake up from her nap before we got ready to go.

The original plan was for us to drop Zoey off for a while and then Greg and I would go home and work on changing our downstairs office into a playroom. Then we’d pick her up a few hours later. But when we got to Kim’s house (Greg’s sister), there were quite a few people there and Zoey seemed a little anxious and clingy, so we ended up staying.

All of the kids were coloring eggs and Aunt Kim helped Zoey:

Naturally, Zoey mooched some blueberries off of Aunt Kim before sitting down to color some eggs.

See the yellow container in the picture? That’s part of a ‘no-spill’ egg coloring kit. You drop the egg in the top and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, when it’s done, just dump the egg out on a plate–only a few drops of the dye come out of the container with the egg–and the egg turns out a bright color. I had never seen a kit like that before and was pretty impressed.

They made a special Zoey egg:

The older kids tried a new kind of egg coloring technique this year: shaving cream.
All you need is a plate, shaving cream and egg dye. Simply spray the shaving cream on the plate, drip different colors of egg dye in it and swirl until the colors are slightly mixed:

Then simply roll your egg through the shaving cream until it’s covered really well. Set the egg aside without cleaning it off. Then, after a few minutes have passed, clean the egg off and you’ve got beautiful colors:

But Zoey didn’t just focus on coloring the eggs; she found time to play with her cousin Lisa’s phone as well:

A super-special thanks to Emily and Lisa for playing with Zoey; to Kim for helping Zoey with coloring eggs and to the Easter Bunny, who left an Easter basket filled with goodies for Zoey at Aunt Kim’s house a day early.

Part Two of our Easter weekend coming soon. Stay tuned.

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