I am soaking in a little ‘silence’. I think it’s almost 2am, which means that any moment, my kids will start waking up and coming out here to find me… and yes, I should have promptly gone to bed when I had them all down, but I just treasure even a few moments to myself. i am probably more tired than I realize, but I am needing to catch up on some emails, visit my friends on facebook and of course… BLOG! Smile.
It’s so quiet, that I can hear the ceiling fans purr and colton’s breathing.. he fell asleep here on the couch next to me. it was almost 90 degrees F here in AZ today!
I wish that I could report that my jet lagged ‘fogginess’ was going away. One of my friends who has lived in Thailand for a number of years left a message on my facebook that ‘mom always is the last to get over jet lag’… so true. But I have been blessed to be the ONLY member of my family that has escaped a nasty cold and cough… how is that for a tender mercy!
I almost can’t believe that it’s April 7th. I blinked and we were here a week. I am still feeling like a ‘fish out of water’… trying to get a groove. (patience).
I can’t believe that Easter is SUNDAY, and even with the fabulous daily inspiration we are doing at House of 3, I feel like it’s sneaking right up…
I should admit, Easter is my FAVORITE holiday. (Halloween is the 2nd runner up).
As a young child, I have totally vivid memories of Easter Sunday.
• I LOVED a new dress. I grew up in Utah, and Easter is never guaranteed to be warm and springy, but without fail, my mom made me a beautiful springy easter dress, and always new Sunday shoes, and tights. I always remember feeling so cute, so pretty on Easter.
• I LOVED waking up to my Easter basket full of candy and surprises… I loved that I didn’t have to WAIT until everyone was awake, to open my presents (like we did on Christmas)… I could wake up early, and dig right iN!
• I LOVED the easter decorations that went up in our house, and at my grandma’s
• But my FAVORITE thing on Easter was the Easter Egg Hunt. My grandpa K prepared an Easter Egg hunt every year… they used the mini-plastic eggs… and my grandpa would fill the eggs with anywhere from 1-3 pennies, or even a nickel or a dime! He would take the plastic eggs, and create color codes, and assign us a certain color code to find. For example, maybe I would find the pink/green eggs… and my younger brother the blue/orange combo… and then he would hide them in his yard w/ the color code reflecting the difficulty level of the child assigned. After we found all the eggs… we would count up the pennies, and he would give us dollars, and larger coin to equal what we had found. I remember proudly going home w/ a little plastic baggie with money from Easter Sunday…planning a trip to 7/11 for candy!
These are some of what makes Easter special to me. as I have grown older, I have come to understand the reason we celebrate this holiday, and the significance of the Savior, and it’s just that much more special, and important to me. I love the little things that make the holiday and traditions memorable. That is what motivated Rhonna, Janet and I to create fun elements for Easter, we all share the same fondness for Easter!
I have to get my act together, and start planning, and preparing. I have to admit that I am loving being this close to WalMart and Target to pick up my favorite Easter candy to hide! it will be so nice to be with family as well! what a blessing! Since the beginning of april, we have been sharing some ideas and inspirations for Easter at House of 3. (check the create section)….
And today, I want to share the “pillow box templates”… now these are a beautiful thing- not just for easter, but for SO many reasons… great for favors: think parites, showers, dinner parties, church activities, thank you’s and even tooth fairies and special birthday wrapping! The kit has 3 different pdf/png templates… and the idea is that you print the on either the House of 3 Easter backgrounds, or bright colored cardstock or any printed/patterend papers! They come in 3 different sizes, and you can even play with the % of your print outs for even more control of the sizes.
I printed 3 of the different easter backgrounds on white cardstock, and then printed the templates on top of the background… watch the little video I did so that you can see a couple tips that will make it easier, and have them turn out more perfect. now… if you want to buy them w/ the backgrounds all ready to go… then we also have that all -in-one : HERE!
You will see that once I had them all cut out, scored, folded and ready to fold together, I had a blast decorating them with a variety of embellishments… felt flowers, felt butterflies, jewel brads, flowers, buttons … I added inks and ribbons and tags… anything goes… they are so cute to tuck candy, gift cards, money, or even a cute little note… these are so great to have access to at a moments notice! (If you are making them for particularly little ones… glue or tape the sides so they don’t fall apart)
here is a video: watch to see how easy, and also get important tips for SUCCESS!
Did you happen to see the CUTE ‘shrink plastic’ bracelet on Janet’s blog… oh, you have to check it out… SO cute.. and would be PERFECT tucked in a little pillow box inside an easter basket! Quincy would LOVE this… if you want some tips on creating this… check here.
I hope you have fun planning your special celebrations!
What are your traditions?? Ah… I LOVE the orange rolls and ham!