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april 7th??

april 7th??

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!

Button bow

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!

  • Beverly

    7 April, 2009 at 7:16 am Reply

    So fun! I just love the creations on HO3! You gals are so creative!! Thanks for all of the Easter goodies, as it sounds like you’ve been battling some major jet lag. You efforts are very much worth it.
    For Easter in our family, we have ham and angel food cake with strawberries and Cool Whip. Also, we can’t have an Easter basket without the Robin Eggs candies. We always dye eggs and set out the Easter tree with its decorations on the stand by the TV. Great memories. Of course, we always go to church services together before we enjoy the Easter treats. That’s a most important part of the holiday!

  • Ellen Patton

    7 April, 2009 at 7:22 am Reply

    We always got a book on Easter which was a really fun tradition.

  • Kimberly

    7 April, 2009 at 8:24 am Reply

    Wow I thought that I was a night owl…your schedule is CRAZY!! We hide hunddreds (not kidding) of eggs on Easter Sunday for our two daughters and our niece and nephew. They are mostly the plastic ones…but we hide the ones they color too! I have some green camo eggs that are so hard to find I put dollar bills in them! So they are a big thing to find. Others have quarters, candy and misc. toys you find in the Easter isle at this time. Plus I hide 4 Super Large Gold eggs with each of their names on them and it holds a plethora of money, candy and goodies. I have a blast chasing them around the yard snapping a TON of pics!!

  • Danielle

    7 April, 2009 at 8:34 am Reply

    Like you, I love Easter. I love dressing in Spring-y things and going to church. My family has always colored Easter eggs and now even as an adult me and my husband do it just for the two of us. I also always put together an Easter basket for my husband full of goodies which HO3 will really come in handy with 😉 and being Italian we have a lot of food traditions – each year we count down to getting to make and eat Easter Pie – it’s a pie filled with meats and cheeses – heavenly 🙂

  • Krystin

    7 April, 2009 at 8:53 am Reply

    Oh, I LOVE the idea of putting pennies in the eggs…
    We don’t really have any traditions as of yet, but growing up we used to do an easter egg roll off our porch. I always thought that was pretty cool.
    And those boxes…SOOOOOOOO CUTE.

  • judy in carefree

    7 April, 2009 at 9:18 am Reply

    I’m really enjoying House of 3 and have my necklace, instead of a bracelet, made. I’ve also made pillow boxes and shrink egg necklaces for my granddaughters. My daughters will get small spring banners with the letters hooked together with your crystals…so fun! Keep up the good work! So glad you’re home! Got my CE code, but it’s just not in the budget right now…so sad since this would have been my 4th time!

  • hannah

    7 April, 2009 at 9:50 am Reply

    Sorry to hear you are still jetlagged..hope you recover soon! The easter boxes are so cute…of to watch your video 🙂

  • Tifany D.

    7 April, 2009 at 10:07 am Reply

    We actually don’t do a whole lot Easter-wise, but there is a couple at church who has the kids over for an Easter egg hunt after church. I love seeing the kids get excited over finding the eggs.

  • Sandy M

    7 April, 2009 at 10:13 am Reply

    I love those pillow boxes!!! My bestfriend is turning the big 30 this month and I will be using the pillow cases to put a handmade truffle as her surprise party favor!!! She is all about the bling.
    My old family Easter Tradition is that my mom would buy fancy pastries from our neigborhood bakery in Hong Kong and shared them with our friends. Plus we would have a HUGE seafood dinner with our entire extended family at my grandmothers house. Did I mentioned that her place was all of 500 sq ft:)
    Have a great Easter Weekend! Thanks for all your fun and beautiful inspirations.

  • cori

    7 April, 2009 at 10:35 am Reply

    I enjoyed reading your Easter memories as they brought back to my mind those of my own family, thanks for sharing.

  • KJ Miller

    7 April, 2009 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Heidi your precious childhood memories of Easter were wonderful to read about. The photos taken of you kids during the Easter Egg Penny Hunt were some of the cutest ever. Wishing you a special Easter this year back home.

  • Val from Down Under

    7 April, 2009 at 3:21 pm Reply

    Ah, I’m from Australia – could you please tell me what orange rolls and ham is?

  • Kathy F

    7 April, 2009 at 4:49 pm Reply

    Heidi- I, too, am a night owl and totally agree that once everybody is in bed, it is just nice to have some time to myself. 🙂
    I have such a space in between my kids that I have to do something rather mature for my 9 year old (he doesn’t like hunts or anything, lol, Mr Serious) and my daughter is almost 2, so she is not quite old enough to dye eggs, but old enough to find a couple eggs and throw them somewhere. This year I think we are going to play Games with our oldest and just play with our daughter. I would love to get some pics because I did get the prettiest pink dress for her and she loves pictures.

  • kat-in-texas

    7 April, 2009 at 6:13 pm Reply

    Man! It’s taking y’all a while to get used to the time change!!!
    Loved reading about your Easter traditions. I love singing, “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today” in church on Easter Sunday!
    We go to church, have brunch, then have a big Easter egg hunt for several dozen eggs we dye every year. We’ve also had confetti egg fights before–but my dad thought it was too barbaric for Easter….ha.

  • PAM

    7 April, 2009 at 7:18 pm Reply

    Hi Heidi,
    I can’t believe your grandfather did the yearly Easter Egg hunt that way…that’s how I do it, too! A few years ago my youngest was 2 or 3 and my oldest niece was 15 or 16 so I had a wide range of ages to hide eggs for, so I decided to give each child a certain color and hid ones for my youngest a little easier than the ones for my oldest niece and nephew. It works like a charm, and they all look forward to the egg hunt!
    Have a great Easter!

  • Cindy B.

    7 April, 2009 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Our kids always have a new outfit to wear to church. The wake up to an Easter Basket filled with candy and a toy. After church we go to my parents. My mom hides a ton of eggs for each grandchild, then they do a scavanger hunt and then search and search and finally at the end is usually a new movie or some other fun thing! In the evening we go to the other side of the family and along with a big meal again – we have another Easter Egg hunt. One time the Easter Bunny was even spotted dropping off eggs.
    I love all the Easter goodies – but my favorite is going to Church. I love the wooden cross that goes up in the front of church and all of the flowers overflowing the sanctuary that are placed in memory of a loved one. So special!
    Thanks Heidi for all of your beautiful creations! Welcome home to the USA! Hope you are your family are feeling back to normal soon!! Take care!

  • johanna (from sweden)

    8 April, 2009 at 2:50 am Reply

    my mom just to hide smal choclat-eggs in the garden outside, and then i hade a little basket and where looking for all… i still love that, and i did it for my kids the last year and i will do it this year too… and hopefully we will not have snow this year…
    have a nice easter.

  • Stefani Meyer

    8 April, 2009 at 7:47 am Reply

    I think you need to post that recipe for orange rolls. Sounds delish!! And those Hof3 things…TDF, as usual!
    Here’s to the end of Jet lag!

  • Melissa

    8 April, 2009 at 7:51 am Reply

    I just downloaded a new blog header from House of 3. It says to see the tutorials on how to add it to your blog, but there aren’t any in there! Help! How do I add this to my blog now? I use blogspot.

  • Michelle Aguilar

    8 April, 2009 at 4:48 pm Reply

    well we generally have ham, and potatoes, veggies, pickles, olives, and that wonderful sparkling apple cider with that old fashion easter bunny face cake.
    But, this year, I am not for some odd reason in the mood really for a baked ham. So, I was thinking maybe egg salad sandwiches, chips this year or I guess ham sandwiches, veggies, fruit, baked beans and then dessert. LOL
    Ok, well then we dye eggs as we raise, chickens, geese, roosters and ducks. Our goose eggs are fun to dye and then we make jigglers, and of coarse church on Sunday is the most important time for Easter for our family.
    And generally we have a hunt, as when their teenagers now do we hunt?
    have a very Blessed, Happy Easter Heidi and your family! You deserve it!

  • Jackie, Pearland, TX

    9 April, 2009 at 9:35 am Reply

    I so love those Easter Pillow boxes, my daughter who is 20 asked me not to stop making her Easter Baskets and goodie bags because she so loves the holidays w/surprises (I told her I didn’t have anything to do because I didn’t have small children anymore – so no more Easter baskets)but she so didn’t want me to stop, so now I can make those for her and put nice things in them for her. Thanks! Happy Easter!

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