Happy Easter! We had a lovely day. After our spiritual family time, and a rockin’ version of the hymn, Christ the Lord is Risen today, the girls and I made a sketchbook. We were going to Great Grammy’s where the adults out number the kids 10 to 2, so I thought a special something to do while we were there would help keep things running smoothly. It turned out that my Cousin and her 2 little ones were able to make it, so the kid numbers doubled, but it was still good to have the sketchbook.
We used the tutorial that Angry Chicken put up the other day. It worked like a charm. I’m hoping to be able to transfer much of Eowyn’s artistic expressions into these little books. They seem far easier to store, and still enjoy, than all the drawings we have thus far. I don’t know how a parent throws away their kids artwork. Not a judgment, I can’t bring myself to do it…though I am suffering greatly with a way to store them, enjoy them and not have them take over our house. She is a prolific artist, but each has such a wonderful charm that I can’t part with them. The books seem like a possible aid to my dilemma.
After we made the book, I snuck a little envelope in the back with stickers and a little set of Easter themed paper dolls to play with. It did exactly what I wanted. When Eowyn finished eating, before all the adults were finished talking, she spent a few more minutes happily engaged, while still being involved with the festivities. When the girls got antsy we headed outside for a fun photo shoot in their fancy Easter dresses (thank you grammy), against the rustic backdrop of the old blacksmith shop at Gram and Gramps.
After making the sketch book, but before heading to Easter lunch, we went for a family walk in the woods. The first one of the year. I was so warm today that we didn’t even wear our sweaters, rather tied them around our waists! This is especially noteworthy considering we had an April Shower that resulted in an inch or so of accumulation, just yesterday. Side note: I love living in NH. I love that the weather is totally unpredictable, and that it can snow on Saturday and and we can run around in sleeveless dresses and no shoes on Sunday!
The girls had great fun climbing stone walls, and discovering the frog pond. When I was a kid we used to walk to the frog pond with my Great Grandparents. It was one of my most vivid memories of childhood. While wandering in the woods near the frog pond, we found a patch of fiddleheads! We did our first picking of them, and look forward to cooking up the treats of our foraging.
I hope you had a wonderful day too!