Welcome Spring

Hometown Hat
One of two ‘hometown’ hats.

Well it’s been an awful long time since I wrote a blog post and I have to admit that my absence is partly because I became overwhelmed with the design of my blog and not knowing how to get it to do what I want. I still haven’t figured that all out but it’s spring (happy spring by the way!) and a time of renewal and rebirth and I’m going to try to revive the blog by letting go of my perfectionism (again!) and posting even though things aren’t how I want them to be.

Free standing truffula trees for Read Across AmericaSo what have I been up to that’s kept me away from blogging? I wish I could say that it’s been something grand but in reality, it’s just been a lot of little stuff. I’ve been working more which put all but the necessities off of the radar for awhile. I knitted up 2 ‘hometown hats‘ for my girls. We made truffula trees to celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America. We sold A LOT of Girl Scout cookies! We watched thousands of snow geese take a break from their migration. I got a hole punched in my back to remove a suspicious looking mole and now it’s starting to itch. (I know you wanted to know that one.)

Snow drops. One of my favorite spring flowers!Outside, the flowers are starting to bloom and the weather is beginning to warm up. And now we’re gearing up for Easter! I’ve already got the fun fur flip flops crocheted up for the Easter baskets. In the next few weeks, I’ll also be working on my oldest’s family birthday party so there’ll be taco bar and cake plans going on.

For Easter this year, we’ll be having our annual Easter Egg hunt at home before we go to my brother- and sister-in-law’s for dinner. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never been real keen on loading my kids up with candy for each and every holiday. Plus Fun Fur flip flops. SO easy to make and so much fun for my kiddos. I mean, it's RIDICULOUS how much they love them!we’ve got a dog so putting chocolate in plastic Easter eggs and then hiding them around the house is just a recipe for disaster. Long ago, (maybe on my oldest’s first Easter?) I started putting puzzle pieces in our Easter Eggs. Collect the eggs, do the puzzle. It’s fun that lasts and lasts. Ha ha. But it’s a tradition that I really enjoy and I think the girls do too. This year we got a minion puzzle because they’re still crazy about minions and the 150 pieces should just about fill all of the eggs that we keep accumulating each year. Seriously. How do these things keep multiplying?? I have a feeling there will be some fighting while doing the puzzle together but we’ll figure it out. My girls are also into Shopkins. I found a box of 20 Shopkins at BJs one day awhile ago and doled some out for Valentines so I’ll be sticking the rest of them in our eggs for an unexpected treat.

Since we visit my brother- and sister-in-law for Easter, I don’t have to cook much. I will be bringing roasted or caramelized Brussel’s sprouts once I remember which ones we liked best and I’ll also probably make this apple pear salad with lemon poppy seed dressing which everyone LOVES! As an added bonus, my girls can help me make the dressing when they’re off from school tomorrow.

So what are you doing for Easter? Do you go to church? Do you cook dinner? Go out? Visit relatives? However you spend your days, I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend and are enjoying all the joys of spring!Create an easy candy free Easter egg hunt with a puzzle!

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