Easter morning was filled with a.) the Easter bunny's visit, b.) Grandma Kate's crazy schemes to make enough food for a 20-person feast :) and c.) some last-minute tie-dyed egg-dying fun for Misha.
Last year, at age 3, Misha was not a very good Easter-basket finder. He walked into his dark room and announced, "I didn't find it!" We turned on the light and he peeked around, saying, "Maybe the magic queen taked it!" Finally, after a lot of guiding, he found his basket and was delighted in particular with the peanut butter crackers - so much so that this year he remembered the crackers in his basket even though Josh and I had completely forgotten!
This year, he scrambled upstairs and began actively looking in drawers and cupboards. He still needed a bit of inspiration for places to look, but eventually he found his goody-laden baskets (yes, plural - thanks to Grandma Kate). This year he also really wanted to SEE the Easter bunny, so as soon as he found his basket, he ran down the stairs and opened the door to look outside - but it was too late. That bunny was too fast. So he dove right into eating his chocolate bunnies. Luckily, after a few bites he decided to save them. They remain on our counter, completely forgotten.
Grandma Kate's deviled eggs - everyone loved them, even Misha!
My impression of an Easter egg ... (30 weeks)
It's just not Easter without a bunny cake - my mom makes great bunnies! And Misha loved it, of course.
After a very filling Easter dinner, we appeased Misha by going to the park so he could dig in the sand with his third Easter basket - a sand bucket! Happiness for Misha is sitting in the sand and digging. South Dakota children, deprived of parks for about half the year due to the weather, really know how to appreciate a good park. Note how much fun Daddy and Misha are having on the rocking sea animals!
Spring is here - I love watching Misha's delight with nature. (That red speck on his sleeve is a ladybug.)
On Monday, we took Kate to the airport in Sioux Falls and said goodbye. Misha was very sad to see her go, so we cheered him up by going to a park.
A random picture of Misha's morning hair-do:
Kate brought us an awesome 3D castle puzzle, which Josh whipped through so fast I hardly got to help at all! It turned out great.