Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Easter Weekend

We lucked out and the minis had a three day Easter weekend thanks to a teacher's work day the Friday before Easter. They were able to partake in daycare's Easter festivities, which included cake, games, pizza, and watching The Prince of Egypt during nap time. As for the rest of the weekend, I took over programming at the Des Moines Children's Museum that Saturday, celebrated Easter with both sides of the family, and managed to have A LOT of fun with April Fools being on Easter!

Surprisingly, this was the first year ever I screwed up the bunny cake. Funny this is I was going to do a decorate your own cupcake station, but my three threw a fit: "mom! You ALWAYS do the bunny cake! You HAVE to do it!"

I scored a few cheap Easter games at the craft store the previous weekend. They kept the kids entertained.

Whip cream egg decorating at the Children's Museum. Daycare enjoyed it, so we took it to the Museum, where it was also enjoyed by two dozen other kids.

I got a brief rest in between running the egg show for kids and our first Easter celebration. The cat helped me rest too.

I did food prep late Saturday night (while Hubs worked on setting up April Fools jokes). I don't want to brag, but my homemade breakfast potatoes were amazing! I made them the night before and reheated for Sunday brunch.

While the potatoes cooked, the Easter Bunny worked her magic.

Read about our April Fools pranks and fun here. We've never really done April Fools jokes on each other, but we had fun with it this year!

Yes, the middle one is ON the table.

Brunch included coffee, mimosas, homemade pancakes, homemade biscuits and gravy (no sausage), homemade breakfast potatoes, and omelets. Sooo yummy! We only do brunches at home a few times of year and we brought it good this time.

Elizabeth happily wore her new spring clothes around the house, even though it was freezing cold outside.

Her outfit to go to dinner combined three holidays: Valentine's (the shirt), St. Patrick's Day (the socks), and Easter (the bunny ears).

The minis got us back good (also in our April Fools post).

New spring and summer toys have been ordered and delivered! The minis helped me set up this play garden for daycare.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A March Weekend

Yes, I fully realize it's April now, but this weekend happened back in March. The first weekend we were home from vacation actually. It was supposed to be a chill weekend, but of course, as soon as I plugged back into life after vacation, I lined up a string of projects. Luckily, I was able to do two things at the same time. I was able to check out Vegan Fest AND work the Des Moines Children's Museum booth at the same time. It wound up being a long day, but great networking all around (for both writing and the Museum).

The minis were around to "help" and play on and off throughout the day.

Some of my faves from Vegan Fest: acai bowl from Beef Cake Fuel (I also got a Hawaiian wrap later in the day that was amazing), sweets from Vegalicious, spring rolls, plantains, and coffee.  I have a good list of vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants in the area that are quickly becoming my go-to places thanks to Vegan Fest.

I love watching kids play!

I left one project, only to come home and work on more. Luckily this one involved me writing in my pajamas and margaritas in my coffee mug (I'm classy like that). Clearly my husband was supportive.

The next day we tried out brunch at Granite City for the first (yum! But Americana is still our ultimate brunch spot) and took the kids to see the Easter Bunny.

I had to run to the craft store. The minis played outside (on a rare gorgeous day this spring). This was what I saw in the backup camera. I wasn't amused, but Hubs was pretty proud of himself!

 I know there's probably not going to be many of these pictures left to take (or that they'll allow us to take).

 The minis helped me create an Easter sensory bin for daycare. I love it when they help me out with daycare planning.

I left my phone on the dining room table. This was what was left for me on my screen. I shouldn't be surprised.