A Happy and Blessed Easter to you!!
I always love preparing for and celebrating events...holidays, birthdays, seasons, feasts days, firsts and lasts. And while I don't go crazy or throw outrageous parties, I do enjoy making the day special. Never did I imagine that would lead me to become the "queen of the night" the eve before.
There is so much to be done after everyone in the house is sleeping to make the morning of a special day...special. Setting the table, blowing up balloons, hiding eggs, stuffing stockings, preparing the birthday breakfast in bed, charging cameras, finishing cakes or food, hanging signs, wrapping gifts. It's all these little things that bring the unforgettable smile to the kids faces when the wake the next morning. They can't wait to leave their beds to see what has transformed during the night.
We went to the Easter Vigil Mass this year which lasted until 10:15pm. By the time we were home and all ready for bed, it was near 11:30. I was so tired that I knew there was no way I was staying up to prepare for Easter morning. So I set my alarm for 5am and slid into bed. About 3:15 I woke up and figured that since I was up anyway, I'd just get my stuff done then. I secretly love being the only one up in our quiet dark house. I love knowing that what I'm doing will bring such delight to the kids! So I filled Easter baskets, set the table, and booby trapped our house! What I do is in order for the kids to find their baskets in the morning I tie twine on their bedroom door handle and then wind it ALL over the house. They have to follow the string to find their basket. Unfortunately, putting the string up was one of the first things I did so I had to keep bending and crawling through the house as I kept going from the basement to the kitchen getting things ready!
And I decided that while I was up anyway I should go hide the eggs in the backyard....in the pitch black. That was fun.
(Every year we make Resurrection Rolls for our brunch. I think it's the coolest thing! Just like an empty tomb)
(I made carrot cake cupcakes this year)
The best was waking up TJ about 4:30am to ask him to kill a bug that was strolling across the basement carpet...right where I needed to be. I have an insane fear of bugs, so I HAD to wake him up to get the thing. He was SO CONFUSED why I was up asking him to kill a bug in the basement at 4:30 in the morning. Seeing him shimmy his way through the twine in our house was too funny, although I'm sure he didn't think so!
(after brunch I looked out at what was in front of me. Awesome. Happy Easter to me! Coffee, mimosa, and wine. It was 8:30.)
I climbed back into bed at 6:30 for an hour of rest until the kids woke up at 7:30. And then, as life resumes from the quiet house, everything moves so quickly. I think that's why I like the planning part. I know that once the kids are awake, it's a whirlwind of activity.
(why does he look twenty here?)