Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Day Before Easter


Happy Easter, everyone!  We are off to a friend's Easter Egg hunt in a few minutes, so in the interest of time, I'll divide my usual Easter post into two.  

On the Day Before Easter, I got a gift from Josie.  It was a paper chick in a handpainted "basket."  Cute, no?

We also dyed Easter Eggs - a process that was much more successful than last year when I forgot to buy white eggs and we learned the hard way that brown eggs don't dye nearly as well.


We aren't planning to have our own egg hunt, but it didn't seem like Easter unless we dyed some eggs, so we did.


Henry was at a lacrosse game and didn't participate in the festivities - which meant more eggs for the girls to decorate and no one around to tell them that they were doing it wrong.


There was much "double" dying and lots of crayoning.


I think the eggs turned out perfectly.


What do you think?


We prepared treat-filled plastic eggs for the Egg Hunt Party we are attending.  Each child is supposed to bring 20 eggs to hide - but that doesn't mean that you have to find only the eggs you brought.  You are allowed to pick up any 20 eggs that you see.  The last time we went to this party, the eggs were all found within 10 seconds and the children spent the rest of their time there eating the spoils.  That's what happens when the children get older!


Well, we're off!  I hope you all enjoy your day.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Lacrosse


Henry is playing on two lacrosse teams:  a club team that he's played on for a few years and his middle school team which he just joined this year.  I went to his first middle school game last week and brought my camera along.  It was a gorgeous sunny day and looking at these photos makes me feel a little melancholy.  We New Englanders woke up to an inch of snow this morning.  And did I mention the freezing cold temperatures and the biting wind?  Can you tell that I'm bitter?

But back to Henry, his lacrosse game and the beautiful, bright sunny weather that was last week.


The game was exciting - Henry's team was losing 2-0 and then they scored two goals to tie it all up 2-2.  And then the other team scored and our team scored again to make the score 3-3.  Middle school lacrosse has a 4 minute overtime period but since neither team scored during those four minutes, the game ended in a tie.


Henry had told me that a few boys on his team had never played lacrosse before, so I wasn't expecting much from the game.  But I was pleasantly surprised at both the level of play and by the excitement of the game.  It was thrilling in a way that our family had yet to witness in about a month of watching our children's spring sports.  It hasn't been a winning season (yet) for any of the six Elliot teams.


In previous years, I'd say the most exciting thing about kids lacrosse is it's short season, but with nail-biting games like this middle school one, perhaps things are looking up.


That would be something.

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