The Hunt, The Train & The Eggs

4/12/2009 12:15:00 AM Edit This 1 Comment »

The day before Easter was a busy day for Lexie and Mommy. We started out with the community Easter Egg Hunt that Lexie and I had helped stuff the eggs for a couple of weeks ago. I don't think she connected the two events though. She insisted on bringing her little basket and since the kids are only supposed to "find" six eggs that worked for me. They divide the hunt up by age and she was still with the youngest group of 3 and under. So we met up with Eric & his mom. Eric is the 18 month old of a friend from work Dana & his wife Nydia. Lexie decided that she was definitely in charge.

Poor guy. He didn't stand a chance. But I have to tell you once we were lined up ready to go and they sounded the horn, all bets where off. Eric took off on his own and Lexie really didn't get what the rush was all about. But once she was in the middle of things she figured it out. Of course the "finding" all 2000 eggs in this 20 by 30 foot area for the 100+ kids in this group took under a minute. Talk about a mob!

Her favorite find was a piece of candy without the egg. I think that was when she realized that she wasn't just looking for colorful eggs but that there was candy inside! And after eating the spoils of the hunt it was off to meet the big man himself - the Easter bunny.

I was surprised that she went right up to it and more surprised when she hug him. When we were walking away she said "Mommy, bunny was a lady." I guess the huge mess holes cut out for eyes didn't fool my almost 3 year old. Not to mention the fact that the head was not connected to the body. I just hope she doesn't have nightmares because of it.

So I have to put this in here to show how much she's grown since last year. I can't believe what a difference a year makes!!!!

After a trip home for a much needed nap we returned for the hugely anticipated train ride. On one of our after daycare jaunts we went for a walk around the train tracks but they were all "sleeping" so she was really excited to finally get to ride it (I guess she doesn't remember last years ride.)

Did I mention this is a miniature train? Or are they just called little?!I'm not sure but I do know they are Live Steamers running on 7 1/2 inch gauge track with over 5000 of it laid in the woods of the park where 1 1/2 to 3 3/4 inch scale trains run. Okay I took that right off the pamphlets they give out. The trains are owned and operated by this wonderful local club which runs them starting on Easter weekend through the fall for 2 Saturdays a month and they are just great. They take it all very seriously but have fun at the same time. We were told not to take pictures while we ride because you might lean out and fall off but of course I couldn't help myself.

She really had a ball and we where Choo-Chooing to warn the animals in the forest. On the second run she decided to look for the Easter Bunny (not the lady) and maybe some hidden eggs through her Mickey Minoculars.

She was all up for a third time around but it was getting cold and there were eggs to be colored at home. She did managed to get a pink train whistle/bubble maker out of me. I can't tell you how sorry I am for saying yes. Me and the dogs and probably the neighbors too.

Last thing on the to do list for the day was of course coloring the eggs. As soon as she saw me get the craft smock out she knew this was going to be messy so she could hardly wait.

The stickers where a big hit but seeing the eggs come out of the colors was I think a big surprise. Just simply old fashioned fun. Too bad she hated the taste of them and I couldn't agree more. I'll have to bring them to the office on Monday to see if there is anyone that didn't end up with an extra dozen or two of hard boiled eggs. Here she is with her finished products and that darn train whistle. Hopefully the Easter Bunny will bring her something new to distract her tomorrow.

Happy Easter!!!