I know what you’re thinking…Easter in August? Really? I know, it is ridiculous that I’m just getting around to writing about it. And the fact that this post is completely out-of-order kind of drives me nuts. But write about it…I shall. I love these pictures and memories too much not to post them into history on the blog!
So what do Easter and pirates have in common? Typically, I’d say nothing. But this particular Easter at our house they had everything to do with each other. Ben is really into pirates right now. It all started when he saw a show on TV called Jake and The Never Land Pirates. It’s a cartoon about Jake and his buddies Izzy and Cubby and their journeys throughout Never Land to find hidden treasures while their nemesis Captain Hook and his sidekick Mr. Smee try to spoil their plans. One day I asked Ben who he’d rather be…the hero, Jake, or the villain, Captain Hook? Without hesitation (and a little to my surprise) he replied, “Captain Hook!” When I asked him why he said, “Because Captain Hook always gets all of the toys!” Nice, Ben, real nice!
So back to Easter. The day before Easter I picked up a couple of pirate swords and some gold doubloons (that’s pirate talk for gold coins), and I made a treasure chest out of a cardboard box and some construction paper. After an amazing Sunday morning Easter service at our church (you should check out this link… http://www.northlandchurch.net/media/easter_christ_is_risen/ … it is our worship team singing Matt Maher’s song Christ Is Risen) we hid eggs stuffed with gold doubloons in the front yard so that the boys could have an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt!
Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt
A couple of weeks before Easter we took the boys to the annual Easter Egg Hunt in our neighborhood. It was Jude’s first egg hunt and first time meeting the Easter Bunny. You may recall Ben’s first meeting with the Easter Bunny:
Jude’s wasn’t much different:
This is the best shot I got. I love how Ben is trying to console Jude. But even with his big brother nearby, Jude was having none. of. it. They called Ben and Jude’s age groups down for the hunt soon after I snapped this picture. Our plan was to return to the clubhouse and at least let Ben take a picture with the bunny by himself, but when we returned after the hunt the Easter Bunny had left the building. So sorry Ben.
After the hunt, Ben quickly made his way over to a grassy area to inspect his loot. He was thrilled to find that of the many eggs he had collected, most were filled with candy (the others were filled with stickers, temporary tattoos or little toys). So while Ben was devouring his candy, Jude was completely content to sit beside him and dump out his basket of eggs, refill said basket and repeat. Here’s a fun picture progression of the action.
No community party is complete without Ben getting his face painted. He chose the gator. Jake decided if Ben was going to have a gator painted on his face it should at least be wearing a University of Arkansas t-shirt!