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three days

as the girls wait impatiently for the first easter egg hunt of the weekend i'm realizing that i have only three more days to scramble in hopes of being mostly prepared for our easter celebration. 

the onion skins have been collected and the turmeric on hand. a trip to the market for eggs and red cabbage and i'll be ready for our annual egg dyeing.

a few possible prototypes for the dresses have been made and scrapped for another time. a little too complicated for now. the simpler versions (only the tiniest bit more complicated than last year's ) need to be cut and assembled and the girls convinced that the color i have chosen for each of them is just right (this might be impossible).

the books are ready to give, including creature which is enormous, but so beautiful. the girls will eat it up. with a full week of vacation ahead of us the "baskets" (which, i'll be honest will probably end up being paper sacks) will be filled with materials for projects: shrinky dinks, unpainted wood people and dowels for fairies and wands, origami paper for mini airplanes, ribbons for eve to keep practicing her braiding, plaster of paris, crayons, coloring books, and, if i can find some really colorful kinds; wigs. a little bit creepy? yes, but i think it's time. 

i'm kicking myself for forgetting to get a lamb cake mold yet again. next year. for this weekend, a regular cake it is. with some embellishments; the girls are calling for edible bird's nests, gummy worms and a chocolate animal or two. it's going to be something. 

now, if i can get the girls to play nicely, stop obsessing about death and "bad guys in our world" we just might be able to have all the easter fun that i have planned in my head.  

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Shrinky dinks! I LOVE those.. Where on earth did you find them?

April 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

what lucky little girls! I really like your ideas for things to go in their Easter baskets-- especially the wigs! As a kid, I would've FREAKED over some wig action on Easter morning! Might have made church a bit more interesting, too!

April 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahkeith

This sounds wonderful. We give books too. Happy Easter!

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

you set the bar damn high!

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie

Kate, you are so awesome, the plans sound fantastic. I am loving the craft supply idea....

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

Chip and Katie!
How nice to see you guys at the Mike and Megan's again. You guys sure know how to have a good time. I thoroughly enjoyed finally getting to meet your girls (and especially enjoyed their racing skills and how it somehow reflected their personalities).

Anyway, Katie-- email me. Dave and I have been talking and we'd really love to talk to you/email about the many possibilities. My email is lizfindlay@gmail.com. We will be in SLC for the next month or so if you want to send me some stuff to look at.

Take care and we hope to see you guys soon. The invitation to a tropical get-a-way in guatemala is always open.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterliz findlay

I second Jackie's comment! ahhh! Can you do a post about where your wellspring of energy and creativity comes from? luv, patria

April 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatria

ARGH! This is a FANTASTIC idea -- I'm a science teacher AND the leader of our elementary student green team and I totally dropped the ball on doing this! I'm setting a reminder now for next year. Thanks for the idea, the inspiration and the gorgeous photos. If you neighbors saw the eggs, they might stop protesting so much!

April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

Whoops, I didn't say in my post that I was talking about your egg dying adventures. Sorry! =)

April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

Wow, your colored eggs are awesome. I'm going natural next year! THanks for the idea.

April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarisa

Thanks for the great ideas on natural egg dying. My 4 year old got a kick out of standing at the stove and watching the cabbage turn the eggs a brilliant blue. The turmeric and onion skins worked wonders as well. Such beautiful rich colors.

April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Strong

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