Easter was a breeze this year. For one thing, my kids are getting older. For another, I refused to go into debt over it. We dyed some eggs, and the kids got a large chocolate figure and some snackish stuff in their baskets. That's it.
And it was enough...but luckily we got an Easter bonus! We were invited to a large Easter shindig over at a friend's house in town and it was terrific. This family has a farm with horses and a large spread of property. They fill and hide thousands of plastic Easter eggs all around the property and then invite about a hundred or so little kids to come find them Easter morning. My two youngest ones had a blast running around and hunting for them.
In addition, everyone brought food to share and the grandpa of the family gave rides in a cart attached to his tractor. The Easter bunny made an appearance, bouncing around in the fields far enough away to retain his "realness" for the little kids. There were apples to feed to the horses and lots of fun things to do.
I really enjoyed the small-town feel to this celebration, along with the realization that although I feel like I've met a lot of people around town, here were another few hundred that I hadn't seen before. We caught up with some old acquaintenances and met a few new people. What a nice morning.