If you are like me, you probably spend hours on Pinterest and Instagram wondering how and when all those great moms are able to make so much beautiful stuff for the holidays…hand painted Christmas ornaments, homemade thanksgiving cookies, state of the art recipes.
I considered myself a pretty crafty mom, but for sure their online exposition of creativity and an apparent abundance of free time challenges me. So this year I pep talked myself and decided to give it a try for Easter.
I’m not used to celebrating Easter the way we do in America. I was born in Venezuela and over there this is either a very Christian-traditional day or just an opportunity to go to the beach.
But even though I didn’t grow up with this tradition, I think it is one of the cutest celebrations ever. I still don’t understand how the poor bunny got involved in all this story and I don’t know how to explain to my kids that rabbits don’t lay eggs, but I really like the spirit, the colors, the brunch atmosphere, the kids running in the backyard and the egg hunting.
This year was my first attempt to make eggs and I wanted to make them all from scratch (I don’t know what I was thinking). Also I wanted to add an extra meaning to the hunting and I decided to write some positive messages on the eggs. So when the little ones will get them, I’ll have an excuse to talk about the meaning of those words and encourage the kids to live by those values… So far so good,right?
Well, the experience of decorating our own eggs was cute… for a lack of a better word. Frankly I hope my kids remember this day for ever because I’m not doing this anymore! The eggs came out nice but the process is very toddler stressful and time consuming, besides I don’t think we can even eat all those eggs!
Even taking the pictures was difficult. By the next day the eggs were cracked and I realized that my kids didn’t know how to hold an egg in their hands without breaking it or covering the beautiful art work. I also realized that instead of experimenting with DIY projects I should be clipping their nails! (see picture below)
Anyway, my final advice will be to make the celebration special this year and by all means add your little touch and enjoy time with your family, but (if you can avoid it) stay away from the Pinterest trap of beautiful egg decorating…It is very hard!