Determined to avoid that whole strike-while-the-iron-is-cold phenomenon this week, I'm going to go ahead and give you an Easter recap so that your teeth can ache too when you see all the sugar involved in the celebrating.
Ready? Here goes.
Top Ten Observations about Easter 2011
10) Yet again I did not get my act together: did not produce handmade & hand-decorated sugar cookies, origami paper carrots, or homemade hot cross buns. Til next year, then.
9) No one likes hot cross buns. Scratch last item off list.
8) Filling Easter baskets without buying big-ticket items like a Wii console or a pony means either 1) small pieces of plastic junk they do NOT need but are wildly attracted to for 5 minutes or 2) going with the 99% sugar, 1% high fructose corn syrup solution. We went with option 2 this year. Oh, and pencils. Easter-themed pencils.
7) They can spend the morning eating sugary items. They can be offered cookies with brunch, and chocolate rabbits until they bleed brown, and still at the end of Easter dinner one of them is guaranteed to ask me in a stage whisper "is there going to be any dessert?"
6) You know an Easter sermon will stay with you all year long when it includes a Wittgenstein quote that moves you to tears.
5) Six year old boys will still wear what their mother says, bless their cotton socks. Even if it means [gasp!] a sweater vest. [what? pictures, you say? well that would assume that the Nilsens could keep their act together from one Major Event to another & keep track of the cable to transfer pictures. But I'm really not annoyed about it. Not at all.]
4) Matching Easter dresses makes the daunting task of raising girls pretty much worth it. [picture, you say? see above.]
3) Girls matching? Intentional. That the entire family wore light blue? Vaguely silly and totally unplanned. But kinda cute. [Really. stop asking about the pictures. It's becoming a sore point around here.]
Gah! Just like that, we are finished our five minutes, people, and me only at Number Three. Sorry 'bout that. I'll just let you get back to finishing your own Easter celebrations (or not). I myself am heading to finish off those Malted Milk Robins Eggs. Arguably the best Low Quality High Chemical Candy Product on the market.