Just like last year I am proudly continuing my tradition of being an asshole for Easter. (You can read more about that here.) I feel like maybe I went overboard in the gift department. I only went to one thrift store but I kept finding things that she’d like. I didn’t give her any candy because I knew she’d be getting some from grandparents and the giant Easter egg hunt we’d be participating in at my family’s church.
Some friends and I have been discussing the absolute frenzy the holidays have become. I felt like our Easter was the antidote to that: I put up some pastel lights I found while thrifting, some vintage spring-inspired signs on the fridge, scattered some flowers on the table and called it a day. We didn’t even bother to get her basket or eggs down until the day before Easter. Grandma buys her a new dress each year when she takes her to her annual photo session but other than that I wasn’t going to get her so much as a new hair bow. We ate dinner with only my parents as other family members were either out of town or busy. We ate simply but well. The entire event was no-stress, and that’s the way I liked it. In the words of my dear friend Angela, “I can only muster up the enthusiasm to go all-out for Halloween and Christmas.”
Going over all this stuff I’m certain I went overboard on the basket. When my sister and I were growing up we each got two Cadbury Creme Eggs (still a favorite, sorry haters–I mean, ANGELA), some jelly beans and maybe some novelty duck-shaped soap or a plastic necklace from Avon. And we thought it was the bee’s knees.
She loved the bunny ears and immediately wore them to church. That pad of paper you see in the back is actually calligraphy paper, but it’s nice and thick for watercolors or markers. She is very into Busytown these days so this book was a perfect find, and it’s almost completely unused. The kaleidoscope was quite a find. It’s dated 1987 and it’s the most amazing kaleidoscope I’ve ever looked through. It’s heavy, so it might be real glass.
Recognize that fox figurine? It’s Robin Hood, of course! One of Isobel’s favorite movies. Isobel is pretty much beyond most board books at this point, but the art is fantastic and she loves animals, so I’m convinced we can get some use out of it.
One thing I didn’t photograph very well was the yard of silver fabric. It can be a lake for her toys, or a scarf, or a skirt, or a space blanket for her Care Bears. I think I love that silver fabric as much as she does.
The glass heart-shaped box was kind of an odd find. I found just the lid at a yard sale and then the next week I found a perfectly-matching bottom while thrifting. It was meant to be. The rose plate you see is plastic, making it perfect for a preschool-aged girl who loves pink flowers but still manages to knock all her dishes on the floor on a regular basis. Those lovely copper measuring cups I’m keeping in the kitchen because even though I wanted to buy them for me I knew she’d appropriate them the moment she saw them. Which she did. Of course.
Happy Springdom from the Easter Squirrelly!