Other than being able to be closer to the rest of our family, we could not have asked for a better first Easter for Lydia!
Saturday morning started with an early run for me, since when I got back Jim had to jet out to help orchestrate a work egg hunt and went to swim at the gym after. I used the morning to put the finishing touches on some cleaning and food prep to prepare for our visit from Aunt MaryBeth & Sung!
Jim picked them up after his swim and we enjoyed a lunch of leftover homemade pizza Jim had made the night before. I put Lydia down for her nap and it was time for the Easter Basket Scavenger Hunt of 2017!
Unfortunately, MaryBeth was too eager to help out after lunch and found her basket in the dishwasher! So, we made a few tweaks (she also found one of the clues.. little sneak!), and then the hunt was on!
The clues were as follows (props to my husband for his creativity!):
Oh lucky you, your first clue
But don’t try using your ears
Aw nuts our cows don’t moo– this clue led to the almond milk
Maria’s toy weighs about a ton
we don’t mean your brother
Although he is also one– this clue led to our car, a Honda Pilot
Green thumb, brown thumb
Yummy yummy veggies in your tum tum
Growing things is a family tradition
Especially collections In this condition– this led to the herb garden, specifically the mint where Jim had buried the clue! Of course, this was the hardest one for them to find.
Follow your nose
To wear the smelly one goes
But don’t be afraid
One for you Lydia made– this clue originally led to the diaper genie, but as Lydia was napping during the hunt, we moved it to the bathroom!
This is where your journey parts
Right here smelling of farts
Sung don’t eat the worm
MaryBeth go do what makes you squirm– this clue led Sung to the liquor cabinet and MaryBeth to the dishwasher (she despises doing her dishes!).. we changed it to the microwave and changed the clue at the last minute!
This scavenger hunt is a tradition that Jim’s dad always did with the kids growing up, and one we are looking forward to continuing!
In Sung’s basket, we gave him a game called QuickWits, which is a fast-paced, fun card game! We spent the rest of Lydia’s nap enjoying some cocktails and playing the game.
When she woke up, she was unfortunately very crabby (I think she has a hard time adjusting when guests are at the house), so we got her outside and got some giggles on the playground to shake her out of it!
After park playtime fun, we came home to dye Easter eggs! I had hardboiled 18 eggs the day before and MB brought the dye kit, so they were ready to roll (pun intended?).
I then got Lydia her dinner and got her down to sleep just in time for our babysitter, Gen, to knock on the door. We made our way out for dinner at Fusion Bay in Collingswood, an Asian fusion restaurant.
We decided to go family style with the meal, starting off with a sushi roll and crab rangoons. The entrees included drunken noodles, chicken pad thai, and creamy sriracha shrimp. The shrimp was phenomenal– creamy, a little spicy, and crispy being tempura fried. The pad thai was also excellent and had a distinct coconut flavor that we loved. We had a Groupon for our meal and would highly recommend the food. The atmosphere was standard for an asian fusion restaurant, nothing fancy but nicely maintained. It saddened me to see how empty the place was on a Saturday night, though. I hope they can get enough foot traffic in to make it work! I am sure takeout would also be an excellent option.
We ended the night by visiting Guimarello’s, a restaurant/bar in Westmont, where we had a nightcap and also were lured into their enticing-sounding dessert menu! We shared a “paper bag”– dessert made out of a chocolate-shaped paper bag with pound cake and fruit and delicious homemade caramel sauce as well as a creme brûlée. Yum!
Our morning started on an early and groggy note, as Lydia had a tough time getting back to sleep from about 2-3:30am. However, we were determined to make it to the early Mass at our church, Christ the King (the other ones get very packed, and this was the one we knew would work with her naps and also give us time to get brunch going). We got ready quickly (Jim didn’t even have time to shower, shhh!) and made it on time. Lydia did great during the Mass and the altar looked absolutely stunning!
We got home and put Lydia down for her morning nap, and then we got busy assembling deviled eggs, cheesy potatoes, and stuck the ham in the oven.
MB & Sung went to the 9am Mass, so once they were back and Lydia was up from her nap, we did a quick photo shoot and then Lydia opened her Easter basket.
…and then it was time to dig in!
The day was absolutely beautiful, so we were lucky enough to enjoy our meal on the deck. Lydia was clearly loving the no-clothes feast (the picture with her foot up just kills me!). After we ate, we washed her up and put her into one of her Easter gifts– a duckie splash pool!
She clearly loved it! It’s the perfect size for her and for our deck, and I love that the duck protects her with some shade. Aunt MB also brought some bubbles, so she was in her glory. After lots of splash time, our kind neighbor offered to take her for a walk so we could relax for 45 min or so kid-free. Bless her for her kindness.. we were grateful for the offer!
Before our guests had to leave, we enjoyed some Easter dirt cake, which I made with this recipe from Pinterest.
We didn’t have any edible grass, so I just cut up some Easter basket grass to add to the decorating.
Then it was time to get MB & Sung on their way on their bus back to NYC. We are so grateful they came to celebrate with us, and will always remember how we spent Lydia’s first Easter with them!! It is so true that having a child makes holidays that much more magical.. I can only imagine what will be like when she is more aware of them. It’s cliche and trite to say that I feel so blessed this Easter, but I truly do. Alleluia, He is Risen!