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Eggs drying The boys dyed eggs on Friday evening. I always buy one or two extra Paas egg decorating kits so we can dye eggs another time. Once a year seems unnecessarily infrequent for something so fun, but every month seems excessive. Two or three times a year feels about right.

Oldest Boy and Middle Boy coloring eggs Oldest Boy, Middle Boy, Toddler Child and Chris - coloring eggs.

On Saturday I was running last minute errands on behalf of the Easter Bunny. While I was away, Oldest Boy whispered in Chris' ear, "I know you and Mom are the Easter Bunny," and gave a smarmy wink. Chris winked back and said, "Shhh. Don't ruin it for your brothers."

Middle Boy still believes—in everything. It's a blast. He's nine so we know he's close to discovering the truth. Either through his own mental gymnastics, or other kids planting seeds of doubt with their stories of revelation.

"Dad, I can't figure out how the Easter Bunny gets around the whole world. How does he get over the oceans? He can't just hop. Santa at least has the reindeer. They can fly super fast, plus they're part of the horse family." [Duh.]

Middle Boy repeated his thoughts and questions to me this morning.

"Mom, even if the Easter Bunny didn't have to cross the oceans, he has to hop way fast. I can't figure it out. Do you know how he delivers eggs and baskets around the world?"

"No, I don't. [looking up, faking a concerned, confused expression] He has a way though. I'm sure."

Oldest Boy coloring eggs What I do know? That the Easter Bunny at our house deserves the wine she drinks while dying eggs, because she hops her ass off making Easter special for the children. [Or "shildren" if it's been a particularly long day.]

Happy Easter!

The finished product!

Reader Comments (18)

Crack me up... those questions made me squirm... I'm such a lousy liar. The Easter Bunny definitely deserves wine... how else can she do it all?
April 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpam
I guess I need to write a post about this at our house, too. Those eggs are gorgeous! I'd frame that picture.

April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiddle-Aged-Woman
Pam - I'm glad you understand (about the wine). I'm not a very good liar either. I think that's a good thing!

Claire - I just read your post - your's was so well written! I'm amazed your daughter believed in the Easter Bunny until she was 13... then again, I still believe in Santa. Love, Chris
April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris
At your house there's a funny bunny.
April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheri @ Blog This Mom!
Aiden would like to know if the Easter Bunny makes his own toys, like Santa Claus, and has magic powers etc. then how could he deliver a Bionicle with a missing piece rendering it impossible to assemble. And since it was delivered by the Easter Bunny, I can't very well take it back to Walmart with the receipt now can I? I don't even like wine, but I am seriously considering taking up drinking.
April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTristan
What egg-cellently dyed eggs - so vibrant!

I've never dyed eggs before - perhaps I should try it one year?

My daughter has had the seeds of doubt planted in her about Santa and the Easter Bunny... too sad as she's not yet 8. But she so wants to believe anyway...
April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Fi
Dying eggs was the one thing I never enjoyed, even as a kid. I think I felt too limited by the colors but then dipping an egg in yellow and then in green never quite made it blue - more just a pukey yellow-green, which in turn, left everyone feeling slightly nauseous.

Happy Easter! You deserve all the wine you can chug.
April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSherri
Look at all those eggs! We stuck with plastic this one more year since none of the kids are quite old enough to REALLY help dye eggs. They look great. I love "shildren."
April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate Coveny Hood
hee hee... shildren, I hear ya. i hope my son believes at least another year before some jerk kid at school ruins it for him.
April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. D
I still believe in Santa too. My parents never lied to us - they just made it into this giant game of pretend - and since kids love to play pretend anyway it all seeemed so magical.

What middle child doesn't understand is the that the space-time continuum is different for bunnies.
April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeidre
Beautiful colors! I like the idea of getting a second dye kit for use some other time!

Best wishes with the innocence... :)
April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMozi Esmes Mommy
Awesome, colorful eggs. Glad you had a good Easter. ;)
April 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe mama bird diaries
That's an awful lot of eggs!

I gave up dying eggs several years ago. My sister does it and that's enough. I also gave up doing my own baskets. Again, my sister does that and that's enough.

Little Dude -- I'm not sure where he stands on believing anymore. I haven't asked. I'm afraid to. Yeah, I know he's 12 (and 1/2), but still, I kind of want to believe he believes. He's the last one, you know?
April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDa Goddess
I want you to know that I endured this Easter without wine. I was so caught up in my dinners, dessert and the date that never happened that I FORGOT to buy any.

I did have three martinis on Sunday but it was a last resort!

First thing on next Easter's list is WINE!

And those eggs are beautiful!
The Easter Bunny freaks me out a little bit. Mine wants to know if the Easter Bunny watches you like Santa and is "just some guy in a suit". What a creepy thought.
April 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaycee
After reading a slew of blogs with similar photos I'm JUST NOW realizing this is kind of a weird tradition. No?
April 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterx

Kelly still believes in all too. Hope it last for at least a couple more years.

And wow, woman - you go way above and beyond with your dyeing. Beautiful!
April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJannie Funster
HA! I lurv shildren too!

(See wine behind laptop screen)
April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthedemigod

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