Monday, May 2, 2011

Just another visit from the Easter Platypus

"It's the Easter Platypus, easter shrimp for everyone!"
(Invader Zim, photo from Google images)
I just thought the Easter Platypus was another silly thing from Invader Zim,
but I found this great post today. *love* I am such a wanna-be biologist :)

Okay, I've decided that I am THE worst picture taker ever. EVER! Not just the actual photos; you know the lighting, the set up, the camera angle or whatever, but I'm just so busy playing and being in the middle of stuff (and chasing Beck!) that I forget or I miss the best shots.

So here's just a hint of our Easter activities:
Coloring Eggs (I LOVE that Zeke loves to do this with us)
Zoe is concentrating really hard...maybe.
I love the look on Beck's face
Kaia likes to dye her eggs really dark (I love her missing tooth)

Easter morning: The Easter Bunny/Platypus always comes to our house on the Saturday before Easter Sunday so Sunday can be more calm and focused on the Savior. I'm really happy with this "tradition" and I highly recommend it. So on Saturday, Beck woke up at 6:30! Zeke and I brought his basket into his room and played with him until the other kids woke up. We put the gate up so he wouldn't escape and find all the eggs that were hidden before everyone else.
Zoe and her new bunny
Kaia and her new bunny
Gabe and his chocolate bunny (this boy's got his priorities straight!)

Later that day, we took the kids to Old Main Hill at USU to roll Easter eggs. Roll Easter eggs? Well, I grew up in a little town called Salina, Utah and for as long as I can remember we would take our colored Easter eggs, climb the highest hill we could find (usually the Stone Quarry that was just 3 blocks from my house) and let our eggs roll to the bottom. Why? No idea. It sure is fun though! We'd race them and throw them and chase them down the hill.

Now that I'm an adult, the penny pincher in me has a bit of a hard time "wasting" all those eggs. But my kids really enjoyed rolling eggs. It was worth every penny. There were dozens of other crazy Utahns there... and hundreds of seagulls circling overhead waiting for everyone to leave so they could have the biggest egg salad picnic ever!

Watching and waiting... the girls had to follow each egg down the hill and see if it survived. They weren't too thrilled with the idea of ruining their artwork. Oh and Kaia found a rotten bird egg -- you cannot imagine how upset she was when we told her she couldn't keep it!
On the other hand, the boys were trying to coax the girls into giving them their "leftover" eggs because they rolled/threw/smashed all two dozen of their eggs in the first 5 minutes. Zeke was right in there with them! He and Gabe figured out it was more fun to throw them and smash them into the tree trunks than let them roll down a hill...
I didn't get any pictures of me or the family on Easter Sunday...
oh well...Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da...
We did have some yummy salmon, asparagus, and cheesecake though.


  1. Easter Egg rolling sounds like my sorta thing. Plus, it's not wasting the eggs at my house because nobody really cares for eating hard boiled eggs anyway. :)

  2. I love the pictures!
    The Easter Bunny comes to our house on Saturday morning as well, and I agree that it is an awesome tradition. We get to do all the fun Bunny traditions without detracting from Easter Sunday. :)
    The first few years after we got married, Nick and I went to Price, Utah to visit his grandma at Easter. We would always roll eggs down the steepest hill and it was so fun! I need to do that again with my Wild Boys next year.

  3. My Mom talks about rolling Easter eggs down the hill below the Logan temple! That was before they had a fence there I guess.

  4. It looks like you guys had a great time!!!

  5. Great pictures. I've never heard of the egg rolling..we may have to do that next year, I bet my kids would get a kick out of it.

  6. We rolled eggs on Sunday. It has been a family tradition on college hill for decades :)


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