When it comes to gift giving and long distances it’s always important to make sure things will arrive on time. I like to give gifts for Easter to friends and family that don’t live near me. I usually send items via the post office. This time of year the line is not nearly as bad as it would be if I needed delivery before Christmas in December.
My grandparents are very special to me and I always remember to send them something. This year I’m sending them a homemade gift basket that Lady Bug and I put together. She drew a couple of pictures for both of them to hang on their refrigerator. She also painted a cute little plastic light catcher for a window. I’ve added a jar of my grandmother’s favorite blackberry jam and some of my grandfather’s favorite salami. It doesn’t sound like much but with the inclusion of a family picture of Lady Bug and I the basket is complete.
My grandparents are happy with nothing at all. I just like to send them a little something to let them know we are thinking about them.
Today was the community Easter Egg Hunt. I took Lady Bug to gather eggs with the other children in the neighborhood. She had tons of fun running around in the grass at the park. I snapped a bunch of pictures of her looking for the hidden eggs.
The grass looked soo vibrant in all of the pictures. It reminded me of a time I went to visit family in Tennessee and saw a man spraying green onto the grass in front of a business. I thought it was pretty strange at first. Then I saw another person spraying the same green substance onto his front lawn. I appreciate a nice looking lawn, but I’ve never considered faking it with spray paint.
Putting together Easter Baskets is something I look forward to every year. I like to get a really big wicker basket and decorate it with pretty pink and purple ribbons. I stuff the basket with artificial grass and sometimes some Easter confetti. This year I found some cute confetti that has little chicks, bunnies, and eggs. They make a mess but are too cute. I don’t ind vacuuming them up if they get all over the floor.
I went shopping yesterday to start getting all the pieces I plan to add to Lady Bug’s basket this year. I found the most precious, plush, floppy bunny that I’ve ever seen. It’s a pale brown color and has soft pink lining on his ears. I also got a couple of neat little puzzles for her to put together. Because she’s so obsessed with princesses and ponies I got her one of each. I also added in some containers with scented bubbles. She can’t seem to stop smiling when bubbles are involved. In addition to these I picked up some crayons,markers, and two coloring books.
To round out the basket filled with her favorite items, I added a few pieces of candy. What would and Easter basket be without a chocolate bunny? Of course I included the traditional marshmallow chicks and bunnies. And more for me than her, I added a big bag of jelly beans. I can’t seem to get enough of the little sugary bits. She always shares them with me so I gave her a big bag. I know she’ll love everything in basket this year. I can’t wait to see her face when she gets it Easter morning when she finds it sitting out in the garden.
It’s only two short weeks until Easter is here. I really haven’t done anything to prepare for it. I’m not sure if we are going to go to my family’s home or stay here. I know there are a few things we can do here in our own community if we want to. I even saw a community Easter Egg Hunt advertised at the church down the street for this coming weekend. I think it would be fun to take Lady Bug out and have her hunt eggs with other little girls and boys. I’m sure she would love running up and down the field with all of the other kids her age.
I also saw that our mall is having the Easter Bunny come visit for pictures. I’m not really sure how Lady Bug will react to a big guy in a bunny costume. There is only one way to find out. I’ll have to get her a really pretty dress to wear. Maybe I’ll even make her a cute hair bow.