Monday, April 14, 2014

CJ's Birthday and Egg Dying

Chloe Jo's birthday is April 10th, and she turned 5 this year! Since my sister and her family live close to us now, we celebrate our kiddos' birthdays together which is so fun. On CJ's actual birthday, we all went to eat at IHOP (CJ's choice), and she got this massive dessert for free as the birthday girl. Some of the employees also sang to her, and she got really embarrassed and blushed about as red as the cherry on her dessert.

The following weekend, my sister threw a {very small} family party to celebrate Chloe Jo. My parents were able to come down for the party, and since it was also not long before Easter, we decided to dye Easter Eggs while we were together. 

This is the first year that Brianna actually remembers some of our yearly traditions such as dying eggs. She was so excited to get her hands on that dye!

Brenson didn't really know what was going to happen, but he was excited, too!

Chloe Jo is always careful to not make a mess, but she enjoyed this activity as well.

Lisa and I both purchased an egg dying kit, so I think we had 24 cups of dye! It actually worked out great having that many, though it did seem excessive at first.

Brenson, our serious little guy, was very methodical and careful while dying his eggs.

He couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to that egg.

Brianna tends to be a little wild during the process (no surprise there!). We have to constantly remind her to be careful and not spill the dye.

See how many cups of dye we have? Ha!

After we got things up and going, the guys even joined us for a bit of the dying.

I think we had about 3 dozen eggs boiled, but it didn't take long to get them all colored.

Grampy was showing Brianna some fun trick to do with the egg :-).

The egg coloring party!

I don't know why, but I think this photo of Bren is so cute. He was truly being SO careful with the eggs and dye.

However, after all the eggs were colored and dry, Bren picked one up to look at it and ended up dropping it. He was pretty upset about this, but the strange thing was that the egg busted open and we realized that it wasn't boiled! Ummmm, what? We thought ALL the eggs we had colored were hard boiled, but apparently not? My sister had about 6 non hard boiled eggs in her frig, and somehow those got mixed in with the ones we boiled to color. Oooops! We were able to find the remaining 5 eggs by spinning them on the table (non boiled eggs spin, but hard boiled ones won't . . . or something like that). It would have been quite the shock to break open an egg we thought was hard boiled only to find that it wasn't!

I thought our eggs turned out really nice. The kids thought they were beautiful!

After dying eggs, we let the kiddos play for a bit. Then, my Mom had another little project to do with them. For this project, my sister paired with Brenson.

Chris helped Brianna,

and I helped Chloe Jo. We took square glass vases, filled the bottom with jelly beans, added Peeps around the top, and put flowers in the middle. They turned out really cute!

The kids enjoyed eating the jelly beans most (of course!), but the project made neat little Easter decorations for our house.

Egg dying is one of our Spring family traditions, so it was fun to be able to share that with some of our extended family. I love coloring eggs, so I hope my kiddos enjoy it for many, many years to come!

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