I am so glad I didn’t hold back from taking the kids to the community Easter egg hunts this year. Reece had such a great time.
Yesterday’s event started at 3 but Reece was still sleeping after a fun morning at the pool with daddy. I don’t like waking him up from a nap but he had already been sleeping close to two hours so I figured he had enough. Reece got dressed, grabbed his basket, and we were out the door by 3:15. We were already late by the time we left home so I knew Reece would miss out on the craft project and story time with the Easter bunny but at least he wouldn’t miss the hunt. By the time I parked the car there were droves of people walking out to the field where the hunt would take place; I began to expect the worst.
I held Kylee while Reece held my hand as we walked to the hunt area. They were still setting up so Reece and I chatted and I prepped him for what he needs to do. We waited maybe fifteen minutes then were directed to the field where kids Reece’s age would hunt. Me and, what seemed like a million other parents ushered our ‘under 4’ year-olds inside a fenced baseball field where we were told we would have to wait another fifteen minutes. Talk about torture. Reece could have taken less than two steps and reached an egg but he had to wait. All the parents were struggling with their little ones like me.
After what seemed like forever, we counted down and the kids were off. It was madness! Probably 200 little kids swept over the field like hungry termites on fresh wood. Not a single egg was missed. Reece collected three eggs before it was all over. I looked up and figured there was no chance of any more eggs. Reece was so proud of his collection, I was proud of the parents civility. There were no fights, no trampling, and no parents grabbing eggs! What was really awesome was as we were leaving, Reece and I talked about his three eggs when a little boy reached into Reece’s basket and dropped in two more eggs! How cool! This little boy even surprised his parents by what he did. Reece said “thank you!” and we headed home.
Today we walked down to the EGGstravaganza on base. I was told it started at 10 but when we arrived they were still setting up. It did start at 10 but the egg hunt wasn’t until 12:30. I was a little concerned at first, thinking we wouldn’t last two and a half hours, but there were little fun stations all over. We waited in line to get Reece’s face painted but he cried when it was his turn to sit in the chair. There was a bounce house which Reece went into three times and cried after each time. Both kids had a balloon made for them; Reece a T-Rex and Kylee got a flower.
Then, all of a sudden, the skies turned dark and threatened rain. Kyle and I noticed all the kids surrounding the egg hunt area but it was before the scheduled time. Figuring they pushed up the time to beat the rain I grabbed Reece’s basket, scooped him up, and ran to the hunt. I put him down and he went to town grabbing every egg he saw. He saw one buried in fake grass decor so after all the obvious eggs were picked up he began to search through some of the other decorations. It was raining a little by this point but none of the kids seemed to care. There were so many eggs and such a small turnout that every kid left with a basket full of eggs.
As Reece and I headed back to the tent where Kyle and Kylee were keeping dry the sky opened up and it began to pour! We made fast friends with the people we were smooshed up against under the tent as we waited out the rain. After twenty minutes, Kyle figured the rain wasn’t going to end soon so he took Reece and ran to the car; a quarter mile away. He drove the car close to where Kylee and I were but I still had to push her up a grassy hill and through the water run-off as it poured down on us. We were all soaked to the bone by the time we loaded into the car. Reece loved it; we had a great time.
I am just so happy that the two Easter events we went to were such a success. There were plenty of eggs and no crazy parents. The weather cooperated -for the most part- as did the kids -for the most part- so a good time was had by all. Tomorrow we have our own little hunt planned; first at our house then at a park or field nearby. I think it is really important to take the kids to community events. They get some social interaction and get to break from the daily routine and what could be better for a kid? It’s all about making memories that we can look back on and smile.