Somehow, even though I have barely left the house for more than a walk around the block in the last month, I feel busier and more overwhelmed than ever. The transition to working full time from home, while also trying to keep the kids occupied and entertained and fed has been tough. I feel like I haven’t had a second to stop and actually take it all in. Even though I get to be with my kids all day, I don’t feel like I am getting much quality time with them, because I am always just trying to keep them busy while I get work done. As much as there were things I did not enjoy about leaving the house for work, I am missing the structure a little bit.
But there has also been so many benefits to being home. Even if it is not necessarily the way I’d like to spend time with my kids, I get to see so much more of them. I’m not commuting 3 and a half hours everyday, and I get to sleep in a little bit longer. I know that I am very lucky that I have the option and ability to work from home, and even if most days are pure chaos, I am grateful for that time.
Easter definitely looks a little different this year too, but I did my best to make it special for the kids despite everything that is going on in the world right now (thank god for Amazon and online shopping). I don’t really decorate a ton for Easter, though as the kids get older, I am pulled to add more. This year I just made some Rae Dunn inspired eggs to add in my kitchen from some plastic eggs that I got from the dollar store, and I painted some ceramic bunnies (also from the dollar store) gold to go on the shelves. I had plans for a few more things, but ran out of time, so next year it is. The kids and I also made and decorated some Easter cookies, and Henry did a few Easter crafts.
What I was most excited for this year was their Easter baskets. I’ve been stashing some things away for a few months and planning out what I wanted to get them for a while. It was made a little more difficult not being able to pop out for anything, but I am pretty happy with how they turned out. I will add a full list of the items I included and the sources at the end.
I have been trying to be more conscious of the toys I am buying now (and most specifically for Henry). I am trying not to buy as many toys just for playing with (he has plenty of hot wheels and other things), but more toys with a specific teaching purpose. I have also been trying to buy more wooden toys, rather than plastic. This year I got him a wooden bear clock, so he can learn how to tell time. He knows how to read a digital clock because he knows his numbers, but he doesn’t understand the concept of time yet, so this might help. I also got him a wooden lace practice ‘shoe’ so that he can learn how to tie shoes. He mostly wears slip on or velcro right now, but it is good for him to start learning. He is picking up so much, so quickly now and I am so excited to see him continue to do so when he starts school. I only hope I can instill in him some confidence in himself. I have always struggled with that myself, especially in school and I don’t want him or Nora to grow up feeling like he can’t do things, or try new things because they’re not good enough or smart enough.
This morning, we woke the kids up to Easter bags waiting for them at their doors, and a trail of chocolate eggs leading down the stairs to the front room. They did their egg hunt, and then there was a scavenger hunt for their baskets. Then we had Easter-shaped pancakes for breakfast. As much as we are missing the rest of our families for this holiday, it was a fun morning with them.
This years DIY Easter photos are below, as well as all the sources for the goodies in the kids baskets
Bear clock and tic tac toe game (in the cutest bunny pouch) – Tender Leaf Toys
Shoe lacer – Sweet Child of Pine
Shoes – Walmart (exact pair linked)
Binoculars – Amazon (exact pair linked)
Pennant flag – Blushing Wit Designs (digital download, I added the yarn streamers and heart)
Bunny cookie pop – made by me
Bunny puzzle – Sweet Child of Pine
Shoes – Piper Finn Footwear
Wooden camera – Amazon (exact one linked)
Rainbow bathing suit – Joe Fresh (bought last year on sale)
Bloomers – Kingsley and Peaches
Bows – Little Poppy Co
Pennant flag – Blushing Wit Designs