Not this year though.
And so we were up at 6:00 on a very rainy Saturday and out the door by 7:00 with the girls a little confused and miffed at me doing the regular morning rush despite the fact it was Saturday.
The road down was horrific and if I had been driving we wouldn't have made it out of Nagano as I would have given upand gone home. It was driving rain and gusty wind so the rain was hitting us from all directions. The road was so wet that we achieved hydroplaning- something I was warned about when I went for my licensebut really didn't think it existed. It does. And it's not fun.
Anyway, K the family hero got us to Nagoya in one piece and we had a fabulous day:
Not quite getting the idea of the Easter egg hunt. They had first hunted for their Easter baskets which contained stickers, stamps and some lollies. they both thought that was the Easter hunt. Then when they were told to empty their baskets ready to hunt for eggs they didn't quite get it...
Meg was a quick study and Amy followed along. When we hunt for Easter Eggs we hunt for little coloured foil wrapped chocolate eggs. These are coloured plastic cases with lollies inside. Amy didn't realise there was anything inside and couldn't work out why she had emptied her basket of goodies to collect plastic balls.... They collected ten each. TEN! And each one had 3-4 lollies in it....
But wait, there's more!
A pinata. Meg really got into the swing of things (haha)
Amy really didn't want to hit it and started crying that the other kids were 'trying to break the pretty decorations'. She was really upset and we tried to mollify her that there were even more lollies inside but she still wasn't happy 'I've got enough lollies, already!' I had to agree with here there!
The pinata broke and out came pencils and erasers and skipping rpes and playing cards and lollies and more lollies and to Amy's delight lollipops:
Then it was time to play with the dressups:
And with an amazing playground right outside and a menagerie including ducks, turtles and a goat who was going to let a bit (a lot!) of rain dampen the spirits?
It was a very big day and we ended up getting home (after a detour to a huge recycle shop and numerous breaks on the road home as K was tired and the rain was still bucketing down and those of us who hadn't been eating lollies all day long wanted some tea) about 9:30 with two sleeping and very sticky girls!
It certainly was the biggest Easter we've ever done!