But wouldn't you know it Meg chose this year to not only know how to read the calendar but also remember the Easter story and know that the real Easter is Sunday....
Oh well... it's only once a year and there really must be a limit for how much chocolate even a sugar deprived child can eat, right?
K had an all day aikido seminar and left the house before the Easter bunny had finished her coffee and got organised so quite a bit of skullduggery was required to get the job done. With the girls ensconced in front of a dvd (with bemused expressions as mummy doesn't usually push tv on a sunny Sunday morning) I snuck out the front door 'to feed the chooks' and was running around like a loony with wild hair and throwing foil covered eggs willy nilly around the garden when...
'Oy! Heather! Good morning!!'
... 'What are you doing?!'
Agggghhhhh!! busted big time!!
It was my new, very friendly and rather boisterous neighbour. At any other time I love that he always calls out hello and stops to chat when our paths cross but I was supposed to be undercover. On a stealth mission. I was supposed to be out the back giving kitchen scraps to the chooks not out the front talking to the neighbours!
I hissed hello and did a wild waving gesturing thing intended to communicate 'please don't talk to me now, I'm on a to secret mission' that I am rather afraid may have translated as 'there is a wasp on my nose and ants in my pants' as neighbour looked puzzled and repeated
'What are you doing??'
I hissed 'It's EASTER!' threw the last eggs in the sandpit and disappeared indoors but not before noticing that my neighbour across the road was holding his one year old granddaughter and watching the whole charade with much amusement.
Went back inside, said hi to the girls and suggested we turn off the tv and go and check the seeds they planted the other day.
We all trooped out the back (don't want to be too obvious) and the girls checked their seeds and played and talked to the neighbour while I weeded nonchalantly. Amy ran around the front to get her skipping rope and came back yelling "THE EASTER BUNNY CAME HERE!! THERE ARE EASTER EGGS IN THE GARDEN!!"
They ran inside to get their Easter baskets and started searching:
I only hid 20 eggs and didn't have optimal hiding conditions so it wasn't a very long lasting hunt but they had a ball as did the three neighbours who watched the whole operation. We sent our 1 year old friend home with an egg- in the custody of Grandpa. I'm sure her mum will love us, even more when she hears it was on the ground, huh?
It was pretty subdued after the hoopla of yesterday but it was perfect for our needs and the legend of the Easter Bunny lives on to fight another day!