We started our Easter weekend with a trip to Grandview’s Wyman Woods for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at 10:00 am. We had some friends ready to “take us on” in the hunt so we had to prep ourselves up beforehand with stretches and lunges and body jabs. We will do anything for chocolate, after all. Especially chocolate easter bunnies with their cute little faces that you can bite off. There had to be two hundred kids there, some dressed up in bunny ears or tails, some still in their pjs, some in their “Sunday best” to have their picture taken with the freak mammoth bunny in the corner of the park all dressed up in pink and white and bouncing around waving at the kids (and surely cussing every other second about how hot the damn outfit was or how obnoxious the kids are).
The kids were very patient waiting behind the line while staring at all of the Oreo packages, Reese Peanut Butter Egg packages, and brightly colored eggs with loads of candy inside of them. Finally, the whistle blew and they were off. Well, the four-year olds were off. The hunt was for 2 to 4 year olds. The 2 year olds seemed loss in a daze or a stupor. “Why are all of these kids running around like maniacs picking litter off the ground?” But, that was taken care of in a few seconds as all of the parents of these 2 year olds (including moi) started yelling at them: “Over here. Get this one. Hurry!”
You would have thought that a check for college tuition was in the egg rather than a hershey kiss. Mario
managed to get a few eggs, which he proceeded to open and devour every piece of chocolate he found in them. Bill, one of our friends, gently approached Mario and asked him for a piece of chocolate.
“NO!” Mario yelled at him. “This is my candy.”
Maria, on the other hand, took two whole packages of Oreo cookies and gave one to Bill and another to Heather who had mentioned that she loved those cookies. What a sweetheart – hopefully, Mario will learn from her!
Both M & M made the wise choice of not seeing the Easter Bunny. We went home and showed off our candy to dad who just shook his head knowing that belly aches were surely to come (and not just to the kids!). Later that night, we visited Grandma and Grandpa Ionno and Jon’s brother and sister-in-law and their two boys. Maria has a complete crush on both the boys and hung on them all night (they, in turn, played with her as much as they did not want to at times – god love ’em). Mario enjoyed playing with the older boy’s nerf gun and pretending he was being shot (lovely boys). Grandma Ionno made her killer cookies, as always. Why is it so hard to just eat a couple? I devoured a dozen through the evening alongside Maria who has inherited my love for eating.
On Sunday, we woke up to another egg hunt but this one at our very own house. I set out the eggs while Jon held the hunters at bay upstairs. M&M ran out in their pjs just as I remember doing as a little girl and as I remember Sarah doing as a young girl. The enthusiasm and excitement I felt as a little girl on Easter morning came back watching Maria and Mario hunt around for their eggs. I loved seeing their face beam as they found an egg. Oh, the memories!
We then took off for Cincy at 9:30 am. We first went to my cousin Kerry’s house. She lives in northern Cincy with her husband and two kids. They are fairly close in age to M&M with Anneliese being 6 and Ben being 2. Maria idolizes Anneliese, and loves to go to her house because she has a kickin’ toy room. Mario enjoys Ben’s ball collection, and he loved the sticks and trees in the backyard. My uncle made the most incredible coffee cake for brunch and pecan chocolate pie. He has the Menkedick sweet tooth just like me. We envied their house because it has so much open space and light and an awesome family room in the basement. Oh, what I would give for a family room! Dad and Meg brought Duke along (their new dog), which caused much glee in M&M who have been waiting to meet him for a whole week (“it felt like a year, mom!”).
After eating way too much food (including insanely gorgeous red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing ala Meg-pie), we hopped in the truck to head to Grandma Heile’s house (now owned by my cousin Laura since Grandma died last Summer). Maria was all excited because she had on a gorgeous Easter dress that she knew all of her girl cousins were adore (she loves dressing up for them because they ogle over her all day!). Mario was excited because Robert and Cy, our high school boy cousins, would be there and he could stand in awe of them playing basketball and toss the ball with them. Maria got the attention she expected and she even scored some potato salad from Aunt Jane (her absolute favorite food after pasta and meatballs!). Mario got to throw the volleyball to us after each play (although he would only throw it to Robert most times).
We had yet another Easter Egg hunt in the big side yard and
Baby Grace (my cousin Liz’s sweet baby daughter) got the $5 egg (it is tradition to put out one egg with $5 in it). When Maria found out, she plopped down on the grass and pouted “I wanted that egg.” I explained to her that it is fun to see Baby Grace get it; besides, she needs diapers and that will help buy them. Somehow, that explanation resonated with her and she agreed it was best for Baby Grace to get the $5. Anyway, it meant more candy for her!
Speaking of candy, that is simply all Mario cared about and frantically opened his eggs yelling “Candy Party” each time more candy fell out. I am surprised that he was not constipated for five days from all the chocolate he devoured.
We left Laura’s house at 8:30 pm and headed back to Columbus. The kids were nearly comatose in the backseat staring at the tv. I was picking through the Easter baskets unwrapping random candies and plopping them in my mouth until my belly did start to ache. Jon drove us all home safely. It was a busy, magical weekend.