Easter Traditions

April 5, 2012

Answer to question from the last post about how far the average professional midfielder soccer player runs in one game:  EIGHT MILES….isn’t that awesome, especially considering that most of that is SPRINTING.   They are hardcore.

Workout:  7 miles on the treadmill.  I was going to go to the gym to cross train this morning but as I walked by my treadmill to head out the door it literally started calling my name and I couldn’t resist.  I will cross train tomorrow, I will cross train tomorrow….unless I feel like running:)

Snack of the day (in addition to string cheese(S), pretzels and wheat thins):

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Sunshine Chips from Nature Box (sweet potato, squash, taro, carrot and green bean chips).   Veggies and chip/crunchy/salt craving satisfied in one snack:)


Starting in just a few (okay, okay 5) months I will be making some new little family holiday traditions, stuff like that gets me beyond excited.  I think you know if you have been reading longer than 2 posts that family and spending time with them is the most important thing in the world to me.  I started thinking about the traditions we did as kids around Easter time…..

1.  We ALWAYS colored hardboiled eggs the night before Easter using PAAS coloring and stickers.

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Now for the grandkids easter egg hunt they fill up the plastic eggs with money and candy, hence why sometimes I push them out of the way to get to them first.  I am ashamed.

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(He is just acting really sad for the picture, I promise. I am his favorite)

2.  We would wake up on Easter morning and eat ORANGE ROLLS (please tell me you have had those) while checking out our Easter baskets.  They were filled with peeps, jelly beans, chocolate eggs filled with marshmallows and a giant bunny.  The bigger the bunny we got each year = my parents were happy with us and we must have been good.  I have no idea who this child is but his parents must really love him.

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3.  When we were little my mom would always make us an ‘Easter Dress’ and take 400 pictures of us in them, maybe that is why I post a million pictures of myself on the internet?  When we got older she would take us shopping for a new Easter Dress.  For some reason she won’t keep doing this for her 26 year old.


4.  A big easter dinner of ham, 3 different potato dishes and fluffy rolls.  For dessert we would have cake topped with more Easter candy (okay, I was the only one that would add candy on top of the cake). I may or may not be counting down the hours until I this week’s Sunday dinner and the awesome Easter basket Billy will be giving me (hint, hint).


If you celebrate Easter, what were some of your Easter traditions?  Did you color eggs? Have an Easter egg hunt?

What was in your Easter basket?

Do you know how to sew?  Did your mom ever make you your clothes?

-I do know how to sew, I used to make teddy bears, blankets, aprons and even some jumpers when I was younger.

Random question for bloggers:  Do your husbands/wives/boyfriends/girlfriends read your blog?

-Yes, and he always reads the comments too:)  It is fun because I can leave hints all over the place for him.

Amanda April 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

My husband does read my blog, but he’s super secretive about it and never says anything. It’s just an unspoken fact. Weirdo.

Also, you pushing a child is my new favorite photo.


Janae April 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

HAHAHA that is awesome that he is secretive about it. It probably is the highlight of his day to read your blog:) Glad you liked the picture, I may reenact it this year:)


Lindsey April 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

We always had a egg hunt and Easter brunch but no Easter supper. Which is more than okay with me. And we still host brunch but at our house now!
We always got lots of candy (Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprises, Jelly Bellies, Reese’s!), then usually 4-5 other goodies, books/magazines, CDs, a shirt, lip gloss – little things.
I took sewing classes when I was younger and bought a sewing machine last summer – it still hasn’t been used…
My husband reads it rarely, when he does and then tells me I am shocked! Unless I leave it open on the computer then he might read it.


Janae April 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Brunch is a great idea, I might have to copy that and the non-food things in your Easter basket…love it!


michelle kim April 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm

My boyfriend reads my blog :D
… but he doesn’t comment, haha.


Janae April 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

When did you first tell him about your blog?


michelle kim April 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I told him the second day that I blogged.
He’s at least really nice about taking pictures of me and he’s totally used to me snapping pictures of everything (although… I used to do that before I blogged, too).


Liz @ runbakerace April 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

We always had an Easter egg hunt using real eggs. Sometimes we didn’t find all of them and would find a smelly one months later..LOL. As we got older, my dad started making it harder and money went to the one who found the most. It got vicious at times and we’ve been known to trip each other. Happy Easter!


Janae April 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm

OH MY GOODNESS…that is hilarious that you didn’t find all of them some years. MONEY, that is awesome!


Kimberly April 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

u+Billy are gonna have the cutesttttt bebe!!!!!

we always had to find our Easter baskets and they were filled with candy that we’d sneak with us to church and then eat more after :):)

we never really did am egg hunt.

I can sew but don’t have a machine. I can NOT follow a pattern tho, way too impatient!! :):)


Molly@ThisLifeIsSparkling April 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I am SOOO excited for Easter this Sunday because I gave up dessert for Lent and CANNOT wait to eat Cadbury eggs (my fav)/copious amounts of chocolate/birthday cake (for my sis) and possibly some fro yo. It should be a good time ;)


Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

My husband knows (and makes fun of) my blog, but doesn’t read! I don’t care to know about his car/motorcycle ogling online habits, so that’s fine. :)


Erika@YouJustDidWhat April 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I LOVE traditions. So, we will be making eggs tomorrow. I should get the sticker kind. My daughter would love that!
I can sew and I’ve got some SUPER cute patterns if you are having a girl!
And since your husband is reading this..Hi Billy! Hope you are taking great care of your pregnant wife and buying her lots of yogurtland and cheese. :)


Brooke Elyse April 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

We have similar easter traditions!! I always loved the chocolate bunny- my brothers and I would have a competition so see whose bunny could last the longest. Also we’d use the hollowed bunnies as cups for our breakfast haha- man, good times. For my future family I would the tradition of waking up before sunrise in Easter Sunday, driving to a place where we can see the sunset, eating breakfast, and reading the easter verses in the scriptures.


Nicole @ Haute Running Mama April 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Happy Easter! Yes, Lane reads my blog and the comments…and every now and again he comments. Too funny :)

So we go to Easter service on the beach. It’s beautiful! Waves crashing, hot coffee and worship. There is nothing like it! We then head back to my parents house and cookout, color eggs and the kids go on the hunt! We also fill eggs with money and candy. Its a blast.

Hope you have a great weekend with the fam Janae!!


Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile April 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

What a cute picture!!! I never really had easter traditions except for getting baskets in the morning and going to church and sometimes we would have a hunt.
Candy, chocolate, candy, and more candy,
My mom has never made my clothes, I would be scared if she did. But she used to always try to make me wear dresses and I haaaaated them when I was younger!


Christine @ BookishlyB April 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

My mom did pretty simple baskets- coloring books, candy, maybe a cool little toy. These days people go crazy- it’s like Christmas!

My husband glances at my blog, occasionally. He seems pretty disinterested, which I tell myself is a ploy. If he had a blog I’d stalk it!

Oh, and when the treadmill calls my name I usually tell it to shut up :) And then I feel bad and give in.


Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

My mom is great at sewing. I, on the other hand, have no clue whatsoever about sewing. Good for you, for knowing how to sew! That’s awesome!

And yes, Brandon reads my blog. He checks it every morning to see if I’ve posted anything new. ;)


Yo Momma Runs April 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Coloring Easter eggs is a must!

I try to encourage all of the people who I know in real life to not read my blog!!:) It’s less awkward that way. But I can always tell who does because they know things I didn’t tell them in person.


Megan @ Run Like a Grl April 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

We always colored eggs and had an Easter egg hunt. I’ll admit that we kept doing the Easter egg hunt up until recently. Very recently. But my parents put money in the plastic eggs so there’s no way my brother and sisters and I were going to give that up. I’ll do anything for free money! Plus, its fun.


CatasTrophy Wife April 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm

OMG, my husband (G) reads AND comments on about 99% of my blog posts. And he says ridiculous stuff to me. I will call him an idiot throughout an entire post and then he’ll say I’m beautiful. Gross. And embarrassing.


Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More April 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Our entire family and extended family all go to my uncles house for lunch, an egg hunt for everyone ($100 grand prize egg!), horseback riding and kite flying. Wish I was in KC with them this year. =(

I know how to sew and own a two sewing machines. But I don’t have a sewing room at this house, so I haven’t done it in awhile.

No one knows about my blog except for my two daughters! =)


Erika April 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm

First, thankyoufor posting so often! I found myself wondering what you were up to as I was eating crackers and thinking on running…i came to check and there was another post! Hooray!
Your easter traditions are about the same as my family’s..right down to the easter dresses!
I somewhat sew…i’ve made jumpers, curtains, pilllows and simple bags…i haven’t sewn recently, but since my mom got me a machine I’ll have to figure it out after I get my degree :)
I think y husband reads my blog when I ask him if he has, but mostly it is just my thing. I have to leave hints in different ways. Haha.


Tess April 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Ditto. I am always looking for something to read. I read when I’m unloading the dishwasher for heavens sake. Do you think we put too much pressure on her to blog so much??


Dani @ RunDaniellaRun April 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Jess totally reads my blog :) I’ll have to start taking up your hint idea!

I am just now learning to sew, my MIL and SIL are really good…I watch mostly LOL


Amber April 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I’m just about to set up the Egg/hamburger lolly hunt! It’s midday so I hope the kids are quick about finding their chocolate, I added lolly’s to the Haribo Hamburger’s to the hunt this year, just a tad different:)


Caroline @ After Dinner Dance April 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Definitely had that same Easter dress tradition and my Mom stopped doing it a few years ago too – lame! My Mom keeps up the candy even without the basket – she sent me a “care package” full of jelly beans, a big chocolate bunny and other Easter goodies this week!


edwina April 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm

we used to make baskets and fill them with hay (I grew up on a farm!) and leave them at the end of our beds. then in the morning they would be filled with eggs from the easter bunny! :).
also- we always ALWAYS have hot cross buns. From reading american blogs though I am wondering if this is just an australian thing/maybe english as well?
Hot cross buns are the best. they have spices and sultanas in them and now come in versions like choc chip which is my fave! you heat them up and coat them in butter. I had one for breakfast this morning- SO GOOD!

they are called that because there is a cross on each bun made of a flour paste (i suppose that is religious ‘the cross’) although I have never thought of them that way!
anyway they are delicious


Tabaitha April 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

We would die eggs and then fill them with confetti and then hide them in the yard. Everyone would run out to find them and then crush each other with them. I love confetti eggs! We always had a large chocolate bunny, jelly beans, starbursts, and peeps! I do know how to sew, although it has been a really long time. I have made blankets, pillow cases, and quillows (quilts that turn into pillows). Yes, my husband reads my blog!


Jennifer April 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I have been reading for a few months and never commented but just have to tell you thanks for the new snack addiction of pretzels and cheese. I now must have it every single day!


Lauren April 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Growing up I always colored eggs and had egg hunts. I told Rick we will be coloring eggs again this year. We may even get crazy and have an egg hunt, haha. My grandparents always got us chocolate bunnies (I always got white chocolate) and my parents got us baskets with lots of other good stuff like more candy, clothes, toys,etc.

I don’t know how to sew at all but I do know how to crochet :)

Enjoy Easter weekend with your family!


Jen April 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I totally make my fiance color Easter eggs with me every year. I’m 27, and we don’t have children. Bonus: He’s really good at art and I love to look at his eggs (I just typed ‘legs’ there. I need sleep).


Tess April 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm

mm. When I was a kid we would all have new Easter dresses and my dad would go to the grocery store and get us all those little grocery store corsages for church. Do you remember those? You can still find them I think. I loved that. Talk about special. Flowers on your dress.

Raising my kids we filled Easter baskets and there was a favorite basket and there were some not so favorites. We hid them all over the house. You had to hope you got the good color. It was the purple one. Over the years they morphed that so everyone just claimed one. Then the kids would wake up and find theirs and then help everyone else find each others.

Yes, I can sew. I can do anything. And no, no one reads my blog. But he reads my FB statuses and that’s ok. :)


Lauren April 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm

We have the same tradition of coloring eggs with the PAAS kit the night before…note I say “have!” I am 26, my older brother just turned 29 and my younger brother will be 24 in a couple of weeks but we still all go to my parents’ to do this :) My mom only just quit hiding eggs around the house for us a couple of years ago hehe Our baskets had all kinds of stuff and believe it or not, us kids always fought over the black jelly beans! I know most people hate those ones but we all LOVE licorice!!

I actually was in 4-H sewing for 10 years and took it pretty seriously lol I made it to States twice, once with the prom dress I made for myself! Yes, I am a grade A nerd!!!

I just can’t wait till you and Billy have the baby! He or she is going to be the cutest ever and you will be such awesome parents. I love how close you both are to your families!

p.s. Hi Billy!!


Billy April 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Hi Lauren! p.s. black licorice jelly beans are nasty.


Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter April 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I love the idea of getting a new dress for Easter. When I was a little girl, my mom would go all out. New dress, shoes, hat and gloves. :)

I can cross-stitch, but can’t really sew anything else! :)


jan April 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Yep my hubby reads my blog and comments. He gets excited when someone he “knows ” comments.

Love the dress pic!


JoJo April 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I like all your traditions :)
You look adorable in the easter dress!!
I always looked forward to do the egg hunt and decorating hard boiled eggs.. I’ll have to start a new tradition for my baby girl! Maybe next year though.. she’s a liiiiitle too small to do an egg hunt now :)


Amy April 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

ahhh love those traditions!! especially the easter dresses haha they were pretty special (i wore them too)

my husband does read my blog…and a lot of his family does too so i have to watch what i say haha..like grandparents, parents, etc. sometimes i forget and then they bring up things i talked about and i feel weird haha


Margot @ FasterBunny April 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

awwww i love your traditions! Super jealous of you having your nieces / nephews around for Easter.

Easter is my fave holiday I think (uh hence the name ‘faster bunny’…get it get it?). It’s probably my fave because we celebrated Easter twice – the Greek Orthodox Easter and the Western Easter (they usually fall on different weeks!). Double the candy and eggs hunts!!


Megan @ RunningAimlessly April 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I wish we had an Easter tradition! My mom used to buy us candy but she stopped doing that years ago. So uncool.
My boyfriend reads my blog. He pokes fun at me for blogging, but I think he secretly likes when I mention him :)


Kara April 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I’ve found it’s MUCH harder to be a treat loving momma than a treat loving non-momma. I bought Easter candy a week ago and stashed it in my closet. 1/2 of it is already gone. My poor kids will only have a couple of jelly beans at the rate I’m going!

Growing up, we celebrated Easter all weekend. My mom would do baskets, candy and eggs (you know, “secular” stuff) on Saturday and Sunday would be dresses for church, and a family dinner, more of a spiritual focus on Sunday. But I still had candy from the day before, so, that was awesome.


Erin Masihdas April 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I love Easter SO SO SO much!! I am so excited because this year is the first year I’ll be home for Easter in a couple of years. My mom totally did the Easter dress thing too! We have lots of pictures of me and my younger sister in matching frilly Easter dresses with Easter hats! Thankfully, we have kept the Easter dress tradition alive but now we buy our dresses instead. Ha

And lets be serious, Easter has the best candy of all the holidays. Hands down. Who cannot get excited about Reeses eggs, Cadbury mini-eggs, and starburst jelly beans?!


Charissa Steyn April 6, 2012 at 2:55 am

Ahhh I’ve been reminiscing about all these easter tradition- dying eggs wtih PAAS and those dorky stickers and those plastic things that you boiled onto the egg- LOVED IT!! Easter dresses- yes. Easter egg hunts-ofcourse!! Now I just need to start training my South African hubby in these amazing Easter activities :)Will have to have someone send me some egg dye!!


Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) April 6, 2012 at 4:59 am

Oh my goodness the Easter dresses!! Yes – my mom would buy the most elaborate Easter dresses for me and my sister. Too funny. Of course our huge bangs made the dresses look that much cooler – ha.

Brandon grew up eating orange rolls ALL the time. I had never heard of these until we got married and he asked me to buy them. Orange what? We were always a cinnamon roll family but he has expanded my world. :)

Brandon doesn’t ever read my blog. Actually – my friends give him a hard time that he doesn’t. He is totally supportive of the blog and what I choose to write about though and that is all that matters to me.

I had those Nature box sunshine chips and they are awesome! My favorite in the box for sure. :) Happy weekend.


Sarah April 6, 2012 at 5:40 am

I would have to say my Easter sounded a lot like your did. I wish my family lived closer because with just me and hubs I don’t really plan on doing much. In fact I don’t think I have been home for Easter in probably 8-10 years! Crazy right!

Those veggie chips look awesome. I am going to have to pick some up!

I LOVE to sew and make stuff, my mom would make us dresses sometimes too.

My husband never reads my blogs. Unless its our family blog but as far as my work or training blog. Nada. He is so lame-o ;)


Sierra April 6, 2012 at 5:45 am

My husband reads my blog about once every 2-3 weeks. I think he probably only reads bout 1/4 of the posts and doesn’t comment (or know how to). He does say that he is the blog “whipping boy” because I expose him eating burgers.

I used to sew, but my sewing machine is in the states with my mom. I’m looking forward to getting back into it.


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 6, 2012 at 6:13 am

Orange rolls? Haha no idea what those are. We did an easter egg hunt at my house in the morning, and then we’d go do a huge one at my grandparents. They lived in a nice apartment complex with a huge backyard that looked like an English garden. Somehow our family had it all to ourselves? So they set up a easter egg hunt for all of us out there and we’d have lunch afterwards. But we haven’t done this since I was like 12! I guess easter isn’t a big deal with my family anymore “( Lol I need an easter basket! Maybe I’ll make myself one…


Nicole April 6, 2012 at 6:21 am

My parents would do baskets and hide jelly beans around the house.

The Kidless Kronicles


Jenny @ simply be me April 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

My husband has delegated himself as my proof reader, unfortunately he waits until after I publish a post to point out mistakes :) We always got a skipping rope and bubbles in put Easter basket – the first sign of spring!


natalie@ southern fit foodie April 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

We usually had an Easter egg hunt at church, and then a big family lunch/dinner with leg of lamb (SO GOOD) and carrot cake for dessert. My mom’s carrot cake (her grandmother’s recipe) is delicious!

My Easter basket always had chocolate, jelly beans (starburst are my favorite), and chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies. I also usually got a new cd or a book in there.

I kind of know how to sew – I did it some when I was in high school – I tried making belts, purses, makeup bags, etc. They were all ugly and it wasn’t fun so I quit ha.

I think Daniel reads my blog sometimes, but a lot of times before I post I read what I wrote to him and ask for feedback.


Lora @ Crazy Running Girl April 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

My fiance doesn’t read my blog, but his coworkers do so they tell him what I write — haha.

We used to have pretty much all the same Easter traditions! Just not as fun to do when you aren’t near family and don’t have kids. :) I love the idea of the bigger the bunny, the better you were! Smart! My mom used to make our dresses too, ha. :)


Kari Ricigliano April 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

I used to sew all the time. I’ve made clothes for myself and friends, curtains, and I even used to make clothes for my american girl dolls. Now, though, I really only sew if it’s to fix a hem or something.

Mike reads my blog and then will periodically email me if I’ve made a mistake or exaggerated too much. What a weirdo.

We don’t have a lot of easter traditions. My family is bigger on Christmas.


Katie April 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

We always go out for brunch on Easter and get Easter baskets. This year, my dad made a basket for our new puppy, complete with little plastic eggs filled with tiny dog treats :)


Jenni April 6, 2012 at 10:21 am

I know how to sew and make my daughter cutesy stuff when I’m feeling inspired. My husband is obsessed with keeping up with my blog. He likes to monitor whether I am blogging too much, blogging too little, blogging when I should be working, and blogging about him.


Rachelle April 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

Oh I just love Easter!! Such a fun holiday. I have about a dozen pictures of me and my older sister just like that one of you and Rachelle. ha ha so funny!

And I add candy to my cake too. :)


Adrianna April 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm

love Easter, and so sad I’m stuck here bc I have to work Saturday, and my fam is 6+ hours away. at least a coworker is having me over for delish eats!
we always went to mass, then came home to find all the eggs we colored the day before, and hunt for our baskets and small gift, too. then we ate a big breakfast and did the grandparent visits. relaxed and lovely :)


Meghan Rene April 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

Peter SUPER SECRETLY reads my blog. His sisters love it because I poke fun at him – and he tries not to say anything.

I had a blogpost once about how he only likes vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. Hence he is a vanilla type of person.

His sisters and I now call him NILLA. He pretends he doesn’t know what it means :)


james April 11, 2012 at 6:42 am

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cookie April 14, 2012 at 7:21 am

I love your blog. You are crazy (which is a compliment coming from me). I am just waaaaaaaaay behind. I don’t know how you manage to post that much.

I actually haven’t told anyone I know that I have a blog. Don’t know why, somehow I am more comfortable with people reading it who actually only know me through the blog (which isn’t that many people).


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