Winter & Spring Holidays

Before children, we celebrated, like, two holidays a year. Well, maybe we celebrated more, but just with booze and parties. Now, it seems like we make a bigger deal out of more holidays every year, and this year was no exception. Over the past three months, we celebrated Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter. Each holiday was special and fun for the girls – and us, too (even without the alcohol and parties!).

Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday
These two holidays fell on the same day this year. We made cut-out cookies at home and let the girls frost and decorate them (oh, the mess!). Vivian made her first valentines for her classmates and had two parties to celebrate at preschool. We bought the girls some chocolates, which I think we ended up eating ourselves! And I took the girls to church to get their first ashes.

Our Valentines

Lillian Frosting Cookies

Vivian Frosting Cookies

Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust

St. Patrick’s Day
By the time this holiday rolled around, I was on maternity leave. I baked Irish oatmeal soda bread, cutout cookies (again), and pistachio pudding cupcakes. I could not find a shamrock cookie cutter in any local store (and there wasn’t enough time to buy one online), so I improvised and made frog cutout cookies – hey, they were still green! Vivian once again celebrated at preschool with parties. On the morning of St. Patrick’s Day, a leprechaun had left a trail of gold coins through the house for the girls to find. We ended the day at a friend’s 40th birthday/St. Patrick’s Day party.

St. Patrick’s Day Baked Goodies

Vivian in Her 1st St. Patrick’s Day Outfit

Vivian in Her 2nd St. Patrick’s Day Outfit and Lillian in Her Outfit

Party Time!

Party Time!

Party Hat

Family Photo Opp

Easter
This year, Easter also fell on April 1st, April Fool’s Day, but we didn’t celebrate with any pranks. In the week leading up to Easter, I took the girls to the Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza. Vivian participated in two egg hunts at preschool. I took the girls to an Easter party on Good Friday at Cal Elite Kids, their old gymnastics studio. We attended our community’s Spring Fling event (more egg hunts). We dyed eggs. And, finally, the Easter bunny came, we went to church, and we ate brisket to celebrate.

Our First Hatchling

Train Ride at Irvine Park

Bounce House at Irvine Park

Straw Ride at Irvine Park

Decorating Easter Cookies at Irvine Park

Preschool Egg Hunt #2

Arm Painting at Cal Elite Kids

Face Painting at Cal Elite Kids

“Fishing” at Cal Elite Kids

Baker Ranch Egg Hunt – Dresses Handmade by Aunt Robin

Pony Ride at the Spring Fling

Lil’s First Pony Ride – She LOVED It!

Face Painting at the Spring Fling

More Face Painting at the Spring Fling

Family Photo at the Spring Fling with Mr. & Mrs. Bunny

Dying Easter Eggs

Dying More Easter Eggs

Happy Easter (Craft Sent by Aunt Jane)

Easter Baskets!

Easter Morning

After Easter Mass

Whew! Next up, birthdays – Vivian’s (4), Baby Brother’s (0), Dan’s (35), and Lillian’s (2)!

About Carrie

I'm a Midwest transplant in SoCal...spending my time exploring, questioning, reading, writing, baking, skiing, and running.
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One Response to Winter & Spring Holidays

  1. Robini says:

    What a fun set of Holidays! For Valentine’s day, my first thought is “what? the girls turned down chocolate?” because any time we let candy in the house, that’s ALL ours (well, Autumn anyways) want to eat. But Autumn loves decorating cookies, and usually generates a similar mess. I’m impressed that by my count Vivian has gotten to do it once a month as of late!

    It is amazing how you can never find the exact cookie cutter you need when you need it (I mean, come on, stores – a March without Shamrocks?), so this reminds me to go home and check my collection of hallmark cookie cutters (gotten off ebay!) for a shamrock. Cutout cookies are one tradition that I fell behind on once the kids were born, which is really unfortunate.

    And, Easter looks like a ton of fun! Sounds like you guys got to have fun at a lot of amazing events, and those sure are some pretty cute handmade dresses. Glad to see them in use 😉

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