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.
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.
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.