Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Carrots

For some reason, I find Easter to be the holiday that I'm willing to put in a little more festive spirit for. I think it's because I've had a break from the mayhem of Thanksgiving/Christmas and we have no birthdays around this time of year. Plus it's starting to warm up and the days are longer...you know...spring and such. Anywho, last year I made the boys a giant Easter Egg out of rice krispie treats, and we hid Wreck it Ralph inside it. It was awesome and tasty. :) This year, Brett thought it would be fun if we ordered them a book we had borrowed from the library and they loved, called Creepy Carrots. Carrots...Easter Bunny...totally festive, right? The boys love stuffed animals, so he thought we should get them a little stuffed carrot to go along with the book. Also a great idea, but I couldn't find any online for less than $15, which is ridiculous, in my opinion. So, I did what I always do when I have a specific item in mind and can't find what I'm looking for in the price range that I feel is reasonable- I decided I'd just make it myself! And then I regret it later. But then I'm good with the finished project, so I convince myself that the process wasn't all that bad. It's a horrible cycle.

So, I made the two plush creepy carrots (for less than $5, by the way) and what I thought would take me a couple hours, maybe, really took closer to 6. Also, the orange fabric sheds everywhere. EVERYWHERE! The fact that the lady cutting the fabric had to use a tiny vacuum to clean up the cutting table after she helped me should have tipped me off, I suppose. By the time I was done sewing, our table looked like the murder scene of a muppet- orange fuzz all over.

Here's the finished product:




Now that I've made them, I came up with a way to make them more efficiently, should I ever need to make plush carrots again, which is doubtful! The boys loved them, so that warms my heart that my efforts weren't wasted. 

On Saturday, Jason's school (which is part of a church) hosted an Easter egg hunt/lunch/song service that we went to. They did songs first, which were very peppy, something I'm not used to from singing LDS hymns! The music director wanted everyone standing and doing little hand signals along with the music. They had little crafts for the kids to do that were symbolic of Easter- ours were little butterflies made out of sticky foam. Then the boys waited (oh-so-impatiently) to go hunt for the Easter eggs. 








They were funny because they spent the first few minutes walking right past a bunch of eggs looking for who knows what. They walked right past some and would pick up others. Consequently, they did not get as many eggs as they would have liked. Much pouting ensued. 
(Sidenote: Two days later and I still have one of the peppy songs stuck in my head. The one I liked the least because I felt the words were oddly chosen. Argh!)

For Sunday, the Easter bunny left the books and stuffed carrots, we did a little egg hunt before church . I love how excited they are first thing in the morning on a holiday :)





Now, I know that Easter is not all about bunnies and candy, and we have been telling the boys the reason we celebrate Easter is because of the resurrection of Christ, which enables us to live again. Jason seems to understand it a lot more than Brandon does at this point, but that's okay, it's a work in progress. 

I'm so thankful for our Savior and for His sacrifice that enables me to be with my husband and my children long after this life is over. 

Happy Easter, everyone! 




9 comments:

  1. Holy Cow, you actually made those carrots? They look fantastic! Did you embroid embroid the faces?

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    1. They're just felt circles that I sewed on. I don't know how to embroider anything, but that may have been easier.

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  2. This gave me a good laugh! You're a great writer. I love your stuffed carrots, adorable. Could you make me a dozen or so? I'm thinking about doing a carrot patch theme for my nursery. Shouldn't take too long since you're a pro now :)

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    1. I shall require Cadbury Eggs as carrot payment! Approximately one half bag per carrot. ;)

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  3. Oh my goodness. Your carrots are ADORABLE. But actually, I think pregnant you is WAY more adorable!! Look at how you're an adorable pregnant girl! I wish I EVER looked as cute as you do pregnant. People would just pat me on the knee and give me a pathetic look while saying: "You look (*gag) amazing! You're gl---(*gag)--owing." You're the best mom. And sister :)

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    1. No one ever gagged at pregnant you because you were adorable! Still are. *Sigh* Now I have older sister envy.

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  4. I followed this link from facebook because of the amazing-looking stuffed pizza that was used as the preview image. The carrots look awesome, and your Easter sounds like a success, but WHAT ABOUT THE PIZZA?!

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    1. Ya, what about the pizza

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    2. The pizza is a few posts back. :) And it was even better than it looks!

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