Easter Preparation – Frugal Novice

Easter Preparation

Man,  I should have saved “Egg-stravaganza” for this post.

What’s that you muttered under your breath?

Shouldn’t have used it at all?

You’re probably right. :)

Today we dyed Easter eggs, which was J’s first experience with the tradition. When do you dye your eggs? I thought about coloring them the weekend before Easter so we can enjoy them for the whole week. What do you think?

I bought the 97 cent PAAS egg-dyeing kit, very proud of myself for making the frugal choice. The instructions on the box said, “For really vibrant colors, use vinegar. For standard colors, use lemon juice. For pastels, use water.” I decided to go bold and got out the vinegar – and it’s a good thing, because I think the pink and yellow wouldn’t have shown up at all if I’d used water! Most of our eggs are blue because that’s the color that showed up the best.

J was excited about helping at first, but quickly decided this was pretty boring, and Brian and I were left to finish on our own. Next year I might just pull out watercolors and let the boys paint with brushes. Have any of you tried that before?

Here’s a shot of J and me hard at work. You’ll notice we have all the necessary supplies: eggs, dye… Hot Wheels.

About two seconds after this photo was taken J was outta there. He did tell me I was doing a good job, little encourager that he is. Brian stepped in and we finished a whopping nine eggs.  J’s favorite is the one with a train that Brian did for him:

That egg with polka dots next to it is one I did. If you ever see something with dots around our house, you can be sure that’s my doing – I love dotted and striped things.

So, there’s the extent of our Easter crafts/decor for this year. I had thought about doing more, but then two things struck me. One, J and Colin are really too young to “get” it this year; and two…illness. I woke up feeling pretty wimpy this morning and it hasn’t gone away! I am hoping I’ll feel better in time for church tomorrow.

Ok, I’m off to crash on the couch and then hopefully fall asleep at a decent hour. Blessings for a wonderful day with your families tomorrow!

  • Debbie April 3, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    We keep Lent all the way up to Easter. We color eggs Saturday night before Easter Sunday. We hide them on Sunday and then eat them Sunday or Monday. Why would you want to celebrate Easter before it is here?

    Just my opinion.

    • Christi April 4, 2010 at 8:13 am

      Debbie, that’s true. Coloring the eggs is a part of Easter celebration, so it does make sense to do it Easter weekend. I just wish we were able to enjoy them for a little longer!

  • Jo April 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Great looking eggs! It is fun dyeing eggs with the kids..I’m following you back.