For the past 6 years that I have lived in Mobile I have been trying to get my family to the local Easter Egg hunt at Bellingrath Gardens. Its this amazingly large Easter Egg hunt where all the kids trade in eggs for little prizes but more importantly its a time for my family to all be together just for the sake of being together.
I am happy to report that after 6 long years WE FINALLY MADE IT! Now I won’t disclose how much whining and complaining we were subjected to on the ride there and on the ride back, but we made it.
And I would do it all over again.
Of course every day of the week I try to block out time with my kids on a very one on one basis. Involving the kids in every day activities really helps us connect as a family. Today Phoenyx and I spent the whole day together doing fun things! We went to the craft store, we did some toddler science experiments, we went on TWO bike rides, a scooter ride and we even cooked some homemade pudding.
It was delicious…just ask Phoenyx:
For the record, it’s an easy recipe and perfect for the Easter Holiday.
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3 tblsp cocoa
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/8th tsp salt
- 2 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tblsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
Combine sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, salt, milk in a saucepan over heat until boiling. Constantly stir to break up lumps. Once the pudding has thickened (about 5 minutes), remove from heat and add your butter and vanilla. Stir till smooth.
Tip: Want to get creative? Check out the video below on how to turn your strawberries into “carrots” and put on the top of your pudding!
Easter, a great time to reflect
I have found that family time often focuses around food and our holidays are no exception. Just settling whose house we are visiting can go on for months! And creating desserts are one thing that my kids are able to help with. No matter whether its cookies, cake, no bake solutions or even pudding like above, the whole point is to just be together. Cooking is an expression of love ( I know, I do it every day!) and gives everyone a chance to sit down over the meal and hang out.
Just check out these other amazing desserts you can get together over!
For our family Easter is also a time of reflection. While we do traditional “Easter” activities like the egg hunt above and yes, participate in the “Easter Bunny”, we also use it as a time to make sure we are helping our community, donating our time, and teaching our kids about what it means to be a family.
We are Christians and teach our children about Jesus and the religious meaning behind why we celebrate Easter. We hope through our actions they will see us do good things and make good decisions that consider those around us and lead “pay it forward” lives as well.
This Easter I encourage you to also reflect and find ways to help those around you, your neighbors, your friends, and your family with an open heart. Expand your social network and #RethinkChurch. Church is not just about Bible Study. Its also about community and having somewhere to turn not only in your hard times but ALL the times.
What things do you do with your family or community for the holiday?
*This post is a sponsored conversation but all my family experiences and beliefs are my own.