Yesterday was Easter. In the Castillo household, we chose to celebrate Sam’s first true Easter (first one that he’d recognize what was going on at least) in traditional fashion. On Saturday we met some friends at the park in the morning and then in the afternoon we had some other friends over and colored eggs. After the eggs were colored, Sam spent a bunch of time sticking the monster eyes and mouths that came with the kit. That was easily his favorite part!
Then yesterday we attended the community Easter Egg Hunt. It was put on by our church and located at the local elementary school where our church meets (and where Sam will eventually go to school). He met a giant walking teddy bear (who thoroughly creeped him out), played in the sand a bit, and ran around a playground structure that was entirely too old for him (and terrifying us in the process). The highlight of the day, though, was the Easter Bunny. Sam was taken the moment he saw the huge rodent. I can’t say why the bear was a source of distrust and suspicion where the bunny was enthralling – who knows what goes through the mind of a toddler – but he loved it. So, when they announced that the bunny was going to ride down the zipline, we thought that it would be fun for Sam to watch. Unfortunately things were not timed well though, and by the time we got to the egg hunt field, all the eggs had been found. We were very relieved when Sam picked up a couple discarded egg-halves, considered it a job well done and wandered off to play in the sand again. We finished out the day, figuring that Sam might enjoy having his picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Strangely, even though he liked the bunny from a distance, he wasn’t so thrilled with the experience of being put on the lap of a giant rodent and left there. Go figure.
All in all, we had a wonderful holiday!