As you’ve probably already guessed, Easter was a bit hectic.
The kids woke us up at 7am. I suspect that since it was 7am on the dot, they were itching to go before then, but had been told not to wake us up until Beth’s clock turned green. I was a bit surprised they listened. 🙂
So off we went to start the Easter Egg Hunt. It only took them 45 minutes to find all 26 (13 each), but Alex had given up partway through and Daddy started playing Warmer, Colder with him. This year they each had their own color instead of having to pick up a gold egg and look for the initial on it to figure out if it was theirs or not. There was one on the thermostat that Alex walked past at least 5 times before he saw it. While they were looking, I got the ham into the slow cooker.
After that we opened presents. As I mentioned in my last post, Alex got a new Wall Tracks set and Beth got a Bed Tent. Grandma and Grandpa also bought them presents. Alex got another Scan2Go car with 3 card packs and Beth got a My Little Pony DVD. Aunt Leigh bought them both large glow-sticks. Beth’s was a butterfly and Alex’s was a devil’s trident.
Then we had a little break. I used the time to shower and put up the kid’s tents. I forgot how badly the tent stays on, so I had some trouble getting Beth’s to stay. Currently it’s safety pinned, but I plan to stitch some velcro on it like mom did to Alex’s. I did know I was going to have to do it, but I thought it would stay on better than it did.
Then we had breakfast and I headed upstairs to start working on the Wall Tracks. Two hours later I had not even attached anything to the wall, but it was time to start the Au Gratin Potatoes. (Recall I mentioned the logistical nightmare?) After the potatoes were in the oven, I had another hour before I had to do anything else, so I headed back to Alex’s room to continue trying to figure out how best to hang these things. I decided that if I pulled the Power Tower out of the mix, then I could figure things out. This time I managed to get one set of brackets hung. And then I headed back downstairs to finish dinner.
Dinner turned out excellent! We had Slow Cooker Honey Baked Ham, Honey Cornbread, Lemon-Dill Carrots, Asparagus with Lemon Butter Sauce, Au Gratin Potatoes, and Macaroon Top Apple Pie. I haven’t made Au Gratin Potatoes in years! They were soooo yummy! And the ham was great. The glaze was very tasty. We opted to just put it in a liquid measuring cup and pour it over each slice rather than glazing the whole thing before serving. And I used a bag in my slow cooker so cleanup was a snap! I will say this: I did a 5 pound ham and 6 hours was too long. So I will probably try 4 or 5 hours next time. Because of the shape/size of my slow cooker, I would not be able to do a bigger ham. I barely got this one in.
For the record, Eric helped out quite a bit with dinner. He actually was stirring the sauce for the potatoes while I ran back upstairs to try out a thought I had for the Wall Tracks. Later he did a lot of peeling, stirring, and helped me decide to pull the cornbread out a full 15 minutes early. The cornbread was perfect! The 35 minutes I have down must have been a typo! He also set the table and helped get dinner on the table.
Anyway, after dinner we did some cleanup and I headed back upstairs to Alex’s room. I finally finished hanging the last of his brackets at 5pm. By the time the kids went to bed, I was exhausted from the constant activity. But Beth loves her new tent and Alex loves his new Wall Tracks. So it was worth it.