I had such a fun Easter this year, full of egg dying, face painting, bouncehousing, sunrises and surprises. It wasn’t just one day, but almost the whole month of April. And since I feel that Easter is by far the best candy holiday (Easter candy >Halloween), I wasn’t complaining about it being drawn out a little this year.
(Think about it, Robin Eggs, jellybeans, peeps!!! Easter has such good candy. It’s the best. And prettiest. Christmas has the best decorations, but Easter colors are so sweet. I love pastels so much).
The Easter Fun Fair at Hope Chapel
My “Easter” started a few weeks ago when my church had it’s Easter Fun Fair. I volunteered to help set-up the Fair and to paint faces all day. The event was a huge success, and a really good way to get me all in the Easter mood.
I wanted to do a whole blog post about the Fun Fair… but since I was at the face painting booth the whole time, my perspective was pretty limited. Therefore, I just decided to include it with my Easter Post.
I got the Fair a few hours before it started tio help decorate and set up. A bunch of us were there, and I had so much fun being giddy and silly with everyone as we were turning the church into an Easter Fun zone.
The egg hunt was inside the church, and the theme was “under the sea.” The entire sanctuary was converted to the ocean floor through the work of some amazing volunteers. They hand-crafted all kinds of elements to make the look complete. Fish, seaweed, a giant whale – it was all there. Timo let Joy and I sneak in and get a look before the hunting kids were able to wreak havoc on the space.
See all those hoops and what-not on the floor? That’s all part of the egg hunt for the kids. An entire obstacle course was set up for the kids to have to crawl and jump through, so cute and fun!
Then of course there’s my mad face painting skills, haha. I tried my best! Face painting with real paints and brushes is pretty hard, so I kept it pretty simple with the designs. The kids seemed happy though, and that’s the important part.
Here’s the best part of the Easter Fun Fair: WAFFLE DOGS! Do you even know what a waffle dog is? It’s a hot dog who lives in a waffle. It’s so delish. These guys come out and set up a booth and they have these giant waffle irons and they make the waffle dogs fresh to order. I had one and it was awesome!
What better way to celebrate a day of hard work painting faces? Shave ice!
Dying Eggs with Friends
On Good Friday, Carly, Sydney and I went up to the army post on island to hang out with our friends The Colemans; we ate pizza, dyes eggs with Matthew and Jason, and had a really awesome afternoon. There may have also been some bouncehouse action involved! The lil guys are so cute and hilarious, we had a blast.
The Colemans doggysat JJ for me when I went home in March, and the boys love JayJers, so I took the pooch with me to say hi. There was so much fun stuff going on at once, it was such an awesome day!
The Protestant Church on Base was advertising all over the place about doing a sunrise service. The bleachers were set up facing Ft. Hase Beach, the beach barely two blocks from my house. Carly and I love to watch the sunrise, so we decided to go check it out!
After the sunrise service on base, we both went back home to chill out and get ready for Hope Chapel’s 10:00am service. Yeah, we were so pumped for Easter, we were going to church services back-to-back! I mean, I do joke about candy and eggs – but of course I know that He’s the reason for the season. And He is Risen! Easter is such a happy, magnanimous time.
Hope Chapel put out this awesome spread of food. It was a welcome table, for new or visiting people who were there for Easter service. It’s really cool that they did a lot of special things to make new church goers feel welcome. Easter is always the highest-attended service all year long, Christmas is second place. Instead of making Easter-only church goers feel awkward and judged, it’s cool the HCKB is all open arms about it. Obviously the desire is to encourage Easter attendees to come back and join the church – but more importantly is feeling that even if Easter is the only time you ever come to church, you are welcome and we’re glad to have you, as you are.
I started a small tie dye business a couple weeks ago, and on Easter I decided to announce my new line of tie dye: “i52.” Named after Isaiah 52, that reads, “clothes yourself in your beautiful garments!” (NASB). Tie dye is beautiful garments, at least I think it is!
Here are a few items from the i52 line. If you’re interested in finding out about the i52 line, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – or my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/happyhippierose