Egg-Hunting At The Y
22 April 2011
So last Saturday, we took the kids to an Easter egg hunt at one of our (many) local YMCAs.
We got there an hour early, which was good, because there were crafts and giveaways and things. The kids were given all manner of freebies, like pinwheels, magnets, and even a coupon for a free cooking class at Young Chef's Academy!
The kids had a good time decorating their cups for planting grass seed, which is growing like weeds (heh) in the kitchen right now.
Here's Jack showing me his, um, dirt, and pinching his eye, because I don't know why.
It was pretty sunny out there that day, as you can tell!
Sophia, ever the 'doer,' insisted on filling her own cup with soil, unlike all the other children in attendance.
Afterward, Chloë was pouting because her basket kept blowing away or something similarly minor, but that's not why I'm including this photo. Look at Sophia's face! That expression amuses me greatly. (Click to embiggerate.)
Rob and Sophia had a good time horsing around in the field, and I had a good time watching them. She's the only one of the three who will actually let him do that stuff!
Finally, the hunt was on. They did it three separate sections. For some reason, Jack got put in with the toddlers. Hm, I wonder if it's because he's their size, instead of the size of the average 8-year-old? Well, lucky for him they assigned him there, because his basket-bucket was full within just a few minutes. The rest of the kids were looking all over for much longer. Hee!
Fortunately or not for the girls, they were put in kids closer to their own age. Now THAT was a madhouse. Those kids cleared the field in under a minute. I told Chloë to go straight for the back of the field so she would have half a chance, but she didn't listen.
Sophia stood her ground and got a fairly decent amount of eggs. She's a tough girl, though, and has no problem barreling through people. Not saying that's a good thing, necessarily, but...
She's smiling here, but when she saw her paltry sum of eggs compared to her siblings', she was sobbing. That's nothing new. At 9½, Chloë still frequently cries like a baby.
This kid was plenty happy with her take, though Jack had far more. No matter, to solve the problem, I just divvied them up evenly at home.
Then they went to sit outside and crack open all their eggs. Jack was pretty pleased to get lots of candy in his, which should surprise no one, since that kid has a major sweet tooth. His dentist knows that. Every time we go in, he has about 14 new cavities. Oy.
Also, Sophia was delighted to get a parachuting bunny in one of her eggs. She threw that thing around for hours - at least, when Jack wasn't busy stealing it from her!
Besides candy and paratrooping animals, there were bracelets, Silly Bandz-esque bands, and cute finger puppets. All-in-all, they had lots of fun cracking open their treasures.
Oh, and did I mention the sharing? There was lots of that, which Daddy and I were pleased to see.
Now this, I like to see! Good job, YMCA!
Oh, and Chloë and I used the eggs to make this garland for inside our front door! Cool, right?