Ringing in a mint-green Easter

Maria squealed this morning when I unveiled our new Easter village from Pier 1. It's hard to say which of us loves the intricate pastel houses more. 

She and Jane set to arranging the village, and soon a host of Disney characters took occupancy, plus a unicorn, My Little Ponies, (mostly naked) Calico Critters bunnies and the Enchantimal Bree Bunny, who borrowed Elena of Avalor's guitar to play at the church. They began planning an Easter parade with great fervor. 

It was the sweetest sight. I am always delighted by their imaginative play. 

Isn't that mint green luscious?

It's also in our felt Easter egg garland, which I found at Pier 1 a few years ago. #lovemesomefelt

This week I attempted some Easter pictures too. Thankfully, the girls' Proper Peony Bettina Bunny dresses from last year still fit. (We might even be able to eke out three Easters in them! Yay for dresses with room to grow.) 

I'm still obsessed with the mint green of these frocks -- such a refreshing spring hue! -- and the hand embroidery. 

I was able to track down the matching Benjamin Bunny Jon Jon from last spring's Proper Peony collection for Archie.  

I couldn't resist making flower crowns for the girls. These were super simple; I just broke off small bunches of baby's breath and taped them together with Scotch tape. (My flower-crown tutorial shows the Easter card we sent out in 2016 featuring denser baby's breath crowns.) 


Look how much they've grown since last Easter! Same outfits, bigger kids. 

Archie was 1 month in these photos. Such a good sport! 

This Saturday we'll be going to an Easter egg hunt in town, which will warm us up for a highly competitive egg hunt at my in-laws' farm on Easter Sunday.

 Be sure to consult the Minnesota Parent calendar for a comprehensive line-up of all the egg hunts happening these coming weeks across the metro, including flash-light hunts for bigger kids and two hunts outside the James J. Hill House, which we found to be a very toddler-friendly gathering

See you on the trail! 


 Christina Ries is a freelance writer who lives with her husband and three young children in Inver Grove Heights. Write her at christina@mnparent.com.