Our Easter Tree

I've had this tree since before we moved down to Texas way back in 1999 and I can't remember the last time I put it up. It might have come out once but even Cara couldn't remember ever seeing it.

My mother is queen of the holidays. I'm pretty sure she has holiday decor for every occasion. Mom would even send me holiday packages while I was in college and the family still lived in Germany. It was awesome!! My girls now look for a package from grandma when Valentine's Day, Easter & Halloween roll around. She's never dissapointed them and they love it!

I used to decorate. I don't know what happened... maybe just life... but I slowly stopped decorating for any holidays except for Christmas. Christmas is the one holiday I will go all out for. I love getting those boxes out and sorting through all of the red & green. I'm not saying we don't celebrate the other holidays; it's just that those boxes don't usually come down until the night before and by then it's too late to get the stuff out only to put it back again the next day.

Our ward is having an Easter egg hunt this Saturday. If you planned to participate you had to bring a dozen filled plastic eggs per child to the church this week so that everything could be hidden before the hunt actually starts. This is a good idea considering the whole Mormon Standard Time thing - however anyone willing to bet there will still be people who show up Saturday with a sack full of eggs? :) Bryan got down the Easter box from the attic for me and the girls and I spotted the Egg Tree.

I'm so glad. We pulled it out and decorated it together. The girls took their time placing each ornament on just the right branch. Then we all stepped back and admired each other's work. It was another blaring reminder for me to enjoy life and take advantage of these years when my own children are home and only want my love and time together.


Anderson Zoo Keepers said...

That is a beautiful Easter tree! I heart it.

Erin said...

Why are you blogging at 12:22 am? He he he! Cute tree.

Krysta said...

I've always loved that tradition. Remember the pussy willows or the flowering tree branches Mom used? We'd decorate the branches and then watch them bloom. Made the house smell great!

Spymommy said...

Congrats Hil on surpassing 1000 hits on your blog! It's contagious and I'm so thrilled to be back in touch with you. Just wanted to let you know that we've done an Easter tree for years and my kids are obsessed with it. We use fresh pussywillow branches, but many of our decorations are from Germany too. Great idea - I think I'll post some eastery pics on my blog in the next few days - it's good for cheering up, which we all need right now!

littlesomething said...

I love it! I have given up decorating for things too. christmas and fall is it. (I feel like a get a good deal with fall because i can have the same decorations for Halloween and thanksgiving)