Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter is afoot!

I was up very late last night, then got a call -- at what I would have therefore considered an ungodly early hour, 9:30 a.m. -- from my kinda sister (she's technically not kin, but our families have been close since the 1970s, when we were kids), inviting me to go with her & the kids to the Easter Egg Hunt at Monmouth Park. How could I turn down such a great offer? She picked me up about 15 minutes before the event was scheduled to start, & we made our way out there, whereupon we met one hare,
Stella Meets the Bunny  04.2006
(notice the large crowd in the background? That's just the older kids. The little ones are in a comparably-sized group directly behind me & the camera. It wasn't a scary mob, but for a small town, it was a large turnout)

who left behind a field of dreams
Field of Dreams
(every one of those colored specks in the foreground contains a prize deemed appropriate for a 2-to-3 year-old).

After a slight delay (traffic got backed up at the intersection of Hwy 34 and the 11th St access to the parking grounds), the hounds children were released, and Stella went 'way ahead of the mob Mad  Dash 15 Apr. 2006 in search of treasure.
Stella's Proud Moment She seemed pleased with the results.

What she hadn't realized, until it was explained to her, was that there was stuff inside those colorful plastic eggs. She immediately sat down Cracking the first  egg
and tried to open one. With a little help from her mom, Elke, Hollis, Stella, Basket Stella discovered a piece of bubble gum.

Stella announced that she was going to share her candy when she got home... with Mommy and Daddy, but not with her brother (but only because her brother doesn't have enough teeth to appreciate candy, yet).

All in all, this was a perfectly wonderful way to start a tax day. I hope everybody else has an equally swell Saturday.

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