Easter Weekend.

posted on: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Did I ever tell you about that one time when I was eight or nine-years-old and my older cousins made us hold hands and then one of them would grab the electric fence. The electric shock would slowly ripple from hand hold to hand hold until it surged out of the tips of the last child. Those of us that were younger were usually placed at the end--a sign of submissiveness to the older kids I suppose. It wasn't traumatizing because we were naive (or dumb enough) to believe that no matter what kind of pain was placed on us we were still cool enough to be in the presence of the older kids. Twenty years later, I can still feel the shock. 

Anyway my tangent does relate to Easter, I promise. 

My family, which includes a whole bundle of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and anyone who decides to marry into our brooding mess, is never satisfied who mediocre celebrations. If there is a party to be had, we hold it. If there is a celebration in order, we go above and beyond. If there is something completely ridiculous and almost life threatening to be tried, it has happened. Easter is no exception. Of course we do the typical things like Easter egg hunting and making enough food to feed a small country, but my family also enjoys a wide array of non-traditional events too. The before mentioned electric fence game being one of them. And have you heard of a cash calf. It's simple--tape gobs of money to a calf and left it go. Then send every kid (adult included) after said calf to retrieve the money. I presume we're just like every other God-fearing American family out there. There really is no end to the things my family will concoct in the name of celebratory fun.

I savored this Easter holiday a little bit more and it's low-key nature. Somewhere the roles switched from being the recipient of Easter tidings to becoming the giver of magic for my son. His eyes that morning were satisfaction enough of a job well done. How great is it as parents that some of our greatest joys resonate out of the excitement and complete wonder in our children's eyes. 

Here's some pictures of our weekend. 

//Sharpies were the medium of choice this year for egg decorating//
//The stickers were a "meh" idea. They kind of created a filmy residue on the eggs, but the design turned out neat//
//Clothes were optional while dying eggs--just for the kids of course//

//He was skeptical of this elusive Easter Bunny fella//
//This was the best shot I could get of the two of them together. When they get within two feet of each other they kind of go psychotic//
//And as luck would have it the Easter Bunny showed up during our Easter egg hunt--our skeptical little guy may be a believer// 
//And when we got back to Bozeman during the Bishop family Easter egg hunt John's nephew proposed to his girlfriend. He's a real Casanova. Let the ohh and ahh's begin//

 //Hopefully your Easter was amazing and (of course) electrocuting-free...//


  1. These pictures are adorable!! Would LOVE to know how you did your eggs, especially the written on ones...SO CUTE!!

  2. Cash calf sounds fun! We only had about 10 calves at Easter time, so I don't think any of them would have been big enough to run around if we chased it. Looks like you guys had a great time though :)


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