We’ve been trying to add more yearly traditions to our life, as practice for life with a little one, and hopefully making memories our child will treasure for a long time. So this year we did not skip over Easter like we usually do. Yasu, being Japanese, doesn’t know much about Easter. Not that I am an Easter expert, to me Easter is about eating eggs (both chocolate and chicken), painting eggs, and hiding eggs around the house or garden for children in the family. Actually, I did once hide chocolate eggs around our place in the States for Yasu to find. I think he enjoyed the search, but since he doesn’t like chocolate much, there was no real prize for him. This year we tried our hand at painting some eggs.
We kind of decided to this last-minute and I had a hard time finding the required tools. As kids we used to decorate boiled chicken eggs with special markers or a special egg-paniting apparatus and eat them afterwards. I couldn’t find any of these online, I’m not even sure what they are called. If we were to decorate eggs with toxic paint, we couldn’t eat them afterwards and we wanted to do a bit more than just color them with food colorings. So in the end I bought some egg ornaments and acrylic paint to satisfy our egg painting desires.
It wasn’t easy since the plastic ornaments did not absorb the paint well and we needed several layers of undiluted paint to try to cover its original design. I had wanted to do this with paper mache eggs, but according to Amazon those would not have arrived at our house before Easter, and it’s not like tiny Buxton has a craft store. Still we had fun, made a mess, and started a new tradition.
I was reminded that painting is hard. I much prefer a pencil or a computer to draw, it gives me more control. Paint and paint brushes… they seem to have a mind of their own. I tried making a patterned egg, quickly gave up and marked the year on the other side, and I wanted to try one of these cool emoji eggs, and ended up choosing the designs I thought would be the easiest. Yasu let the Japanese and Dutch flags inspire him and Yasmin decorated her eggs with tropical palm trees and hearts. As you can see we ended up with a colorful batch of egg ornaments to decorate next year’s Easter tree with.