Posts Tagged ‘easter’

Isn’t it nice that Passover and Easter are coinciding again?  We are away from our ‘alley egg hunt’ this year, so I’ll miss creating bunny prints – but back soon with photos from this amazing season of renewal.  Enjoy and Peace, Paz, Pax, Happy Passover, Buona Pasqua to all…


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We had another round of cousins come through!  We took them to Oculus and lower Manhattan for some slide and playground time, then invited them along to find eggs in our alley.  While the boys went to a Yankees game, the gals went to see an acrobatic show titled  ‘Something’ in Times Square.  Zoe loves the huge cupcakes sold outside of the theater.  The weather was unseasonably warm so kids were able to dye eggs outdoors (whew.. less mess).  Ezra is super proud of his ‘galaxy egg’ seen here:

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checking out Oculus at World Trade Center


these girls mean business…


my mom’s old technique for making paw prints make believers of even the older kids


sharing their stash


Zoe loves chocolate!


the galaxy egg


warmer temps and a city view from the playgrounds


The cast of ‘Something’ poses with the girls


look ma! it’s as big as my head!

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It helps to have a pro (E and Z’s dad) take the photos… especially when the gardens are not yet blooming and not quite photogenic!

More shots of the mad dash to find eggs and candy in our yards!

(Greg Kessler photos)



Asher mixes Purim with Easter


shaking out one last egg!

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This year we had a Purim Carnival at our synagogue, and then an Easter egg hunt on our alley.  I did something my mom taught me years ago… created bunny prints with a stencil and sifted flour.  And Zoe and I created a picture board for the Purim carnival together (although it later turned into a bean bag toss to win tickets!)


ooo scary unkosher food costume!


our photo booth






Kate Bly and her little Haman



my mom’s tradition – marking the gardens where eggs are hidden

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We went to the Ritz Carlton downtown on Easter Sunday just because the weather was nice enough to do so. There was an egg hunt for kids… 500 eggs and 12 of them were golden eggs that were supposed to hold something special – although we never found out what. We were asked to leave one particular roped off area to go to another side – told that would be the only side that the ‘gate’ would be opened and kids would be allowed to go in and collect eggs. We followed the rules: I told my kids to have fun and try not to knock anyone over. Sadly many other parents hadn’t passed on the same message. While the supervisor from the Ritz Carlton was making announcements and counting down from 10, tons of other kids swarmed the surrounding gates and walls – jumping over and collecting all the eggs before most other (smaller) kids could. It is shocking that the parents sat idly by and took their kids’ photos while they did this – ignoring the security guard’s warning to stay back.

Ironically there was a story on NPR the next morning – talking about how compliance sometimes doesn’t work. That breaking the rules is often a necessity. And I struggle with how to teach this to my kids – or even to myself for that matter. Maybe the neatest way is to allow “breaking the rules” for competition that looks like it could go rogue – like an egg hunt? Go after what you want? When does that apply and when does it not? The NPR story pointed out the people who were told to return to their desks when the North Tower was hit on 9-11 — how do you know when to be compliant and when to trust intuition and at what cost?

It seems hardly appropriate to compare an egg hunt to the Twin Towers going down but – HOW does one know whose rules to follow, let alone try to teach this to small children?

In the end my kids got one egg each – but when Ezra heard a smaller girl crying behind him, he generously handed her his only egg. A gesture that is such a bigger winner than getting a golden plastic egg. The mother returned with some Cadbury eggs for my kids and said they were the nicest children she’d ever met. How can I not feel this is a bigger reward and better lesson for them to learn?




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Photo from ohthelovelythings.com

Photo from ohthelovelythings.com

I feel like my quest for Beautiful Things has been hampered lately by chasing kids, their schedules, an upcoming ballet recital, a huge homework packet … you know the mamma drill. But I did manage to find some things that evoke spring before frolicking with the kids (both of them, now that Ezra has some time off from school finally).


— Favorite spring picture books.

— Some beautiful spring colors and eggs (for Passover or Easter or just as a symbol of renewal.)

— More lovely lively colors to take my head out of winter.

Colorful coats for the end of the season, and don’t forget the red lipstick again!

— It’s fascinating to see children around the world with their favorite things.

— And just cute kids in general, on film, saying some great stuff (love the one about Valentine’s Day!)

A great lunch option, I’m about to Google whether or not bulgur wheat is kosher for Passover.

— What do to with your cherry tomatoes when they go past their prime.

— Pretty macaroons!

— Do you remember when Banana Republic Merchandise looked like this?

— A kosher-for-Passover treat and favorite at our house.

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I think because I use to celebrate Easter in the past, I get a little excited when both Passover and Easter happen or start on the same weekend – and I’m not even certain why. Maybe because in my mind there’s the opportunity to mix them both somehow – or there’s the chance to feel a kindred spirit with others who (despite our varying religions) are also braving holiday traffic, traveling, baking good things to eat and seeing family. Last year Passover and Easter were a week apart so we had a chance to catch some egg hunts — something so very Pagan and spring-themed that we let the kids enjoy it without worrying about blurring any religious lines. This year we might miss the egg hunts while starting Passover, but the same sweet feeling of renewal and spring are in both holidays.
Here are some scenes from last year – and we hope you enjoy your Good Friday, Passover, Easter, start of spring break… :

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