One of the benefits to living in Texas is the nearly-guaranteed beautiful weather on Halloween and Easter, two holidays that are always up-for-grabs in the Midwest. My guess, based on 30 years of experience, is that the weather on these days is sunny and warm less than 50% of the time; the other 50% of the time trick-or-treaters and Easter-egg-hunters contend with pouring rain, bitter cold, or snowstorms. I recall reapplying my face paint midway through trick-or-treating because of the rain, wearing long underwear with my princess costumes (kind of ruins the princess look) because of the cold, and finding my Easter eggs much more quickly than usual because they were so visible in the snow.
Last Easter the weather here was sunny and the high temperature was around 80 degrees. Last Halloween the weather here was sunny and the high temperature was around 80 degrees. This Easter the weather here was sunny and the high temperature was around 80 degrees. Sensing a trend?
My sister, Sara, and her family were visiting the week before Easter, so they were able to participate in some of the kids' Easter festivities at school. Baby Lily - who insisted on carrying around Sara's wallet all morning - hunted for eggs on her own while we waited for Will's class to come outside.
Will's class wasn't at all challenged by our hiding skills. (In our defense, there aren't a whole lot of places to hide Easter eggs in an expansive, grassy lawn.) They had fun though, and looked adorable in their bunny hats.
The following day Sara and I (without Lily, this time) were back at school, in charge of hiding Easter eggs for Hallie's class's egg hunt. Our work, prior to the kids' release, can be seen below - clearly we're expert egg hiders.
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to complain about the heat less, and along with less complaining, I'm also trying to focus on the positive more. So here you have it: Halloween was beautiful, Easter was beautiful.
New Year's Resolution accomplished, at least for today.
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