I’ve had a little time off from my blog over Easter to spend some quality time with my family, and wouldn’t you know it we were hit by a sickness bug almost as soon as half term came! Although it was lovely to spend time with the children, a lot of the half term was spent either tending to sick kids or feeling ill myself – how typical! We had a few distractions in the form of some Easter crafts, and Easter eggs were firmly put on hold for a while until everyone felt a little better. We did manage to decorate some eggs by dying them as we do every year, I think the kids would be really horrified if I didn’t bother one year to make them look pretty as they love the annual ritual so much – even when they are feeling ill!
We had some distractions (thank you Parragon Books!) in the form of these lovely Art Therapy books, one in Disney Frozen theme and one in Disney Princess theme – both gorgeous and such a godsend this Easter when my daughter was feeling ‘bored’ for the hundredth time. These Art Therapy books are really great (for any age) and even my teen was caught colouring in a few pages as it is so relaxing to sit and get creative for half an hour. We even sat together and made the cute bunny that Parragon Books kindly included in the delivery, he took pride of place next to our Easter eggs and we named him Hop!
Making the eggs and our little Easter bunny injected a little fun to our sickly break and it was great to distract the kids from feeling so ill too. We always buy the usual brown hens eggs, but this year we tried some beautiful white duck eggs too and they looked so pretty! They are so easy to make and we used food colouring paste for a deeper colour, but any food colouring works well. I tend to find little containers to fit one or two eggs in at a time and mix in the food colouring paste with water in each one and then add the eggs, leave overnight and dry to add back into the egg-box until you need to use and eat. The lovely crackled ‘dinosaur egg’ look on the white duck eggs is easy to achieve too – take a look at last years post on how to make them here.
On Easter Sunday we took them out to the garden to ‘boule’ them as we always do, a tradition carried on by us but something my gran always used to do with us when we were little, the winner is the ‘bouler’ who has the least ruined egg at the end! Apart from the dreaded sickness bug this Easter that hit our home we also had to concentrate on our teenage daughter Siobhan as she has GCSE’s coming up and needed to get her head into the books and revise. Although it’s been a ahem *few* years since I sat mine, I still know how stressful it is and sympathise with her as there is so much pressure to do well and get good grades.
She is coping remarkably well and managed to get quite a bit of revision done, which was great but the stress of the anticipation of the exams is certainly taking it’s toll and she has had some anxiety too. We made sure we got out for some fresh air and walks every day even though we were all feeling a bit unwell as I was trying my best to circumnavigate any anxious feelings or nerves. It’s quite amazing what a positive mental state can do for stress, combined with some exercise it can make a big difference, and we have been doing everything we can to ease any worries she has. It’s a fine line as of course taking advice from her parents is so ‘lame’ and how would we know anyway – we are soo old!
This week has of course resumed all eating of Easter eggs (chocolate ones!) so there’s always a silver lining for the kids, they may have been ill over Easter but now while everyone else has finished their Easter chocolate stash – our kids are just beginning to eat the collection of eggs that are waiting for them! Also Siobhan has let us know it’s hugely important for students to have ‘lots of sugar’ during revision to help retain knowledge and quite frankly – who are we to argue?! Whatever helps right now!