Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

I hope your Easter is turning out charmingly -- we are having a very nice one. Here are some pictures from our celebration ... In this one, Steven looks frightfully discouraged. We DID do 7 dozen eggs ... could he be overwhelmed???

Oma (my mom) was helpful as usual. In fact, she boiled all the eggs and provided the coloring stuff. And the candy. And the plastic eggs to put the candy in. And the Easter Bunny to hide it ... ok, not that, but practically everything else!

Ahh, Steven looks recovered. And then there's Opa (my dad--he's supervising. He's good at that. He used to be a university administrator.); and Mara, frantically egg-hunting. And Emily, rather pleased with her haul.
I hope you got lots of chocolate! (And took some time to ponder why Easter really exists.) Love, kristin


  1. seven dozen?! did you invite all of the walla walla valley? your mom and dad are looking good! on a different note (F) i've been looking for pictures of the felines ;-]. lady jane keeps asking for them! rmw

  2. What does one do with seven dozen hard-boiled eggs? We only did three and are uncertain how to get those eaten in a timely manner!

    Looks like a fun Easter at the Fry house! Love the pictures!

  3. Hope you had a lovely Easter - I remember doing Easter egg painting and hunting when the kids were small in Africa though it is not done in Ireland - at least not traditionally. Plenty of chocolate eggs though with lots of packaging to recycle and it is very wasteful. your photos are lovely!

  4. * L.E. -- We did not invite the WW Valley, but my mother was in charge of egg boiling -- which explains it right there, doesn't it? In fact, I thought, "Seven dozen?! The kids will be bored out of their skulls after one dozen" ... but they weren't. They were still going strong. Oh, and on Lady Jane's recommendation, I just took a picture of James (can't find Max). He was in a perfect pose on a chair. The moment I took out the camera, he hopped down, yowled crossly at me, and raced off down the hall. I'll post the picture I *did* get shortly!

    * Hilary -- Ah, well, you see, one eats many, many egg salad sandwiches, which I am sure you are already doing ... and serves hard-boiled eggs for all snacks. Also, deviled eggs are excellent, especially if there happens to be a church potluck to which you can take them (they go like hotcakes at potluck; I have seen grown men devouring up to ten at a sitting). And last night, I served breakfast for dinner, in the form of Scott's grandma's breakfast gravy over toast. It's a white gravy, made with browned flour for thickener, and at the last minute you stir in corned beef and sliced boiled eggs. It's very good (not especially excellent recipe on request -- I cannot get the dumb stuff lump-free). I'm sure our cholesterol levels are through the roof!

    * Catherine -- so now I am curious. I wonder what country/ethnicity introduced the egg coloring and hunting? Obviously it's not British Isles? But it was something not unknown in Africa. Perhaps it has a Dutch background? One of my favorite Easter treats is Cadbury Creme Eggs -- and you can feel so environmental about the minimal foil wrapping! :)


  5. i just 'googled' the question of egg coloring and found the following information - "A notation in the household accounts of Edward I of England showed an expenditure of eighteen pence for 450 eggs to be gold-leafed and colored for Easter gifts. The first book to mention Easter eggs by name was written five hundred years ago. Yet, a North African tribe that had become Christian much earlier in time had a custom of coloring eggs at Easter." so - it would appear the United States has at least two sources for egg colouring - England and North Africa - isn't Google wonderful! rmw p.s. tell max it is time for his close-up ;-]!

  6. Ah, yes, Google! What did we do without it? What shocks me is that Edward spent 18 PENCE and got 450 eggs gold-leafed and colored. Sheesh! Inflation!