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I have heard birds singing songs outside of my window for a week straight. This has truly been music to my ears. I was afraid that the snow would never start to melt, and that we were entering a Game of Thrones-like multi-year winter. One of the surest signs of spring, in addition to the singing birds, are all of the Easter decorations that I see being hung on houses and Easter basket supplies at local stores.

Last Easterwas the first Easter that we were able to celebrate as a family of three, and even though my son (then just a year old) didn’t fully understand Easter, he still had a blast playing with items in his Easter basket.
Because Rhys is now a toddler, we are going to have an even more exciting Easter!  I’m talking Easter egg decorating, Easter egg hunts, and a super fun Disney Junior Easter Basket filled with treats and toys with his favorite characters – Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
I just love the colors of Easter, the bright pastels, the pictures of little animals, and the memories I have from Easter with my own family. There was always so much laughter, delicious food, and incredibly fun Easter egg hunts. Even though my tiny family isn’t really religious, I truly enjoy this holiday because it is about new life, and sharing love.
Tall Dad and I have decided to adopt some of our own traditions now that we have our own family.  Our Easter baskets for the kid(s) will be filled with goodies, books, as well as a few new toys. I decided to do my Easter basket shopping early, so that I could scoop up some of Rhys’ favorite items. My local Walmart has a HUGE section dedicated to Easter, and is chock full of Disney Junior toys, baskets, and candy.
If your child is a fan of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Sofia the First, or any other Disney Junior shows – then you’ll want to check out their wide assortment of Easter goodies.
I also found a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Easter book at Walmart – called Hoppy Clubhouse Easter!
There are a ton of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Disney Junior related items throughout the entire store. Rhys can’t get enough of these characters, and I thought these wooden magnets would be a perfect addition to his Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed Easter Basket. 
These Disney Junior Eggs are filled with character shaped candies like little Mickey and Minnie!
Another tradition I am going to start up with our tiny family is decorating Easter eggs. Since Rhys’ fine motor skills aren’t necessarily on par with working with real egg shells, I’ve decided that we can decorate fake eggs for now.
I found these great plastic eggs at Walmart that can be dyed and decorated just like real hard boiled eggs. Plus, we can decorate them now and use them around the house without having to worry about egg smell! (I got this idea from this incredibly blog, My Sister’s Suitcase. If you have a child who loves Elsa and Anna, you’ll want to see the Easter basket they created – here)
We have already begun decorating some with stickers and some fun stamp sets. I love watching him be creative at such a young age!
On Easter morning, if the snow has melted by then (please send warm thoughts to us in the North East!) I’m really looking forward to having an outdoor Easter egg hunt. If all else fails, we can have one inside of our new home. Rhys and I are already practicing hiding and finding Easter eggs in our family room.
Tall Dad was chuckling at me because we were “practicing for Easter,” but to Rhys – it’s a game – and he doesn’t care that it’s not yet Easter morning.
Plus, he’s going to be great at finding the eggs by the time Easter really rolls around.
I’m even thinking about taking him to a local public Easter Egg hunt. There are several in our state this year, including one at Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, and Westerly Rhode Island. Who knows, if the weather is nice, we might even organize our own with friends in a local park and let our little ones run around finding the brightly colored treasures!
We are planning on serving a special tiny family Easter breakfast – including bunny shaped pancakes, or these bunny shaped pancakes – I just can’t decide! Later on, we will then be having family over for Easter dinner. I honestly have no idea what we will serve, aside from a layered fruit salad in my trifle dish.  I’m a huge fruit salad fan – and so is the rest of my family. Easy Easter meal suggestions would GREATLY be appreciated!
Overall, I’m incredibly excited for Spring and Easter to arrive. I think the preparing early, and shopping for decorations and Easter Basket supplies has really gotten me into a great mood. 
I’m excited to take Rhys to have his picture taken with the Easter Bunny, to see him hunt for eggs with friends, and to see his face when he gets to dive into his Disney Junior Easter Basket .
Maybe this burst of enthusiasm and energy is an extra blessing – because in a month from now I will be well into my eighth month of pregnancy, and I may not have the energy to be creative and shop!  Who knows 🙂
Okay, seriously friends, I need EASY Easter dinner recommendations! Please leave some in the comments below! You’re lifesavers!

Talk soon friends,