Easter on the Peninsula

Easter was a lot of fun for us this year.  Hard to top last year’s Easter at the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, but we had a fun-filled weekend.

Here’s a nice side by side of our daughter’s 1st Easter in the Keukenhof and this Easter.

Easter 2014 in the Netherlands & Easter 2015 in California

Easter 2014 in the Netherlands & Easter 2015 in California

Hidden Hills Ranch in Prunedale hosted an Easter party on Good Friday.  Our daughter was very excited to see the Easter Bunny, she went right up to him and started giving him hugs and high fives.  She was also thrilled to see a smaller bunny in a pen that she could pet.

Petting the Easter bunny's friend.

Petting the Easter bunny’s friend.

The Easter Party included a tour of the ranch where we were able to see all the different animals they have including horses, chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, an emu, and a donkey.  This where our sweet girl learned what sound a donkey makes and now will happily give a quiet “hee-haw” when asked what a donkey says.  There was also a story time with various bunny books.  I suppose we got a little wrapped up in story time because we somehow missed the start of the egg hunt!  Even though we were late, we were able to stumble upon some discarded eggs that another child had raided the contents of and then left the shells by a tree.  Empty or not, didn’t matter to our little girl!

Trying to hold as many eggs as possible.

Trying to hold as many eggs as possible.

Mom fail…I forgot to bring her Easter basket to the Easter party!  Luckily the staff had a few extra baskets lying around.  A berry basket was just the right size to hold her 5 eggs.

Make-shift Easter basket.

Make-shift Easter basket.

The highlight of the day was quite possibly the pony ride.  Although I thought we would never make it through the long line where my little girl kept running off.  I wasn’t sure how the pony ride would go, especially since she would have to wear a helmet and she throws a fit when asked to wear a smock for painting.  To my surprise she took no issue with the helmet and was very happy in the saddle!  For several days after this she would request, “ride horse.”

1st pony ride!

1st pony ride!

On Easter morning, we of course had to see what the Easter Bunny had delivered.  Her favorite items were the Anna and Elsa jelly beans.

Checking out the Easter basket.

Checking out the Easter basket.

We then headed over to the local golf course for an egg hunt.  I remembered the basket this time!

Egg Hunt #2 at the golf course.

Egg Hunt #2 at the golf course.

We had hoped to get a last minute reservation at the restaurant on the course for brunch, but had no such luck.  So it was back home for cinnamon rolls and Dad’s egg frittata.  After a nap, we tried one more egg hunt at home.

Egg Hunt #3 in the backyard.

Egg Hunt #3 in the backyard.

My husband had the idea to substitute berries inside the eggs instead of candy.  Little girl didn’t seem to mind at all!

Is that a jelly bean inside the egg?  Nope, a blueberry!

Is that a jelly bean inside the egg? Nope, a blueberry!

We were joined by friends for dinner and dessert at our house.  All in all a great Easter weekend!  Hope you enjoyed yours as well!

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