I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter Morning

"Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~
The hunt began...
There was no getting dressed first, even though it was 7:00 a.m. and quite cold outside. 

The sun was just coming up. The eggs were hidden everywhere.
 The excitement was palpable.
The Bean... the wild man with wild hair.

 We even got an email from the Easter Bunny.
 Amazing technology!

 There was no doubt that Easter had arrived.

Later, after Breakfast, they settled in for some quiet time.
I even got Little Bean to pose for a formal portrait.
And The Bean settled into a Lego induced relaxation mode.
I took the boys outside for a while to give mommy, daddy and Papa a rest.  
We went out back and decorated the concrete with chalk.
 When Noni asked them if they wanted to go for a hike, they took a few seconds to decide...
(Oh, that hair.)
And then...
Off they ran, up the road, leaving Noni to catch up.
"Hey! Wait for me." I called out... and they did.
We went to the Manzanita grove on the next knoll beyond the old orchard.
 Where the fox live in dens around the trunks of trees.
It's were the wild things live. 
This is a magical place. 
 We learned about poison oak and what it looked like.
How a plant can be so small that you will step on it and not notice... or it can grow into the oak trees, become like a huge vine and makes the oak tree unclimbable.

 They learned that it is beautiful, has three leaves and the new leaves are shiny and tinged with red.
By the time we left, the Beans were able to tell me what poison oak looks like and could show it to me.
Yea, Beans!!

We talked about wild things and where they go when we humans arrive. How they are watching us and keep their distance until we leave. 
We collected special rocks and "cool" things. 
As we walked back down to the house, Little Bean spotted some holes in the hillside. He said that this was were the Rattlesnakes sleep until Summertime. 
Another good lesson learned.

They all left after lunch. 
The dogs, Papa and Noni took a long nap. 
We miss you, Beans. 
We love you all.
Come back soon.


  1. wow love th moss on that tree...what a cool hike...and i need to figure out how to get an email from the easter bunny...you def have a cool place for an egg hunt...

  2. Love the Mark Twain quote! It's the first Easter we had no family here for dinner. No dyed eggs, no celebration at all, hardly knew it was Easter. Sounds like you day was divine though so good for you!

  3. you are such a wonderful Noni! And a very special story teller, I swear I learn more from you every time I visit. Glad you had a great visit.

    Your photos are amazing...are you doing something different?

  4. So glad you were able to enjoy your grandsons during this special holiday. They looked like they were having fun finding the eggs. You hike was fun and very interesting I know they learned alot. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  5. What a wonder Easter celebration you had with your precious beans....they are cuties. You live in such a beautiful area and such a fun place for the boys to explore. They are so blessed having you as their Noni. Enjoy!


  6. Seeing kids hunt for easter eggs always makes me smile! You know in England they don't have that tradition.

    HUGS great pics :-}


  7. Absolutely wonderful post! Perfect place for boys...maybe not so much girls LOL

    Made me smile Ms. Connie ♥


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