Day 1: This year we had eighteen eggs to color and we just used regular old food coloring for the first go round: 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and 10-20 drops of food coloring. We got the eggs done, but Shannon was not impressed and said we needed to go get the Easter egg kits.
Day 2: I woke up early and boiled 18 more eggs. Shannon went out with RJ and they came back with Tie Dye kit and a 24 Karat kit. The 24 Karat kit was a special choice by RJ because he and Lily love the Bruno Mars song, 24K Magic. I will say that when we started the process this go round I did not think the gold eggs were going to look good, but after drying they looked great. The Tie Dye eggs were not impressive. In order to get multiple colors it was necessary to put one color on (by squishing the egg around in a plastic bag with a few drops of the color), allowing the egg to dry, and then adding the next color(s).
Once all the eggs were finished we left them out so the Easter Bunny could hide them and the kids were able to find all expect one egg, this egg is still missing. I am sure in a few weeks we will find the egg & it won't be pleasant.
Easter would not be complete with out an 'Egg Fight', something we did when I was a kid, a tradition passed along from my Ukrainian heritage. A bowl of beautifully colored eggs is passed around the table and each person picks an egg they feel will be a winner. Once the eggs are chosen each person will tap the egg of a person next to them at the table; we go around in a circle and take turns until one person is left with a perfect egg or an egg that has only one end cracked. The winner has bragging rights and that is about it, but it is a fun tradition and one that my kids look forward to just like I did as a child.
I hope the traditions we are incorporating into our lives will prove to be good memories for my kids when they are grown.