Any Holiday you spend away from your family and friends is hard…even a simple holiday like Easter. Luckily, I have made some really good friends here in Hall Beach, as well as had my Grade 4’s that made me a little less homesick during Easter.
Grade 4’s Egg Dyeing Extravaganza;
My long Easter weekend began with me tackling the high risk job of dying eggs with my Grade 4’s. I was almost dumb enough to try and get all technical and have each student blow the yolk out of their egg. That is how I always did it growing up, and knew of no other way, until I was educated by one of my co-workers/friends. They told me I could just boil the eggs and the students can dye them, and when they are done decorating they can eat them after if they please. BRILLIANT time saver and healthy snack.
The Grade 4’s and I ventured over to the Co-Op to purchase 32 eggs. We used our fundraised money from our popcorn sale, which gives a perfect example of why we fundraise, so we have money to buy supplies to do fun activities, such as dye 32 Easter eggs.
I’ve never dyed eggs with 14 students before so I was just flying by the seat of my pants. The only issues I was trying to avoid were; dyeing skin, and dying cloths. Unfortunately I was fell victim to some dye on my top, however I consider it a memento for my first egg dyeing experience with my Grade 4’s.
As a class we decided on four colors. I decided the max amount of colors we would have would be four, because I felt six colors might get a little WILD, and anyone who knows me understands it had to be in sets of twos. The colors we decided on were blue, green, purple, and reddish pink. I know, SHOCKER there was no yellow.
After the eggs were done boiling and had cooled off, I got the Grade 4’s to make designs on their 2 eggs using crayons. When they were done adding their creative touch to their 2 eggs, they placed their eggs back into the egg carton. We made a large circle on the floor and I placed the four dishes of colors along with the egg cartons in the center. One at a time each student placed each of their eggs into their choice of color, and we all watched in excitement to see the end result of their design. The wax from the crayon really popped in contrast with the dye. I was so pleased with how their eggs turned out, as I know they also were because only a few decided to crush the shell and eat the boiled egg. The rest took them home to show their parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles, whome ever they live with.
Easter Skype Session;
I felt extremely lucky to receive not ONE but TWO Easter packages from my parents. Receiving them a week before Easter led to a little anticipation to open the suckers because the deal was I had to wait till Easter Sunday and open them on Skype. I would like to take a moment to rave how amazing Skype and FaceTime are for individuals like myself, who are away from their family and friends. It allows you to feel a little less distance between you.
Skyping with my parents always leads to a conversation that gets side tracked a million times, and we usually go over our allocated time frame, and this Easter Skype session was no different. I had to let my parents go so I could go chill and take pictures in the Igloo with my friends….that is a sentence I never foresaw myself saying.
Once I returned we got down to the good part of opening my packages. The Easter Bunny was VERY good to me this year, especially hooking me up with the HILLARIOUS movie HOP. If you have not seen this movie yet, I am judging you!
My Skype sessions with my parents are also always special because I get to see my dog Maggie. She can hear me however the lack of my physical presence confuses her. I was able to capture some adorable pictures of her though by taking a picture of my screen. Oh how technology makes us all feel a little closer to one another.
It is nice to have a nice group of friends you can get together with on special occasions like Birthdays or Holidays. The husband and wife in the circle of friends here hosted the Easter dinner at their place. She and myself have Newfoundland roots so she went to all the effort to cook a Jig’s dinner to cure our Newfoundland souls. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of indulging in a Jig’s dinner, the meal typically consists of a combination of salt beef, boiled potatoes, carrots, cabbage, turnip, bread pudding, cooked turkey, and gravy. My favorite part about Jig’s dinner is making what we call hash the next morning with all the leftover potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and turnip then frying it up with eggs and bologna.
I attempted to make a contribution to Easter dinner by baking this cheesecake I found in one of my healthy eating magazine. It was suppose to symbolize a nacho platter, with pie pieces to represent nachos, and candy and jam on top to represent the veggie toppings and salsa. I was chirped by one individual in particular, however he shall remain nameless…LOL! It tasted yum, and looked fun, so no complaints by me.
It was great to enjoy some AWESOME food, and GREAT conversations with friends. We all dressed in our Easter Sunday best, and dined in style. It was an amazing way to end my Easter weekend.