Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This Is How We Do It At The Stratton House:

Easter has taken on some intense traditions at the Stratton house the past few years. And I like it! I was glad to be here for the Holiday and share in the fun.

This is how we do, how we do...

First there's the Hunt. Obviously. But past discoveries of "Benjamin's" in some eggs have made the adults more eager to search for eggs and baskets than the children. The hunt can easily turn dirty if one person is finding all the big bills and someone's luck is failing by pulling in only $1's.

But it's all in good fun and usually after the chase we even things out in the spirit of Easter Love :)

Then there's the matter of coloring Easter Eggs. Someone got cute a few years ago and competition has since become stiff! It's a serious matter and the title of "Ken's Favorite Egg" and bragging rights for a year has become a respected and coveted prize!! It all happened by accident really. We were dipping and dyeing away, Bubba must have made a pretty creative egg and started boasting about it. Cody musta stepped in to one up him. Of course I had to show off my creative master mind skill. No humility allowed on Easter. And before we knew it everyone was in the zone trying to come up with the absolute coolest most creative egg. After they were all done, there was only one way to choose a winner. Dad, The Ken, was the single person to not color an egg, or even watch the scene unfold, so naturally he became the "unbiased" judge. He doesn't know who's egg is who's until he's finished and has picked his top favorites. The best part is hearing his commentary while he's judging. Anyone who knows my dad would get this how it'd be funny seeing him use his smarts and professional opinion to choose a "creative" winner. If you don't know my dad, lets just say it's not his strong suit :)

Now every year you'd better come prepared with some darned good ideas. Many try to play into Dad's emotions with eggs saying things like "Lynette's the Hottest", "Go Aggies!", or by portraying fishing scenes. But that's cheating. Other go for the win by playing the wild card of making something ugly or too easy. Sometimes those earn "Honorable Mentions."  Little kids can get lucky with cuteness and sympathy points. But the true winners are always something that took sweet skills to make!

Most importantly, and most fun, is the dinner. Putting friendly competition aside, it's the time and stories shared around the table that are cherished the deepest. Thanks to Mom the food is immaculate and tasty to boot! I love my family. They're one of a kind and dear to my heart. Thank you everyone for being my sister, brother, mom and dad, even niece and nephew! I love you all.
Devin and Vanessa would make good parents, I'm getting eager to meet their offspring!

 Kara's and Todd's however is on the way, we get to meet Baby Anderson in 3 months!

 Me and "Sessie"

 Sweet sweet little Layla

 Easter Dinner

 How Betty Crocker is this moment?

 Here Jessie is telling Ava and Cohen she saw something in the backyard... something like an.. Easter Bunny!!!

 That was a very lucrative hunt!!

These eggs made the line-up of Dad's favorites... 

 Marolyn Manson (Bubba's), a Pig Creature (Bubbas), Indian, aka Will I Am (one of mine)

These are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners:  Ken the Egg (Todd's), a Snorkeler (Mine! Boo Ya!) and a Fishing Scene (Bubba's).

Other notable entries:
 Angry Bird (Mine)

 Groovy Dude, aka Elton John (Todd)
 Lady Bug (Jessie)
 Butterfly, (Mom)
 Soap (Bubba)
Jack from Nightmare Before (Me) 


susan catudal said...

I am certsinly glad you get your artistic fill with your family,'cos you sure won't get it with the Catudals! As you must have already discovered,there is not an artistic bone amongst us!
I guess when we get together,it's more feats of strength and agility that is the activity of choice!
It was fun to see all your family's creativeness!!

Kara Anderson said...

Always so much fun! So glad you could be there with us!

Sarah said...

I want to spend Easter at your house!!! You guys do it right! Wow. My Easter sucked big time this year. I am so impressed with the creativity involving the eggs. You guys are amazingly talented.