Spring has arrived and so did Easter! Another holiday has quickly approached and passed. It was nice having a little Easter break (Thursday, Friday, the weekend, and the following Monday!). I feel like I’ve done a lot in the last few days. Of course I continued to work at my two jobs, and spent time on that thing called homework. But I also made time for fun!
My best friend from high school is in town, so we had dinner together two nights in a row. Also, FAB members and I saw MKTO in concert. We were in the front row, right in the middle! It was so nice outside, and it was a great show. During our FAB exec retreat last summer, we declared the song “Classic” by MKTO our official jam. Therefore, it was an absolute blast seeing this live. And then, of course Easter was nice as well. A couple days before, I dyed eggs with my cousins. And I got to see nearly everyone the day of. Nothing beats eating a big homemade meal with your family. See below for pictures of my eventful little Easter break!
Ok, so, this is a shortened school week for Easter, or as I like to call it Spring Break Part 2. Our first spring break earlier in March was pretty decent, the weather was ok, and it was mostly filled with work for a lot of us. But this weekend will be different! I’m not overly religious, but Easter has always been a holiday that I have cherished for the family time. I come from a decent sized family (20-30 people when we’re all together), we’ve always been very close knit and spending time together is important and cherished. This Easter, much like this past Thanksgiving and Christmas, is even more important. Back in August my grandpa (now 88 years old) was diagnosed with stage four cancer. This rattled the foundation of our family pretty hard, especially for those of us that live out of state (most of my family resides outside of Chicago and just over the border in Wisconsin). Since the diagnosis my grandpa has been doing really well, keeping up with his exercises and keeping a healthy appetite. Everyone else in the family visits home as often as possible, helping my grandma out when she needs it, and enjoying every second we get to spend with everyone. We don’t think of my grandpas’ diagnosis as a tragedy, he’s lived a long life, full of love and memories; rather, this is an opportunity to be even more grateful for the time we do have with him. So this weekend I will happily make the five hour drive north, help cook an awesome Easter brunch, and laugh, a lot, and love very single moment of it. Enjoy this second spring break, go visit with your family and friends, or call them, tell them how much you love them, laugh with them over good jokes and memories. Cherish the moments, that’s what’s truly important in life.
One year ago at this time I wrote a 5 page paper on the history behind Easter egg hunts for my religious studies class. Since Easter is almost here I thought I would share some information. Believe it or not, Easter eggs and the Easter bunny all originate from different parts of the world. But one of the ways Easter egg hunts began was through a German myth from the 1600s. It was believed that Eoster, a Teutonic goddess, had a pet bird who laid eggs in baskets and hid them. When Eoster transformed her pet bird to a bunny, it continued to lay eggs. This myth is based on the belief that rabbits symbolize fertility. This idea was started in Germany and was spread to America in the 1700s when immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania for the first time. They called their custom “Osterhase”. Often children would decorate baskets before they searched for the eggs because the baskets symbolized nests. Some people even left carrots out for the Easter bunny in order to show their gratitude.
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So my last post was about some ideas I had to do over spring in general, however, I did not say anything about what I’m doing over spring break. Believe it or not I have quite a busy schedule starting this Thursday as I begin my time off meeting up with a friend. The next day I leave to visit my grandma in Indianapolis, who is 90 years old. A few days later when I get back home I have some shopping to do. I will be on the search to find my Easter dress. I will also be stopping by a store called Schaffers that sells Austrian crystals. I also really want to see the new Cinderella movie that comes out next Friday.
I wish I could go to the beach, but not everyone in my family ever has the same schedule so I usually stay home, however, I think I have a enough to do.