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Bunny Be Good

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Some women fear spiders and snakes.  I fear clowns and bunnies.  Sure I’m frightened like the best of ’em when it comes to things that go slither and have eight legs.  However, my fear of clowns and bunnies is quite irrational.  Let’s start with the clowns shall we?

I believe it all started with the movie Poltergeist and the scene where the clown jumps out in the brother’s bedroom.  You know the one.  It gives me the shivers just thinking about it.  Well, then a few years later someone had the bright idea to get me one of those laughing clowns for my birthday.  Here’s a video of one just like mine:

Super creepy, right?  Keep in mind that this is not a video of MY clown.  My clown was thrown out just as fast as I could get rid of him!  Here’s the thing about the laughing clown.  I swear to you… One night that clown just started laughing.  All.  On.  Its.  Own.  I kid you not.  He was hidden on the very top of my bookshelf under a bunch of stuffed animals.  That way I would never, ever have to see him from where my bed was.  I mean how would I ever fall asleep if the thing was staring at me???  He just started laughing.  I’m sure it had absolutely nothing to do with a malfunction or anything.  After the laughing incident I think I had my parents remove his batteries.  Buh-bye, creepy clown.

Next up:  Creepy bunnies.  As in bunnies of the Easter variety.  Ready for the background on this one?  When I was about 5 years old my family and I went camping to Meramec State Park over Easter weekend.  It started raining a ton and we were awakened in the middle of the night by a park ranger saying that the river was flooding and everyone needed to get out fast!  So we quickly packed up and arrived back home in the wee hours of the morning.  I remember lying awake, quite concerned that the Easter Bunny would go to our campsite looking for me and only find a massive flood.  While my overactive imagination was coming up with all of these horrendous scenarios of what would happen to the Easter Bunny in the muddy waters of the Meramec… I saw a shadow land on my open bedroom door.  To my very own horror I watched as the head of the shadow grew these long rabbit shaped ears.  From that moment I was creeped out by the big, ‘ole bunny.  I mean seriously.  What kind of earless bunny goes into people’s homes and then peeps in on little children who are supposed to be sleeping?  Years later I learned that my dad was the “earless bunny” and when he saw me rustling around he made the bunny ears shadow.  Trying to keep the magic of the Easter Bunny alive, but in the process scaring the daylights out of me!

What else do I find nightmare provoking about the bunny of the Easter variety?  Bunnies are supposed to be ultra cute, soft creatures that hop around the yard all day and eat up the strawberries in your garden.  Every.  Single.  Strawberry.   (Another story for another day.)  Bunnies are not supposed to look like this:

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So who had the bright idea to make the Easter Bunny look like an abominable monster anyway?

Obviously the daughter of my friend Holli Ann (of An Ordinary Blog) is going to be traumatized for quite some time.

(Disclosure:  All of the Easter Bunnies in this posting are actually from my friend’s personal pictures.  I like to keep things all personal like that. *wink*)

Then you have Spray Tan Bunny.

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I mean really.  Who here has ever seen an orange bunny?  They do not exist in nature I tell you!

And this bunny?  He clearly has a perma smile that says, “That’s right.  I get my kicks scaring little kids.”

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It’s like he’s laughing about it!

Then…

The bunny without a soul.

(Provided by Nancy of Initials, Inc.)

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Look deep into his creepy, soulless eyes.  More shivers.

Finally…  Here is my Banjo with the clown looking bunny.

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We have now come full circle.

For all those who observe this holiday…  I wish you a Happy Easter full of religious celebrations, good cheer, and a time of reflection spent with loved ones.  May we remember that this day is not about creepy bunnies, egg hunts, or even chocolate mini eggs.  It’s about a sacrifice so great and above all else that we have been given.  The ultimate gift.  I’m truly humble and grateful.  May we all have a blessed holiday weekend.

Buy Costumes.com {Review}

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I can’t keep from dressing up the baby in costumes!  Take advantage of it while I can, right?  Before he decides he has a mind of his own about what he wears.  Dress-up isn’t just for Halloween, y’all.  Think about all the holidays where a baby in a costume is just the perfect touch for any holiday family gathering or event!  Take Easter!

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When buycostumes.com asked if I would review one of their costumes, I thought a little Easter outfit would be just too cute for the little guy.  I picked out the Little Lamb Infant Costume, and giggled when I pulled it out of the bag.  Easter pictures here we come!

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Could he pass off as a bunny?  To be completely traditional, perhaps I should have picked out a bunny outfit, but I’m trying to think ahead here, and thought a baby lamb costume could be used in the future for family group costumes like “Mary and her little lamb”, or “barn animals”, or “Bo Peep and her sheep”.  We’ve got a lot of Halloweens to come, and a lot of future babies that will be wearing this!

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I think the outfit is darling!  The fluffy cotton material is much thicker than I thought it would be, so it could be a great outdoor costume.  The ear hat is easy to put on and comfortable for the baby to wear, and the chin strap is soft and secured with velcro.  The footy booties have a nice tight ankle cuff that keeps them on wiggly feet, with lots of room to fit shoes inside if needed.

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The pink costume satin fabric in the ears is of a good weight and feel, and attention has been taken to sewing them in securely.  The whole outfit is so FLUFFY!  Adorable.

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The costume is spacious and roomy, but it could be bunchy on a smaller body and still look great.  Thus, this costume could fit a large variety of sizes.  Think multi-usage over the years.  But maybe not a 3T toddler 🙂 “Rocket”, not wanting to be upstaged by this little brother, begged and begged to try on the costume as well, and I just couldn’t stop laughing, and had to take a picture!  Oh this boy cracks me up!

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HAPPY EASTER!!

Look at these other stinkin adorable Easter costumes from BuyCostumes.com!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

My Very First Easter Story Sticker Book by Lois Rock, Illustrations by Alex Ayliffe {Book Review}

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9780745962825I love teaching my son the importance behind certain traditions and holidays, and now that he’s actually talking and I’m getting a little feedback about what he’s learning, I’m in teaching-mode.  This year, I have the help of this sticker book to teach him the importance of Easter.  This sticker book is really a treat for kids.  There are 12 pages of colorful story and two large pages of stickers.  Its about the size of a sheet of paper–just a quarter inch taller and skinnier.  The story is simplified, but still contains quite a bit of text to keep a young child interested.

The places where the stickers should be placed are outlined in a solid color and are labeled on the sticker page as to which activity or story they belong to.  The stickers are colorful, well-illustrated, and easy to peel off.

The neat thing about this sticker book is that there is more to do than just find the right sticker and put it where it goes.  The upper part of the book contains the story of Jesus coming into Jerusalem on a donkey, upsetting the selling tables set up in the temple, the first sacrament, Judas’ betrayal, Jesus’ death on the cross, the empty tomb, and the resurrection from the tomb. The lower part of the book contains “activities”, or things to do and think about, and questions to answer, such as “What can you do to show you love someone?”.  What a great way to keep children engaged and really make this book even more interactive, as well as provide a way to encourage communication between parents and children while trying to get the meaning of Easter across.

On the last few pages are The Story of Jesus in a summary of eight pictures, and the last page contains An Easter Prayer.  I think the recommended age of 3-5 is just right.

I’m excited to share this with my son in a few weeks!  I’m sure it will be a great activity book for church, and a wonderful Easter basket present!

Click HERE for more information and where to buy the book.

*I received this book from Kregel Publications in order the write this review, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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