Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Week

This Easter Drew and I decided to do something a little different (see my post below on a book called Christ Centered Easter.) We started on Palm Sunday (last Sunday) and did a little activity each night of the week to focus on the Savior. It has made such a difference. I truly felt the spirit. It was especially strong in our home the whole week.

Sunday night we discussed the last week of Jesus's life and made a timeline with these pictures. I also found clip art on the computer and made a coloring book that corresponds to the pictures on the wall (my kids were able to color the pictures all week long.)
Monday night we discussed the Easter Story ( I found one similiar on sugardoodle) with little visuals in the Easter Eggs. My kids absolutely loved this activity.

Tuesday and Wednesday night we discussed what a parable is and discussed different parables. The first parable was called the parable of the bicycle (a modern day parable) and the other was the Ten Virgins.

On Thursday we read a story called the Belayer (scroll down) and made these cute edible tombs. As we were reading the story I got really emotional and it was so sweet to see Derek do the same. I know that he felt the spirit. It was a touching experience for the whole family.
Friday we made Easter Story Cookies.
It is a fun activity and my boys really got the idea behind the resurrection.
On Saturday night we had a Jeruselum Dinner (lentil soup, flat bread, olives, grapes, nuts, cantaloupe, grape juice, etc. )and ate things that would have been available during Christ's time(in the future we will eat on the floor and won't use utensils but for now we did a modified version) and then we watched an Easter Dream.
This morning, Sunday before Easter Baskets we read this story called Jeremy's Egg.
This week was a wonderful experience that really brought us closer to the Savior.

After this week I think Easter has become my new favorite holiday. It was so great to incorporate some new traditions and make extra special memories for the whole family. I know next year we will do some of the same activities and create some new ones. I am excited for this new tradtion because I know the older my children get our discussion about the Savior will grow and our Easter Celebration Week will hopefully help us to continue to get to know him even better.

16 comments:

Heather said...

really neat ideas Megan. that's so neat to focus on Easter all week long. Thanks for sharing!

Rochelleht said...

Oh, Megan! Those are GREAT ideas! Seriously, I'm so impressed. I may have to steal them all next year. Good for you!!

The boys look adorable in their little sweater vests!

aurora said...

Wow. I really love all of those ideas!

Easter has always been an elusive holiday for me. I was just talking to my friend about that yesterday. It has been hard for me to incorporate the true, Christ-centered meaning.

Thanks for posting this!

gab said...

Wow. Great ideas! We have done the last week too...but the other ideas are new to me. Good for you! I will borrow next year.

takemetohawaii said...

What an awesome week! I really will be getting that book you suggested. So neat! The boys look so handsome in their Easter clothes!

Alison said...

Hi Megan,
Heather told me about your blog and your Easter ideas. You are wonderful! That sounds like a wonderful week, something I would love to do next year. Thanks for sharing with all of us!
Alison

Stevens girl said...

What great Easter ideas. I wish I'd have been more creative with Easter, but I'm sure most of my kids are not yet old enough to grasp most of what would have been taught.

Dancin Queen said...

Beautiful ideas! Thanks for sharing!

laugh-at-me-Laurel said...

How cool! I was just thinking on Sunday how Easter kinda gets overlooked (especially for me this year since I was a little extra busy). This sounds like a really neat thing to do, and would bring out so much more of the spirit of Easter...which is probably the most important holiday!!

Katrina said...

How wonderful! I had a really fabulous Easter Week preparing sharing times for Primary, but next year, I'm following your lead and including my fam!

Debbie said...

I am touched by all you did to make Easter so special. I hope to look back on your ideas for our next Easter and use some of these awesome ideas. Really neat!

Michelle said...

I love all your ideas! You are such an awsome mom. I'm going to follow your lead and make Easter and all the rest of the holidays more meaningful. Thanks for being so WONDERFUL!!

Laura said...

such NEAT things! I am so glad we did the dinner- my kids LOVED it! Thanks for the great ideas!

Crazymamaof6 said...

wow what fun easter traditions! and WOW your boys sure looked handsome in their easter outfits!
thanks for stopping by me blog the other day!

Renee' said...

How neat! Great ideals!

i'm kelly said...

i love all of these ideas! i can't wait to use these next year!