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Easter camping part 2

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Easter egg hunt! 

Confession: we actually did this a day early – on Saturday. 

We were in the middle of nowhere, how were the kids to know?! 

And it was pretty much selfishly driven: the sooner we organised an egg hunt, the sooner there would be chocolate eggs in the esky for us all to nibble on!

There's been a lot of discussion over the last few days on Facebook about how many chocolate eggs are OK to give kids. We ran a hunt with LOTS of eggs then collected them all back up and gave them one each. Pretty tough love. The eggs were then doled out very occasionally over the next few days and at the rate we're going my kids will still be getting one egg a day until Christmas. 

There's one school of thought that says give the kids all the eggs (i.e. a reasonable number), let them eat them all then run around and burn it off. 

If I gave my kids a whole bunch of chocolate all at once they'd go crazy. They're quite happy with this arrangement. It's like birthday party lolly bags. The kids have a couple of sweets then the bags go away up in the cupboard (on a designated shelf) and they can have a couple of sweets a day until they're gone. 

People might roll their eyes at this tactic but it works for us!

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Besides, it also meant a fairer distribution between the kids – mine were a tad more focussed on the egg retrieval than our friends!

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 Not the Easter bunny…
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 But this is the Australian bush!

P.S. Dear Alex: no photos of me I'm afraid – not deliberate, I'm just always holding the camera! Will attempt to take self portrait this week so you can appreciate 28-week-pregnant tum! (Besides, my lovely friend Coralie in the pics above is so much more photogenic!!)

xxx

4 Comments on “Easter camping part 2

katepickle
April 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

It’s funny… because I don’t eat chocolate (only because I don’t like it all that much – unless it involves Turkish delight or ice cream) We didn’t buy our kids a single Easter egg. They were involved in two separate egg hunts (with friends and family) and on both occasions we did the same as you – collected them all then gave out one or two. All up I think my kids have probably eaten five Easter eggs this year… and I don’t get the impression they think they are deprived! But I can’t tell you how many hot cross buns we’ve all eaten! LOL

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Alex Nolan
April 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

Rick wants to know if there are any photos of the camp food (seeing as this IS a food blog after all?!!!) The closest thing we saw to food was children’s toe jam…. (SO SORRY FI, this is a comment from Rick…)

Love all the photos – despite there not being one of you, darling Fi. Loving the ones of kids and Ad, and your gorgeous friend.

As for chocolate eggs, ours got tonnes. Actually loads. Having said that, we do get to nibble on the BAGS of chocolate they had – without them noticing! I am open to your plan for Christmas and next Easter though. Golly, I do hate loads of chocolate around the house.

xx

PS. Just realsied that last sentence makes me sound VERY English, and VERY posh. Apologies!

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Amanda
April 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Great photos – would LOVE to go camping in the Blue Mountains. One day….maybe when the kids are older. We slowly give out our eggs too, and if the kids get a treat bag after a friends party, they get two lollies straight up and then we eat the rest. Take it when you can get it baby!!

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Christie - Childhood 101
April 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Camping and 28 weeks pregnant, my hat goes off to you. Looks like you had a fun Easter egg hunt and I completely share your philosophy for dolling out the eggs one at a time.

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