The Saturday before Easter we started celebrating by going to the Castle Gardens. It was really pretty and fun. The only hard part was that we had to "Keep off the grass" and Vinson didn't like that so much.
Easter here was pretty fun. The chocolate here is REALLY GOOD but it's also pretty expensive. So I made cake cookies (our friends work at the embassy and get us things like cake mixes that we can't find here) and rice krispy treats. (We got surprised with rice krispies and a 72 oz. bag of chocolate chips, it made me cry!) So both were pretty special. And they had Milka's on sale so I bought some of them. Dan and Vinson got socks. Vinson's are so cute. They are elephant socks and the ears stick up at the top. We put Vinson's basket in the corner and had to play "hide and seek" to get him close enough to see it. He went ballistic after the chocolate eggs and broke them into tiny tiny pieces but I couldn't get him to eat any. We decided to keep him home from church incase he has chickenpox. (He played with Anna who broke out with chicken pox the day after, so she was at her peak of contagiousness). The sad thing about it was that we couldn't go whip the Vondurskovi girls like we had planned. Whip! What? You are probably saying! The Monday after Easter is almost bigger than Easter Sunday. The boys are supposed to make a willow whip and the girls are supposed to decorate eggs. Then on Monday the boys whip the girls (to give them fertility of course) and the girls give them an egg. If the boys whip the girls after 12 then the girls can pour water on the boys. So we thought, "Hey why not whip Anna? She's the one that might have given him Chicken pox in the first place." So we went to visit Amber, Andre, Anna and Sophie. Anna is really cute with Vinson and Vinson gets so excited with other kids. When Vinson pulled out his whip Anna shrieked "No, no, no!" So Amber let him whip her first to show her it was okay. Then Anna lied on the floor, completely submissive. I thought it was pretty funny. Vinson needed a lot of help. He was just excited to wave the whip around because it has ribbons on the end of it.
Afterwards we visited Monica who was working at KFC. We brought her a little Easter basket full of American treats. It's too bad Vinson was asleep, but she gave us chicken wings and Fanta. I was totally not expecting that. (I still don't know enough Czech to refuse something politely, and don't know if it's good to accept or what? I guess it's confusing in America too. So I've taken some things I really didn't want cause it's easier to say yes, than try to politely decline. Not that I wanted to decline KFC! Are you kidding!) We chatted, it was fun!
Finally our last stop was to see the Canek's. It was a little bit harder cause their house isn't baby proffed and they have a semi handicapped sister who wanted to keep holding Vinson. He was a good sport most of the time. They died eggs with onion. They were pretty. Vinson kept wanting to play with the remote control and pull all of their books off of the shelf. By the time we got home we were pretty exhausted. So I took a two hour breather on the couch watching "Ants" and Dan did homework. Then we made our last stop and whipped Karey. (Karey and Matt moved here and are only here for a few months but live really close to us so we let them use our washer. They are the ones who gave us rice krispies). They gave Vinson cheese popcorn which was the best treat! (Better than the kinder egg. Crazy boy!). So that's how we celebrated the Czech Easter.