Dying Eggs

I told myself to chill.  I told myself to give up the mommy control.  That this whole Easter egg dying thingiemajigger is about the process, the experience, not the end product.

I think it might have been one of the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

You know how in your mind, everything works out?  You plan.  You think.  You attempt to avoid catastrophes.

I had it under control.  Sort of.  I put her in play clothes.  I planned to go outside.   She was to sit on a towel.  I had my camera ready.   All the supplies were ready to go.  The glasses were heavy as not to be knocked over easily.  I had a whisk ready to hold the egg all neat and tidy.   I had my almost 14 year old niece to assist (ha!).  I was relaxed.  I was ready.  Sort of.

And then we started making the egg dye water and Emma Kate got the food coloring open when I turned my back for maybe 2 minutes to consult the directions.  (If you know me at all, you know I am not a whiz in the kitchen and yes, I need directions to color water).


I told myself that wasn’t a big deal.  It would wear off.  Just keep calm and color eggs.  So with Ash’s help, we got the glasses of colored water ready, we got the camera, we got the towel, the eggs, the whisk, the carton, oh and don’t forget the baby, does somebody have the baby?  We went out to a sunshiny spot in the yard.

And that’s when I no longer had it under control.  EK didn’t sit on the towel calmly like my mind told me she would.  She didn’t use the whisk like it was intended.  She stood and she chunked eggs in glasses with the force of a major league ball pitcher.  Water splashed, she oohed and aahed, she reached in with both hands, grabbing eggs out of water cups, cramming them on top of other eggs in other cups, taking cracked, shattered eggs and breaking them apart like she was ready to scramble them up.  She cheered herself on, throwing them down when she was done, picking them up again, wet and covered in grass and dirt, putting them in her mouth.

Okay, okay,  I repeated to myself.  Everything’s okay, I tried reassuring myself as I tried taking pictures of this train wreck while avoiding a standing baby falling on top of the glasses, squatting and knocking things over, all the while my “assistant”  Ashlynn decided to bring out nail polish and paint her eggs literally, and just to be sure that you know, nail polish has no appeal to a baby!!!!  Hahahahaha!

We ended up with a cracked, shattered mess of muckledydunn eggs, nail polish on our hands, clothes, and mouth, grass and dirt debris galore, and  an experience.  The jury is still out on whether or not it was a good experience.

I know what she learned, however.  She learned whenever she sees an egg, and remember we have chickens, if she ever gets her hands on it, she will slam it into the ground like a ball.

And it will all be okay, (trying to convince myself).














  1. Donna H. says:

    What are you talking about?? Those eggs are PERFECT and BEAUTIFUL, as are those two adorable female species you have with you! I love it that EK had a real “hands on (in)” experience for her first Easter egg dying party. . I have a feeling her hands and fingernails will be a little different color than the rest of her for a day or two! Most importantly, as she looks back on these precious memories, the message is clear, I Love Mommy and Mommy Loves ME! So good to hear from you again and a belated Happy Easter to all. Until next time .. Donna H.


    1. Angel says:

      I’ve been wondering where YOU’VE been!!!! Hope you had a Happy EAster!


  2. Mama says:

    I LOVE THIS! I think this was a great, beautiful and wonderful 1st Easter for our beautiful and adorable Emme! She loved it and had such fun! Her little face in that one picture with Ash, shows such AWE and AMAZEMENT! What fun she had, and Ash, too! It’s just that the teacher (who makes plans & organizes everything so carefully) was blind-sided by a very smart and adorable baby who did it HER WAY!


  3. Mama says:

    O . . . . .and the eggs are beautiful!


  4. Shannon Wheat says:

    I love this post. My little one, Emerson, is 22 months old and I although I did contemplate dying Easter eggs with him I just didn’t have the guts. I was afraid it would be messy and too much trouble. I am glad you did this for your sweet daughter and it gives me a little more confidence to try more things with my son even if they don’t go as planned (perfectly). It looks like she had a great hands on experience and enjoyed it. The eggs turned out beautifully by the way.


    1. Shannon Wheat says:

      oh and I forgot…i LOVE the blue teeth picture!1


      1. Angel says:

        It was scary and fun at the same time! Go for it! Get messy.


  5. Lenore Diane says:

    I commend you for letting go and giving her some freedom to explore and be messy. Smart on you for doing it outside. Brilliant, even. EK will exceed in life with these little lessons, Angel. Well done!


    1. Angel says:

      Real learning comes from exploration and the “teacher” stepping back, right?


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