What a beautiful day God gave us for the celebration of His Son! We enjoyed a fun family day and even attended service at the only Anglican church on the island.
The night before Easter Tanner, Mommy and Daddy died Easter eggs. We thank a friend of Katy's for sending us an egg dying kit from the States... as you can imaging Easter eggs are not commonplace in a Muslim country. Tanner enjoyed coloring on the eggs with a white crayon prior to dying and placing silly eye and smile stickers on the finished project. I'm glad we were able to share this fun Easter tradition with Tanner this year.
Tanner and Daddy dying Easter eggs
Tanner and his great creations
The day began with a VERY excited Tanner who discovered that the Easter Bunny did indeed hear that we moved to the Kingdom of Bahrain and remembered to put the Flusche villa on his world wide egg hiding tour.
Tanner and Gavin Easter morning
Tanner and Gavin checking out their baskets
The Easter Bunny displayed quite creative skills in his egg hiding ability. The EB hid all the bright plastic eggs on the first floor of our villa and challenged Tanner to reach and search!
Funny bunny, soooo silly!
Gavin on the hunt
Tanner looking for eggs
The Easter Bunny filled Tanner's Easter basket with an Ironman coloring book, Lego Jr. Magazine, a new Quiksilver T-Shirt and an asortment of KinderChocolate products (his favorite candy that is manufactured in Germany). Tanner's hidden eggs were filled with M&Ms that looked like little robbin eggs, Tootsie Rolls, Hershey Miniaturs, and little do-dads like egg shaped errasers and stickers.
Tanner's Easter basket loot
Tanner showing off his find
The Easter Bunny placed a cute Easter Egg Hunt board book, butter biscuits and glocowafers in Gavin's Easter Basket. Gavin's plastic eggs which were all "hidden" in the foyer were filled with Cherios... he couldn't have been more excited when he found out the "balls" had food in them!
Gavin investigating his basket
Gavin loves the butter biscuits and glucowafers the EB left for him
Gavin inspecting his Cherio filled egg
YUMMY - Cheerios!
After a fun morning of egg discovery and pancakes we attended St. Christopher's Anglican Church. Since arriving on the island we had been out on many excursions to try to locate this church. Paul finally found it the day before Easter.
The cathedral was packed with a congrigation of about 80-90 people. There were many families with children. The church even provided an egg hunt prior to the service. I enjoyed the service and apprecited the traditional style of worship that we miss from our home church in Tulsa. Poor Paul, spent the service walking a fussy Gavin in the courtyard and fellowship room. We look forward to trying St. Christopher's again on a regular Friday worship service when the nursery is open.
Following church we enjoyed the company of our friends the Smitts. The Smitt family is made up of Angela (Mom), Franchoan (Dad), Marco (age 5) and Luca (age 2). Tanner met Marco in his class at Nadeen and we all hit it off immediatly. The Smitts arrived in Bahrain from South Africa in Janurary, our families are both "new" and experiencing some of the same quirky things about this country simutaniously. They invited us over to their apartment for lunch and an afternoon of swimming... it was so much fun that we ended up staying for dinner and drinks as well. Fabulous day had by all.
We hope you had a wonderful and blessed Easter filled with friends and family, God Bless.