I like Easter because I get the day off from work and it celebrates a man rising from the dead (like a zombie). Alison likes Easter because a magical bunny brings her candy. She's nine and staunchly believes in all things magical that bring her free stuff (like Santa and the Tooth Fairy) even though her seven year old cousin is constantly telling her that they don't exist.
I think Alison is afraid that if she admits they don't exist, she'll stop getting the free stuff. I tell her that they exist if she believes in them because I want her to keep the magic and innocence alive as long as possible. And I don't mind playing the part of magical beings that bring her stuff as soon as she falls asleep because this is an incentive to get her to go to sleep. The sooner you go to bed, the sooner the Easter bunny comes *wink, wink*. If she knows that it's just me she'll still have to go to bed but she'll fight it every inch of the way like she does every night.
This year I had to play double duty because Alison lost her tooth on Saturday, too. So Saturday night I was Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy. There's a joke in there somewhere about role playing but I haven't found it yet.
This year, for Easter, I wanted to do something fun because I've been working a lot (which is also why there's usually a gap between posts) and wanted to use the fruits of my labor. So we went to Castles and Coasters, an amusement park five minutes from my house that Alison sees often and begs me to take her there but we never have time. But, I think I mentioned the day off because of the zombie holiday, so she finally got her wish.
When I told her where we were going, she jumped up and down, ran to the couch, jumped on the couch, ran to the door, jumped up and down, ran back to the couch then back to the door and repeated the process until I was done laughing and told her to stop. It reminded me of something but I couldn't put my finger on what until I told Kate about her reaction and she said her dogs do the exact same thing when she gets out their leashes.
The day was awesome and full of rides and walking and sunscreen. I won't go into details because it makes me tired all over again just thinking about it. I don't know how people go to Disneyland and spend days or even a whole week walking all over the place and waiting in line for hours for a short ride. We got home and I crashed and didn't stir until morning, which came waaay too soon.
I have another day off, but I don't get to sleep in because Alison is getting a new bed delivered today. She outgrew hers so I spent the morning clearing out her room so the movers can put it together and now I have to wait until they show up sometime within a three hour window. So I'm using the time wisely by looking up pictures of zombie bunnies.
There are a ton of pictures of zombie bunnies. I had to stop looking at them for fear of turning into one. Here are my favorites:
I think this one's my favorite: