Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

It’s crazy to me to think that Easter is right around the corner and I’m beyond excited. Maybe more excited than I was for Christmas. You see, Chris’ family has this huge tradition of Christmas stockings. Now that Addison is part of our family, Chris gets a lot of joy from passing the Christmas stocking tradition on. Because of that, I don’t really contribute to that part of the holiday. He plots and plans what he’s going to sneak into her stocking and I can tell he is so proud. This past year was particularly fun because Addison was old enough to participate. She would get excited, open presents, and loved reaching into her stocking to find something new.

The Easter basket is like the Christmas stocking of Spring. And I’ve taken the responsibility of planning out what’s going to go into the basket and the rest of the Easter festivities. I know for sure I’m going to do an egg hunt in the front yard. I can already picture Addison’s face when she discovers that the eggs are filled with gummy snacks and candy. (On a real note, my kid has an incredibly unhealthy obsession with gummy snacks. She wakes up and it’s one of the first things she asks for). So because she’s going to be overloaded on sweets during the egg hunt, I want to fill the Easter basket with non-edible items. I’m trying to slowly switch over Addison’s toys to ones that are made out of more natural materials.

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas

For basket filler, I chose to use a playsilk because I wanted every part of Addison’s basket to be something fun. There are a lot of different playsilks that you can find online but I ended up purchasing from Sarah’s Silks which is family-owned USA based company. The silk is so soft and I know that Addison is going to be using this constantly (probably going to be a blanket for her baby doll).

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas

Books are an easy gift basket idea. Elmo is my daughter’s favorite tv character and she will beg to watch the Letter and Number of the Day on youtube, so the Bunny Hop by Sarah Albee is going to make her flip out. I chose the book Spring by Gerda Muller, mostly because I loved the illustrations. I already know I’m going to buy the other three books in her seasons series because they are just so beautiful to look at.

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas
Holztiger is a toy brand that I’m obsessed with. Like Gerda Muller’s books, I think they are so beautiful to look at. I’m trying to grow a collections of the Holztiger figurines for Addison. She already has a grizzly bear, panda, cat, and dog. I chose the bunny for obvious reasons and then the chameleon because it was the closet thing I could find to match Puff, our bearded dragon. I’d love for her to have a some farm and ocean animals as well but because Holztiger figurines are handcrafted and hand painted with nontoxic materials, they’re more expensive than the plastic animals you find at Target. I definitely think the price is worth the product though.

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas
Last but not least, the felt carrots. I bought mine from the dollar section at Target but I’m sure you can find an etsy seller that makes them. I thought they would look nice with her basket and she could use them with the pots and pans my mom bought her for Christmas this past year.

And that’s everything! I just wanted to share with you what I came up with to put into the basket. Next year I might add bubbles and chalk. If you have any other ideas, leave them in the comments section so that I can take notes for next year!

Sarah’s Silks Rainbow Playsilk // Holztiger Chameleon // Holztiger Bunny // Felt Carrots (Target Dollar Section) // The Bunny Hop (Sesame Street) by Sarah Albee  // Spring by Gerda Muller

It’s An Honor.

Those Crazy Sorokas // Addison Graduates to Toddler Seat

Those Crazy Sorokas // Addison Graduates to Toddler Seat

Whenever I look Addison, I’m continually amazed that such a beautiful being emerged from my body almost two years ago. Her devilish grin and contagious laughter is the fuel to be a better parent each and every day. But some days when I look at her, that toothy smile strikes a different cord in my heart.

In light of our new president entering the office, protests, and recent world news, some fear has started to settle into my spirit. I look at my daughter and am afraid for her and what her future will look like. I’m scared of circumstances that are beyond my control. My daughter, who’s spirit is fierce, is naive to the pain and fear that is muddying our media. I look at her and wonder what the world will be like when she finishes school. Will her spirit be as unrelenting as it is now or will the world try to bring her down with it?

Tonight while Addison and I shared our favorite mango sorbet with strawberry bobas, I had this realization that I could be sharing my sorbet with a future president, activist, manager, scientist, professional athlete, doctor, or evangelist. The tiny fingers scooping bright pinks bobas out of the cup could one day be writing life changing documents. She has the potential to be an influencer and leader.

This realization, though it seems obvious, sank into my heart in a different way. No matter where Addison ends up, I have the privilege and responsibility to raise her in a way that sets herself up for success. The characteristics that I want her to carry into her future, are ones that I should be living out as her parent. I want my daughter to stand up for what’s right, even in the face of adversity. I want her to be unrelenting when it comes to righting the wrongs around her. It’s her responsibility to care for those who can’t care for themselves. It’s her responsibility to be kind and loving to all people despite the differences she has with them. And it’s my responsibility to teach her.

I usually view myself in a darker light. I try to be a good person but often feel like I’m failing. I feel like my flaws are constantly in the spotlight. I know in my head these things are not true but I can’t help to fear that Addison will pick up on all the negativity rather than the positive. And when you know you have a future leader sitting next to you (that may or may not be smashing crackers and feeding them to her canine counterparts), it adds a little bit of pressure into the mix!

If you are a parent, remember that you have the most important job in the world. You have the power to shape history by shaping your children and it is the greatest privilege. Remember that if you feel like you’re doing a bad job but are trying your best to do right by your children, then you are doing a good job and are a great parent. Don’t let life bring you down. You rock!

Growing Our Family & Looking Foward

If you have been married for any length of time (a year… an hour….), you are already very familiar with the big question: so when are you going to start having kids? (As if kids are a requirement for a fulfilled marriage or a rite of passage for an amazing life). I don’t mind this question but I know for many, this question is prying and sometimes insensitive.

Now that Addison is getting to be the big O-N-E, I have been getting lots of unsolicited advice and questions.

So when is number two on its way?
You know, the best time to have the second is when the first turns two. You need to keep them evenly spaced.
Are you guys trying yet? If you start now, it’ll be perfect timing!
How many kids do you want? If you want a lot, then you need to get going!
You want how many kids? One girl and one boy is the perfect balance, though!

Recently, I have been having that yearn/itch for another child. Like my house is still too quiet and my car hasn’t reached its capacity. I love Addison with my whole heart and am more than blessed to have her in my life, but I just don’t feel like my family is complete. Like there are people missing.

God has been pulling up the topic of adoption a lot recently in my life and it’s enough to make me realize that I need to pay a little attention. I’ve always been open to the idea of adoption and fostering but it’s always been a far off idea. Like that thing that you think is nice and would like to one day do. Similar to a trip to Hawaii, it doesn’t seem real until you’re packing the suitcase and purchasing the tickets. Chris and I have come to the conclusion that in terms of our family, adoption is our next step. It’s where God’s heart is and it’s where He wants ours to be heart as well.

Adoption also brings up a lot of tough questions on what type of children are you willing to parent. What matters to you?

Male or female?
Gay or straight?
Special needs?
Mentally ill?
Deaf or blind or nonverbal?
What about siblings?
Would you take two?
What about four?
Babies or toddlers or school age or teens?
Would you parent a child who is the result of rape or incest?

And if you think that’s a lot of questions, that’s only the surface. Who are you willing to welcome in your home and care for as your own?

When Chris and I first got married and we talked about building a family, I said five or six or more. Chris said two. So we compromised on three. It wasn’t until Chris and I started talking about adoption that I became ok with the number three. Chris and I agreed that if we were placed with a sibling set of two, that would be the end and our family complete. That would mean I would not get pregnant again. And strangely, I am ok with that.

But today, I was just mentioning how large sibling sets are hard to place because no one wants to take in a bunch of kids all at once. And you know what my husband says to me? He says, “If we didn’t have Addison, I would take a set of five.”

As those words entered my ears, I felt my mouth drop open. Did I hear right? Did Chris say he was open to having five children? Did the man who I’ve known for nine years, swearing up and down that he would never have more than three children, did he really just say he’d be open to a larger family?

I realized then that all God needs is a willing heart. He can truly move in a family that is willing to accept whatever His plan is. Five children or one. Adopted or biological. You don’t need to have it all together or have a detailed five-year plan. You just need a heart that will go with the flow. The next might biological or adopted, who knows? But we’re open and we’re ready.

P.S. I have a feeling this is going to spark a lot of questions in regards to a timeline. We’re not looking for another addition any time soon. So please don’t jump and think we’re having a baby within the next few months.

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