Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Easter is a holiday filled with secrets, deception, and surprise. At least it is with my family. 

My parents were driving down from North Carolina to spend the week here in Florida. When my mom got to town, she needed to make a big shopping trip to Wal-Mart. While she was there, she got a beautiful spring bouquet. 

Pretty, huh? She got more than she bargained for, because attached to the bouquet was her first born daughter! My older sister Kourtney and her husband Juan made the trip over from Texas to surprise her!

 I love that they had to hunt her down in Wal-mart. And so began our fabulous Easter holiday.

Friday night we hung out and watched "classic" movies. I'm not sure if they're classic to the general public. In fact, I'm positive they're not, seeing as Juan, Tayna and Cory have never even heard of them.

We have begun to compile a list of "Hansen Classics", that all new family members must watch in order to understand a great deal of the Hansen family humor and thought process. So far: The Shakiest Gun in the West, The In-laws, Singin' in the Rain, The Music Man, and Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang. I'm sure the list will continue to grow with time, as we begin to realize just how many of our jokes our spouses don't get. It little things like, every time I hear the name "Pierre" I cannot resist the urge to say"Oh Pierre! You shouldn't have come!"(Singin' in the Rain).

Fun fact: if you say that phrase in the presence of one of my family members, they will respond with "YES, YES, YES...NO, NOO, NOOOO..." Every single time.

Saturday we all went thrift shopping in Tallahassee. We found the BEST thrift store! I got a sweet retro lamp for Cory's desk (only $15.00!), and a ceramic ear that I thought was hilarious. For $.50, I thought it was worth it.

Cory has not been very amused at my constant requests for him to "lend me his ear." Whatev. I'm hilarious.

We started Sunday out right with Belgian Waffles. Yum.

My mom brought out the traditional Easter scrabble blocks.

It's like they're trying to tell us something. 

But what is it???

Oh. That makes more sense.

We also broke out the permanent markers and did a little egg decorating. If you must know, the fumes were a little, tiny bit strong.

Okay. The fumes were really strong.

Cory wanted to make a "Chuck Norris" egg. It quickly started to take a turn for the more "Homeless Vagrant" look, so he decided to run with that.

Daisy was not amused. 

Here we are with our masterpieces:

And here they are, being the master peices:
What a bunch of egg heads. Am I right?

After our little eggstravaganza, my parents sent us out into the wilderness for a bit so the Easter Bunny could stop by and hide our eggs and baskets.

Yea...we still do Easter egg hunts. They get more intense every year. My parents really, really enjoy hiding things from us.

It was hot in the wilderness. I tried to look brave for the camera, but Cory couldn't even fake it.

That is the opposite of his excited face.

 The wild flowers were very scenic though.

Eventually we caught up to Tanya and Jesse. But not before taking some very stalkerish pictures of them. They didn't even know I was there!

I'm still trying to decide if I should be concerned about the thrill sneaking around in bushes while taking pictures of unsuspecting people brings to me. 

My Dad helped the Easter bunny hide our baskets and eggs this year.  It took us, six fully grown adults, over  thirty minutes of vigilant searching to find the first one. Eventually we had to give up and beg for hints, and at that point he came up with riddles to point us in the right direction.  Our egg hunt lasted the better part of three hours. And even then we had to give up the search with one egg unaccounted for. Easter really is my parent's time to shine.

Of course, there is a lot more to Easter than eggs and bunnies. I love the opportunity to remember the sacrifice He made for us all. It was a much needed reminder for me.

I just loved this weekend. (Now I'm even MORE excited to spend a week with my sisters and Mom this summer! We missed you Jackie!) It really was too bad that it just happened to be the weekend before Finals week. Not that I let that tiny little detail interfere with my plans...

In other news I turned in my last final today at 6:05 PM!! I can't believe I'm done! I promise I'll address the question I'm sure is burning in your heart now: "What next?" in my next post. It's gonna be good.


The Hargretts said...

Awesome Post... seriously I enjoyed every minute of it. I think Cory's Chuck Norris/ homeless vagerent was my favorite. Happy to hear you had an awesome Easter!

Oh P.S. I love that scene in singing in the rain. Too funny OOHHH and the song Moses Supposes and Make them Laugh. Classic

Lindy said...

I didn't think it was possible, but I now love you more, Kendal!
Make Them Laugh is comedic gold!!

Nathan and Holly Larson said...

Aw! I'm so glad you had a great Easter!! It looks like TONS of fun!! :) And I totally should have married into your family cause I totally get the movie references! ;)

Kaylee said...

Seriously Lindy, this post is classic. I loved it! Easter in my family s pretty lame now, so I think my parents need to read this or hit up your parents for some epic ideas.

Becca said...

You're hilarious. And those eggs . . . I've never seen anything like them. Is your subject alluding to Nacho Libre? Because Truman loves to quote THAT line. You know the one . . .

Kristen said...

I wouldn't say I wish I married into your family, but I will say I wish I was born into your family. When I saw Tanya say something about her in-laws being in town for Easter, it made me really wanna visit your family and spend an Easter with them.

Let's hang out now that you're done doing the adult thing and going to school.

freya said...

funniest post ever. you definitely had a fun filled easter :) i had no idea about your good taste in movies! all classics. i actually was thinking about the music man today cause my dad mentioned a piccolo in conversation and i couldn't resist singing haha

Tanya said...

Hey, I have seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!! Well, when I was a kid. And I don't remember it at all...

Alicia said...

I love everything about this post. The title, the movie quotes (I bought "The Shakiest Gun in the West" for my family a couple Christmases ago), the eggs, the PEOPLE!
I'm so glad you blog. So very glad.

Lindy said...

These comments make me so happy! Thanks guys!

And nobody needs to be born or married into the family (although, My brother Same will be on the market in about 1 year...just sayin',) because my mom seriously lives for friends coming over. The only thing she loves more than her kids coming home, is the friends they bring with them. So, pretty much, the invitation is always there. :)

Becca--That line is most definitely referencing Nacho Libre. THAT one. I just couldn't think of a way to appropriately incorporate the whole, hilarious line. Turns out, diarrhea is never appropriate.

Tanya--I'm sure we will arrange a refresher course on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for you soon. :)