A Bunny, A Dog, A Redhead And A Basket

by Sherry Riter in Holiday

Since it was a beautiful day in Richmond, Virginia, I thought that I might do a little Easter photo shoot with some inanimate objects. Surely that would be easier than taking pictures of people or live animals or so I thought…
I went outside in the bright sunshine with the Cadbury bunny and

the bunny-earred dog and

a bunch of eggs.

At first I posed the bunny and dog apart from each other with the eggs all around, but that looked lame.

So I moved them closer together and I got closer. They looked cute, but still not what I had envisioned.

Then I thought I would get a shot with more of the grass and landscape behind them, but I also got part of my jeans in the photo.

The dog got tired and fell over. Well, not really. What actually happened was a big gust of wind came along and blew him over, so I figured the photo shoot needed to end.

For just a bit of history:

  • Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus
  • We decorate Easter eggs as a symbol of the empty tomb of Jesus
  • Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus
  • Many of the other parts of the Easter celebration have no bearing on the religious aspects of the day

Every year I have given Alyssa an Easter basket filled with goodies ranging from candy to clothes and jewelry. Since she is quickly approaching her last year of being a teenager, I thought I would be a little reminiscent in what I put in her basket.
The bunny was quite happy to be nestled amongst all the goodies in the basket and away from the bunny-eared dog.

I found this really cool squishy ball that lights up when you mash it, so I bought it because we both like flashy, bright things.

Of course, Alyssa will find all kinds of candy in the basket too. Things like Ghirardelli chocolate eggs, Smarties sweet tarts, Ferrero Rocher truffles, Sour Patch jelly beans…

Ferrero chocolate filled eggs, fireballs and all kinds of sugary bubblegums.

Alyssa’s basket also has an Etch-A-Sketch Doodler and

a redheaded Lego Friends girl with her dog which are toys that are completely in there for nostalgia sake. Alyssa will surely think I’ve lost my mind, but she can put them in her hope chest.

I couldn’t believe that I found Teaberry gum, so she will find that among the pink grass in her Easter basket too. I used to chew that kind of gum all the time when I was a little girl.

Can any holiday be complete without Hershey Chocolate Kisses?

Easter just wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t put jelly beans in the eggs too. I’m amazed at all the flavors that I found while shopping for the goodies. There were not only the regular flavors and the wild jelly belly flavors, but I also found some fruit smoothie flavors. I tasted them when I got home and the smoothies were great tasting!

I had to buy the Lemon Heds because they just seemed to go with the crazy eggs.

After putting all the other stuff in her basket, it was time to cover it with egg decorated cellophane paper.

The basket looks complete.

It also is festive and reminds me of all the years Alyssa would leap out of bed to find her basket sitting in the middle of her bedroom floor. She would squeal with delight and immediately set down and start going through it. After opening each egg, Alyssa would ooooh and aaaah at the contents then move on to the next egg.

To complete the basket, I added a shiny pinwheel to the top. When she was young, Alyssa would stick her pinwheel out the sunroof of my car and watch it spin like crazy. I’m pretty sure she won’t be doing that in her car while driving.

Well, before I got out of the sunshine, the bunny and dog finally posed for me so that we could say…

Happy Easter everyone!

Happy Easter Alyssa. I hope you always remember the real meaning of Easter and that the memories we share together will bring you happiness throughout your life. I love you.



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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Skip_D April 8, 2012 at 4:47 am

Great photos. They evoke nostalgic memories of hard-boiled, colored eggs, the smell of vinegar in the egg dye, the clumsy wire hook for dunking the eggs, the wax crayon for putting designs & messages on the eggs, the bowl of colored eggs on the kitchen table that was emptied by our usually well-behaved Great Dane, tempted beyond her limit by the eggs while we weren’t watching, & how the mortified, contrite dog then revealed her guilt by slinking into the living room & wedging herself under the couch so tightly that we had to lift it up to extract her!

Happy Easter!


2 The Redhead Riter April 8, 2012 at 4:50 am

Funny memories of your dog, Skip! I’m sure it seems just like yesterday.


3 mom April 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

Happy Easter to you Sherry. I hope Alyssa will appreciate you and enjoy that basket as much as Mommy had putting it together for her. LOL

You are truly a special daughter and a special mom.


4 The Redhead Riter April 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

Thanks Mom! I hope she enjoys it too 😀


5 Teresha April 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

Happy Easter Red, and thanks so much for the lovely e-card. I was a fitting start to my day.
p.s. send me the jelly beans!


6 The Redhead Riter April 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

Jelly beans are on the way, so catch them ——======= 0 0 0 Teresha!


7 Sue April 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

Oh What Fun to do an Easter basket. You have inspired me, I am going to do a basket for my daughter next year.


8 The Redhead Riter April 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

Next year I have to make it REALLY good because it WILL be the last year she is a teenager!!! Glad I gave you the idea, Sue. I don’t think anyone is ever too old to get a basket. Since my mother already commented, I will tell ya…The dog with the ears went in a basket I made for her and I will be taking it over this afternoon. I also put bubbles in both baskets because they both love blowing bubbles. I’m helping them to bring out the inner child LOL 😉


9 Joan April 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Such a sweet post! It makes me want to run out and make a basket — well, I can make a spring basket filled with flowers and things! 🙂


10 The Redhead Riter April 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

LOL You’re so funny Joan! Thank you!


11 Carol (artmusedog) April 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Great post and you sure make a Great Easter Bunny ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^


12 The Redhead Riter April 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Hippity, Hoppity Carol! LOL Thanks!


13 Patti (PJ) April 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

Hey Red! I hope you had a wonderfully Blessed Easter! Your post and EASTER BASKET were awesome! I may do that for hubby next year!

:Love ya!


14 The Redhead Riter April 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

I love doing the Easter basket thing, Patti. She is always surprised at something I put in the basket too 🙂


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