Golden, Colorado: April 5, 2015

One of the Easter cats, Cirrus, was available to greet our visitors! Well, Maddie looks happier about that than Cirrus does...
Madeline Lyon, Cirrus
Flowers from Uncle Dale:

And now it is time to start the hunt! Valerie had said that she couldn't look anywhere in the yard without seeing eggs - I told her
that those were just the self esteem builders. This year was the first time we added some puzzles to the hunt to challenge the girls a bit more.
We had 4 decorative take-out boxes (thanks to Wal-Mart, when I realized some of the stuff I bought was slightly too large for the eggs), 2 stuffed
dinosaurs, 2 stuffed lambs, 2 wands with Lipsmacker chapstick, 2 very cute Lindt baskets - each with 2 small chocolate bunnies, 2 gold eggs - which had $4
in them and were the subject of some of the puzzles, 4 chalk eggs, 2 M&M tins, 2 duck bubbles, and 91 eggs filled with a variety of little prizes, like
erasers, coins, small toys from the $1 section of Target, nail polish, etc. I try to do stuff other than chocolate. And they're off!
Valerie Lyon
Our neighbors' dog, Oakley, observes the hunt:

Hanging out on a beautiful day! Uncle Dale (Mike's mom's brother), Auntie Linda (Mike's dad's sister), Grandma Kitty (Mike's dad's mom), and
Mike's mom (Gwenn).
Dale Nicholls, Linda Sanders, Grandma Kitty (Patricia Sanders), Gwenn Sanders (Gwenn Nicholls)
Mike, Rannae (his sister), and Valerie (Rannae's younger daughter) by one of the puzzles:
Michael Sanders, Rannae Lyon (Rannae Sanders), Valerie Lyon

Checking the side yard - Rob, Rannae, Gwenn, Mike, and Maddie (Rob and Rannae's older daughter):
Rob Lyon, Rannae Lyon (Rannae Sanders), Michael Sanders, Gwenn Sanders (Gwenn Nicholls), Madeline Lyon
Mike and Valerie work on the first puzzle - using an earth magnet to lift an egg out of the plastic tube.
Michael Sanders, Valerie Lyon
Valerie broke the egg open, so she waits while Mike fixes it so they can try again:
Michael Sanders, Valerie Lyon



Mike helps Valerie with a trick egg AVI file, 4.3 Mb


Meanwhile, Maddie heads over to another magnetic egg. This one is in the gutter, propped up against a wine bottle. It has a string with a washer. There is a
metal pointer with a magnet stuck to the house. She has to use the pointer to reach the washer, and then pull the egg out of the gutter.

Ta da!
Madeline Lyon, Rob Lyon
Time for the next challenge! Sorry Maddie - I didn't realize this one had a fake challenge and the real challenge.
Madeline Lyon
Filling the bucket with sand tipped over the chute - and she got 3 rocks! The egg must be somewhere else....
Madeline Lyon



Maddie with a trick egg AVI file, 3.3 Mb


I spent some time scouting out eggs the girls had missed - they took a break from the puzzles to go find them.
Madeline Lyon

Time for the golden eggs! Maddie's is invisible except for a string...

but Valerie went first.

Michael Sanders, Valerie Lyon



Valerie finds a golden egg AVI file, 2.9 Mb


ok - back over the Maddie's!
Madeline Lyon, Valerie Lyon
Madeline Lyon, Valerie Lyon
... and the daffodils look lovely today...

Madeline Lyon



Maddie finds a golden egg AVI file, 0.8 Mb


Sorting all the bounty! Maddie looks cute in her School of Mines kerchief
Madeline Lyon
Auntie Linda and Valerie:
Linda Sanders, Valerie Lyon
Madeline Lyon, Valerie Lyon
Uncle Dale with the girls. In the background: Mike's parents and my cousin, Jessica Moffett:
Dale Nicholls, Madeline Lyon, Valerie Lyon, Terry Sanders, Gwenn Sanders (Gwenn Nicholls), Jessica Moffett
Rannae Lyon (Rannae Sanders), Madeline Lyon
Maddie also had a birthday present from my brother, Mike Rawluk:



Maddie opens her birthday gift from my brother AVI file, 5.3 Mb


Madeline Lyon

Decorations - these wooden Ukrainian eggs were an heirloom from my dad's mom - Ann Rawluk (Ann Lucyshyn).

I keep them in her candy dish:

Enjoying the beautiful day!
Auntie Linda, Grandma Kitty, Rob, and Rannae:
Linda Sanders, Grandma Kitty (Patricia Sanders), Rob Lyon, Rannae Lyon (Rannae Sanders)
Uncle Dale, Gwenn, and Jessica:
Dale Nicholls, Gwenn Sanders (Gwenn Nicholls), Jessica Moffett
Valerie and Maddie playing with bubbles:
Madeline Lyon, Valerie Lyon
Mike and his dad:
Michael Sanders, Terry Sanders
My decorations in the front yard:

Blue skies and the maple tree:

Auntie Linda, Terry, and their mom:
Linda Sanders, Terry Sanders, Grandma Kitty (Patricia Sanders)

Mike says hi to Zeke:
Michael Sanders and Zeke

Valerie says hi to Lilly:
Valerie Lyon and Lilly

After dinner - Uncle Dale, Gwenn, Valerie, and Jessica:
Dale Nicholls, Gwenn Sanders (Gwenn Nicholls), Valerie Lyon, Jessica Moffett
Mike and his grandma:
Michael Sanders, Grandma Kitty (Pat Sanders)
Terry, Uncle Dale, Gwenn, Valerie, and Jessica:
Terry Sanders, Dale Nicholls, Gwenn Sanders (Gwenn Nicholls), Valerie Lyon, Jessica Moffett

Grandma Kitty also had baskets for the girls. They came with little guns that shoot plastic balls.
Madeline Lyon, Valerie Lyon, Rannae Lyon (Rannae Sanders), Michael Sanders
It turns out that throwing the balls in the air is more fun...
Madeline Lyon, Valerie Lyon

A few pictures after the party, during cleanup Monday night:

I thought the dish drain looked so happy and colorful!

Mike thought it looked creepy, so I tried to get a picture capturing his perspective:

My grandma's candy dish with the totem pole from Alaska, the decanter from Becke and Tony Barlow (graduation gift for Mike), Trevor,
and the owl from my brother for my MBA:

Enough pictures! The cats say it is time for bedtime treats!
Cirrus and Muggins

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