short holiday road trip

April 22, 2011 |  Category:   family growing up half holidays life travels


We traveled upstate last night to spend the weekend with Mark’s dad’s side of the family. We seem to find ourselves up here the last few Easters and the girls get a little dose of their Russian side. I like coming to stay at Mark’s uncle’s house because there are a lot of objects and photos here that’s tied to family history which is really cool because I feel like my mom’s house, which they moved into about 10 years ago, is pretty devoid of that kind of stuff. We don’t have old family heirlooms like these beautifully intricate pysanky eggs from the 60s and 70s.

We plan on doing Easter eggs tomorrow. I think one year we attempted to get fancy with the eggs using these as inspiration, but dude, it’s HARD. I think we’ll stick to simple egg dyes. Happy weekend.

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  • Susan April 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I think I saw on twitter you stopped in PA? I was thinking, hello there! πŸ˜‰
    Those eggs are cool, and thanks for admitting you are sticking to basic egg dyeing…makes me feel better!

  • sarah April 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    This post just gave me the most awesome flashback from my childhood. We decorated Ukrainian eggs during girlscouts one year. It took forever and they weren’t nearly as awesome looking but I remember being so excited about the process. As a kid it seemed like magic when you’d melt the wax off and reveal the colors beneath the layers upon layers of dye. Loved it! Thanks for the happy memory. Have a great relaxing Easter weekend.

  • Pink Ronnie April 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    So glad I found your blog! I’ve been reading through a lot of your posts. Thoroughly enjoy your writing and your photography is just beautiful. So are your two little girls.
    Ronnie

  • claypotclub April 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Wow, those eggs look magnificent.

    I was thinking maybe basic egg dye and then… googly eyes.

  • Luise April 23, 2011 at 3:16 am

    oh, those eggs look wonderful!!
    i’ve been doing sorbian easter eggs this year, which seems to be a lot easier then the ukrainian ones.
    of course mine where not perfect, but i’m still happy with the results. they look like this: http://funde-vogel.blogspot.com/2011/04/first-try.html

    happy easter πŸ™‚

  • Caddy April 23, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Those eggs are intricately detailed. Nice! And it’s even cooler that they been in the family for so long. πŸ˜€

  • Linnea April 23, 2011 at 5:26 am

    How very pretty & cute tea pot.

  • Diana April 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Those eggs are beautiful. So intricately detailed!

    And I love the laquer box. It reminds of me one I got in St. Petersburg years ago!

  • Jeannie April 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    hi there, i hate to sound like a superfan but i just found your blog yesterday and i am so inspired by you and your family. thanks so much for sharing with such honesty about both the good and bad times.

  • Alena April 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Wow – I can’t get over those eggs. They are so beautiful! What a wonderful family treasure.

  • Pancakes For Recess April 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Those are BEAUTIFUL!

    Totally inspires me to do something over the top next year.

    Hope it was wonderful:)

  • Alicia @culinarybliss April 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I’ve been in love with Pysanky since I discovered them during a Russian phase in my youth. I had just read your post when I heard this episode of KCRW’s Good Food that included a Pysanky artist. http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/gf/gf110423easter_eggs_pan_dulc

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