Last night, once the girls were in bed, I pulled out the plastic Easter eggs I had thriftily saved from last year (a first!) so I could fill them with jelly beans and hide them around the living room. Only, I couldn't find the jelly beans I bought earlier this month. One bag from CVS (oh, all right, there were 2 bags from CVS, but one sort of, uh, got empty) and another bag from Harris Teeter ( to replace the mysteriously empty CVS bag) - both gone missing, on Easter Eve.
Luckily (or not, depending on how you look at it), I found 2 old bags of jelly beans I had bought at a post-Easter sale last year, as insurance against a rainy day. (What? You don't let your kids play "Easter Egg Hunt" when they are bored and you need a break?) Feeling desperate, I ended up using the year-old candy, even though the insides of the bags were sorta glued together with decomposing sugar.
Anywhoo, the point I am trying to make here is that the lost holiday stuff ALWAYS shows up once I no longer need it. It's almost a family tradition, really. So tonight, as I was tidying up the kitchen (because, yes, sometimes I DO do a little housework around here), I found both new bags of jelly beans, each hiding in a different kitchen cabinet, and each totally useless until next spring. When I will use them to replace the 2015 jelly beans that go missing, I guess...
Like I said, I'm big on tradition.