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Searching for Easter by the bunny hill

Tamara Miller
Preston Utley/Vail DailyBrittany Najor didn't give anything up for Lent this year, but plans to celebrate Easter today with friends and family.

BEAVER CREEK – Friends, family, faith and fun. That’s what the Easter holiday means to the Layshock family, who flew into Colorado from Maryland for all those things.”And finding Easter eggs,” said Bryan Layshock, the youngest of the family.While Christmas gets the most commercial hoopla in the United States, Easter is considered the most important holiday for Christians. For most who celebrate the holiday, Easter means going to church, eating ham dinners and indulging in those pledged sacrifices made during the 40 days of Lent.

Andy Spaeth of Cincinnati, Ohio, successfully gave up soda for Lent this year. He plans to have one today, but he actually hasn’t missed it that much.”A lot of the time I try to give up something stupid and it doesn’t work out,” he said. “I tried to give up making fun of my brother and sister… that was hard.”Spaeth and his family are in town for the next week. They managed to cram nine people into a nearby condominium and some more relatives were expected later this week.This spring break trip is all about the skiing. His family bought six days worth of lift tickets. Spaeth planned to go to church Sunday and then head right back to the slopes.

So far, he’s impressed with what Beaver Creek has to offer.”I think it’s very nice,” he said. “I’m having a great time.”Caitlyn Shea and her group from Michigan were planning to spend several days on the slopes as well. They usually get most of their turns on the comparatively smaller hills in Michigan.”It’s a lot colder there, and the runs are a lot shorter,” said Brittany Najor.

This year was the first Brittany didn’t give up something for Lent. Shea, on the other hand, gave up candy and soda and planned to reacquaint herself with the forbidden sweets on Easter.Jason Kunst of Missouri gave up meat completely for Lent. His girlfriend is vegetarian, and she provided some support. It’s been tough, nonetheless. “I can’t wait to eat ham tomorrow,” Kunst said. “I’ve been dreaming of bacon, pepperoni pizza, yummy.”Local resident Jim Johns brought his daughter, Sierra, up to Beaver Creek for the day. Despite having a young child, Johns managed to get 20 days of skiing in this year. He and his wife take turns watching over Sierra – one hits the slopes in the morning, the other in the afternoon.They didn’t have big plans for Easter – Johns has to work Sunday. But Sierra was wearing a pair for bunny ears to get into the spirit anyway.

“She likes Halloween,” Johns said. Bryan and Kasey Layshock also were sporting bunny ears Saturday. The two youngsters were spending the day in Beaver Creek Village with their parents, Renee and Dave, and their uncle, Craig Rosenwald. The family alternates between in-laws for the Easter holiday. Renee’s father lives in Colorado.”Easter is just about getting together with friends and spending time with family,” Renee said. Staff Writer Tamara Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or

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