Travis Jason Christensen, 4, had no trouble naming what he liked best in the basket of Easter candy he collected Saturday at the Governor's Mansion.
"All of it. All of this is my favorite," explained the boy, who added that he prefers to be called T.J. as he stooped to pick up the pieces of candy that kept spilling out of his overflowing basket.T.J. does not plan to eat all of the chocolate bunnies, peanut-butter cups and other treats himself. "I'm going to share it with my mom," he promised.
This is the second year that Greg and Valerie Christensen have brought their son to the annual hunt sponsored by the Children's Service Society of Utah.
Like the dozens of other children gathered with their families on the lawn of the Governor's Mansion, the Christensens' son is adopted. Many were placed by the society, a private, non-profit child welfare agency.
Sandy Dreis, executive director of the society, said the event has been bringing together families of adopted children at Easter for several years.
One of the youngest adoptees was 7-month-old Anni Davis, who watched her four rambunctious brothers search for candy from the safety of her father's arms.
"My kids have had a ball," said their mother, Scotti Davis. She was nibbling on a chocolate-covered marshmallow rabbit as Andrew, 8, Mark, 6, Zachary, 5, and Jonathan, 4, raced ahead.
More than 400 plastic eggs filled with treats were hidden in the hour before the hunt began by several older children, who watched from the mansion's steps.
"We were hurrying, so we were throwing. Some of them went into hard places to find," said Natalie Strong, 12. She needn't have worried. A quick check of the grounds afterward didn't turn up even a candy wrapper.