Friday, February 4, 2011

A little winter fun

The past two weekends have been filled with reasons to leave our home in the cold weather, and reasons to invite people over.

In what has become a tradition over the past three years, my brother Matt helped Nathan create the 2011 edition Pinewood Derby car. His design was "Neptune's Revenge, complete with aquamarine paint and a yellow triton. It's a perfect arrangement: Matt gets to relive his Scouting days, and Nathan has access to some really cool woodworking tools (not to mention Uncle Matt's expertise!). Although his car didn't win the day, we had a great time watching all the races together.

Anya Rashi is one of those lucky kids with a birthday the week before Christmas. Last year, we experimented with celebrating after the holidays, and decided we liked that plan a lot. We took her out to lunch at one of our city's Indian restaurants, and had a party with grandparents and local aunts and uncles.

One special present was a doll bed that used to be my mother's. When I was little, the dolly bed came to our house and belonged to my sister and me. My mom refurbished and repainted it, and a had a friend make a fleece quilt. I just love having it passed down to the next generation, to see many happy years of play with Anya Rashi and her little sister. (Plus, our doll hospital is finally up to code after all those babies have been forced to sleep on the floor all this time!)

Like most of the nation, we're having our share of snow. I do think it's funny that Dallas, where our Green Bay Packers will be playing in the Superbowl, also got 5 inches! Everyone is going a little nuts here during the lead-up to the game. Yesterday, in below zero windchills, we saw a man rollerblading through town with a "Go Pack Go" sign pinned to his coat!


The Pfeiffer Family said...

Happy belated birthday, Anya Rashi! What a precious gift your mother gave to her for her birthday. How special that must be to have the very doll bed you had as a girl in the hands of your daughter.

I remember all the Derby races with our boys. It is so fun to watch them as they race those cars they worked so hard on. It is wonderful that Nathan can make memories with his uncle during race time.

I wish we had a bit of snow in these parts. This last week we have seen the beautiful sunshine instead of rain, so I can't complain too much, but playing in the snow would be great fun, too!

April :-)

heather_and_nathan said...

Happy Birthday Anya Rashi! I love the doll bed--and the memories that go with it. Loved, family toys are the greatest gift.

You seem to take all the snow in stride...perhaps we, in our paralyzed state, could use some tips. The kids look like they are having so much fun and completely unfazed by the cold.


Building Bridges to Orphans said...

Awwww....she is SO CUTE!!! Love the doll bed being used by another generation! Big day for WI fans! :)

Mommy Missionary said...

We have a Christmas birthday kid too! I like your idea. People have suggested that we celebrate his half birthday but I feel like we would still celebrate on the day.

Also, love the new look - the books and pictures are great!