Monday, September 28, 2009

Celebration!

In our house, life events, both big and small, are a cause for celebration. Frequently, this just means that the person whose event we're celebrating gets to pick our dessert for dinner that evening (within reason), or we go on a special outing to commemorate. When Elizabeth finally outgrew her last pair of toddler-sized shoes and moved up to the kids department, it was a big event for her as a small-footed 1st grader, and we celebrated by hiking at the park in her first pair of big kid shoes. Philip learned to ride a bike yesterday, which meant that a celebration was in order! Another tradition in our family are the Boo-nilla shakes we make each autumn. Philip thought the ghost faces should be saved for October, which is funny since, as I looked back, I realized that I made them on this same week last year, so he requested leaves be painted with the melted chocolate chips. My leaves looked more like hanging bats so I drew a twig for them to hang from and now we have Bat-nilla shakes.


Happy bike-riding to all!


12 comments:

  1. i love it! i, too, think little moments deserve celebration! it keeps life joyous. congrats to the bike rider!
    nicola
    http://whichname.blogspot.com

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  2. Congratulations Philip!
    We love to have celebrations here too for every occasion... Have a great week Joy :)

    Warmly

    Linda

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  3. I love how even the 'small' things are celebrations in your house--it always seems like such a warm, loving, and happy place! Here's to lots of bike rides!

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  4. I love that you celebrate the small things! I'm going to try to be better at that.

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  5. Congrats to Philip! That's definitely worth celebrating.

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  6. I love that you can look back at last year and see exactly what you were doing... please share your shake recipe, and your technique for drawing on those cute bats/leaves!

    Way to go, Phillip!

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  7. Oh, hooray for philip! learning to ride a bike is a bid deal indeed! I think family celebrations are the best-- it is so magical to watch kids light up at the rituals and special moments of those times! Those Boo-nilla shakes look divine, by the way:)

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  8. Melissa, I got the basic idea here where Elizabeth was about 3: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/boo-nilla-shake

    I keep a small paintbrush in my utensil drawer for boo-nilla shake painting and we just keep the shakes simple with organic ice cream and rice milk. I'm sure Martha's are more decadent, but I don't keep heavy cream around for spur of the moment celebrating. :)

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  9. we love celebrating life too! : )
    congratulations to your sweet boy!

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  10. Nicola said it perfectly, "little moments deserve celebration!" Those spontaneous celebrations are the most memorable!

    Sorry Joy, but I can't stop laughing at your leaf....looks kind of like a moustache. ;)
    (hope you're not upset with me, but I couldn't help it) :)

    lisa

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  11. That's a great idea. Go Philip!

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