Friday night we had a little family party to welcome the official start of the winter season. We have a family tradition of eating a winter-y dinner and a dessert of lemon poppyseed "sun cake" on the winter solstice, which is also our wedding anniversery. So this tradition really started when we became parents and realized that it can be very tricky to get a babysitter this close to Christmas, especially in a college town. But our family party is lots of fun, and sometimes followed by a long drive through different neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights. I know, we are wild :P
Ivo's favorite part of our celebration, besides making and eating the cake, is getting his little present. This year I was a little (okay a lot) more extravagant than usual when I ordered him this very lovely and unusual set of blocks from The Wooden Wagon. He loves them, woohoo. Maybe even more than I do. Josh got a set of tangrams and a book about them for our "wood" anniversery--just a funny coincidence but it made me look very on the ball. Here they are playing with their new toys:
Ivo loves to set up villages and drive his cars or walk his little fingers through them. It's so funny to see which details capture his attention from our local haunts. A group of blocks representing the university campus had to be positioned just so, with a certain very large building tucked back behind the others. Then, a tiny voice for the walking fingers, "I am papa and I go to school in the big building way far the way down this way, here it is, I ride up the elevator and walk round by the pop machine and walk over past that room with the funny pillows and I go to school." I am so glad I decided to give these blocks to him on Friday instead of waiting until Christmas. I really think they might have been lost in the shuffle for all their simplicity. And the tangrams have kept my nerdy husband occupied now that school is over.
I hope you are all enjoying the last bits of hustle and bustle--may you all have a very peaceful holiday with many happy moments!!