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Four

I put a three year old boy to bed for the last time night before last.  Oh, it was a sentimental moment, for sure.  I have felt time moving too quickly lately.  Sure enough, at 6:26 yesterday morning, our dear boy was four.

Waiting

Willow woke up early and was just too excited for him to wake up.

Hot Chocolate

We made the hot chocolate, just like in Children of Noisy Village.

So Hard to Wait

We set everything up.  And waited.

A Boat!

Oh, he was happy to be awake and happy to have a boat!

It's My Birthday!

After lunch at our local hospital cafeteria and quiet time with Sparkle Stories,
we made the long-awaited cherry cake.
We used canned Queen Anne cherries, not maraschinos.

Chopping cherries

Willow chopped the cherries and we recited lines from It's My Birthday.
elizabethhas7 sent us that book for Willow's birthday and it made us all want a white cherry cake.

Ice Cream!

The white cake and boiled frosting left us with six egg yolks to use up.
Ice cream, of course!  I made the custard in secret.

At the day's end

There may have been a good deal of dispute about who would crank the ice cream maker.  I tried using our "old" freezer bowl for the mixer a couple of weeks ago.  It lacked soul compared with our "new" ice cream maker.  The children loved the old fashioned cake and the ice cream.  Us parents were worn out--it's hard work having a birthday and guarding family rhythms!  I was up early washing ice cream salt from the floor in the kitchen and putting away the mountain of dishes I washed yesterday, but it was a sweet day.

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blakdove
Apr. 28th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
And happy birthday to Petka, right?
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impossibleway
Apr. 29th, 2015 11:11 am (UTC)
We talked about the two girls we know that share Roan's birthday with him. :-)
impossibleway
Apr. 29th, 2015 11:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! Roan uses a knife sometimes, but oooh, it makes me nervous. ;-) You all should have some cards for your birthday girls any minute.
blakdove
Apr. 28th, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful, full day. I am now hungry for cake and ice cream :)

Love the crochet tablecloth.
impossibleway
Apr. 29th, 2015 11:20 am (UTC)
I wish I could share with you. :-) The tablecloth was my grandmother's, but not sure who made it.
Ginger Schneider
Apr. 29th, 2015 01:06 am (UTC)
Oh, Happy Birthday, Roan!! His face is so adorable all lit up about that boat! Made me tear up. :) And I LOVE that "come ONNNN" look Willow's got. Let's get this party started! Ha!! And the hot chocolate looks delish in those Glasbake mushroom mugs!!!
impossibleway
Apr. 29th, 2015 11:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, that's Willow. One of those mugs is Strawberry Shortcake with a matching bowl!
( 9 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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