Carousels are a very big deal with us.
Because The Chief and I met in front of one, almost 12 years ago. (The meeting went exceptionally well. Hence today's celebration!) :)
Junie, Taz and I spent a little time this week on little "carousel" projects in preparation for today's big event.
I downloaded pictures from this carousel coloring book sampler, and printed both a regular and a mirror image of each one the children chose to color. (There's also some great links about carousel history and construction, if you're interested!)
Then we colored them with cra-pas, decorated them with glitter and sequins, pasted them front-to-back on cardstock, and hung them from ... the ceiling fan!! (It is so silly and adorable that it actually made me cry!) (Well, that and the fact that today's our 10th anniversary. I'm sentimental like that.) They've been airborn (on low speed) all day, dancing and twirling as they fly, and I smile everytime I look at them.
Yesterday, Taz, Junie B. and I baked two chocolate cakes -- one in a tube pan, and one in a bowl. We put them together last night with fudge filling, and then today we frosted and decorated it to make a cute carousel! (The animals came from the kids' toy collection, and the poles are cut-up birthday candles.) We're just so pleased with ourselves over how this came out!
Anyway, it feels a little like Christmas around here, with all the decorating, baking and celebrating. The Chief even took the day off from work! We're having a wonderful time sharing memories and fun with our children.
"Our" time comes later. I'm so excited to be having an "at home date night!" We don't ever really do this -- partly because we're usually so dead tired by the time the kids are all settled, it's hard to even think about. But no excuses -- tonight, we're night owls! I can't wait.