Assorted folks from my husband’s side of the family are converging on Northern Virginia this weekend and it’s our turn to be hosts. So we’re doing a lunch on Saturday. One of the attendees will be a niece who’s expecting her first baby in May. We haven’t seen her since last summer due to a couple of ill-timed snowstorms. (She lives in India.)
I was thinking it would be nice to have a little theme thing going on, in honor of the soon-to-be new arrival. I decided my best bet was the old standard, tried-and-true, all things barnyard.
So I headed down into the basement to see what I could scrounge up. These animals (they nest) were a present at my younger son’s first birthday party. (I can’t believe I can remember that so clearly when I can’t remember what we gave him for Christmas three months ago.)
And everybody remembers the Fisher Price barnyard set. When you open the barn door you hear a “Moo!” Kudos to me for not losing any of those pieces, though I see the sheep has a broken ear.
I found a pertinent puzzle. Four pieces, just my speed.
And a few books. The big one is by Richard Scarry. He was one of my favorite author/illustrators from the kids’ growing up years. (Anybody remember Goldbug, a little fellow that was hiding on pages filled with a myriad of cute little sketches? Sort of a Where’s Waldo for the preschool set.)
I was even able to come up with these farm-themed socks. I know we also had a pair of gardening gloves that some industrious crafter had spiffed up by attaching a farm animal on each finger. My digging hasn’t unearthed those gems yet.My husband gave me this cookie jar early on in our marriage. If it has a battery, you hear an “oink” sound when you take the top off. Diet motivator.
And finally, this cow. I got it ages ago at the Pfaltzgraff outlet store. A man in line with me scoffed at my selection, suggesting good-naturedly that it was a silly purchase. Ordinarily I’d agree with him, but this cow and I have a thing going on. It was love at first sight, and I’m still crazy about her. You should see her wearing her Christmas bow.