A fabulous birthday was had here this week--play and snow time with a dear friend; gingerbread cupcakes with whipped cream (thanks for the recipe, Amy!); yummy indian food for dinner; and lots of fun family treats and play. Here are a few 'crafty' related photos (forgive the flash, it was not a bright day!).
And then there was the desk. Oh my. The desk. Steve was a hero working on this warped, chipped, piece of a mess every night in the cold basement (with only a break for Project Runway. You should have heard him cackle during the ice skating costume challenge. I think he's hooked.). And let me say 'thank you' to all of you for the painting/sanding/stripping tips in the comments last week! Quite helpful AND humorous ("strip!" "no! sand!"). To make a long story short, he stripped, sanded, painted and stained, and this is what we got. You'll see the rolltop is missing, and the chair too--they both need some more, um, work. But Calvin was nonetheless pleased with his new desk, and in particular, pleased with the new automatic pencil sharpener--which won the coolest gift of the day award by him:
I cannot believe my baby is five. Five! But that's a whole long thing that I think I'll save for a letter just to him. Amazing.