It’s that time of year again…. that’s right.. BIRTHDAY TIME! And you know what that means? Anna gets to chose the cake and party theme. You might remember that last year she decided that an Aardvark (with a last minute added Cinderella) was on the cake. And the year before, her fourth birthday, she was crazy about Venus Fly-traps.
So this year when I asked her, just like the past two years, there was absolutely NO hesitation…. a Narwhal!
Narwhat? You might be asking yourself? Well, a narwhal is an Arctic whale that has a “horn” (the males only). Of course it isn’t really a horn, it’s actually a modified tooth. Narwhals are related to bottlenose dolphins, belugas, harbor porpoises, and orcas. Pretty cool, if you get a chance you should read more about them.
I think what really fascinates Anna about Narwhals is the constant comparison to Unicorns. In fact, I remember learning that centuries ago, these “horns” were used as proof that Unicorns did exist! Now, I’m not sure why Anna didn’t choose a Unicorn on her cake instead, certainly finding unicorn party favors would be a tad bit easier… but I just love the fact that she chose something real. And something pretty uncommon and interesting too!
Anyway, Anna and I sat down last week and designed her party invitations. The idea was mostly hers and I added everything she wanted (ok- I forced the birthday hat, but she liked it once it was on…). I love them! So little girly and so Anna!
I’m pretty excited and so happy that I finished Anna’s gift a week before her actually birthday! Shhh…it’s a handmade skirt with..guess what… a Narwhal appliquéd on the front! (Given the last few months, I feel like I should have a medal for even finishing it! )
The day of her birthday I am volunteering in her Kindergarten classroom. I’m excited to spend the day just with her (and her 19 other classmates). My almost six year old, sigh, where does the time go?