One of my favorite Easter traditions is making and decorating egg carriers. When my Mama was a girl, her friends and family used to give each other their prettiest Easter Eggs in these little carriers. I invited my new neighbor, Zoya Yumiko, and her cousin, Megumi, over to make Easter Egg carriers to share with our friends.
Some of the Egg Carriers come with pretty Russian designs, but some of them are just plain white. You can decorate those.
All you need is an Egg Carrier and some colored pencils, crayons, or markers. You can even use glitter if you want.
Draw all over the Egg Carrier until it's as pretty as you want it to be.
Then, take an Easter Egg and slide it into the Egg Carrier. You're done!
Here's Megumi with a blank one- you can leave them plain white if you'd like.
Here are some up close so that you can see them better!
So here's the big news- I'm having an Egg Carrier contest! All you have to do is save the template below. Print out your template at 5 inches across (it should already be that size) and cut it out. Cut out the pink parts too. (It can be easier to use a hole punch on the handles.)
Decorate your Egg Carrier to your heart's delight, then e-mail a picture of it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also decorate it with photoshop ot whatever image editing program you use. Turn in your designs by April 8th at 9pm Eastern Time. I'll choose a winner on Easter and send the winner a doll-sized Springtime basket with lots of treats, including a doll-sized Uglydoll!
One of Katia's NYC wishes was to see the Statue of Liberty. To be honest, I rarely see it myself, so I was up for the trip too. We had to catch a ferry from Battery Park that took us all the way to Liberty Island. First of all, the security for the Statue of Liberty is airport style and as a result, the lines to get on the boat are super long. Second of all, it is freezing cold on a ferry in early March!
Katia was so excited, even if she was the tiniest bit seasick. Doesn't she look pretty with Lady Liberty behind her? I tried to convince her to earn the Statue of Liberty Junior Ranger badge, but she didn't really want to. I'll have to try again on her next visit. While we were on the island, it was cold and windy. We didn't do much but shiver and eat chicken strips in the little restaurant. The ferry back was super cold too- after we got a few more photos, we rode inside the boat instead of on the top deck.
Once we got back on dry land, we took the train uptown to the American Museum of Natural History. Katia wanted to see the dinosaur bones! Here she is sitting on one. Some of the dinosaurs were HUGE! But some were really small and cute.
I love the museum. I hadn't gone in several months. My favorite part is the Hall of Human Origins. We didn't go there this time, but I did choose a Playmobil mammoth as my souvenir.
It was nice having Katia visit- she and I could babble away in Russian for hours. She's been gone almost a month now though- I just haven't been very good about updating my blog. I'll write again soon- we have new neighbors down the hall and they have a daughter my age!
P.S. To those of you who requested valentines but didn't get them yet- I ran out of little pins. The new ones should be here soon, so I'll send them then. It's never too late for a valentine, right? ;)
While Katia was visiting, we had to visit American Girl Place. Katia was so sweet to bring matching Cheburashka tees for us to wear. I thought it would be fun to pretend we were twins, but no one believed me when I said Katia was my twin!
I had my hair done at American Girl. My moms are always telling me that it is way too expensive, but they finally gave in. Doesn't it look cute? I chose ribbons to match my favorite swimsuit.
After AGP, I took Katia to one of my favorite places- the Central Park Zoo! To get there, we had to walk up 5th Avenue. Katia loved seeing all the famous shops, like Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. Me- I just wanted to see the animals! I took this photo of Katia on Central Park East- doesn't she look pretty?
The Central Park Zoo is very small, but I love it just the same. Katia's favorite animal is the polar bear, so we stopped by to see Gus. Can you see Gus in the background of this photo?
We also had to see the penguins in the penguin house. The problem with penguin photos is that they are super speedy! Can you see the giant penguin in this photo?
Once you complete the little loop of the zoo, you end up at the big sea lion pool! Here I am with a sea lion. They were really active that day- they kept swimming 'round and 'round and jumping high into the air. Sea lions are so cool!
Of course, we had to take a photo on the big Eagle sculpture. Last year, my mom took a similar photo of me and my friend Maiki on the same sculpture!
Then, it was time to go home. I had to grab my things so I could head to Lincoln Center for ballet class. I snapped this photo of Katia waiting for the train. Katia loves subways- she was telling me that the Moscow subway is the busiest in the world. The New York City subway is special too- it has more stops than any other subway system in the world.
I love living in a city- there is always so much to do and so much to explore! What is your favorite thing about the city where you live?
One night last week, Piper and I were in my room. I was playing on my new MacBook (wow!) and Piper was packing her suitcase to go home to Utah.
"Inky," said Piper. "We've had so much fun together. Whenever I see my panda, I'll remember how you gave him to me on Valentine's Day- and how we went to the National Zoo together."
"I've loved having you here! I wish our families could live closer together," I replied. "I always feel a little lonely after a friend leaves."
"Well," said Piper, "Katia should be arriving any minute now! I kind of wish your Mom would have let us go with her to the airport."
"Me too!" I said. "But Mom said there wouldn't be any room in our little car for Mom, Katia, Katia's mom, all of Katia's luggage- and you and me!"
Piper and I heard a voice call "Hi!" in Russian from across the room.
It was Katia!
"Katiusha," I said, using Katia's Russian nickname, "I'm so glad you're here! Please meet Piper."
"Hello Piper," Katia said shyly. "I feel like I know you already from reading your blog."
"Hi Katia!," said Piper. "I'm sorry we won't get to spend more time together, but I have to fly back to Utah tonight."
I called my Mama into my room, and she took a photo of me, Katia, and Piper all together. It really was sad that Piper had to go home, but I know Piper was really missing her dog (oh! And her parents too!).
Soon, Mom called "Piper! It's time to go to the airport!" Katia and I gave Piper a big hug. She waved good-bye as she left the room.
It's so sad when a friend leaves, but I knew Katia and I would have lots of fun! Where do you think Katiusha and I ended up going on her visit?