Sunday, May 17, 2009

Gifts for Mom and Dad

I finally finished my Dad's Christmas present - a customized deck of cards to play "Five Crowns" with. I made them with Heritage Makers, an online digital scrapbooking company. I can help you if you want to make your own personalized cards, books, posters, calendars, and more.

I went over to Mom and Dad's last night to present them with gifts - the cards for Dad and a framed picture for Mom (late Mother's Day gift). I stayed to play Five Crowns with them. It was fun, but it took a little longer than normal to play because

1. We often paused to look at the pictures a little more closely.
2. I inadvertently made the symbols in the top corner on the wrong side for someone who's used to holding cards right handed, so it was a little awkward arranging the cards in our hands.

This is the link to see Mom's present:

Here are the links to view the "Condie Crowns" game. There are two decks of cards with different pictures on each one.

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Baird Family Mother's Day

In honor of Mother's Day - a picture from the Baird archives - 1993. Pictured from left to right are Kara, Emily, Beth, Natalie, Ryan, and Laura. Our Baird family Mother's Day/Father's Day tradition consists of everyone gathering in the kitchen in the morning, helping to make breakfast and/or finish cards, gifts, and gift wrapping. When everything is ready, the celebrators line up with breakfast and gifts in hand, then chant on the way to the bedroom, "Boom-shak-a-lak-a-lak-a, boom-shak-a-lak-a-lak-a, boom....." Breakfast is then eaten, gifts opened, hugs given, and tears shed (mostlly joyous).

Thank you all for making this Mother's Day another memorable one. Breakfast was delicious and I enjoyed all your cards and gifts. We were thankful to be able to celebrate another Mother's day with our own mothers as well. We love you Grandma Baird and Grandma Condie!