|Fenton penguins from my husband|
|My favorite cue ball ; )|
|Tiny and fragile penguins|
The girls and their mom arrived just after school. Dad and the younger brother were off to get haircuts. The younger sister brought her newly made penguin project. It was a water bottle filled with cotton balls. There were black wings and feet she had taped on the bottle. Of course there was a face with a headband and the cutest little feather. We let it play with the other penguins on the table while we inspected and touched and squeezed all the other penguins on the floor and in the chair. There are penguins that shake, walk, sing and wiggle. A penguin music box and snow globe all provide plenty of hands on fun for the girls. Both girls' eyes were alight with pleasure as they explored the penguin world before them.
|Penguins atop the fridge|
In the kitchen we girls shared cookies and milk along with orange and apple slices. Rolls were "rolled" and piled in a pan. A cinnamon ring was shaped and placed in a box to rise. One last portion of the dough was shaped into a cinnamon filled sock by the girls. They decided to leave it here as a surprise for Mr. Gene. The girls whispered and giggled preparing the surprise. I think they enjoyed smearing the butter onto the flattened dough before shaping about as much as anything. And that is the pure joy we love.
Once the workup of the bread dough was complete it was time to do some exploring. One two foot tall penguin that was near the Christmas tree needed to be carried around for a while. After all there were other rooms with snowmen and Charlie Brown stuff to be inspected. One needed a penguin to accompany the tour. They found Mr. Gene in his office where it was just fine to not have on a hat on his bald head today. He was good for helping operate the crank handle powered radio. The little blonde's smile was ear to ear showing adorable dimples as she played with Mr. Gene. He had a pretty big smile himself.
|The penguin tree|
Too soon it was time for the visit to end. The dough items along with cooking instructions were waiting in a covered box with some cookies and chocolate kisses for the guys at home. Snack dishes were placed in the sink by sweet, little hands. Coats were found along with shoes that had all been discarded upon arrival. Aprons for all three children along with one for mom were placed in arms for safe keeping.
|Some of the lights in our back yard.|
The sun was near setting so one last look at the view into the back yard brought more dimpled wisdom. "I like your very nice house but I like your back yard best!"
Julie asked early in the visit what was my first penguin. I narrowed it down to one that looked as if it had slipped on ice and its legs were spread apart. The second was a tree covered with penguins and finally a penguin in a fishing outfit. Once the word got out to friends, as the saying goes, the rest is history. Never did I realize the day I fell in love with that first penguin what joy was ahead. Old surrogate Grandma, a young mom, two sweet little girls and so much fun with penguins.
|A couple of the first in the collection along with walk about penguin.|