I've always wanted to be one of those people who could turn anything into a celebration. You know, like have parties for random holidays, commemorate historical events, or make foods or enact traditions from other cultures on international holidays. Stuff like that. As it stands, my kids will be lucky to even get Halloween costumes or Easter candy because I'm just not organized that way.
While I was on my mission, my mom and my sister were on a "no-sugar" diet. I don't remember now if it was just for Lent or if it was longer (I think it was longer), but they left themselves a loophole: treats were allowed on holidays. Unfortunately for their diet, "holidays" were not defined. Wasn't long before they "celebrated" every holiday. On every calendar. ("Hey! It's Rosh HaShanah! Let's go get ice cream!") I particularly remember them celebrating Benito Juarez's birthday (apparently he was a Mexican president). They looked him up on Wikipedia, sang happy birthday ("happy biiiiirthday, Benito Juarez"), and dug into a pint of Ben and Jerry's.
While Mom's and Sara's interest in obscure and/or international holidays may not have been purely inspired by a desire to learn more about other cultures or historical events, I think it's a neat idea. For example, I learned a lot (and had a great time) here. And what a fun way to teach kids: give a little lesson about how 350 years ago, Isaac Newton defined gravity, and then go drop apples off the balcony.
Anyway, I've been trying to get better about being randomly festive. I started by commemorating "Pi Day." (Get it? March 14 = 3/14 = 3.14 = the first three numbers of pi, and "pi" is a homonym of "pie"... Okay, so it's a bit of a stretch.) It's a "holiday" commemorated mostly by math nerds, and since my mom is queen of the math nerds, I'm afraid none of her children escaped quite unscathed (case in point--here's Mom's facebook status: "It's 3/14--Happy Pi Day everyone! We are going to eat some pie this evening to celebrate and, as we do we will contemplate, just briefly, the ratio of the circumference to the diameter. Mostly, though, we will just eat it."). Nerdy or not, I'm up for any excuse to eat pie. (I discovered after the fact that 3/14 is also Albert Einstein's birthday. We'll have to figure out a way to work that in next year... Maybe he had a favorite kind of pie? And 3/14 is actually my half-birthday. Can't think of a better way to celebrate!)
So I made an apple pie. We shared it with our friends, the Packards. We ate it with ice cream while we played games.
Smile! It's pi day! (Unfortunately, it was also Daylight Savings day, so I was exhausted. Stupid time change really messes with my system.) And, yes, I have received a haircut since this picture was taken. Your concern is duly noted. Thank you.
Ashley rocks. You can almost see the Packards' delicious homemade bread under the towel on the counter. Mmmm...
Yesterday, of course, was St. Patrick's day. Jay wore his green scrubs, I donned a bright green shirt, and I even attempted a semi-Irish supper (chicken pot pie sounds Irish, right? ...Kinda?). I made soda bread for the first time, and it was delish.
Happy (late) Pi day and St. Patrick's day! If you have any random holidays or fun traditions, feel free to share.