|Happy "A" Day Charlie!|
Then the party really got started. I made Cabbage, Potato and Cheese soup, Blinis with several fillings, Ant Hill cookies and hot tea. It was pretty darn good! I was so surprised :) The only "non-authentic" part was the ice in our drinks at dinner. I gotta have my ice!
We had some really special friends over to celebrate and everyone signed the tablecloth. My plans are to stitch the names of our guests every year and someday pass along to Charlie when he has a table of his own. We also gave him the first of 18 gifts we bought while in Russia, one for each year until his 21st birthday. This year was a tiny matroshka whistle we bought in the Kremlin in Pskov.
It was such a great night. We talked about our memories of Russia and our dear Russian friends. We talked about the little things we never felt the need to talk about (it always seemed before we only talked of the BIG important things...) But it was nice to talk about stopping at gas stations to have tea and the strange smell of the windshield washer fluid that defrosted the frozen windows as we drove along the crazy pothole filled road.
But most importantly we talked about Charlie and the day that started it all....
Our first "Russia Day" was exactly how I envisioned it to be- food, family, friends, and one happy little Russian guy to share it with.
|The Russia table!|
|We decided to leave the menu in Russian so |
our smaller "picky eaters" would at least
try everything! They did and they loved it!
|Mama making some Blinis.|
|Papa and our littlest party goer- JACK!|
|Trying out the whistle.|
|Charlie's place card with his little Pskov gift.|