Archive for March, 2008

Katamari Cake

Nettieā€™s Katamari cake

Today, Wired’s GeekDad blog posted a few pictures from their new Flickr group including the one above. It’s Nettie’s 9th birthday cake based on the ball from Katamri Damacy. In the video game, the Prince rolls a ball around the world and picks up everything in its path. The cake was Nettie’s idea.

Star Wars Miniatures

C-3PO and R2-D2 miniatures

We have a e collection of Star Wars minis, painted plastic figures each about an inch tall. They are part of a game system that includes hundreds of little heroes, villains and droids, each with their own stats and special abilities. They come in packs of seven characters that you can pick up at your local game store. The packs are randomized, so you never know what you’ll get. It’s fun opening the packs to see what you’ve gotten, but frustrating when you find you’ve gotten your fourth Bespin Guard but still haven’t gotten an Obi Wan. The rules are simple enough for players ten and up. Nettie prefers playing out stories rather than pitched battles. She always plays as the Rebellion, with Princess Leia on her side.

Chinese New Year


Last week, Peabody’s preschool put on a colorful Chinese New Year celebration. It started with two kids performing the lion dance in a class-made costume. After the dance, the students, paraded with paper lanterns and percussion instruments. They wrapped up with songs and dances (above). As they headed back to class, the students received hong bao (li see), red packets filled with a couple new pennies and good luck from their teachers.