Alas, it turns out that Lilah didn't make a Chinese lantern at school and she wasn't just blowing smoke. The funny thing, however, is that she and her mum just made a lantern for their home craft last night and it is the same kind of design so we have one anyhow.
Of all the things Lilah could take away from Chinese New Year week at school, she didn't bring home a lantern or a paper dragon. What, you might ask, did she bring home? Chopsticks. Yup. Chopsticks. I have designs on stealing them because she didn't bother to get me a set. I suppose that's cruel, but at least it's a step up from my own father who used to make a habit of stealing the food right off my plate (and my wife asks why I always eat so fast now - it's a defense mechanism, man!)
Though I sadly don't think there is any video, the kids had a parade today using a paper dragon through the halls of the school and I was bummed to have missed it but I was running a few errands and Allison was at work, so that's just what happens sometimes, I suppose. After all that, they did have a snow day today (a day in which they play in the snow as opposed to a day in which school in cancelled for snowy conditions which it sounds like some might be tomorrow) and Lilah's Totorro gloves that her mum made her continue to hold up and astonish me. Her hands were warm and dry when I came to get my little purple daughter. She wasn't purple from the cold, she just has a purple pair of snowpants and winter jacket. I always look at her and go "Violet, you're turning violet!"
I just asked Lilah if there was anything special she'd like me to tell all the good people about school and her reponse was this: "There was shiny play dough there and I played in the shiny play dough annnnd I MADE A GOLDFISH for my Mama!" So there you have it, folks, it's all about play dough gold fishes for your mama. And that's probably a really important lesson.