Cherry Blossom Season

I really love the cherry blossom event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I still don’t like how they handle obtaining the recipes for the special furniture (I’m tired of hunting down balloons!), but I love the pink trees, floating blossoms, and of course the elusive special furniture items. While I didn’t get every recipe for every item, between everyone in the house that plays the game and myself I was able to get all of the items I wanted for my cherry blossom viewing area, including the pond stone, lantern, bonsai, and branches:

This has been one of my favorite events in the game, and I felt less pressure the second time around because I knew what to expect (and what not to get my hopes up about!), which made it even more fun!

A Year of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Today is the one-year anniversary of the day I began living the island life on Gloriana in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

It’s been a fun year, and a nice way to escape reality, which, let’s face it, was a necessity over the last 12 months! Let’s take a look back, shall we?

One of the first events was “Bunny Day,” where my old friend, Zipper T. Bunny stopped by:

Cherry blossom season was a lot of fun, but I didn’t collect nearly enough recipes, so I hope we get to do it again this year!

Reese and Cyrus arrived at Harv’s Island for a special wedding-themed event:

My neighbors made my birthday a special day:

And a few days later, my very favorite neighbor, Roald, moved in!

Swimming and diving for deep sea creatures was added over the summer:

The day I received my perfect island rating was A Big Deal:

It wouldn’t have been summer without a fireworks show:

Jack, the Czar of Halloween, hosted a special event in October:

There were moments when island life imitated real life a little too well:

My favorite turkey, Franklin, made a special meal for Turkey Day:

After a few failures, I finally built a perfect snowboy…and then enough others to complete the furniture collection:

And Jingle the black-nosed reindeer let me help him hand out gifts for Toy Day:

I think we were all happy to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021 on New Year’s!

I had fun celebrating all of my neighbors’ birthdays throughout the course of the year, but none more so than Roald!

Pavé brought his amazing dance moves to my island for Festivale:

Mario Day was extra fun with special themed items:

Even Pi Day made an appearance in my game!

And just a few days ago, I celebrated Shamrock Day, island style!

It’s been a fun year on my island, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings…I’m hoping for more familiar characters such as Brewster, Pete, and Kapp’n, and maybe some new events I haven’t even thought of!

St. Patrick’s Day in the Time of COVID-19

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Can you believe this is the second time we’ve celebrated this holiday in the time of COVID-19?!? Of course, last year, we really didn’t know what we were in for yet, and this year, we’re all hoping that we can see a light at the end of the tunnel, but either way, our family celebration remained largely unchanged, although this year, we did start celebrating pretty early in the month with Shamrock Shakes (almost impossible to find in our area this year, so when we did pinpoint a location that was offering them, we jumped on it!) and a Green River Soda cheesecake from Eli’s:

We started the day with Lucky Charms and the leprechaun trap…spoilers, we didn’t catch him (again!)!

We read all of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day books, watched all of the Ireland episodes of Rick Steves’ Europe we have on disc, and also watched Aerial Ireland. I really enjoyed “Shamrock Day” in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. While it wasn’t a huge event like some, there were some special items, including what look suspiciously like Shamrock Shakes!

I also enjoyed giving a few of my favorite neighbors a Shamrock Suit to match mine:

The highlight of the day (for me at least) was dinner. I love corned beef and cabbage and all the trimmings!

And of course we had Guinness cake for dessert, which is a family favorite!

We had a nice St. Patrick’s Day, as we always do, but I really hope that next time the holiday rolls around, things in the world are a little more normal!

Pi Day

It’s always hard to decide if we’re going to celebrate St. Louis on 314 Day, or the more mathematical holiday of Pi Day, but in the end, I really wanted to make pie, so Pi Day it is!

This year, I went with French silk and lemon meringue:

There was even a way to celebrate Pi Day in Animal Crossing!

Nothing will ever top the Pi Day we celebrated in 2015, but it was still a delicious day!

Chickadee Thursday

Chickadee is working on a Hamilton-themed room in Animal Crossing…I love it! (Please also note that she is wearing a Frozen-style dress…it’s like all of her interests collided in this one picture!)

She was very excited that her birthday reward from American Girl was delivered today, too! In less than two weeks, she’ll be as old as Turkey was when she was born!

MAR10 Day

Happy MAR10 Day!

I don’t play a lot of Mario games myself, but they’re very popular in our house, so I promised we’d have a special meal. I decided on chicken parm for dinner:

And cannoli cake for dessert:

I also had fun dressing up in Animal Crossing, and setting up a Mario-themed area on my island:

I love any excuse to celebrate!

February Penguin Birthdays

As was the case in January, three of my penguin neighbors on Gloriana (Boomer, Sprinkle, and Puck), celebrated birthdays this month:

Now there won’t be another penguin birthday party on my island until fall!