Sunday, May 27, 2007

Coolest birthday party ever

On Saturday, we spent the day (and well into the night) at Ironwood Farm for Scotty's 7th birthday party. The theme was mythbusters, and it was definitely the coolest kids party ever! See the video Kevin made here. (hope that works!)

The birthday cake

The birthday boy, crowded around the ninja walking on water experiment, which required a quantity of cornstarch that came in a box roughly the size of a carton of copier paper. I just love this picture of Scotty - who for the entire day was the unflappable birthday boy!
Scotty & Dan with the homemade ballistics gel. Several shots were fired into the gel with a pellet gun. All of which actually went thru the gel, into the board behind it -- so when you try this one at home, always have something to actually catch the projectile. Don't count on the ballistics gel to do it for you.

Emma, with cornstartch ninja water dripping from her hands. She was also standing in the water, but I didn't get a picture of her feet.
Eliza with wormy-worm, who is cleverly disguised as a big clump of cornstarch water. That water was the coolest thing -- it looks like it would be sticky and wet, but when you touch it, you find it's dry, and just brushes off. Even the clumps in Dan's hair just crumbled when I touched them. Just really, really strange. Two best buddies at the party. They're like little twins, except for Dan's blond stripes, which save me & Jenny the embarrassment of mistaking someone else's child for our own!
Andy, with his pants rolled up, walking on the water.
Chris, stuffing a potato into the cannon. In the way cool category, I have to mention Scotty's granddad, Papa, who built the cannon -- in a day! - for the party. They used an acetylene torch to light it. The cows stood at the far end of the field -- literally acres away -- and watched potatoes land in the field, looking over at us like they were saying 'be afraid, be very afraid' to each other.
Beth, rinsing off Andy's hands after the cornstarch experiment. This picture just sums up how very much the people in our tribe have come to mean to us all. Andy is just crazy about Beth, who in addition to the cleaning ritual assistance, later listened to Andy as he explained every pokemon in his pokemon Diamond game. I have learned so much from observing my friends with my children, the patience they have, the compassion they share. What continually amazes me, tho, is the genuine love I feel these women and men pouring into my children's lives. We belong to a community of people whose love for each other, and our love for them, defies words and description -- it can only be felt, soaked in, and treasured.
Dan, with Scotty by his side. I have this feeling that we'll be watching Dan & Scotty grow into the kind of lifelong friends we read about in novels, truly two halves of a whole. Someday, when Scotty does invent the next amazing engine or device to make life more amazing, Dan will be his test-driver/pilot and biggest champion in the excitement.

Scotty & Dan watching the smokeless black powder fire started by Papa. Moments later, he lit a line of the faster burning powder -- it went too fast and big for me to even catch a shot, but I think it's part of Kevin's video.
Emma, late in the evening, by the bonfire. In her hands is a package of the snappers Jenny got for the party. I'm sure the front yard is littered with both remnants and unpopped snappers.
Andy threw his snappers into the fire, and danced as they exploded.

Yeah, the party went well into the night We finally dragged our sleepy children, and our sleepy selves, home sometime around midnight.

Truly, a fun time was had by all!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

We're separate, not together.....

just do me!

We had our second Mom's Night Out last night. No pictures, tho, the two I took were bad -- too dark outside. Maybe I'll steal one from Crystal or Beth after they post.

Why this title? It's a quotation from Crystal. After half an hour in the hot tub, with wine, cheese & crackers and sushi, we had dinner at the Flying Star. Lots of conversation I won't even think about sharing here (a tribal code of silence thing) and great stories were shared. When it was time for some dessert a few of us went back in to order some treats. Crystal had decided what she wanted; I was still considering. The counter guy asked if he could help her, and she said "we're separate, not together -- just do me!" I couldn't resist! I told her that was my blog title for last night. I mean, how often do you hear such a great line?

We had so much fun... and wine.... and conversation. Jenny, Stacy & I ended up back at Beth's house, where we lounged on the patio and drank wine (with quick refills supplied by Kevin!) until sometime after midnight!

Just another amazing Moms' Night Out -- so what are we up for next month?

Saturday, May 05, 2007

beast of burden

Today at the farm, Andy became Eliza's beast of burden. Andy had already been inside much of the day, when he wandered outside late in the afternoon. Dan & Scotty were on their bikes, and Gary saw that Andy had tied a rope from the wagon to his waist so he could haul Eliza along the driveway that circles the house.
Andy was actually running on the flat, straight stretch we could see. Here Eliza is in the wagon.

They upgraded to the pedal race car, which tended to get stuck on the cars as they passed. Andy got the car unwedged from Chris' work truck.

And off they go! Andy is running full steam and Eliza looks like she's having a grand time.
This shot was taken just before the race car ran off the driveway -- you can see it getting off-kilter -- rolled and tossed Eliza! She got scratched up but she'll be fine.

treasure hunting

We met Susan & Spencer, and Crystal & Sorscha at the zoo a few days ago. The playground was pretty busy, and we'd been there a while when Dan came to tell me he needed a stick, because he wanted to get to the money under the playset. Dan is a big treasure hunter, and will stop for every coin he sees on the ground.

I helped him look for a stick, but none we found met his approval. I asked to see this money and what he wanted to do, hoping that would help me understand what kind of stick he needed. We got around the corner of the playset to find Spencer & Sorscha had started digging to tunnel under the playset to reach the money that had fallen from above. As we approached, Spencer said to Dan, "you can fit thru this hole and get the money for us." Dan replied, "I'm not sharing my money with anyone!" He found a suitable stick and started digging his own tunnel. I went and sat back down with Susan & Crystal.

Several minutes later he ran over, waving two dollars he'd found! He'd gotten there first, while Sorscha & Spencer were still digging, with hopes of getting the change they could still see there.
Of course, it helps that Dan is tiny!

After Dan found money, Susan was enlisted to help Spencer & Sorscha dig a hole that would get them some money. Spencer found more in change than Dan had found in bills!