June 13th, 2005

little review

Poem for Monday

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Note: this shall be an entirely domestic post, with the exception of descriptions of Star Wars birthday accoutrements. Feel free to turn away now. *g* We had my younger son's birthday party Sunday since most of his friends will be out of town on vacation or at camp in July on his actual birthday. Last year he wanted a laser tag party, but this year we convinced him to have another rock climbing party as everyone had had a great time the year before at the climbing gym. This is ideal in many ways, as it involves exercise, the kids learn a few rudimentary skills there is no shooting involved, and we get the climbing gym all to ourselves rather than sharing with possibly two other birthday parties and numerous individuals all running around at the same time. We had an after-lunch party, too, which meant that we did not have to deal with mediocre pizza (we'd had plenty at the soccer party, anyway) but could instead serve hummus, veggies, and the things the kids actually ATE like M&Ms, donut holes, Cheetos that turn green in your mouth, etc.

So the kids climbed for about an hour and a half, even the ones whose mothers swore they would never go above the yellow line which is the highest they're allowed to go without adult supervision, then those of us running the party went to feed the kids cake while the other adults hanging around (including my mother!) put on harnesses and climbed. I believe that vertigo66's DH was the only one to attempt the really difficult wall, though. (I didn't climb; I had to make sure everyone got the Diet Coke that they swore their mothers would not mind them drinking even though we had fruit punch, Sprite and other things I consider very slightly more child-appropriate.) Afterward we came home to open presents and feed the highly distracted cats, then my parents took the kids to the school while apaulled and I cleaned up and tried to answer the great philosophical question, "Is cheese dip made mostly of chemicals that has been sitting out at a birthday party for over two hours safe to refrigerate and eat later?"

Since my parents had the kids anyway they invited us over for dinner, so we went and ate Greek food, then came home and tried to do things like make people practice the violin, help clean the gerbil cages and straighten up their rooms when they wanted to play Runescape, having been deprived all day. But the party seems to have been a success, even the goody bags which contained Pirates of the Spanish Main cards and inspired much trading (I got the pack that would have gone to a kid who never RSVPed had he shown up, and got two British ships including a little rare sloop, the Albion, heh). And now I am very, very tired, and wondering how I am going to survive when school lets out for the summer on Wednesday!

ETA: And OH! My younger son's soccer team did finish in first place for the season, because the team in second place lost. I did not want to encourage rooting against someone just to end up on top, but I am not sorry things worked out this way. *g*

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