Monthly Archives: July 2012

Deliciously Dangerous Day

We recently recieved an invitation to a BBQ from a childhood friend of mine. I met him when I was in 6th Grade at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club where we hung out after school to swim, and to play basketball and video games.

My friend was smart, extremely funny and *wild*. He and his friends played with BB guns and fireworks, had all manner of reptiles and exotic pets (pet spider monkey included). They waded through swamps and had innocuous run-ins with the police. They camped and fished and came and went from home as they pleased. They enjoyed a freedom that very few boys and probably fewer girls do. They were the ultimate ‘free range’ kids.

I am occasionally concerned about how my boys will fare at some peoples’ homes. They all have high activity levels and rambunctious hobbies. I was not concerned in the least that this social engagement would be less than great for everyone.

I told Gavin that he could bring his slingshot because I thought that Mo might have an open area in which he could play with it. Our postage stamp lot doesn’t really support the velocity and distance of his little glass projectiles. I should have known.

Yep, official shooting range. My friend provided the kids with an extra slingshot and additional ammo – lots of awesome targets including ‘the devil’ right there top center!

It also turns out the Badminton is a really fun game, regardless of what gym class led you to believe.

Mo’s real love is turtles! Always has been. There are some very lucky turtles that share this beautiful piece of property with him and his family.

Just like old times there was plenty of dangerous activities that included fire. For convenience, my friend carried a blow torch that fascinated the boys. Smoke bombs were launched from slingshots and the kids were promised that the fireworks wouldn’t end until the police had come twice. Delivered – much to Ethan’s pleasure.

The food was delicious, the weather optimal and the setting heavenly. The best part of the visit was seeing my friend and his family so happy and healthy.

Post Script – Dennis and his friends have similar stories they could tell of crazy things they did as kids and teenagers. (I may have some too) I think it is awesome how you sometimes get to see how the people and experiences in your life prepare you for the future. Mo helped make me the mom I am today!

“They said they would rather be outlaws a year in Sherwood Forest than President of the United States forever.”
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Tom and Joe Harper, Chapter 8.

Photographic, Fun Fourth

We did not make plans. We just winged it. We loved our little small town parade. The backdrop to the day was our foggy, slightly greenish pool. (Thank goodness the pictures look so blue!)

It was a nice day, but as we often do, we wrapped the festivities up about 20 minutes later than we should have. That means we were wrangling out of control, irriational children into the house and wiping marshmallow from just about every surface in the kitchen. Oh well, it was mostly fun, and that’s all you can really hope for.

June Recap

Oh, June, really?!? I mean, what happened? You were here one minute and gone the next. For some reason the transition from June to July always comes so unexpectedly for me. 1/2 of the month is always sucked up by the end of school for Ethan and other sundry activities. I feel that June is like an introduction – ‘look, summer fun is on the way’ and then BAM – it’s July.

Thanks anyway, June for…

Strawberry picking at Alstede Farms

A Citizenship Award for a dressed-up Ethan

A Troop meeting for Gavin (the first I’ve seen him as a Boy Scout)

Can you find him?

The end to our weekly homeschool playdate

A trip to Cabela’s (that I’d rather forget!)

A stop at Crystal Cave (that went markedly better)

A hockey team pool party (complete with blow up hockey sticks)

Marshmallows roasted with friends

A Patriot’s baseball game with fireworks

June was lovely. Now I hear July whispering, “I won’t be here long, just 31 fleeting days of heat and happy memories, use them wisely!”

There are still more ‘to do’ items than ‘done’ on our list – Bring it on July!