Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NaPhoPoMo: Unicorns, castles, movie magic, and birthdays!

Day 20: A real live unicorn, asleep in her natural habitat.

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When I was about 9 years old,  I tried to convince a younger friend that I had a flying unicorn.  I even went so far as to cut feathers from a hot pink feather duster and bring a few over as evidence.  My friend was totally convinced, but her mother was horrified at my tall tale and chewed me out for lying to my friend and told me I was no longer welcome in their home.  Well, guess what, folks?  I give you a real, live, flying unicorn at rest.  BAM.  Take that, grumpy, unimaginative mom-lady.

Day 21: “Have fun storming the castle!”


In our homeschool co-op, I teach a humanities class and our focus this semester has been on medieval history, music, art, and architecture.  After teaching the kids about different kinds of castles and castle defenses, I gave them an assignment to make model castles.  I was impressed at their ingenuity—there were castles made of Legos, paper plates, cardboard, rice krispy treats, and candy.


Day 22: Movie Night: Catching Fire


Now that we have children old enough to baby-sit, my hubby and have gone on a dating SPREE! We LOVE to get out with each other.  We are big cinema fans, so dinner and a movie is our go-to night out.  I suppose it’s clich√©, but it works for us—we catch up with each other over dinner, snicker through the previews, and settle in with chocolate, popcorn, and sodas for the movie. 

This night was a little different—we ate dinner IN the theater.  It’s a fancy-schmancy place in town where you can actually order gourmet food (complete with gourmet prices!) and eat during the film. 

We look really cute here, but I kind of wish I’d taken pictures of our food.  Alas, by the time we were served, the house lights were down and the previews had started.

Day 23 and 24: Surprise Un-birthday Party


In our family, birthdays are typically celebrated just with the family, but on key years (6, 8, 12, 16, and 18) each child gets to have a “friend” party.  Last year, when Gloria turned eight, we kept trying to schedule a party and it just never happened.  Gloria took it in stride, but her siblings were up in arms over it.  The two oldest kids hatched a plan to throw a surprise party for their little sister and hounded me for over a YEAR to get it done. 



I am LOUSY at planning parties that require more brain power than throwing some money at the indoor playground for the kids to run around at, so I finally told the kids that if they wanted to put on a surprise party, they could—but they had to be in charge of it all.  It was quite the learning experience for all of us.


With 11 and 13 year olds as party planners, you can imagine it was a little haphazard.  In fact, though the guests arrived on time, I was still madly dashing home from the store with some last minute supplies.  The big kids entertained, and my friend Stacey was gracious enough to stick around when she brought her daughters over.  Stacey orchestrated the decorating, the table setting, and keeping the chaos contained until I arrived.  (Thank you, dear friend!) The cake still needed to be decorated, and the guest of honor still needed to arrive!  Gloria was about an hour late to her own party, but it all turned out okay!  The kids played hide and seek, jumped on the trampoline, decorated T-shirts, and did the cake and presents thing.  I’m so glad these girls were so easily entertained!

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