An annual tradition, this community party changes a little from year to year, but it's always really fun. This year they had lots of active stuff to do like riding toys and wagons:
Bouncy houses and slides:
And of course, the petting zoo:
Next it was time for some strategizing: Yaya shares the family egg hunting secrets with Buddy.
Off to the hunt:
I tried to convince Kiki that she had enough eggs, but she just shouted "I'm grabbing all that I can!" Turns out that the person who dropped some eggs in her basket at the helicopter egg hunt made a big impression, because after the hunt was over, she went in search of kids who hadn't gotten any/many eggs and gave her eggs to them, until she only had 2 eggs left. At that point, Cici felt bad for her and shared her eggs with Kiki, and so the whole thing because a pay it forward kind of a deal. Kiki said, "I think I felt happier giving my eggs away than opening them all." Hmmm...could it be that the true meaning of Easter might be sneaking into all these treks out to hunt eggs?
We've spent part of the last couple of weekends taking advantage of egg hunts around town. I think we figured out that we've probably been to around 50 egg hunts in the last 10 years, so nothing much seems new - but this helicopter egg hunt was pretty spectacular. The organization that hosted it lined all the kids up with their age groups on the field and then had the copter fly in and drop eggs, making 2 passes to great effect, and then once the wind died down (which was significant) the kids were allowed to go grab eggs.
Buddy was the one who was SOOOO excited about this one that he couldn't hardly talk about another thing for days "Is today the day of the helicoptee egg hunt? We have ta go ta that!", and it seemed to have lived up to his expectations. Here's his first peek at the chopper coming onto the horizon:
Here's the big moment:
Loved it. Kiki and Yaya liked it, too - but they didn't love the wind from the helicopter. What impressed Kiki most was that she only got one egg, and as she was walking along, a mystery person put 2 more eggs in her basket. :)
We've seen a number of bunnies around these egg hunts, though apparently exactly NO ONE mistook them for the REAL Easter bunny, as Buddy asked Drewdad "Why is that person dressed up like a bunny?" lol.
One of my friends is doing the 100 day happiness challenge. In order to become aware of things that make us happy and appreciate the day to day joys, the challege suggests that you document moments of happiness for 100 days and post them on social media I(#100happydays). We've been talking to the kids about this same issue as we discuss recognizing the Divine in our connections with others, so this seems like a good way to do a couple of things. I'm going to hypothesize that most of the things that make people in my family happy are connections with others, and I'm going to ask that the kids each come up with something to post for the day. Also, I'm going to hypothesize that on days when we're feeling most frustrated, there are a lot of good things that happen that we take for granted. So much of life is how we choose to perceive the things that happen to us.
With all of that in mind, I'm going to give it a try, and record the 100 days in this album. I'm not going to worry as much about the quality of pictures or capturing super cute moments - just snaps of things that are small moments of joy through the day. Some may not make sense to anyone but me or the kid who added them. I started off yesterday, and it feels a little artificial to think "oh! I'm happy - wait - let me film it!" but it definitely brings the moment to awareness. Anyway, there it is for anyone who wants to follow along and/or participate - it would be fun to see what others post. Cheers!
At least once a week, Buddy joins some little friends for the sweetest little playgroup; we were so lucky to find it. They have a lesson, a book, and several learning activities - it's cute and he usually loves it so much that he doesn't want to go home. This day was a celebration of spring, and a lesson about Holi, an Indian holiday. The kids got their faces painted and did spring crafts, read books, and played musical instruments to the rhythm of books.
I think besides how nice everyone is, what impresses me most about this group is how organized they are - check out the set up (Yes, I know activities is misspelled, but the mom isn't a native English speaker)
Kiki - that moment when you pick out the not-girly, glow sticker science valentines with planets on them and you get to class and are anxious about whether anyone will think it's strange that a girl is passing out valentine's with planets on them, and your best female friend has bought the very same ones as you out of allllll those choices, and suddenly it's not only okay, it rocks.
Yaya - that moment when all of your friends are standing around talking at the valentine's party, and one of them confesses that she's "too tall" and suddenly they are all confessing their insecurities, and you realize that *everyone* has something they worry about.
Me: Buddy, I'm not going to tell you the password. I keep it private so that I can make sure the Nook is safe, because you could accidentally download something that would have a virus or something else that would be bad.
Buddy: No! I won't download someding bad.
Me: I know you don't want to hurt it Buddy, but you can't read yet, so how would you know?
Buddy: (finds Candy Crush icon in the app store): Look - it's Cahndy Cwush! See? I know all da lettahs!
Me: No Buddy, only Daddy and me know the password, that's how it is going to stay.
Buddy: (find Daddy): What's the passwahd for the App Stohah?
"Buddy, get out of your sister's world and stop bombing her stuff. She doesn't like it. And give back her diamond, too. No, go back in her world to give her the diamond. If you take it, it's stealing. If you don't give it back, I'm taking your iPod."
I rarely (very rarely) drink alcohol, but we had guests one night and then next night I drank the last glass of wine in the bottle. The following night we went to a birthday dinner and Drewdad and I were going to split a margarita, but the bar mixed up the order and gave us one on the house (sweet!) So, seeing me have 2 drinks in 2 nights is like the kids seeing a unicorn - just doesn't happen.
On the drive home, Yaya commented on me having a drink. Kiki piped up, "You had wine last night, too." Yaya responded, "Yeah, you were listening to hip-hop and I told Kiki - I think Mama had too much wine."
Buddy, upon finding chocolate coins in the leprechaun trap he and Kiki made for St. Patrick's Day instead of a leprechaun (arms crossed and angry face):
"You and Daddy can't have any chocolate coins, because you didn't help us build dat twap, and if you did help build dat twap, we would catch a leprechaun. There is NO LEPRECHAUN, so you FAILED that twap."
Me: You and Kiki made a good trap. It's very hard to catch a leprechaun, and you came so close it gave you coiins.
Kiki: Yeah, Buddy, and they're pirate coins! So it was a pirate leprechaun - we've never almost caught one of those before!
Buddy: Well, I wanted to make my own twap...with GWAPES!
Me: Hmmmm...did you tell me that and I forgot?
Me: So did you want me to just KNOW that you wanted to make a trap with grapes?
Me: Oh, okay. Well, you have to say things that you think aloud if you want other people to know them, even if it's someone in your family, okay?
Buddy: Okay. Can we make a leprechaun trap with grapes in it?
Yaya getting excited over this video called Monsters Out in the Cosmosabout exploring black holes and thinking aloud about an experiment where she would design a robot like the one we saw that is going on the Europa mission that would fly into a black hole and transmit pictures back for as long as possible before failing, except every word she says is scream talking because she's SO EXCITED ABOUT IT. AND ALSO, WHAT IF THEY COULD FIND THE END OF THE UNIVERSE!!!
Um, actually Honey, they kind of just did. They found matter from the Big Bang.
SO THAT's WHERE TIME STARTS! THAT'S SO COOL!
Hmm..well, there might be universes giving birth to universes, maybe. But all of that is mathematical theory.
THIS IS AMAZING! I COULD BE A SCIENTIST AND FIND THIS STUFF OUT! WE NEED ROCKETS FOR THIS STUFF! I COULD DESIGN A ROCKET FOR IT!
Oh, the places you will go. May she never ever lose her confidence or enthusiasm or footing along the way.
Yaya and I were intrigued by this video about the timekeeper at the US Naval Observatory, during which he talks about how as clocks become more and more accurate, that creates problems because time is slower as you move from the ground up. To which Yaya responds, "No wonder time goes faster when you are a grown up! You're taller!"
Buddy refused to get out of bed one morning until it was time to take the girls to school, no matter how much any of us cajoled him. When I finally picked him up out of bed and carried him to the door and stood him up to put his shoes on, he was furious with me. With fists clenched and face screwed up, he said angrily and miserably, "But...but...but...I didn't even get bweakfast!"
"It's okay, Buddy. You can have breakfast after the car ride. I'll pick you up an egg taco on the way home, okay?"
"No! I want what the girls had!"
"Well, if you want breakfast before we leave the house to take the girls to school, you need to get up and go to the table when you are asked. I'm not sure what else you expected or wanted, but that's kind of how it is."
"I wanted you to bwing me my bweakfast on a tway in bed! With sausage and egg and waffle and syrup and juice and milk!!"