Hugh Bear

Jehu had a birthday party the beginning of this month.  It was a rough week, sandwiched between visits to both our parents, hosting two other parties, and general Christmas hoopla.  Not to mention homeschooling.  I was recall the distinct sensation of not wanting to push the “send” button on the invitation e-mail.  But I decided not to be a sissy.

134113I think it helped having given up on insane and more exciting birthdays.  The only reason I could do a last minute party at all was because I already knew what we were doing and didn’t need any extra trips to the store, decorations, or intricate planning.  Just dinner, and I was going to do that anyways.  Or so people around here would like to think….

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These girls by the way, are my yes-men.  Dan-ger-ous.  I’m pretty sure they lay in bed at night dreaming up new ways to get in over their heads.  😉

This year Jehu specifically requested a “battle” birthday and for everyone to bring weapons.  When they got here we rounded them and their swords, back into the vans and drove them out to the coolest spot ever.  I didn’t send the camera.  But if you walk to the river from Veteran’s Memorial Park you bump into a little trail which takes you to a series of (frozen) man made ponds and eventually a huge empty lot full construction debris.  Mostly concrete.  It feels like you’ve stumbled into the middle of no man’s land.  And that you’re trespassing.  What could be more fun?

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When they came home we had hot tomato basil soup, fresh bread, and wassail waiting.  For dessert I tried to kill them by making Indian fry bread.  Sorry.  Just doing what the kid asked.

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Now what could it be?

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You’ll shoot Gideon’s eye out!  Can’t you see his eyes alight with missionary zeal?  He can hardly wait.

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For those interested, Lil’ Sioux makes a nice kids’ bow that’s nice enough to target shoot, without being nice enough to skewer someone.  That’s what we’re hoping.  Besides, he looks trustworthy, doesn’t he?

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