Monday, February 18, 2013

Family Fun Times

Meighan, Caitlin, Jeffrey, Courtney
The birthday girl takes a swing
This post might just as well have been titled "Scenes from a Birthday Party" since that was nominally what was going on.

Worked in with a little semi-impromptu family reunion. It's been a while since Jeff has been caught hanging out with three of his sisters.

So they made the most of it. Sadly, for some reason my camera was not taking good pictures--I may have dropped it on its head once too often, or something.

Maybe frosting on the lens? Anyway, here's a little sampling of what went on at the party.

Abby wanted a butterfly party. Since her mom is a butterfly lover, that wasn't a  hard sell at all.

Butterfly pinata. Not easy to crack it open with a foam bat. Each of the four kids got a couple of turns swinging at it, and as expected, Slugger G was the one who brought it down.

There were butterflies on the birthday cake, too.

Cousin N8 wanted to be sure everything was perfect for his little cousin.
Butterfly cake!

That's a rather suspicious look to be giving your favorite Memere, N8!

Paparazzi everywhere. Yes, some of t hem had put their cameras down for a minute--but there was a lot of snapping going on.

And I seem to have a thing for taking pictures of people taking pictures. Too good an opportunity to pass up!

Uncle Jeff helped Abby put together her new Lego set. Cinderella and  her carriage, in case you wondered. Lego has figured out that little girls like to play with blocks and bricks, too.

And Uncle Jeff is the Original Lego Fanatic in the family. He passed his love of Lego along to his son John, who's been spotted (and photographed) helping his cousin G build Lego sets.

Audrey got into the act with the Legos too. One nice thing about these little sisters is that they have little concept of "mine." Even if it's Abby's birthday party, her sister is free to share and play, and vice versa.

They can almost even share clothes, although Audrey has gotten so tall and slim that Abby's things don't quite work on her.

That hooded person is not the Grey Monk, nor any other sinister character. That's my oldest grandson, who was doing his best to be social in his own inimitable way.

The pretty girls in the next picture are Audrey and Casey.

All the girls and boys were having fun. I wound up with a total of 69 pictures for the day.

These are the best of them.

I think tomorrow is going to involve some work with the camera to make sure it's all right.

I'll close with  this cute picture of Jeff and G--

there's just something about electronics that's so fascinating. A new or different game--or even the old standby Angry Birds--can get a ball of energy to calm down for a little while.

I did manage to come  home and spend a little time with the templates and foundation papers and purple post-its, but I was too tired to concentrate.

Tomorrow is another day. Today was spent doing some redecorating (Valentine's Day is taken down for another year), moving recyclables to a new spot, and meeting up with my friend Amy, who's in town for work. We met at New Moon with another quilter/knitter friend, Lisa, then went next door for coffee and soup and good bread and chat. 

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