Kyra had her “friends” birthay party yesterday. (Her birthday isn’t until September.) She wanted it at the same place Andrew had his (the indoor inflatible, super jump/slides place), but with a different cake:
No one does ostentaious birthday cakes like Disney
Then, after the party, I drove the kids out to the campsite where Bob had the Boler set up on its maiden voyage.
The Boler in its natural environment
Kyra on the steps, wearing Andrew’s Naruto sleeping cap and playing with her new Island Princess Barbie–two camping essentials
Andrew steals a little reading time
Beef — It’s what’s for dinner
Marshmallows — It’s what’s for dessert
I think it’s safe to say a good time was had by all.
More Boler lust for those of you following along at home:
The couch by day/bunk by night side of the Boler
The wood behind Kyra will eventually have a foam cushion. Scamp is coming out with new designs next month, so we’ve decided to wait on getting new covers for the cushions.
The opposite side, table by day, beds by night. Note Kyra has already made herself at home.
Here you can see the new table that Bob built and part of the kitchen vanity, also that Bob built. And look, we now have windows! Even more privacy.
The outside with its installed window.
A blog in mostly photos, since I’m exhausted.
Some pre-party karate, just to get the blood going
No party’s complete without some large inflatable thing to crawl though.
Or a large inflatable thing to sit on.
Candle malfunction. It took Andrew something like five tries to blow them out.
You know she’s totally coveting the inflatable princess/prince chair.
Nothing says happy birthday like a hamburger cake.
The side view really does it justice.
And now, more Boler lust for Darcy:
We have bunk beds!
The kitchen vanity that Bob built.
The Boler, she has a door. Ah, privacy.
We went to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum today with my mom. The kids were all excited about the new maze they have, Andrew was intent on the Japanese gardens in hopes of catching a fish, and a good time was had by all.
Andrew has his “pinecone buddy.” Kyra has attitude.
Which way next?
A view from the top.
Kyra’s on top of the world
Kyra and the flowers
Andrew really wanted to catch a fish.
And for Darcy (you know why): A Ginkgo tree!
Also for Darcy — Boler Lust!
Tomorrow–pictures of the maiden voyage of the canoe–that’s where we went this afternoon. Just call us the nature family. Or insane. That works too.
I’ve been a sporadic blogger, I know. Work has been insane. We’re in that phase where I end up leaning forward in my chair, squinting at the laptop screen, because that makes everything so much clearer. What little brainpower I have left, I’ve saved for the writing class I’m taking. And of course, the double secret probation hotdish project.
But! I haven’t done a Boler update for a bit. Bob has been working hard (or is that hardly working … no, it’s working hard). Here’s the snapshot of the interior before:
Mind you, this is not its final form. But it’s looking great, I think.Waiting for the primer:
After the primer:
The Boler has a new “home” under a respectable looking tarp thingy.
Primed and ready for painting, and so is Miss B.
Andrew puts together Bob’s early father’s day gift.
An almost eleven year old and power tools. Yeah. I know. Actually, Andrew did a good job and Bob was there the whole time. It was one of those father/son pass along the knowledge to the next generation types of things. I think Hallmark came by and took a picture.
I took the kids to the store. All I can say is four year old + vanilla bean blended crème + Barnes and Noble = Disaster. Don’t ask.
Then, while we were leaving the grocery store, Andrew asked me: “Why do people do that?”
“What?” I wanted to know.
“Say ‘Either’s fine,’ when they ask paper or plastic. They asked you a specific question. “Either’s fine” isn’t one of the options.”
So, next time you’re tempted to respond with: “Either’s fine,” remember that somewhere you’re irking an almost eleven-year-old boy.
Meet the new family project:
Covered with tarps not for its grand unveiling, but to protect against possible rain. Because the door and windows? Those are in the garage.
It’s a Boler! An egg! It’s a fiberglass camping trailer, and yes, we know, it needs a lot of work.
The dining area (it does have a table that needs serious help) that converts into the adult sleeping area.
Kyra is quite excited. She spent a good part of the afternoon washing the floor and various pieces of the camper (we need to sand and repaint everything), while singing, “We’re living in an egg, we’re living in an egg,” until her brother went a little crazy. We’re thinking of a bright blue base, with matching blue on the fiberglass pieces on the inside.
The opposite side of the camper. This, in theory, is a couch by day and bunk beds by night.
Andrew lost a bit of his enthusiasm when he realized that renovations would take more than washing the pieces, putting them back in, and tossing in the fishing poles. He perked up, though, at the mention of sleepovers in the camper.
So. There you have it. What we did this weekend. With a little luck, I’ll be able to post progress pictures over the next few months.